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Old 07-09-2012, 06:27 PM   #1
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Residential refrigerator

Recently bought a DP with residential refer. While boondocking, the auto defrost takes the batteries down pretty quickly. I am considering interrupting the defrost wire with a toggle switch so I can turn on when plugged in, and turn off when boondocking . I would appreciate any insight on this. I have a three door GE Profile.

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Old 07-09-2012, 09:08 PM   #2
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Thats the electronic model you should be able to turn it off with the controls I would think

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I'm really curious (nosey) as to the advantage of residential refers over regular ol' RV units. Are they more efficient? Do they hold more?
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Residential fridge is more reliable , less chance of it catching fire.
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:27 AM   #5
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I'm really curious (nosey) as to the advantage of residential refers over regular ol' RV units. Are they more efficient? Do they hold more?
Mine is larger. With the bottom mounted freezer unit it is even easier to use as well. The cabinet is deeper. (this means it takes more floor space) Of course it has no way to run on LP or 12V as an RV model will. Therefore a larger inverter is needed as well as more batteries. To a degree, you could say it takes the" camping" part out of RV'n.
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:37 PM   #6
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Even a small residential fridge is usually 40-50% larger than an RV fridge. The biggest absorption fridge model is 12 cu ft, while even apartment size residentials run 16+ and most models are 18-26 cu ft. The cool more reliably and consistently, they circulate cold air inside for a more even temp, and they rarely ever catch fire from leaking corroded boiler tubes. Other than that, they aren't much better.

Modern residential fridges are very economical to run, so there is little or no energy penalty to using one in an RV. The auto defrost and anti-condensation circuits are the most likely to hog energy if trying to boondock for long periods. Some models can turn them off, but not all. If you can't turn them off, just plan on running the generator a bit longer each day. Or add a couple more batteries.

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