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Old 08-05-2018, 02:45 PM   #1
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Remove Basement Freezer

Can you remove the basement freezer and still use the slide out tray? I was looking at a manufacturer of slide out trays, and the freezer trays are manufactured without a bottom panel. Also, does the provided freezer use a standard 110v plug? We are looking at ordering a new Mountain Aire, and I need to know if I keep this option, can I remove the refrigerator/freezer as needed.
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We keep our freezer in storage most of the time and just put a piece of plywood in the tray as a floor for other storage uses. The 110v plug on ours is standard.
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The freezer in our '02 DSDP was both 12 and 120 volt.
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Thanks. Re-looking the basement freezer was made standard for 2019. Glad to know I can remove as needed.
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Remove Basement Freezer

I was at FMCA Rally last month and there was a guy there selling Dometic coolers. The unit I liked had two compartments instead of one with separate controls so you can run one side as a freezer and the other as a refrigerator. It was $900.

Now Newmar gets a bit over $1,800 for theirs. But of course that includes the tray and prep for electrical.

You might see if they will sell you the tray separate and get your own chest. Or thereís lots of folks selling trays of all types for less than Newmar charges. And many of those are better trays IMO. Iím sure they will put in a 120 volt outlet for you.

Of course, if itís now standard, this wonít matter to your MA, but maybe some DS folks could benefit.
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Bring a strong friend to help lift it out. They do come in handy on long trips as an additional fridge or freezer. I use ours to carry bottles of water, soda and beer. Ours is still original and doesn't have two sections like the new ones - its either all a fridge or a freezer. My wife is saying on this upcoming trip, we'll need more freezer space....
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We ordered our coach with the tray and the electrical, but no freezeer, as I already had a basement fridge/freezer from our prior coach. After delivery, I decided to use the tray for my tool box and installed a plywood floor in the tray. Worked out great.
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The freezer in our '02 DSDP was both 12 and 120 volt.
Was your rig on a Spartan or Freightliner chassis?

Mine has precious little room in the front bay wired for a fridge/freezer when it comes to door height (18 1/2" but the gas strut robs from that height). Just the puny ones fit that opening and I'd have to remove the strut.
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I'd prefer to lose the dishwasher in the kitchen before losing the fridge/freezer in the basement.
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