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elwood58

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We have residential fridge with inverter and 4 GC2 batteries. I start fridge cooling when I pick up at storage. Plug into 110v when I get to the house. Freezer at -2°and Fridge at 38° in two hours or less. Alternator keeps batteries up while driving. When boondocking I use a combination of solar (portable 240w) and Generator. I run generator until I hit float, so longer in the morning (2.5 hours) than afternoon when solar has helped. We leave an LED Lamp on in the living room all night, watch TV and support all the other parasitic loads.

We have the Samsung RF18 and a Magnum 2000w pure sine inverter/converter. Setting converter to max charge current reduces generator run time. When I first fire it up in the morning, it puts about 100 amps back into the batteries during the bulk phase of charging.

We love having so much room, and rarely fill the fridge to capacity. We make ice while driving or on shore power. Ice Maker is turned off when boondocking.


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Since I do mostly boon docking and cant stand the sound of generators I'm in the Gas Refer camp. Any solar I have is going to keep my 4 each 6v batteries up so if it gets cold I and need to use the furnace, I can. Personally I don't see the day when I go to a 110v refer for camping.


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Vintage465 wrote:

Since I do mostly boon docking and cant stand the sound of generators I'm in the Gas Refer camp. .
x2. Good decision.

I would suspect the RV mfrs are going residential for the universal reason: cost. (and that most RVers don't boondock)

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elwood58 wrote:



We love having so much room, and rarely fill the fridge to capacity. We make ice while driving or on shore power. Ice Maker is turned off when boondocking.


I would think that you would want the ice maker turned OFF when driving. When it goes to fill the trays with water, it would spill all over.

I see no reason to turn it off when boondocking. I use ice when boondocking. Water use would depend on how much ice you used.



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Don't let the word 'upgrade' fog your mind. Residential compressor is lower cost option.

Great when plugged in. Makes off-grid camping a bigger effort.


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WTW wrote:

I like a trailer which is on a dealer lot only 30 min. From my house, but it has an upgraded residential refrigerator? I’m told it runs on 110 and 12v inverter. But not propane. I’m skeptical of this set up? Please give me your thoughts? Pros and cons?

The big win of a residential refrigerator over an RV refrigerator is that it perform that same regardless of the outside temperature. Or to say it another way, the freezer section works well even in very high temperatures.

The down side is the batteries. At a minimum you need two batteries and I would recommend two 6V golf cart batteries. If you boondock/dry camp you will need a solar setup or a generator to recharge the batteries.

My next RV will have a residential refrigerator !

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2oldman wrote:


I would suspect the RV mfrs are going residential for the universal reason: cost. (and that most RVers don't boondock)

This !

Also newcomers will be happier with the performance of a residential refrigerator in hot weather !

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I like to go dry camping for a weekend or up to 4 days. I have 2 deep cycle golf cart batteries, no solar, and no generator. I love my gas fridge because I never have to worry about power.

That being said I have a good fridge with the temperature control on the eyebrow (front panel) . My brother has a new 5th wheel and it came with one of those gas fridges with no temperature control at all. You are just suppose to slide the thermister that is attached to the fins on the back of the fridge up and down to control the temp. His fridge doesn't work very well and will not keep things cold. He wishes that he had a residential.

So it depends on the type of camping you do and how good of fridge you have.

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filrupmark wrote:

We converted our fiver to residential and have 0 regrets. Residential is a much better refrigerator.


Do you do any off grid camping, though?


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I've got a Resi fridge in my TT, and I'm very happy with it. We are normally in a campground with power so batteries are not really a concern. I have 2 golf cart batteries, and they run the fridge fine, while driving the truck keeps them charged, and the batteries last overnight easily.

We keep the camper at a storage lot, and when I get to the lot I flip on the batteries, and the inverter, and by the time I get hooked up and drive the 5 miles to the house the fridge is already getting cold. No need to go by the storage place ahead of time like with the propane fridges.

Also you can camp in 100 degree weather, and still have ice cream with no worries.


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