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Old 11-06-2013, 06:24 PM   #1
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Hi all. The wife and I are looking at a Mobile Suites with a Residential refrigerator, And my question is are there any problems with driving all day before hooking back up to external power?
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If the refer was factory install then the battery bank and inverter should be sized to run it with no trouble. Even if it was added later the inverter should use power from the alternator to keep the batteries charged. Shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:28 PM   #5
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We have a MH WITH A RESI. FRIDGE LUV it.
Run all day and no problems.
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You should have an inverter to power the frig. Make sure you have a large battery bank and a charge line back from the tow truck.

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Old 11-07-2013, 10:52 AM   #7
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Make sure it has an inverter. The early produced Mobile Suites didn't come with an inverter, it was an option that had to be ordered, some dealers didn't.
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As stated :
1) you will love it - no more hot food or milk
2) even if not properly sized batteries and inverter - how long will you drive between stops ? MOST res fridges will stay cold for hours if not opened !
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I believe Mr D is correct. They come with an inverter and dedicated battery. Post this question or any other about Drv products on the Suites owners site, www.suitesowners.com. You can sign up with little info and post any question on the "prospective owner" thread in the discussion forum.
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1) you will love it - no more hot food or milk
2) even if not properly sized batteries and inverter - how long will you drive between stops ? MOST res fridges will stay cold for hours if not opened !
I have a residential fridge, which is not hooked up to an inverter. However, I don't travel more than 250-300 miles a day and only open the fridge, at lunch time. Never had any problems with food staying cold enough. However, I do run, with my generator occasionally, for A/C, because the DW complains about being "hot". Therefore, my fridge runs, at the same time.
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We have a fifth wheel with a residential fridge. It has a battery bank and inverter, but according to the battery voltage before and after we drive for a day, it has hardly kicked on. Fridge still reads 0 and 32 degrees upon arrival. No problems whatsoever and so much more room than even the largest rv/absorption fridges.
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Not mentioned in this thread is HOW to travel with a residential refrigerator.

Today we needed to leave the brother-in-law's to get propane (down right cold in TX these days) and top off the fuel in prep for our lower TX trip next month. Well, the adventure started with the frig when a rude driver cut me off while I was making a tight right turn on a busy street. The back tire went over the curb (Poor design of intersection curbing. Was black from truck tires.) and the top doors of the frig flung open dumping the content on the floor! What a mess!

Morel to the story? Using the freezer lock will not keep the top doors shut in times of troubled waters. Now we are using a bungee on the handles to at least keep things in.

Overall it was one of those days that is great to have when you are not leaving for good. The propane station was down for meter repairs and would not fill us from a truck. The place they sent us to was in the opposite direction to their directions. When we finally arrived, the LP was on the other side of cratered lot around the big repair building. (Big Tex Trailer) Oh yea. We had to backtrack the cratered nursery because there was no other way out. And they were only $4 a gal!!!!!!!!!

OK. There is more that went not in our favor. The DEF is getting low so I thought I would top it off. Well don't yea know that after waiting for about 10 min for the 18 wheeler to get rolling I found the dispenser nozzle on the wrong side of the coach. Why not 2??? DEF will have to wate.

Stopped and got diesel for $3.55/gal and was thrilled. Then I drove off with the fuel cap off and the keys in the fuel door.

I hope I have all of my DA pills used up.

Hope your trails are happier than our's were today.

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Rick,

Sorry about your day! Sometimes it's just better to stay in bed (been there done that type of day)

As far as keeping the door closed I can give you two ideas: First is a product called Thumb lock fasteners. Thumb Lock Fasteners they sell one with a 48" strap. Depending on how your refrigerator is placed in your unit, You can mount the fasteners on either side of the refrigerator and use the strap to keep the door shut.
Second:If you have double doors on top and freezer on bottom. Cut a "T" shaped piece of wood then cover it with felt or some type of soft material. You then slide the "T" behind the handles to hold it in place. The top of the "T" goes behind the double doors and the bottom slides behind the freezer door handle. Make sure the wood you use is as thick enough to make it a snug fit.

Or you can do what we do and use both...Works great.

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Sorry about your day! Sometimes it's just better to stay in bed (been there done that type of day)

As far as keeping the door closed I can give you two ideas: First is a product called Thumb lock fasteners. Thumb Lock Fasteners they sell one with a 48" strap. Depending on how your refrigerator is placed in your unit, You can mount the fasteners on either side of the refrigerator and use the strap to keep the door shut.
Second:If you have double doors on top and freezer on bottom. Cut a "T" shaped piece of wood then cover it with felt or some type of soft material. You then slide the "T" behind the handles to hold it in place. The top of the "T" goes behind the double doors and the bottom slides behind the freezer door handle. Make sure the wood you use is as thick enough to make it a snug fit.

Or you can do what we do and use both...Works great.

Good Luck
Great ideas. We have the Maytag French door residential model. The little looped bungee cord with the ball on the end works fine.

Staying in bed was not an option. It got into the 20's last night and the LP furnaces were running frequently. We definitely didn't want to go dry on LP.

Happy trails and warmer ones too,
Rick
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