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Old 01-09-2016, 08:44 PM   #1
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Conflicted about getting residential refrigerator

The upgraded french door refrigerator is beautiful, and similar to mine at home. I would love the extra space it offers. But there is one thing I can't quite get my head around. Just how long can you keep perishables in the refrigerator if you're not hooked up to power or running a generator? Can someone please describe to me how you can suffice for several days without being able to convert over to propane? We frequently stay off the beaten track or in the national parks. We're out all day hiking and photographing, so we're not home during the daytime to run a generator. Would it be wise for us to get this upgraded electric refrigerator, or do you think we'd be better off with the standard 12 cu.ft. Norcold refrigerator? Maybe we'll be better equipped to make this decision for ourselves if some of you can describe your usage and how it works for you. Thanks so much. We're about ready to order our unit but just have a few things left to work out in our minds. (The other is the dishwasher.....but I read a great thread on that!)
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Old 01-09-2016, 11:34 PM   #2
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The Residential Fridge will run off the installed 12VDC to 120VAC Inverter. If your TV is wired properly, while traveling the TV will supply voltage to the RW and the Inverter to keep the fridge functioning. As for Boondocking, the time the fridge will run without recharging the batteries depends on how many and what size battery bank you have.
We have 4 Group 27 Deep Cycle batteries and can run for several days with out a problem. If relying on the OEM 2 batteries, probably 24 to 36 hours max, that's without opening the fridge.
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Old 01-10-2016, 05:47 PM   #3
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We never boondock so in our particular case we love our residential fridge. On our last 5er we had to buy a mini fridge to supplement the gas/elec. RV fridge as we would always run out of cooling/ freezer space, but that's not an issue any more with the residential electric. If we did (boondock) I would try the stock setup first then if necessary, upgrade to an additional battery setup like Michelle & Ann.
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Old 01-10-2016, 07:04 PM   #4
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I never thought I'd want or like a residential refrigerator. The RV refrigerators are so much more costly to repair and smaller. Besides the fact that if you do have a problem it might be 60 days before you can get them fixed. Sometimes it feels like the RV industry holds us captive due in part to the lack of options

Now that I have a residential refrigerator I don't think I'd go back. It can be replaced within a weekend with a replacement from any big box store for much less money. You might have to get creative with battery usage but that same battery pack can be used for other things too.
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Old 01-11-2016, 12:49 AM   #5
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mhs4771.....I looked on our invoice, and if we get the residential refrigerator upgrade, it comes with 2 Group 31 batteries. Did your RW come with the Group 31 batteries, or did you just go out and replace them with the Group 27's? I guess we have some research to do about batteries! But to be able to run it for 'several days' off the batteries sounds pretty good.....I think we could deal with that! Thanks for your help! Oh.....did you have to request the wiring be done a certain way, or is that just the way it's usually done to use the TV to supply the power?
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Old 01-11-2016, 12:59 AM   #6
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Rosey.....in our 30 ft. TT we only had an 8 c.f. refrigerator. That was a nightmare! We really cook when we travel, so having a larger refrigerator will certainly be an improvement. We wouldn't boondock for very long.....no more than a week, so we could probably be okay with the residential fridge. Thanks for your input!
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The invoice says Group 31, but I don't think that's what installed any more, but can't be certain since the OEM batteries installed have NO MARKINGs at all. So it's anybodys guess what they actually are. My two Group 27s are very close to the same size as the OEMs and was able to fit them all into the compartment.
Generally if you get a TV with the full Trailering Package it comes with that wiring, but in some cases there's a fuse that needs to be installed to supply power to that charge line.
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Dave and Ginny.....good point about replacing it. I have read about problems with the smaller RV refrigerators over the years, and how costly they can be to repair. Thanks!
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Old 01-11-2016, 01:17 AM   #9
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To everyone.....just a general question. Let's say for instance that the batteries are nearly run down. Approximately how long would it take using a generator to charge them up fully again? Are we talking 1-2 hours or 4-5? We won't have the Onan built-in generator, but we'll have (2) companion Honda EU 2000 generators.
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Old 01-11-2016, 01:28 AM   #10
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OK, here's my take: The Inverter is actually an Inverter/Charger, charging the batteries when running on Shore or Generator, plus you have the built-in Converter which also charges the batteries while on Shore or Generator Power. If the batteries are nearly run down, you will need the power from those two Hondas to run both charging units leaving little for anything else. Exactly how long I don't know.
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