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Old 06-15-2015, 10:39 AM   #15
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Hello all,

We are going to replace the fridge in our 28' 2004 international. As I see, we are not the only streamers that are just not happy with the factory fridge. We NEVER boondock and that seems to be the only reason to have propane. The dometic is 55". I bought a 43" electric, whitch will leave 12" of space that is perfect for a microwave. Has anyone done this???? Are there any surprises that I'm not seeing??

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Surprises?

IMO, you've significantly decreased the value of your still "new" Airstream to a buyer. Doesn't matter whether one plans to sell or not, it's the wrong path to take.

The water and propane systems are the heart of an RV. Compromise them and the cost to restore them is high to the next person. That one does not presently boondock does not mean one never will. An ice chest is no substitute.

Next would be a window A/C unit. Old bedsheets for "curtains" Etc.

This is the path a deteriorating trailer undertakes as successive owners keep expenditures to their minimum. A flashing warning light to others about obvious and HIDDEN problems.

A quality electric as Lewster tried to point out, is the "right" way to go.

The "surprise" is the lowered appraised value. Which is a good deal greater than the cost of proper equipment.

Keep this in mind as you go along.
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Old 06-15-2015, 10:50 AM   #16
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Surprises?

IMO, you've significantly decreased the value of your still "new" Airstream to a buyer. Doesn't matter whether one plans to sell or not, it's the wrong path to take.

The water and propane systems are the heart of an RV. Compromise them and the cost to restore them is high to the next person. That one does not presently boondock does not mean one never will. An ice chest is no substitute.

Next would be a window A/C unit. Etc.

This is the path a deteriorating trailer undertakes as successive owners keep expenditures to their minimum. A flashing warning light to others about obvious and hidden problems.

A quality electric as Lewster tried to point out, is the "right" way to go.

The "surprise" is the lowered appraised value. Which is a good deal greater than the cost of proper equipment.

I really wanted to say this, but I was biting my tongue not to sound rude. The previous owner of my AS pulled out the fridge put in a 110 apartment fridge. It cost me over $1500 bux to repair the propane system and replace the fridge. This included redoing the cabinet surrounding the fridge that was ruined by installing the 110v unit. This cost was with me doing all the labor. IMO not a good idea.
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Ours had an apartment fridge when we bought it. Ran it for 13 years and just replaced it, because it was looking a bit crusty. We found a new apartment style fridge for $365 and are quite happy with it. Cools real nice.
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Which apartment fridge did you get?

We are debating between the Haier 10 cu ft and the Whirlpool 10 cu ft from Lowes or the Vissani 10 cu ft and Frigidaire 10 cu ft from Home Depot.
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