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Posted: 06/10/20 10:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We currently have a gas/electric refrig in our 5th wheel. We are in the process of trading to a newer unit and the one we are looking at has a residential refrig running thru an inverter. What are the advantages, disadvantages of the residential over the gas/electric types?


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Residential in subject line posts

Posts with residential and battery in them

Also lots of youtube posts 'rv residential'

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The res refrigerator cools dow in a couple of hours compared to 24 hrs for the rv fridge.

Residential not likely to start a fire.

Would not trade for my residential.


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Boondocking you need solar or gen with RES. Other than that get the RES.


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As mentioned, res cools down quicker, get things colder, but they are a battery power eating machine. You will want/need additional battery capacity and a way to charge them if you plan to stay where there is no power.


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Nothing wrong as long as you stationary most of the time, seasonal or full time in one or two ares. My RV stays power up all the time & refer stays cold. It will auto change to gas when it looses power. I do not have to depend on a bank of batteries to keep it powered up. It's also used for added refer space at home when having guests.


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“Residential not likely to start a fire.”

Never witnessed an RV fire due fridge.


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If you always are on shore power or you add a solar array and battery bank to feed it, residential fridges work fine. As others have said, they will cool more quickly.

Neither style are likely to cause a fire unless you do something silly. I've seen 3 RV fridge fires and they were all on the electrical side.


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Residential fridges are a little more delicate. They were not designed to be vibrated, banged etc. On the other hand they are cheaper to replace, more efficient, tend to hold more and cool faster.

We went with a std. rv fridge after some debate. It is run through our inverter and battery reducing propane use but also can be cooled with propane on occasion if our battery bank state of charge dictates.


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