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mrebele 04-06-2015 08:40 PM

Residential Refrigerators
I have a question about residential refrigerators. I've seen them mentioned a lot but I don't know much about the advantages and/or disadvantages. We'll be buying a new RV in a year or two, so I'm spending my free time happily researching all the options we have. Right now we are thinking 5th wheel but who knows? If someone can tell me about why we might want to choose a residential refrigerator, it would be a big help. Thanks everyone. You always come through!

Mr_D 04-06-2015 08:48 PM

Frozen ice cream.
Cold beer.
Usually larger than an RV refer but not always.
No worries about a fire from the coolant leaking and the ins co's are starting to ask. That was on the application when I went to Miller ins for ins on the Magna.
But, you may need a bigger battery bank, at least 4-GC-2's and a 2000watt inverter.

Papa_Jim 04-06-2015 10:24 PM

We switched from propane to residential fridge a couple of years ago. We doubled our battery bank at the same time because we boondock quite a bit. We are very happy with the change.

Our next step will be to someday (hopefully soon) add a bit of solar battery charging.

I really do believe that with the solar power that's available today, propane fridges are dinosaurs. :hide:


Mr_D 04-06-2015 10:37 PM


Originally Posted by Papa_Jim (Post 2500546)
I really do believe that with the solar power that's available today, propane fridges are dinosaurs. :hide:


I agree although the Magna has a propane cooktop and a 5.5 gal propane tank. Thinking about going to an induction cooktop but the DW is used to gas both at home and in all the previous MH's as well as back in MN so it may not be possible. She's pretty stubborn!!
Right now we have 4 8D AGM's and 400 watts of solar with room for 2 more 8D's so that wouldn't limit us to make the change.

Ramets 04-07-2015 04:24 AM

If your plans are to do very little boondocking, then by all means go with a residential. Many less headaches....and as mentioned...really COLD beer. We made the switch over a year ago, and should've done it much sooner. But then again I already had plenty of solar, a PSW inverter, and 4 AGM's, so it was a no brainer.

dropaline 04-07-2015 04:40 AM

cold beer
dorm refg in a bay,with an inverter

Lovin2Camp 04-07-2015 05:08 AM

Love the propane option!!!!!!
I would not want a coach without it.........But that's just me...

Waiter21 04-07-2015 05:30 AM

Deja Vu?

Residential Refrigerators operate off of 110. If you have a reasonably constant and reliable source of producing 110, be it from shore power, generator, battery/inverter, or various combinations, this could be a viable option.

The key is, you need to have 110 volts available at that outlet.

530ktm 04-07-2015 08:39 AM

I camp mostly without hookups so the large propane style works great for me. In 20 years of coaches I have never had any issues with them and the new one has an ice maker that works great also. If I only went to parks with hook ups for the most part then I would consider the residential style. You need to know how you intend on using the coach to make the right decision.

Dr4Film 04-07-2015 08:45 AM

Many people have asked the same question. A thorough search on this forum will bring up many threads to keep you busy reading for a long time.

HERE is one that was just recent.

Dr4Film ----- Richard

PDR John 04-07-2015 10:10 AM

Never having to defrost and always a consistent temperature on the inside. Modern inverters are very efficient, (in almost 3 years in this coach) haven't had to run the genny for the frig ever. 25 cf Maytag is a big awesome change from the 12 cf Dometic.

I had to force myself to start using the genny in this coach. We boondock between destinations and after a year i hadn't even put 50 hours on the new genny. Those hours were from exercising, now I run the AC or heat pumps ever couple trips. Never for the frig.

Our old coach we had to run the genny any time we used the microwave. So it got ran a lot.

We won't go back to a 3 way RV frig.

I'm starting to see more 5 wheels using residential frigs now. Even the hardcore boondockers are using them.

OSP1268 04-07-2015 10:18 AM

Having had both kinds we will only have a residential in our next RV! Like previously stated, cold beer, frozen ice cream, temp stays the same. It's the only way to go.

brobox 04-07-2015 06:48 PM

We sold our previous MH mainly to get rid of the gas refrigerator and go all electric with 8 AGM batteries, two inverters and solar. Best decision we have made in an upgrade.

We do not boondock for weeks at a time so all electric works well for our travel style.

mrebele 04-07-2015 07:05 PM

We looked at a Big Horn Fifth Wheel today but won't be buying until at least July so we're still looking at both options. I'll do some more reading and look up past posts, then try to figure out what will meet our lifestyle. I don't think we'll be doing much boondocking so that may make a difference in our decision. Thanks for all of the opinions.

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