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Old 11-06-2015, 09:14 PM   #15
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It's a shame though because I can get it for $450 (almost brand new), and I'm REALLY wanting a white fridge which is so hard to find for RV use (at least on my "used" budget). I guess I could always paint the wood panels of a standard RV one...
If the unit you are looking at doesn't work out, but color is important, you might want to look at this site. You can make your fridge look like about anything you can dream of with these folks.

https://www.fridgefronts.com/default.asp
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Old 11-06-2015, 09:52 PM   #16
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On our older Dometic refrigerator the front panel can be removed and painted or replaced. We used bead board for ours.

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Old 11-06-2015, 10:15 PM   #17
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I would suggest that a residential refer is as robust as the A$ itself. Plus they are relatively inexpensive to replace. If you have a place for enough battery capacity and inverter it makes sense to me to go this route.
I don't know the average miles an A$ owner travels relative to the amount of time spent in their coach. Nor do I know the average life of an RV refer. But I do know the RV units are REALLY expensive. They require venting along with 2 sources of energy plus a third source for control and not very efficient.



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Old 11-07-2015, 07:18 AM   #18
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...I'm REALLY wanting a white fridge which is so hard to find for RV use (at least on my "used" budget). I guess I could always paint the wood panels of a standard RV one...
First off, my apologies for the misquote. Lewster and the expensive RVs are using the marine-grade 110/12V fridges. As they are about the same price as a propane/electric, not much joy there.

bjmckernan, your heart will leap when you see the attached pic, as my Igloo FR1085, is very white, and is on sale again for $200 at Best Buy. There are some detail pics as to how I locked it down, with the thin strip at the side and the cleat at the back. I also wedged in a chunk of 1X4 on the side... it ain't going nowhere.
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Old 11-08-2015, 09:10 AM   #19
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Looks great!

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First off, my apologies for the misquote. Lewster and the expensive RVs are using the marine-grade 110/12V fridges. As they are about the same price as a propane/electric, not much joy there.

bjmckernan, your heart will leap when you see the attached pic, as my Igloo FR1085, is very white, and is on sale again for $200 at Best Buy. There are some detail pics as to how I locked it down, with the thin strip at the side and the cleat at the back. I also wedged in a chunk of 1X4 on the side... it ain't going nowhere.
That's perfect! Sadly, I'm really needing a 2-way fridge since we'll likely be doing a lot of boondocking which is why this residential 2-way one was so unique.

For those of you with only electric, how do you keep your food cold on the road?

Thanks for all the tips everybody... so helpful. The replacement fridge panel tips have been great too!
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Old 11-09-2015, 08:53 AM   #20
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That's perfect! Sadly, I'm really needing a 2-way fridge since we'll likely be doing a lot of boondocking which is why this residential 2-way one was so unique.
With a good inverter/battery/solar setup, you'd be in business!
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Old 11-09-2015, 10:09 AM   #21
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Can I use a "Residential" LP/electric fridge?

My 10 cuft residential fridge draws about 120 watts (one amp) @ 120 volts AC when the compressor is running.

On an inverter this will equate to about 11 amps at 12V DC including 10% for inverter overhead.

Two 100 amp hour batteries will give about ten hours of compressor duty at a 50% discharge rate. (The compressor does not always run)

When towing the trailer, my TV alternator will run the fridge while charging my batteries at the same time.

For me, a cheap ($400) apartment fridge was the best answer. I am at over a year in with my big fridge, no problems at all to date.

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Concerning the fridge that this thread is about, I would try to find out what ALL the differences are between the stationary fridge and the like RV fridge are and to see what it takes to make it work.

My bet is that the cooling unit itself is identical, but I reserve the right to be wrong.

Perhaps a shop manual will demonstrate the differences?


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Old 11-09-2015, 05:24 PM   #23
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I use a Grape Solar 5.1 cubic ft AC/DC fridge. it fits perfect in the frame.
The only downgrade is 18inches shorter and I'll be using the extra space for kitchen storage.
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Can I use a "Residential" LP/electric fridge?

The stationary refer uses a compressor. The RV refer has no compressor, instead it uses a boiler. They are not similar in any way except to be a rectangular box.


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Old 11-10-2015, 09:38 AM   #25
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I thought the op said that the fridge he was looking at would run on LP?


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