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Old 10-05-2011, 06:34 AM   #15
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It sounds like this coach came from the factory with the electric fridge, I would think they did not run a gas line to that area to save the cost of materials and labor.
We also ditched the RV fridge and went with a residential unit, we have two dedicated batteries and 1000 W. inverter.

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Old 10-05-2011, 08:29 AM   #16
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Thanks for all of the great replies. The coach we are considering purchasing is an Alpine 40 ft with a 21Cu' house refer. The coach has about 900AH of batteries so no problem running the refer for a few days without the gen set but then you have to run it for several hours to bring the battery bank back up to full charge.

We boondock for about 4 months straight near folks doing the same. The running of gen sets for extended times is not too neighborly. We would also have about 500 watts of solar on the roof.
My first thought was to change out the home refer but after reading some of the replies to my question I am thinking I should have been more clear as to my intended use and ask if extended stay boondockers use the home type refer along with their likes and dislikes.


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Old 10-05-2011, 11:13 AM   #17
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I am neither an extensive boon docker nor an owner of a RV with a residential refer.

But.....it would seem that a 12' side by side type gas/electric refer conversion on the target unit would be a $3K to $4K cost if the Dometic refer was purchased new from PPL RV. (Norcold seems to have too many issues.)

Dometic RM 1350 Elite @33" wide $3,150 plus shipping and tax at PPL. Another $100 in parts plus labor gets to $4,000 easily without considering cabinet rework.

Only you can determine if peace and quiet is worth the cost.
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:12 AM   #18
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Don't forget that in order to remove the refer the windshield has to be removed also. That's the only way to get it out, unless you remove the slide.

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