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Old 12-29-2008, 04:49 PM   #1
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We are looking at and will probably buy, in the very near future, a Phaeton 36 QSH. If we go with the Norcold, as we have in our present coach, no problem. One of the options is a full home (120 AC) unit. We have friends that have a home unit in their coach a like it very much.

Any thoughts one vs. the other?
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Old 12-29-2008, 04:49 PM   #2
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We are looking at and will probably buy, in the very near future, a Phaeton 36 QSH. If we go with the Norcold, as we have in our present coach, no problem. One of the options is a full home (120 AC) unit. We have friends that have a home unit in their coach a like it very much.

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Old 12-29-2008, 07:05 PM   #3
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My Norcold has functioned well and keeps everything cold. If we have a party or meeting and are in and out a lot it can challenge it for a time. If I had the option, I'd go with the house refrigerator. Enjoy your Tiffin, I have mine.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:56 AM   #4
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Hi lthrnk,
I'd also go with the whole house (120VAC) fridge. If you do this, make sure you understand how the fridge will be powered, when not connected to shore power. Must the generator be running? Is the power source from the inverter? If the inverter, consider getting the largest inverter available. Also consider getting the largest number of coach batteries that will fit in the coach. I say this because I travel quite a bit in the hot summer months. This is when the fridge will need a lot of power.
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Hey Gary, Happy Holidays.

The coach equipped with the whole house refer has an additional 2 6 volt batteries (6 total) and a 3000 watt inverter to handle the load. I would think that should do it.

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I would recommend you think about how you will be using the coach. If you are going to be plugged into shore power much of the time the decision for a domestic refrigerator would be fine. If you plan to be off grid most of the time, boon docking, then you may want an ammonia-water absorption unit so it can be run off LP gas. Good luck and enjoy!
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I would go with the house fridge. We never boondock and are always camped in an rv park with full hook-ups.
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I'm another one that would suggest the residential style refridgerator. We chose that option when we ordered our Allegro Bus and are absolutely thrilled with it. The fridge run off the inverter and batteries when not connected to shore power and has much more storage than the Dometic. There's no more dealing with worrying about leveling the LP style fridge, or traveling with propane running the refridgerator.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">If you are going to be plugged into shore power much of the time the decision for a domestic refrigerator would be fine. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
That's us. However, I'll have to wait until this one dies or we get the new coach 10 years from now.
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Another vote for the residential refrigerator. I agree with all of Joe-K's reasons for that choice.
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First, thank you for all the replies and input, much appreciated.

Well we finished crunching all of the numbers; got our 10 pounds of flesh from the dealer and have cut a deal that works for us.

The coach, 2009 Phaeton 36 QSH, has the 4 door Norcold and that is the way we will go for now. Might have been nice to have the res. refer. but we are used to the Norcold so no problem.

We plan to do more boondocking this year, and the next few as well so it will work.

Again, thanks for all of the input, it is seriously appreciated and was certainly not ignored.

Mike & Janet
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Another option is available- 12V refrigerators with a 120VAC converter option for shore power.
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Mike & Janet,

Enjoy your new Phaeton. May it give you as much pleasure as mine has me.
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