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Forgot to say or add this to my post earlier. My cousin's hubby said this to us many years ago when we 1st considered getting our coach. He said: "Make sure it is 99% exactly what you want and not say we will make it work". "If it's not what you like/want, you won't be happy".

Laknox is right on having your partner 100% involved. I knew we were at/above truck limits ('15 F350 SRW we had at the time)when we got the BC. No probs 1st year, but being over going to FL in height/heat of summer created a gut feeling that wouldn't go away. Didn't want to get a DRW, but did so. Towing wise, it's awesome. DW even likes towing w/ the DRW over SRW we had w/ same coach. DRW stinks in the snow tho.


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We are in no hurry but at some point are looking to get something in the 34 to 38 feet overall length range. We looked over several at a recent show. The Cedar Creek did not quite measure up in our opinion. Our two favorites were a Redwood and a Solitude, in that order. The model of Solitude we would like to see was not at the show as was not the Redwood so we just looked at how they were laid out and put together. You just can't see what is hidden but with just a cursory look we liked the Redwood best. It appears their 3401RL would be a nice fit for us and our truck so it will be on the list. What I would love to consider is an Artic Fox 32-5M but without traveling hundreds of miles we will never see one. Their downside for the wife is they absolutely will not do a residential fridge. That is a deal breaker for her. We had several repeat bad experiences with a Norcold in a previous motorhome we owned.

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JTrac wrote:

Their downside for the wife is they absolutely will not do a residential fridge. That is a deal breaker for her. We had several repeat bad experiences with a Norcold in a previous motorhome we owned.

Good luck with your search.

did you mean without a residential fridge?

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philh wrote:

JTrac wrote:

Their downside for the wife is they absolutely will not do a residential fridge. That is a deal breaker for her. We had several repeat bad experiences with a Norcold in a previous motorhome we owned.

Good luck with your search.

did you mean without a residential fridge?


Of course that is what I meant. Leaving out one word changes the whole meaning. Should have said "without" a residential fridge. We lost food several times with the Norcold double door 12cf gas/electric. We changed it out to a Samsung 18cf before we sold the motorhome and that is what we have in our current fifth wheel. It cools down quickly and stays there. Plus there's plenty of room for our occasional 5 to 6 week trips.

* This post was edited 02/07/20 08:40pm by JTrac *

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The way I read your statement was that Redwood absolutely would not put in a residential refrigerator. I think you stated what you meant correctly the first time. The key word is "they". [emoticon]
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We were looking at Solitudes then was shared this picture.
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The problem with a residential fridge is that you limit yourself to CGs with power. No going to various festivals where very often power sites are are limited or not available at all.

Running a generator all the time is not an option. A residential fridge needs an inverter. An inverter needs a decent sized battery bank. A decent sized battery bank needs room & is going to be heavy.

Typically RV builders allow room for only 2 X 6V batterys. This capacity is fine for running TVs, chargers & the occasional coffee maker. It is not enough for all that stuff plus a residential fridge for any length of time.

The only way to get around the problem, costing even more money, is to install non gassing batteries somewhere inside.


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