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Old 08-29-2015, 10:47 PM   #1
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Endurance of residential frig bouncing down road

For those with a residential frig in their rig, I was wondering how many miles and also how few miles driven before the frig needed repairs. And if it ever needed repairs what usually goes out causes the need for repairs?
If repairs are needed, is it very difficult getting a qualified repairman to come to the coach's location to work on it? Or is it better to have a dealership either do the work or if not qualified just have them arrange for repairs?
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Old 08-29-2015, 11:17 PM   #2
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I don't have a residential fridge , per say, I do carry a 3.2 CF compressor type, beer fridge, but I don't run it while mobile. Currently in it's seventh season and as a rough guess 60,000 miles of bouncing around in my last 5er, ( 2 years) and in the basement of my current coach, ( for the last 5).
No repairs required . KoW ( knock on wood )
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Could not running the frig while on the road help in holding down repairs?
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Old 08-29-2015, 11:57 PM   #4
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156K miles and 13 years--so far, so good.....
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Old 08-30-2015, 06:47 AM   #5
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156K miles and 13 years--so far, so good.....
Wow! Are you kidding me? I thought our 2yrs. was doing good with our residential.
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Golly I hope they hold together longer than 2 years. I got 11 years and 74,000 from our Norcold with no problems at all before trading it off.
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156K miles and 13 years--so far, so good.....
May I ask what brand your refrigerator is? That's a great recommendation.
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It is a side by side Amanna--the coach builder use these in all the coaches they made circa 2003 thru 2008. Dont recall any of our owners reporting a fridge issue, other than some problems with the front door electronics based on initial use of MSW inverters vs true SW.....
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"wagonmaster2".......I think after you get some miles on your coach, you'll realize that nothing really moves around in them, which means they're not getting that abused. My last coach has over three years on it. The install I did on my sister's coach is going three years.
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I had about 3yrs on mine when I sold the RV ... no issues. My expectation is probably 10 years or roughly the same as in a house. I think door seals will probably fail before anything else due to RV storage temperatures that are probably higher/lower than the typical house.
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Problem being the quality of materials and how they made them 13 years ago doesn't translate to current day practices. Just get a high quality unit like any of the quality coach makers use, such as Newmar or Tiffen:

Edit: watch the depth, a lot of residential are deeper, you want counter depth.
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We have 4+ years and >40,000 miles on our Samsung RF197 with no problems. With an air suspension chassis, things in the MH really aren't subjected to such terrible shocks.

At this point with typical refrigerator life ~8-12 years, if we had a serious problem I'd just have the entire unit replaced at an RV dealer/remodeler. The one time I spoke with Samsung about repair costs, the cost of a new main board (which pretty much is the only thing that will ever go wrong) wasn't far from the replacement cost of the fridge.
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2 1/2 years and 49,000 miles, including 2 trips to Alaska over some very rough roads. It's a KitchenAid.
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