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Old 01-19-2009, 09:56 AM   #1
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Electric Fridge

Our fridge in the 76 Sovereign doesn't work. It DID the first time we used it but you had to hold your mouth just right. This past year we could not get it to work and one of the knobs at the bottom (I think it was the electric/gas knob) broke off. I would like to fix it but not sure if it's possible.

Has anyone put a regular household fridge in their AS? We boondock VERY seldom. Maybe on or 2 times a year for 1 night.

Your thoughts?
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:16 AM   #2
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We have had 120 VAC electric fridge in our Airstream since we first bought it.. It has never been a problem for us. When boondocking, our propane fueled Honda EU2000i powers the fridge economically as it only draws less than 2 amps.

When I read of some of the problems folks have with their RV fridges, I am glad I have what I have. It is virtually trouble free and can be replaced for a few hundred dollars if need be.
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:31 AM   #3
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Did you give it lots of time to get cold? They take a very long time, so try leaving it on over night to see if it gets cool. Also, did you confirm that you have power to the fridge? Wires have a way of coming loose in RVs.
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Old 01-19-2009, 03:54 PM   #4
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Yes and no....Yes we plugged it in for several days before we left and no I'm not sure about the power to the fridge. I will ask my hubby.
I do know the dial at the bottom was so hard to turn and you couldn't really tell if it was on electric of if the knob was just turning. Anyway it did end up breaking off.
Should I take it to an RV repair and have them test it? I really hate to spend the money if it's not going to last. After all it is 33 yrs young this year.
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Did you give it lots of time to get cold? They take a very long time, so try leaving it on over night to see if it gets cool. Also, did you confirm that you have power to the fridge? Wires have a way of coming loose in RVs.
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Old 01-19-2009, 03:56 PM   #5
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Thank you for your reply about the electric fridge. I saw a nice black fridge at lowes for $400 bucks I think it will fit. 9.6 cf which is more than the one in there now.

Do you still vent your to the outside?

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We have had 120 VAC electric fridge in our Airstream since we first bought it.. It has never been a problem for us. When boondocking, our propane fueled Honda EU2000i powers the fridge economically as it only draws less than 2 amps.

When I read of some of the problems folks have with their RV fridges, I am glad I have what I have. It is virtually trouble free and can be replaced for a few hundred dollars if need be.
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Old 01-19-2009, 05:03 PM   #6
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This is what we put in our 1976 Sovereign. It's not as big as I would have liked; however, with the depth we had to work with, it was the best fit. My husband built it in so it honestly appears as if it belongs there in an RV. The frig vent is still in place and we have had no problems with overheating in the hot Oklahoma summers. There is a plug right behind the original frig, so electric was no problem. We did run a power strip up into the shelf beside the frig for the microwave. So far no problems with this installation. We honestly never intend to take this 31ft trailer off the grid, so why not go with something less expensive and easy to use.
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Old 01-19-2009, 05:26 PM   #7
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I am just finishing up on installing a 120v Summit 8.8 Cubic stainless steel frig/freezer in my 1976 31' sovereign. http://www.summitappliance.com/detail/r582/detail/r582. I also remodeled the cabinets and kitchen counters with oak veneer at the same time. I don't have my pictures sorted yet but will post them later.

I think this unit will work great for us.

Another option for you. I have the original Dometic that still works fine on electric and propane and its yours free, just come to Houston TX to pick it up. It has all of the shelves, and looks pretty good and works fine.

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Old 01-20-2009, 02:36 PM   #8
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Hummmmmm....how far R U from Branson MO? I'll have to check it out and let you know. Thanks for the offer.
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I am just finishing up on installing a 120v Summit 8.8 Cubic stainless steel frig/freezer in my 1976 31' sovereign. http://www.summitappliance.com/detail/r582/detail/r582. I also remodeled the cabinets and kitchen counters with oak veneer at the same time. I don't have my pictures sorted yet but will post them later.

I think this unit will work great for us.

Another option for you. I have the original Dometic that still works fine on electric and propane and its yours free, just come to Houston TX to pick it up. It has all of the shelves, and looks pretty good and works fine.

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Old 01-20-2009, 02:51 PM   #9
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Just checked the map......WOW! U R Done there know! I see even though the name of your town is Missouri, it has NOTHING to do with it being close TO Missouri...... I will still mention it to the hubby.
Would love to see pictures of your project too.
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I am just finishing up on installing a 120v Summit 8.8 Cubic stainless steel frig/freezer in my 1976 31' sovereign. http://www.summitappliance.com/detail/r582/detail/r582. I also remodeled the cabinets and kitchen counters with oak veneer at the same time. I don't have my pictures sorted yet but will post them later.

I think this unit will work great for us.

Another option for you. I have the original Dometic that still works fine on electric and propane and its yours free, just come to Houston TX to pick it up. It has all of the shelves, and looks pretty good and works fine.

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We installed a fridge very similar to the photo Juel posted. We don't boondock a lot, but we do run it while in transit with a 1000 watt inverter. We have never tested how long it will run from the pair of batteries on board, but we have easily let it go 8-10 hours without a recharge from the vehicle or shore power. We did a 3 week, 5000 mile journey last summer and did not have any problem with our fridge. The fridge draws less than 15 amps (at 12 volts) when running... and that averages only 20-25% of the time.....It's worked very well for us.
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I have had electric fridges in a couple of AS trailers. I loved them, They got cold fast and stayed cold. Good freezer space and did not use much power at all. Looked good too.
I recommend them to anyone who does not plan to be off grid for more than two days and you can always run them off generator.

With that said, I have replaced two RV type reefers and I like the convenience but they suck in the summertime. If they are not full and if you got kids going in and out of them, they will not stay cold. And they are very expensive. Oh, and dont go with a rebuild kit either. Another waste of money. If you want an RV fridge, buy a new one.
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I have posted on many threads previously that I would like to convert my 04 28 safari to all electric. i thinka/s is missing the boat by not offering an all electric option. the following changes would be needed.

1/ remove all propane tanks/propane water heater and furnace.
2/ add a electric furnace/ instant elect water heater and electric glass cook-top.
3/ leave current dometic fridge on electric mode, however your ideas for standard unit is interesting.
4/ add a kubota 5k diesel genny where propane tanks are and a 10 gallon fuel tank that will give over 15 hours of operation. runs under 60 decibles, below conversation level. auto turn on by control that is demand driven.
5/ add a 4k inverter to run fridge on the road, charged by t/v alongside 2 agm deep cycle batteries.
5/ this will require a new circuit panel to be installed as well.
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I have posted on many threads previously that I would like to convert my 04 28 safari to all electric. i thinka/s is missing the boat by not offering an all electric option. the following changes would be needed.

1/ remove all propane tanks/propane water heater and furnace.
2/ add a electric furnace/ instant elect water heater and electric glass cook-top.
3/ leave current dometic fridge on electric mode, however your ideas for standard unit is interesting.
4/ add a kubota 5k diesel genny where propane tanks are and a 10 gallon fuel tank that will give over 15 hours of operation. runs under 60 decibles, below conversation level. auto turn on by control that is demand driven.
5/ add a 4k inverter to run fridge on the road, charged by t/v alongside 2 agm deep cycle batteries.
5/ this will require a new circuit panel to be installed as well.
Not to be confrontational, but why?
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I have posted on many threads previously that I would like to convert my 04 28 safari to all electric. i thinka/s is missing the boat by not offering an all electric option. the following changes would be needed.

1/ remove all propane tanks/propane water heater and furnace.
2/ add a electric furnace/ instant elect water heater and electric glass cook-top.
3/ leave current dometic fridge on electric mode, however your ideas for standard unit is interesting.
4/ add a kubota 5k diesel genny where propane tanks are and a 10 gallon fuel tank that will give over 15 hours of operation. runs under 60 decibles, below conversation level. auto turn on by control that is demand driven.
5/ add a 4k inverter to run fridge on the road, charged by t/v alongside 2 agm deep cycle batteries.
5/ this will require a new circuit panel to be installed as well.
Hi, I think you have some good ideas, but the diesel generator seems like it would be way too heavy to mount on the trailer tongue. [with or with out the fuel tank]
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