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Old 06-09-2016, 10:03 PM   #1
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fulltimers to be, 2way or residential refer?

Hello folks, names Keith. It's a pleasure to be joining you all. The wife and I are retired and have lived aboard a 42ft motor yacht for the last 5 years and am now ready to move back to a land yacht. We are really like the 36RL or 38 RL as a fulltime rig. I am totally use to being on battery banks as we anchor out all summer and cruise. So I am wondering which way to go with the refrigerator. I was originally thinking to go with the 2way 12volt / propane but so many of the used 2015 /2016s have the residential in them I am curious as to how they preform boondocking for 2-3 weeks at a time? my intent was to go with the onan genset and change over to a larger battery bank like I have now and to run the refer on the 12volt side as much as possible.
I am running 4 6volt Trojan L-16 bats and that gives me 940 amp hrs. or about 48 to 56 hrs. of running a 11cf apt size 120v refer, phone chargers, laptops etc. even a little tv now and then. So I would expect a little more running the same size 2way refer before I would have to run the genny. what are you all doing ? and pros / cons or either ? Thanks again for being such helpful folks.
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Old 06-09-2016, 10:40 PM   #2
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I personally love the residential due to the fridge staying at temp when the weather gets hot. The Norcolds I have had in the past do not. If I was doing a lot of boondocking I might have a different opinion. If you have a generator and enough batteries or solar the residential would work. I have 3 12v interstates that will run the fridge for about 2days without recharging
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Old 06-09-2016, 10:45 PM   #3
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After having the Residential Fridge in the last two RV's I would not go back to the Norcold. We do not do much boondocking. I have 4 6 volts and have gone 3 days with just the fridge on and still had plenty of battery left. I have no genset in our RW did not want the extra weight.
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Old 06-10-2016, 12:23 AM   #4
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Although we don't boondock much, 10 days was the most, I would never have an Rv frig again. The residential doesn't use much power and IMHO, is a far better choice.

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Old 06-10-2016, 01:00 AM   #5
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Our unit has the residential fridge and the induction cook top. We bought the 2015 GK with 1 year on it and at the price we paid I can afford to put a gen in it. IMO with out having the gen I am not at the freedom to go where ever I want and pull over where ever I want. We will keep this unit for 3-4 years then buy the new one the way we want it. And 100% it will have a gas stove and fridge even with a gen. The way it is is a moveable park model. Not a camper.
I just do not understand why RV builders charge more for a residential cook top and fridge when they cost less to buy and less to install.
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Old 06-10-2016, 01:06 PM   #6
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I just do not understand why RV builders charge more for a residential cook top and fridge when they cost less to buy and less to install.
Very good question. We were in camping World last weekend and I just happened to look at 2-way refer prices and I just about choked on my Life Saver candy sucker.
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Well when there are Class Action Suites against both Dometic and Norcold because of fires in their fridges it makes much more sense to go to residentials. Residential fridge or not, if I was planning a lots of time off the Grid, I would invest in a really good Solar system coupled with a good Battery bank and you could stay off the grid almost as long as you wanted.
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Residential fridge current drain

Does anyone know what the inverter draws when powering the residential fridge?
I'm trying to size a solar charger.
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The display on my Inverter Remote will show 11 amps when the Fridge is running, but I seldom see it as the Fridge runs so little.
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Well when there are Class Action Suites against both Dometic and Norcold because of fires in their fridges it makes much more sense to go to residentials. Residential fridge or not, if I was planning a lots of time off the Grid, I would invest in a really good Solar system coupled with a good Battery bank and you could stay off the grid almost as long as you wanted.
I agree to a point as on my last unit a 2006 Scepter I had 8 solar panels. with 6 - 6v 400a batteries for the house. And 1 panel with 1 - 12v 225 a battery for the coach and we still ran the 8 kw gen. Why??? Convenience...the A/Cs. Yes solar is great but a lot less bother when you can run things on their own. And I know some people can get by using 4 panels and never use shore power. So just be sure you want to go that route.
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