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Old 05-26-2016, 08:32 PM   #1
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Residential Fridge Use Report

Many folks are asking about residential fridges so here's my report FWIW. Samsung 18cf came installed and with only one battery. Dealership added one at my insistence. They're typical hybrid Interstate "RV/Marine" batteries so nothing special.

Arrived home last night at 6pm and did not hook up to 120v power. Put out the slides and used the 6-point leveling and left fridge running off the inverter overnight. Was still running fine at 11pm today. Unloaded and pulled in the slides okay, BUT I didn't have enough volts left to retract the levelers.

Regardless, I am satisfied the fridge ran for 17 hours on admittedly inexpensive batteries. Four 6v batteries would be much better. Also, no inside problems as we made sure the fridge stuff was well packed and no glass jars were allowed to roll around. We don't think fridge bars will be necessary.
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:45 PM   #2
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Yep, we are madly in love with our Samsung. I put it in two and a half years ago and still love it.

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Old 05-28-2016, 06:35 AM   #3
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I installed a Samsung in the motorhome we used to have. They are real misers when it comes to power consumption. The Whirlpool we have now seems to be just about as good.

FWIW, if you run the batteries down far enough they don't have enough power to retract the jacks you could be doing damage to the batteries. Repeated discharge below 50% (approx 12.1 to 12.2 volts) can seriously shorten the life of the batteries.
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Fridge bars are necessary. Perhaps not right now but as you go along and add and remove food stuf to the fridge you will most likely want a bar to hold things in place.
However, fridge bats will not hold everything. A whole watermelon is an example.
Trust me on that one.
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Old 05-28-2016, 05:57 PM   #5
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We have a Samsung 197 and are very pleased with it. I have four Costco 6 volt batteries and turn the refrigerator off at night if dry camping. The batteries do discharge if the refrigerator is left on all night but turning it off is OK. Used to do that when we lived on a sailboat. Foods stay cool and frozen food stays frozen. I've convinced my wife to put the glass jars in door trays and that seems to work well but she also uses tension bars to try to hold everything else in place. Some of those sharp curves or exits from parking lots really toss things around in the refrig even when I think I'm careful.
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Originally Posted by ralphie View Post

Was still running fine at 11pm today. Unloaded and pulled in the slides okay, BUT I didn't have enough volts left to retract the levelers.
Sounds like you will be purchasing a set of new batteries before long unless you keep them from draining below 50% SOC which is 12.1 - 12.2 VDC. They can only do that for so long before they're shot.

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