Modern RVs have plenty of creature comforts, but hard ice cream hasnâ€™t always been one of them â€“ until now. Residential RV refrigerator installations are on the rise as RV owners areÂ opting forÂ sticks-and-bricks refrigerators in their rigs. But does the thought of having a â€œrealâ€� refrigerator live up to the expectations? Most RVers who have made the leap say â€œAbsolutely!â€�
They Rarely Regret a Residential RV RefrigeratorÂ Purchase
â€œWe did it and never looked back. Lots of ice and stays COLD!! This Samsung has a lot more room and did I say it stays COLD!â€� says iRV2 Forums member Mark MillerÂ shares about his 2008 Damon Tuscany motorhome’s unit.
Residential RV refrigerator of Mark Miller, iRV2 member.
Another RVer on Facebook agrees. â€œLove my residential. Same footprint as the rv one, way more room. New residential fridge, inverter and 400 watt solar system to run it when boondocking was cheaper than a Rv fridge,â€� explains Dan Aldridge.
In fact, scan any iRV2 Discussion Forum topics about Residential Refrigerators in RVs and youâ€™ll likely discover that the vast majority of RVers who haveÂ opted out of traditionalÂ gas absorption style refrigerators say that it was a good idea to do so. They agree that although traditional RV gas absorption refrigerators can be powered three ways â€“ by liquid propane, 120V conventional power and sometimes 12V power produced by the RVâ€™s batteries â€“ the downsides of owning aÂ unit outweighs the positives.
Pros and Cons of Residential RV Refrigerators versus TraditionalÂ RV Refrigerators
Image: Dan Aldridge
Look at the basic differences between a residential RV refrigerator versus a traditional RV refrigerator and youâ€™ll see subtle but important differences:
Residential RV Refrigerator Pros
More space inside
Consistently cold temperatures
Performance not effected by outdoor temperatures
Shorter time to power up and cool down for travel
Costs less money
Typically longer lifespan
Residential RV Refrigerator Cons
RV interior modifications are often necessary for the unit to