Originally Posted by Beerlover
I am looking at an Open Range Residential. I really like the fact that it uses a a normal (big 25cf) everyday refrigerator which would really hold a lot! The question I have is the gas style going to really last quite a bit longer when not connected? The electric one will run for about 24hrs when not connected and then I guess you could just start up the truck and re-charge.
Any thoughts on gas vs electric would be appreciated since I am getting close to pulling the trigger on purchase.
Also, any comments on the quality of the Open Range would be great as well.
Pretty much depends on how you plan to use the rig. If you're going to spend most of your time hooked up to 120v and maybe traveling from place to place during the day, you're probably going to be all right. The website for Open Range was a little light on detail as far as how many batteries are standard or optional. We looked at a Daydreamer a few years ago that had a residential refrigerator. I ran the numbers and figured with four batteries, I might get 24 hours before they were exhausted, without running much of anything else. I don't think hitching up to the truck will get you enough charge at that point.
My best advice is to determine the amp hr. draw of the refrigerator and make your best guess at how long it will run per day, and calculate the drawdown on whatever the battery bank is. Keep in mind, an inverter will also draw power, as will other items in your rig. Like I said initially, a lot will depend on how you plan to use your rig.