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Question: What type of refrigerator do (or will) you have in your bus?
"RV" absorption type (Propane, with or without electric option) - 33 (29.2%)
Household type (120-VAC only) - 65 (57.5%)
DC compressor type (RV/Marine) - 13 (11.5%)
Non-RV Absorption type (e.g. Danby, Crystal Cold) - 0 (0%)
Off-grid compressor type (e.g. Sun Frost) - 1 (0.9%)
I have no idea what makes my fridge work - 0 (0%)
Home made (please elaborate in your post) - 1 (0.9%)
Total Voters: 112

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« on: August 10, 2010, 01:18:46 PM »

Following up on the thread started by TomC, and in response to a request there, I am starting this poll.  Please mark what type of fridge you have in your bus or plan to have in your bus.

I think the options are clear, and mostly complete.

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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2010, 01:21:14 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2010, 02:02:22 PM »

We have a Norcold  8 CF. gas/electric that was reconditioned and bought by the PO in April of 03. We bought the bus in late Sept. of 03 and have been fulltiming since late Jan. of 04. Most of the time we are plugged in so we have it on electric, but we did dry camp for almost 4 months one time and ran it on gas then. Have never had a problem so far but i do wonder how much longer it will last. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2010, 02:09:09 PM »

Ed, if you use that fridge everyday like you are doing they last a long time I know of some that are over 30 years old and still kicking the problem is they clog up when not in use the one used 3 or 4 times a year give you the problem   sorry Sean
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2010, 02:25:01 PM »

Clifford, if i can get another 23 years out of mine i will be a happy camper! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2010, 02:28:10 PM »

Sean, I fixed the poll, just wanted to post it here as it will not allow me to post a reason why. Didn't want another Mod try to figure out what to fix! Grin

We had a Norcold RV type and used it on A/C for the time we had it. It quite working and I smelled amonia so we yanked it out and put in an apartment size Whirlpool.

If we were in a position to travel/boondock more we might have tried to fix it or buy a new unit. I think everyone knows why we went that route! Wink

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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2010, 03:47:39 PM »

Sean, I fixed the poll, just wanted to post it here as it will not allow me to post a reason why. Didn't want another Mod try to figure out what to fix! Grin


Thanks, Paul.  I have re-edited my OP and deleted my follow-up since your fix supersedes them.

...  sorry Sean


Clifford, not sure I understand the "sorry" part...  I don't have a dog in this race.  I'm just the guy who started the poll.  For many folks, an LP absorption unit is the best choice, and it is certainly the most common factory-installed type.

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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2010, 04:00:27 PM »

LOL I see what you are talking about Sean the part about hi jacking your thread didn't show up I been having that problem the last few weeks 


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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2010, 04:37:03 PM »

We have the 10cf apartment size Whirlpool .

I put it in on a raised platform, which makes the height perfect for adults with limited bending over. It has drawer underneath, side vents on both sides and one on top for shedding any heat.

As we are weekenders and one or two weeks here and there it works great.

I am not a fan of the RV units after several in other units, the house unit gets items cold, not just cool. as all my experience with RV type refrigerators has been.

YMMV

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« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2010, 05:11:15 PM »

This is a timely post as I am currently shopping for a refrigerator for my 1981 Prevost Liberty conversion.  I recently purchased the bus and the refrigerator was not working (and very old).  I want to go with a household unit.  We only plan on a couple of trips a year that are less than one week in length.  The problem I am having is finding a unit with the right depth.  I can add to the heigh and to the width, but my configuration only allows for 23 1/2" in depth (I might could squeeze 24").  If anyone is familiar with a shallow refrigerator let me know.

Brian S.

Disregard this post.  I just saw the other thread here http://www.busconversions.com/bbs/index.php?topic=17005.0
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« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2010, 06:15:03 PM »

Our refrigerator is a household type that Jamie found on the side of the road, it was at the end of a driveway and had a piece of paper taped to it that said 'works, free', Jamie tipped it onto it's side and pushed it into the back of her Subaru station wagon and ran it out to me, after much wrassling and pushing and more than a little sweat we managed to wiggle it into the bus and hooked it up, it works just fine, that was in 2002 and it still works great.
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« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2010, 06:20:04 PM »

There are nice Amish made propane fridges on the market like the Miller but they are pricey a 17cf cost about 2000 bucks and they use very little propane 1.5 lbs per day a friend has one in his Prevost he  removed his 18 cf Amana  ac unit last year and loves the Miller fridge also likes his Miller Lite cold lol
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« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2010, 06:28:22 PM »

We have one like this but not near as nice and not frost free

http://www.homeeverything.com/web/sitefiles/product.asp?sku=15492&ref=cNexTag


But if and when i might do over,  I would greatly consider something like this because i would be trying maximize battery charge life.

http://www.subzero.com/UndercounterRefrigeration/700BCDrawers
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« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2010, 06:29:29 PM »

Miller Lite is some nasty stuff no matter how cold it is!!  Wink I finally weeded out all my Miller Lite buddies! Sometimes you have to draw the line! Grin Grin
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« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2010, 06:30:13 PM »

I voted for  all electric marine type, dc/ac, since if I was buying one today that is what i would buy.  what I have is a propane dc/ac Norcold that works perfectly on propane in my drive way and reliably wakes me up at night on the road with a 'no fl' code that I can't stop...  That is my conundrum.  I just have a gut feel that compressor type fridges can be more reliable than ammonia type fridges, ove the long term.  I'm probably wrong...

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