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Old 02-11-2015, 07:23 PM   #29
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A solar electric setup is an entirely different thing. As may be an entirely rebuilt trailer as nice looking as JMorgans.

But these are not what one sees in classified ads.
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Old 02-11-2015, 08:15 PM   #30
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I think a properly done install could be a good selling point but I've never seen one for sale!

Every time I see an ad with a obvious non-RV fridge I had to wonder, what else was done to the trailer 'on the cheap'.

If they had touted increased battery capacity, properly installed inverter, solar charging - I would be ok with that (actually it would be pretty cool!) but it's ALWAYS 'new fridge...'

I started to install one in my '63 but ran across a $150 used Dometic.

I also have had a 110v bar sized fridge fail while towing and running off an inverter. The compressor failed open, broke wire. This gives me slight pause over the durability of bouncing around a home style unit.
Yep,

Just another reason for a quality marine fridge. They are rated for abuse and will work up to 30 off level. Try that with any residential fridge. And with the proliferation of residential models in larger RVs and motor homes.....you will start hearing about compressor failures soon, as they are not meant to be bouncing down the road either!
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:17 PM   #31
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We sold our propane fridge right after we bought ours and had a 12/120 v marine one installed. We had the same concern about propane and hot ammonia. We love it. No waiting for it to cool down we turn it on put the goodies in and go. We have camped in the Florida summer sun with no shade and it worked just fine. Fridge 37 freezer 0. Could have set them both colder if we wanted to.

We plan to boondock so we also had a complete solar system installed as well.

IMHO if you don't plan to boondock a small efficient residential fridge w an inverter may work fine even if you have if you have the two AS stock interstate batteries. With the additional charging you get from your TV alternator you should be fine if your plugging in whenever you stop for the night.

Our marine fridge has a slightly smaller foot print than the original with a little 2x4 framing and some nice blanks to fill the void ours looks great. I have had several ask if it was a factory up grade. no doubt you can do the same.

Lew has a good point on the reliability given the rolling earthquake environment of the trailer. However a residential fridge is between 1/2 -1/4 the price of a good marine fridge so one can make a good argument here for the residential one but only if your not boondocking.

Resale !!!!!!.... are we talkin Resale !!!!!!!!!!
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And whatever comes our way .... .. Born to be wild "

If your more comfortable with a residential fridge go for it. Leave the propane line in cap it and forget about it. The next owner can do what ever floats their boat.

As someone on another post said our AS are like trousers one size does not fit all.
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