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Old 12-02-2013, 04:21 PM   #1
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Residential or Standard Fridge for 3634 Ventana?

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I'm finalizing my Ventana 2014 / 3634 order. The only thing that I keep going back and forth on is the fridge. My wife would prefer the residential model for the extra room and for the outside dispenser. I'm worried about the batteries not lasting through the night when we are dry camping. Some of the sites we can't run the generator past 7pm and not before 10 am. Will this cause a problem or will it work just fine with the inverter?
Our new MH should be ready by the end of January.

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Old 12-02-2013, 04:36 PM   #2
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Go residential. You won't be disappointed. The fridge will run off the inverter and should easily last the night and then some, assuming that you typically sleep at night and aren't running all of your other electric items all night long. And keep in mind that the insulation on the residential fridge is much better so even is you drain the batteries during an extended period away from shore or gennie power, with the fridge door closed it'll do an impressive job at keeping things cold.
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:41 PM   #3
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:50 PM   #4
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I prefer gas powered rv fridge but we dry camp during the winter. I think it depends on if you predominately dry camp or have full hook ups.
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:50 PM   #5
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I also support residential. If there is an option for (2) additional batteries, consider it. You may also think about adding solar panels down the line also.
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:57 PM   #6
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REsidential fridge and if possible get four 6volt golf cart type batteries. You will then likely run the fridge at least 24 hours
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:31 PM   #8
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Pretty sure you will need six house batteries and some solar if you use tvs etc. but the residential fridge is the way to go.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:37 PM   #9
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In our 2013 Canyon Star we have ran the Fridge for 48 hours and not drained the batteries if you put the Fridge on energy saver mode it does very well. I was concerned when we first got our MH but now so glad we went with the residential fridge
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Get the auto start feature on the generator too.
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Congratulations on your new coach. Have had both type of reefer---and much prefer the residential reefer. If you get the residential reefer you won't have to worry about fires and it cools better and faster. If you're really worried about overnight battery drain while dry camping you could turn off the reefer at night, and provided you don't open the reefer door during the night, it'll still be plenty cool inside the reefer when you get up the next morning and crank up the genny.

I typically see our residential reefer pulling 3 amps (according to my energy panel) but I don't know if that's with the compressor running. Anyway, 3 amps all night is only 24 amp hours---well within the capability of the batteries without discharging them horribly. Other posters may be able to give you a better amp draw with the compressor on, but remember the compressor doesn't run all the time. Good luck
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We will not go back to a standard RV frig, ever.


A tip for those that think they run all day and night: Close the doors. It helps a lot. Just something to think about.
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We will not go back to a standard RV frig, ever. A tip for those that think they run all day and night: Close the doors. It helps a lot. Just something to think about.
But John: this was my solution to air condition from battery bank. Cheaper than a king aire.
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Residential is the way to go. Get all the coach batteries that will fit. Enjoy
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