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Old 02-20-2007, 06:55 AM   #1
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Need input on what refrigerator to get.....Amana Residential 21 cu ft or Dometic 14 cu ft that runs on propane and electric. Thinking seriously upgrading to new 40 footer. We would not be full timing and do like to dry camp. Seems like most new Coaches have residential refrigerators. Any input would be helpful. We have Dometic 14 cu ft. now that has served us well........thinking it might be nice to have more refrigerator space, but concerned about not having propane option!!!........OPINIONS ......
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Old 02-20-2007, 06:55 AM   #2
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Need input on what refrigerator to get.....Amana Residential 21 cu ft or Dometic 14 cu ft that runs on propane and electric. Thinking seriously upgrading to new 40 footer. We would not be full timing and do like to dry camp. Seems like most new Coaches have residential refrigerators. Any input would be helpful. We have Dometic 14 cu ft. now that has served us well........thinking it might be nice to have more refrigerator space, but concerned about not having propane option!!!........OPINIONS ......
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Old 02-20-2007, 09:49 AM   #3
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Dry camping would seem to argue for the 14cf model. If you order that w/the HHot option, your fillup on propane should last you 1.5-2 years. The res fridge needs to cycle the gen regularly, and since I place a high premium on peace & quiet (that's why I ordered the HHot), the elec/propane model gets my vote.
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Old 02-20-2007, 10:08 AM   #4
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Mike,
The extra refer space is simply wonderful. If Nancy is like Cyndi she takes everything that may ever be possibly needed for a weekend trip... thus... 21 ft wins over 14 ft . I dont know if the new Dometic has ice maker and water in the door, but those (to me anyway) are pluses too.

However, EMike has a big point. Generator usage is definitely up with the residential refer. We camped at DRR and ran the gen about 3.5-4 hrs a day to keep the batteries up. We only run the stove top on propane (since we have HHot and residential refer) so the propane should last us till we.... hmmmmm... who knows how long that could be.
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We have the residential frig and love it for the extra space, especially in the freezer. However, we don't dry camp that often...DRR and the ocean once or twice each year is about it. My understanding is that it is not a huge draw on the batteries, though it does seem like it should be a big draw. When we are dry camping, we normally run the generator for about 2 hours in the morning and another hour before bed. We don't have solar panels for the house batteries, so that is probably part of the equation, too. If you have a bunch of solar panels, maybe you wouldn't have to run the generator so much.

Mike, if you and Nancy do a lot of dry camping, perhaps Engineer Mike is correct that the Dometic would be a better choice.
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Old 02-20-2007, 06:38 PM   #6
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Darn Mike and Nancy, a new coach. I'd go for the RV fridge. You know we dry camp over 50% of the time. Patty can take enough in our refer for two weeks worth of meals. Heck, the first of January we feed Interstate 40 east bound

Run that refer on propane and forget about it. Like "EM the Great " we like the peace and quiet too. In fact this last weekend we dry camped with two other RV's and wished we had been off on our own. It's one thing to hear our own gen set run 1-2 hours a day, but to listen to others running 5-6 hours .

Now about dry camping and 40 feet
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Mike & Nancy - We have had the Amana Refrig in both of our coaches and really love it. On our new Apex we have 8 Glass Matt batteries that we bought directly from Life Line and took them up to the factory to be installed. We find that the refrig doesn't draw down these batteries like it did the other Interstate batteries.

If you would like info on the batteries - send us a PP.
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I have the residential and my wife would not be with out it. I also like the fact the Ice maker can keep up in 100 degree weather and keep Ice cream hard. Maybe the newer propane refers will but the ones in my last 3 coaches would not.

But when it comes to dry camping the propane unit definitely wins. My coach is 2 years old and I have 650 hours on my generator. I don't consider my self to be a big dry camper.
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Sounds like to dry camp or not to dry camp is the issue--camping out at DRR has not been a problem for us (3-4hrs each day on generator is not bad. Despite having a minor freon leak in our Amana, we still wouldnt trade. Realize that propane RV frig technology has been around for a long time--however, there is just something wrong about having to boil ammonia with an open flame inside the coach to cool your food and drink. Think we'll stay with a residential frig--know what I mean?
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Old 02-22-2007, 05:23 PM   #10
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Thank You all for your input.....We will be going for Amana residential
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I dont think you will regret it.

by the way, if I didnt tell you at the Rally, I think the Paint Shop did a great job on your coach
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Mike & Nancy,

I agree with Hugh...I don't think you'll regret getting the Amana either. The extra space is wonderful and the ice & water dispenser on the door is, well, indispensible!

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