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Old 03-11-2015, 08:41 AM   #15
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Jim, Thanks for your reply. i am currently looking to buy a 34RL. Yes gas/electric fridge is a $2023 option. Jayco Pinnacle has no option on fridge. I might bite the bullet as I'm concerned about what happens when there are power failures in campgrounds. We have been through several. Not interested in carrying generator either.
I'd like to discuss the 34RL with you. Contact me at 34olds@aol.com

I think most of the cost for the rv fridge option includes the addition of a propane system too... which can be handy as well for a lot of us -just fyi.
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:14 AM   #16
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How about some details on how you accomplish this without hookups. Generator, solar, large battery bank?
Since I am not a big fan of generator noise, for me this sounds like a minimum of four GC2 batteries and 600-800 watts of solar.
We are set up for boondocking. 645v watts of solar. 750 AH battery bank and generator with an AGS (automatic generator start), for those days with lack of sun. Not a big fan of generator noise either, but sure glad we have that option.
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None of the absorption units I had ever worked well when the temp got into the 90's. Plus I always worried about the fire issue. You will ultimately regret buying one. Especially when you go to sell the RV down the line. Res fridge will drastically improve your entire RV experience.
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What I would do (what we did actually) fill up the roof with solar panels and install extra batteries (identical size and type, true deep cycle not hybrid) and opt for the residential fridge which comes with an inverter already installed, upgrade to pure sinewave if you want to, to run the microwave and tv. Cost and weight compared to a RV fridge are similar but lower when considering the cost of a generator.
We boondock 90% of the time and never turn off the fridge during the year. Important with solar is to recharge the batteries fast in the morning. We even run the water heater on solar from time to time but our setup is probably over the top .
Solar can be very rewarding when done properly and only hurts once and not every time when you need to buy gas or propane.
Oh, and did I mention residential fridges don't have these ridiculous temperature fluctuations.
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Jim, Thanks for your reply. i am currently looking to buy a 34RL. Yes gas/electric fridge is a $2023 option. Jayco Pinnacle has no option on fridge. I might bite the bullet as I'm concerned about what happens when there are power failures in campgrounds. We have been through several. Not interested in carrying generator either.
I'd like to discuss the 34RL with you. Contact me at 34olds@aol.com
I have tried twice to send an e-mail to you but your e-mail account rejects me.

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Some info on what sort of lifestyle the OP is looking for might produce some meaningful answers.

For instance, if he is a dedicated boondocker then residential fridge demands 100% guaranteed power and the only way do get that is to have large enough battery capacity and more than enough solar to get the batteries up to full charge after a few cloudy days - OR have a generator.

Extra cost for an Absorption fridge is $2000. Alternative cost for quiet generator plus extra batteries plus extra solar is $2000++
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Looked at 34RL again today. Battery compartment has info sheet with instructions to install four 6 Volt Batteries. This may run the fridge much longer without hookups. I was thinking it would use two 12 Volt Batteries. What setup do you use for batteries? Any info you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Looking forward to communicating with you about the 34RL. I am concerned about weight also. Not mine but the fiver weight. lol

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What I would do (what we did actually) fill up the roof with solar panels and install extra batteries (identical size and type, true deep cycle not hybrid) and opt for the residential fridge which comes with an inverter already installed, upgrade to pure sinewave if you want to, to run the microwave and tv. Cost and weight compared to a RV fridge are similar but lower when considering the cost of a generator.
We boondock 90% of the time and never turn off the fridge during the year. Important with solar is to recharge the batteries fast in the morning. We even run the water heater on solar from time to time but our setup is probably over the top .
Solar can be very rewarding when done properly and only hurts once and not every time when you need to buy gas or propane.
Oh, and did I mention residential fridges don't have these ridiculous temperature fluctuations.
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John it seems you have a great system for electric needs, however isn't the cost of your system pretty high with solar, generator, and other equipment to operate it? We do not full time and adding weight and equipment and cost is something I"m trying to avoid.

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Russ, our solar system evolved over 5 years and so have the cost, we love ours and would do it again in a heartbeat.
The weight can be an issue but the residential fridge weighs a lot less than a comparable RV fridge (if I'm not mistaken), so there is some give and take either way you go.
I'm confident you could put a decent system together for under $1500 for the fridge and to watch tv, the key is to start with the right components and make it upgradeable. The only real caveat I see is when you're set up under trees that completely block the sunlight, there you would need a small generator or portable solar panels. This forum has some excellent information in the Going Green section. The sky is (literally) the limit for solar customization.
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We like our RV fridge. We have a Norcold 10 cf and it has never given us a bit of problems. None of our RV fridges have. If we wanted to switch to a residential type, it would have to be just as small as our current RV fridge. Love the versatility of an RV fridge. Our fridge stays consistently around 36 degrees and the freezer stays consistently around 0-4 degrees. That is better than the residential fridge we have in our garage.
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The plus side to RV fridges is they're for the most part silent. Our home fridge is noisy. The one before was quieter. Residential fridges have compressors that cam make noise. I would hope the Samsung Res fridges they put in most RV's are relatively quiet.
We only have an 8cuft NORCOLD in our 5er but it stays cool even up to 104*. BTDT last year in Redding Ca.
Don't get me wrong, if and when we upsize to a larger 5er and It has the Res fridge I'll be happy. But for now I'm just as happy. Plus I don't have to pack 4 Trojan 6V batteries. I would like to see a single wide Res option. The wife and I can't even fill our side by side at home.
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I have had both RV absorption and 120V residential refigerators in my RV's. I doubt I'll buy another absorption fridge. The Samsung refrigerator in our current 5th wheel has great capacity, very efficient, cools MUCH faster and is very quiet. The only folks that knock residential refigerators are those that have never tried one.
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I have had both RV absorption and 120V residential refigerators in my RV's. I doubt I'll buy another absorption fridge. The Samsung refrigerator in our current 5th wheel has great capacity, very efficient, cools MUCH faster and is very quiet. The only folks that knock residential refigerators are those that have never tried one.

I have a "res" fridge in the house....pretty noisy. In the small space of an rv it would drive me crazy.
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I have a "res" fridge in the house....pretty noisy. In the small space of an rv it would drive me crazy.
Obviously ALL fridges are not quiet so when shopping for a residential you have to be diligent in your choices.

My Samsung RF-197 which sits directly in back of my dining chair where I do all of my PC work is never heard except when it is dropping cubes out of the ice maker tray.

I would get yourself a quiet one. There are plenty of choices out there now.

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