Originally Posted by dcheshire
One last consideration before you buy a dorm fridge. It will likely hurt your resale. LP fridges are spendy, but the next person you sell to might like to dry camp. I turned down a couple of units when I was shopping because they had pulled the LP fridge out and put in a 110V only fridge.
If you're going to keep it forever and don't care, then do whatever works for your family
Those numbers do balance out in the end. I'm looking for a very particular plan, vintage, and I find it's pretty common for them to have been swapped to the cheap dorm fridge. My approach is to get some money knocked off the asking price, unless they've started at a realistic asking price. (One I looked at was probably 80% higher than a realistic price, had a dorm fridge and some hokey jury-rigging with the umbilical/brakes/running lights. Even pointing this out to the seller elicited no more than a 2% reduction. He apparently is still trying to sell it.)
My point is, if you're never going to use it for traveling, you'll save about $1k going with the dorm fridge, but expect to lose that $1k on resale unless you find one of Mr. Barnum's favorite people as a buyer.
Oh, and do *NOT* remove/destroy the venting system for the RV fridge. That would be a deal-killer, you'd have to find someone who's either totally green or is OK with keeping the dorm fridge forever.