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Old 11-03-2015, 07:45 PM   #15
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We had a Norcold in our previous Journey, in our American Tradition we have the Whirlpool, would never think of going back to a RV type again.
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Old 11-03-2015, 09:20 PM   #16
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Can't imagine not having the residential fridge. We've had other coaches with the gas/electric fridges and there is no comparison in size and temperature control. Ice cream isn't mushy and the ice maker is SO nice to have.
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Old 11-03-2015, 09:24 PM   #17
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Great way to go if you don't boondock.
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Ditto on won't go back. Installed a Samsung RF18 in May. Really keeps things properly cold. Replaced smallish Dometic and lost a pantry but SWMBO is very happy. Travel and life style did not require an inverter but I installed one anyhow auto power change-over, etc.
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Old 11-04-2015, 08:42 AM   #19
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Ah ha - something I don't believe that my 2000 Gulfstream (Class C) doesn't have.

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Old 11-04-2015, 08:15 PM   #20
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We love our residential refer, just make sure your inverter will support it.
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Old 11-04-2015, 09:41 PM   #21
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Residential fridge

Well I just had my 3 year old Dometic four door fridge replaced by Forest River. I have had issues off and on since I bought the MH in 2012. They replaced it and added a baffle and a extra fan to the back. The baffle forces the air from the three fans over the coils. I was about to replace it with a residential refrigerator but as this option was free I thought I would try this. Glad I did. This thing works like a charm. We are in South Florida and it's been 90 plus for a couple of weeks. The fridge holds at 33-36 and keeps my ice cream hard. This thing works so much better.
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Ok, so what do you do if you plan to stay a week in a NFS campground? Anyone regularly boondocking with a res fridge?
We like boondocking, especially in the NFS campgrounds. We meet all of our current electrical needs (Norcold, AquaHot, tv, charging stuff, etc) with a couple of hours of generator use twice a day.
I don't recall any real data on actual res fridge power consumption. So what does it actually take? How many amp hours? How many batteries? How many hours of charge time?

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Ok, so what do you do if you plan to stay a week in a NFS campground? Anyone regularly boondocking with a res fridge?
We like boondocking, especially in the NFS campgrounds. We meet all of our current electrical needs (Norcold, AquaHot, tv, charging stuff, etc) with a couple of hours of generator use twice a day.
I don't recall any real data on actual res fridge power consumption. So what does it actually take? How many amp hours? How many batteries? How many hours of charge time?

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We're going to have to find out ourselves, but what I've seen so far is that power usage is pretty low and not much more than the RV ones using electronic controls and propane take. But our rig is a power hog anyway! Just changed out over 60 10W halogen lights for LED's. Didn't do it to save power, wanted the far lower heat output as some of ours were melted and a few had melted into the headliner!
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If we're boondocking, we run the generator about 1.5 hours in the morning during breakfast and showers and then about an hour in the evening during dinner. Along with the refer, we running lights, DirecTV receiver, 40" TV and other small items.
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Old 11-05-2015, 08:42 AM   #25
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Ok, so what do you do if you plan to stay a week in a NFS campground? Anyone regularly boondocking with a res fridge?
We like boondocking, especially in the NFS campgrounds. We meet all of our current electrical needs (Norcold, AquaHot, tv, charging stuff, etc) with a couple of hours of generator use twice a day.
I don't recall any real data on actual res fridge power consumption. So what does it actually take? How many amp hours? How many batteries? How many hours of charge time?

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There's a lot of information about this in several older threads.

Changing to residential fridge did not change our lifestyle. When I switched the fridge, I added additional house batteries. With the absorption fridge, our generator use was two hours morning and again in the evening. Our generator usage with the residential fridge is exactly the same.

I haven't spent any time taking detailed data on this. I did use a Kill A Watt to find out that the res. fridge is drawing 1.3 Amps when running. I learned that it runs about 10 minutes per hour. I concluded the fridge wasn't using much power.

I think there's a few things that have made the new residential fridges a viable option.

- Our Norcold fridge was an absolute power hog. Our new residential fridge is a power miser.
- Our Norcold fridge was poorly insulated and sealed, so it ran a lot. Our new residential fridge is very well insulated and sealed, so it runs very little.
- Our Norcold fridge did it's job poorly. Our residential fridge does it's job extremely well.
- Our Norcold fridge needed to be emptied out often to be defrosted and cleaned. Our residential fridge - never. It always stays dry and clean.

My other personal observation is that our fridge power usage (whether absorption or residential style fridge) is a very small portion of our total power usage. Other systems in the coach are serious power hogs. Whether we run a fridge or not does not change the fact that we need to run our generator two hours morning and again in the evening.

I also recognize that anyone seriously interested in boondocking could solve all power issues by simply adding some solar power. I think solar is today's replacement for yesterday's propane.

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Ok, so what do you do if you plan to stay a week in a NFS campground? Anyone regularly boondocking with a res fridge?
We like boondocking, especially in the NFS campgrounds. We meet all of our current electrical needs (Norcold, AquaHot, tv, charging stuff, etc) with a couple of hours of generator use twice a day.
I don't recall any real data on actual res fridge power consumption. So what does it actually take? How many amp hours? How many batteries? How many hours of charge time?

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+1. Enquiring minds want to know. I boondock most of the time. Just curious how many amp-hours\day are consumed by the residential fridge on 12 volts in the real world? Anyone taken any data?
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I would not have another Norcold or Dometic frig in my RV again, unless they improve them a lot.

WE have a 22 cu.ft side by side, 4 six volt batteries and a solar charging system. We do not boondock so we are not concerned with the power.

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+1. Enquiring minds want to know. I boondock most of the time. Just curious how many amp-hours\day are consumed by the residential fridge on 12 volts in the real world? Anyone taken any data?
7.6 c.f. apartment size, 120 volt fridge. 1 amp AC, 10 amp DC. Runs 50% of the time = 120 AH. On my boat, at anchor, in the FL Keys, during winter.

Many boaters run residential refridgerators. Gas on unattended appliances is not allowed.
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