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Old 11-02-2015, 11:41 PM   #1
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Residential fridge

Hi, folks! Considering a residential fridge in new coach instead of the usual RV fridge. What are your thoughts and experiences??? All advice welcome!

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Old 11-02-2015, 11:49 PM   #2
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Our last rig had a Dometic unit, replaced the cooling unit once with an Amish unit. Even then it wouldn't get really cool as the door gaskets were bad and the only way to replace them was to buy new doors. Ended up trading the MH off before I could replace the refer.
Now have a 22 cf Kitchen Aid side by side. Lots more room and no problems with it keeping things cold.

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Old 11-03-2015, 05:45 AM   #3
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Old 11-03-2015, 06:10 AM   #4
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We replaced our RV absorption fridge with a residential fridge a few years ago. We would never consider going back to the absorption fridge.

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Old 11-03-2015, 06:24 AM   #5
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A couple years ago threw out the Dometic, and put in a Whirlpool residential. Should have done it sooner. If I was purchasing a new coach, a residential would be a must.
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:31 AM   #6
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This is our first coach with a residential fridge and I agree with the above. No more semi cool drinks and no food spoilage. Doesn't matter if the sun is on the fridge side of the RV anymore making the cooling fans run all day either. Last rig we had when the sun came around to the fridge side those noisy Norcold fans would run and run and run.
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:37 AM   #7
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only way to go. has water/ice on door. I like that the best. Acts as our 2nd fridge while at home!
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Old 11-03-2015, 03:02 PM   #8
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So, how does that work while driving? I'm a complete noob about this one!
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Old 11-03-2015, 03:08 PM   #9
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So, how does that work while driving? I'm a complete noob about this one!

While driving our Samsung runs on the inverter just fine.

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Out previous coach had a Dometic fridge. It was OK and only had the issue of not keeping the ice cream hard enough for my taste. It was, as stated, just OK. The residential I have now is awesome. Doesn't make any difference what the outside temperature is it always works. Through the door ice and water and twice or more the holding capacity.
We have boondocked a couple of times for five days each and have no problems. I would highly recommend a residential fridge.
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Old 11-03-2015, 03:45 PM   #11
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We just swapped our Norcold for a residential fridge. Best decision ever.
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Old 11-03-2015, 04:07 PM   #12
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Agree with all the above...I'd never go back. Our Whirlpool pulls about 3 amps when the compressor is running.
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We won't go back, just to nice not having to mess with it.
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Old 11-03-2015, 06:19 PM   #14
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The "not so cold" was not so good! Got rid of it for the Samsung 197 which was the best change we have made in any of our coaches since year 2000! Runs great on the inverter and the batteries last a couple of days because it uses less power than the Norcold.

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