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Old 04-22-2019, 06:22 AM   #1
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Question Residential Refrigerators

Do you have a residential refrigerator and have you boondocked with it? I understand they are electric only. We're told they are every effecient. I think we were told that the rig has a larger inverter? Is that true? I'm interested to hear your experience with boondocking and are you happy with it's performance overall? How do you clear the water line for the icemaker when you winterize the unit?



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Old 04-22-2019, 06:51 AM   #2
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We have a fifth wheel w/res fridge--have done a lot of dry camping. With factory inverter and 2 cheap batts, was able to drive between CGs before needing to recharge batts.
Simple stuff--if you take out more amps than you put in, the batts are coming down in charge. More/larger batts help, but still like a bank account--Went to solar, if have sun, unlimited time away from gen use; rainy/cloudy, more gen use.
First improvement is more and better/larger batteries, and the fridge will work well between hookups. For boondocking, you WILL need some source of recharge almost daily--solar or gen use.
Keep in mind, small solar setup not too expensive, but larger panel arrays and bigger inverters/wiring gets up in $$ in a hurry if you have it done by a professional. AMSolar did ours.
As to the water line for the icemaker--all I do is disconnect at the supply valve and let water drain out as it is all uphill from the valve. Not sure if that works for all fridges.
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I have never used the unit. I do believe that it is an RV unit, but even if it isn't, with the massive auto start generator, if is a moot point. We had planned on doing a lot of dry camping with it.
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I added 700w of solar and changed the four 6v batteries to Battle Born drop in LiFePo replacements because we are energy hogs when boondocking and didn't want to use the genny all the time. (1000w & 6 batteries would have been better/just right)
If only using fridge (with icemaker) and satelite TV only we would never have to use genny even on overcast days, BUT with othet stupid energy hogs, we need to run genny ~4 hours/day.
Part of the generator run time is due to limited charging amps (~60amps) compared to what batteries could take (~120amps), so I'll be adding an additional charger to supercharge the batteries in half the time.
I always run the genny when using the microwave, because that this will draw ~150 amps (from the inverter), or for other crazy loads and shut the fridge off overnight just to conserve power so we can use our coffee maker first thing in the morning (during quiet hours..)
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HaRVey,

My husband understood what you said, LOL.

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Haha, point taken...
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