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Old 01-18-2016, 04:35 AM   #1
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Residential fridges...

I'm sure this question may have been asked at sometime in some another location, but my search has not found it at this point...... So, here it is: My rv fridge is no longer working, and so I purchased a small residential fridge to install. I hadn't gotten around to installing it, when my daughter needed a fridge to get her through until hers was repaired. Upon unpacking it, she informed me that in the manual it specifically stated that this unit was not for use in rvs. Has anyone else come across this, and is it just a CYA statement by the manufacturer; or are there some units that are truly unsafe for rvs? I would appreciate any input here.
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CYA statement. I don't believe it concerns safety as much as warrantee repairs.
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I think twinboat is largely correct, but I have read stories about some residential refrigerators not working well with modified sine wave inverters. Pure sine wave inverters cost more, and if you're planning to purchase a dedicated inverter just for the fridge, I would spend the extra money and sleep well.



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It's a Warranty issue. If something breaks, it probably won't be warranted. I have a GE put in one year ago. I try not to run it on the road. It holds temperature for 6-8 hours easily.
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Newer RV's are now coming with residential fridge's, so maybe it would be OK. I put in a Whirlpool and called them to register the warranty. At first they said they wouldn't warrantee it, but when I pointed out that Whirlpool was being installed in RVs, they changed their mind.
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It's a Warranty issue. If something breaks, it probably won't be warranted. I have a GE put in one year ago. I try not to run it on the road. It holds temperature for 6-8 hours easily.
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Is there a reason for not running it while driving?
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Is there a reason for not running it while driving?

I believe his thoughts are the bumping down the road could impact the mechanicals while they are running....... Probably not but erring on the side of caution is not a bad thing 😃
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I believe his thoughts are the bumping down the road could impact the mechanicals while they are running....... Probably not but erring on the side of caution is not a bad thing 😃
That's basically it. I wouldn't want to go over a real rough patch of road while the compressor is running. I suspect this is part of the reason why they don't warranty these things for RV use. Yes, i am probably erring on the side of caution. These new energy efficient fridges do really hold temperature for a long time, and we rarely drive more than 6-7 hours.





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That's basically it. I wouldn't want to go over a real rough patch of road while the compressor is running. I suspect this is part of the reason why they don't warranty these things for RV use. Yes, i am probably erring on the side of caution. These new energy efficient fridges do really hold temperature for a long time, and we rarely drive more than 6-7 hours.
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Do you also disable the compressor for your suspension and air brakes, and the dash A/C compressor before you go over a real rough patch of road?
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The point I was trying to make is this:
We all sometimes go over"real rough roads" with compressors running.
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The point I was trying to make is this:
We all sometimes go over"real rough roads" with compressors running.
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I don't think refridgerator compressors were actually designed to go bouncing down the highway.

The other stuff was.

I got 6 years on my residential fridge bouncing in my boat, in some nasty conditions. Seems like they can take it.

Maybe in 10 or 15 years we will see all sorts of posts about failed compressors in RVs.
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The point I was trying to make is this:
We all sometimes go over"real rough roads" with compressors running.
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I feel a/c compressors and air compressors are made for this. I know most refrigeration equipment after being moved needs to sit for 30 minutes before starting.
Again, I'm just probably erring on the side of caution.
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I feel a/c compressors and air compressors are made for this. I know most refrigeration equipment after being moved needs to sit for 30 minutes before starting.
Again, I'm just probably erring on the side of caution.
The reason for letting a fridge sit for a while after moving is so the compressor oil can flow back into the compressor. This is meant for those who transport the fridge on it's side or laid down on the front. The oil will run out of the compressor into the tubes and condenser. Letting it sit allows the oil to run down back into the compressor.
If you don't lay the camper on it's side or roll it over then you should be just fine. LOL
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