If you’ve spent any amount of time on these forums you’ll know that you need to consider the difference between opinion and experience when shifting through the advice.
Many of the opinions given here so far are based on bias and conventional thinking and many of the points offered –about weight, resale, power draw, el cheapo renos, etc. – are just conjecture or plain wrong.
Whether you can use a 110 v. fridge depends mostly on how you plan to use the trailer. If you’re going to be mainly in the boonies then 110v is probably not so workable. I think you already knew that when you posted.
I opted for a small, very light, 8.6 cubic foot LG household fridge for my remodel. I’ve used it for 5 years without a hint of a problem.
The idea was put into my head by Andy Thompson, the long time Airstream dealer at London, Ontario, when he opined that a household fridge like this is a perfect size for trailer living and could easily be powered by a 1500
His said it was well built but lighter than an RV fridge and cost 75% less. It could be repaired anywhere by pretty much anyone – no tricky LP or 12v
systems. You could actually throw it out and get a new one if it ever broke down.
The fridge normally operates on shore power but when I am going overland for any serious amount of time, or dry-camped overnight, it operates perfectly off of my battery pack. QUOTE]
On a previous moho, I had unsatisfactory cooling with the rv frig and put in a WHIRLPOOL, 9.6 CU FT stainless from Lowes, $450
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Had to trim less than 1/2 inch from oak cabinet edge. Monitored its power consumption with a "Kill-a-watt" tool and never saw start-up power draw of more than 100 watts. Within 5-10 seconds it settled down to 30-45 watts. Forget the amp draw but it was so miniscule, I knew there was no worry of using it while on road and had plenty of battery storage for extended boondocking, if ever needed. Two good batteries in an AS should give plenty of run time.
One of the electrical wizards here could do the calculation watts/volts/amps to confirm the small amp draw.
I say put it in use it as you want. The first sign of trouble with my current Dometic in the AS...and its gone in favor of the Whirlpool. The stainless was instore and not online...at least locally.