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Old 11-04-2017, 05:06 AM   #21
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Ok... another opinion. I have a Keystone Alpine 5th wheel. My fridge went out after about a year and a half. Knowing what I know now... I would not hesitate to put in a house fridge. Normally longer lasting, able to "wiggle" while moving camper and proven technology of long lasting.
One of the problems with rv fridges is they need to be level to work. When they are not level, they will build up what is called "crystals" in the gas and enough crystals and the fridge won't work.
Most of the time, when moving the rv, the fridge is not level. Thus it should be turned off when moving the rv. This protects the gas and prevents the "crystals" from building up.
Rv fridges are good technology, no moving parts. But as for me, if my rv fridge goes out, I will be getting a house fridge. No. 1 reason is the cost. About $600 to $1,000 for house fridge compared to $3,000 plus for new rv fridge.
Just my 2 cents..... which isn't worth anything anymore.

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Old 11-04-2017, 05:28 AM   #22
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What fridge to get?

While your traveling down the road, the “shaking” of the trailer (refrigerator) prevents the formation of crystals.

Household refers aren’t designed for buildings with regular “earthquakes” and additional latches must be installed to keep the doors closed during travel.

You can replace the cooling unit on an RV fridge for less than $1000.00. I’ll take an RV refer over a residential in an RV EVERY time.


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