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theoldwizard1

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Posted: 06/10/20 05:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Residential refrigerators work better in very hot weather. An ice cube maker is a viable option if you have full hook ups.

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Posted: 06/10/20 05:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Residential just works better. However residential needs access to a near continuous power source so off-grid camping may take a bit more effort. Plugged in or in transit is a slam dunk.


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We removed our Dometic and installed a residential fridge. We do not run it on an inverter and have traveled ten hours to Florida with just a couple of frozen one gallon water bottles to keep it cold. We also pack out the freezer with frozen goods everything is solid after ten hours. We will never go back to a gas/electric fridge.


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Good idea an the frozen bottles!!!


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we had a gas electric fridge in our last 5er spent a couple grand replacing just about everything on it eventually a whole new fridge. Looking for a new 5er DW round the one of her dreams came with a residential fridge. If your a weekend warrior and stay in state parks and go for the cheap sites, then a G/E fridge would work better for you. We did 10 weeks on generator in Alaska with a residential fridge and the ice cream stayed frozen. There's no right or wrong answer it all depends on the camping you do. We are going on our Eleventh year full timing and didn't use a gen till we went to Alaska the first time in 2015 but that was with the RV fridge. The only time we used the gen was to charge the batteries or use the microwave. With our new 5er other than those 10 weeks in 2018 Alaska and three nights in Dinosaur National Monument the generator lie silent, we're on shore power.


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Most of our camping has been to parks where electric is available. One of the requirements that DW wants is solar capability so the residential doesn't sound like it will be much of a problem. She also wants enough generator power to run the AC if we happened to be where power is not available. There is one campground on the Smokey Mountain Parkway that we have gone to in the past that does not have hookups which in the past has not been a problem. We'll see how it goes, if/when we get the new trailer.


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B92F wrote:

Most of our camping has been to parks where electric is available. One of the requirements that DW wants is solar capability so the residential doesn't sound like it will be much of a problem. She also wants enough generator power to run the AC if we happened to be where power is not available. There is one campground on the Smokey Mountain Parkway that we have gone to in the past that does not have hookups which in the past has not been a problem. We'll see how it goes, if/when we get the new trailer.


Keep in mind, solar doesn't work so well in a wooded shady camp site...as is common in the Smokey Mountains.

Also, you will need to increase the size of your solar system if you include a fridge. Depends on the efficiency of the fridge but the fridge is likely the biggest draw on your solar system.


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If you aren't gong to boon dock, go residential. Best RV upgrade I have ever done! I would never want a 2 way RV fridge ever again.


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