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Old 03-18-2014, 04:19 PM   #15
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Hello yve

Your trailer, your choices

A residential fridge will not cool without 120v power. If you travel rarely and just stay parked at your seasonal site all the time maybe that's OK. For me it would never work. I depend on having the fridge cool when I'm on the road.

If you know your electrical system is capable of supporting that from batteries for a couple of days, maybe it will work out for you.
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:18 PM   #16
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Remember, new solutions have new problems. You can replace the rv fridge with a residential unit and it will be cheaper, but.....

1. It probably will not fit the space properly. Will this bother you?

2. How will you secure it for traveling? The fridge needs to be secured to the floor and/or adjacent cabinets and the door needs to be secured while traveling.

3. The resale value of the Airstream will be lowered.

4. How will you boondock more than one night without running a generator.

I would probably keep the rv fridge and install a new or rebuilt cooling unit. Take a look at the following link:

RV Cooling Unit Warehouse phone: 901-337-9948

They show an RM2820 Dometic cooling unit (brand new) for $655. You may be able to get a rebuilt unit for much less.

Rv cooling is in Memphis. Aage also know about a Canadian Supplier.

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"COOLING UNIT" - an Ammonia Refrigerator cooling unit IS the "Refrigerator" part..... The rest is an ICEBOX.... just an insulated box, a lot bigger than the average Igloo, but it's a BOX. You could keep the icebox cold with ice and a drip tray. That is basically the way most campers were up to and through WWII - and often through the 50's on some models.

I'd replace the whole thing IF the interior and exterior of the box had damage... or was just butt ugly... or didn't have some feature(s) that new ones have.

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Old 03-18-2014, 07:42 PM   #17
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Installing a 110v only refer will not only decrease the value of your Airstream, it will also decrease the number of potential buyers, by a bunch, if you someday decide to sell.
Read this forum. See where folks go to "camp". The beautiful thing about an Airstream is it's versatility. If a 110v only refer was the "hot set-up", Airstream would already be installing them.

Just my opinion.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:27 PM   #18
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I found a certain freedom in building my trailer to suit my wife and I, never mind future owners.

IMO, with the crop of cheap and efficient converters available, I am of the opinion that the elaborate and redundant 12 volt electrical systems are kind of out of date, at least that was my thinking when I planned and built my trailer. So far experience, for me, has validated my contention.

My thinking for not needing a gas fridge is simple enough. I was of the opinion that the alternator on my tow vehicle would keep my batteries up an run my refrigerator when traveling, and the batteries would run the fridge for hours when parked.

I don't plan on camping much when it is cold, and when it is hot I will be running A/C, either plugged in or on my generator.
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:27 PM   #19
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aquinob,

I ultimately went with the avanti because of the 56" height limit in my existing cut out. Here is an image with measurements.

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And I love that the shelves are all adjustable.

And like I mentioned, this is a cheap option for now. If I decide to replace it in a year or more, then I am only out $300 bucks.

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J. Morgan,

I completely agree with you. The best part of owning an airstream is making it your own. If I stayed awake at night worrying about resale value, then I would be stuck with someone else's airstream, because while it was nice when I bought it, it sure wasn't designed for me.

Every dime I put into it, I get back out today because I love it. Nevermind what it will be worth later. I plan on keeping my custom airstream forever.
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:30 AM   #21
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Residential Refrigerator Replacement

Great looking trailer!

I like your additions, cabinets, and the real sofa.

That Avanti you bought is a good unit, I used one of those for several months before replacing it with the Haier. The Avanti was good and cold, quiet, and efficient.

When I built my trailer I planned for a bigger unit, we were going to wait for a while to replace it,,, but we didn't...

I had the Avanti secured to the back wall by screwing a bracket to the top edge.

Avanti;

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Old 03-19-2014, 12:33 AM   #22
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I would have preferred that the Haier be 4 or 5 inches less deep, but it is what is is.
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Another thing to keep in mind is that RV refrigerators are 24" deep. Most household refrigerators available stick out past this this mark. You may lose 5" in your hallway area + have an unsightly appliance coming out of your cabinetry.
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The Haier I bought is 26.6" deep, but what made it stick out was the inward curve of the Airstream wall sitting against the height of the refrigerator.

Yea it sticks out a little, but what made me change anyway was that I didn't like unloading four or five items in order to get a bottle of cold water.

Livability was my main concern for my second home.
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Old 03-19-2014, 04:48 PM   #25
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aquinob,

I ultimately went with the avanti because of the 56" height limit in my existing cut out. Here is an image with measurements.

56"Hx21.5Wx23D

And I love that the shelves are all adjustable.

And like I mentioned, this is a cheap option for now. If I decide to replace it in a year or more, then I am only out $300 bucks.

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Thanks for the response. Do you have any pictures of it installed in the trailer?
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How big an inverter are you using to power the fridge? When I checked them out in the store, it looked like the running amps was somewhere between 2-3 and if they went to defrost, between 3-4. Online, all you can find are the silly energy star ratings which tell you how many KWH they will run in an average year. By my calculations, that means they are running less than 500 watts even in defrost mode.
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Agreed, they use very little electricity, I don't think my bigger unit uses much if any more than the smaller one I had before.

I am running a 5,000 watt inverter, for sure overkill, but then I will never have to worry about getting over capacity or working near its limit .
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It's not the inverter's capacity that you have to worry about, rather……..it's the available amp/hours in your battery bank. That's where I would be investing the dollars. And a proper charging system, too.
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