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Old 04-22-2019, 09:25 PM   #1
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Residential Fridge while traveling?

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I have a residential fridge in my new 5th wheel. Do you travel with it running, I just assumed that is why they come with an inverter?
Now I wonder if movement will ruin it while driving down the roaf?
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Old 04-23-2019, 05:01 AM   #2
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You are correct. You leave it running when traveling and your inverter powers it off your batteries. Keep your battery water level maintained. We have traveled for 8 hours with no problem off the batteries.
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Old 04-23-2019, 05:16 AM   #3
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Ours has lasted over 12 hours on the road, without much drop in battery voltage. In the fridge manual, it explains how you can turn cooling off, which will help out tremendously. I haven't had to do that yet, though.
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Old 04-23-2019, 08:50 AM   #4
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You are correct. You leave it running when traveling and your inverter powers it off your batteries. Keep your battery water level maintained. We have traveled for 8 hours with no problem off the batteries.
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Ours has lasted over 12 hours on the road, without much drop in battery voltage. In the fridge manual, it explains how you can turn cooling off, which will help out tremendously. I haven't had to do that yet, though.
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We have the residential, will never go back to an RV fridge. This will be our 3rd season with it, we have probably traveled 12k miles with it. We have went 18 hours with very little voltage drop. I have not changed the cooling, didn't know that was thing until I read this thread. I don't check water, my Interstate brand deep cycle batteries are sealed. I did install a propane generator for overnight stops at Walmart etc. That has worked well because it will also run the AC. I have been tempted to run it while driving, but so far I haven't had the need. Didn't even have the generator for the first 6k miles we traveled, just the batteries and charging from the truck.
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Cooling off shuts the frig down. You don’t want to do this when traveling. Cooling off is to be used if you are on shore power for storage and you don’t want your frig to be on.
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Old 04-23-2019, 02:49 PM   #8
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We've had our new 5th wheel two weeks now. Took our first trip this past weekend. I kept the fridge off cuz it was for just the weekend and we knew we just had a couple of things to keep cold, milk and some fruit. So we kept it in a cooler and then put it in the small outside fridge, lol, that just works on shore power. I didn't want to have to wipe down the big fridge just for a couple of days out. When we ordered our 355mbqs, I was real skeptical of the residential fridge and what a pain in the ass winterizing it was gonna be. After reading from the experienced guys on this form, we decided to stick with the res fridge. Really nice. Think we made the right decision. Will turn it on next weekend when we take our big trip up to Kansas City. I like how hard the factory makes it for you to remove all the packaging in the new fridge. You can't open the doors all the way to get the bins out to remove the tape and the Styrofoam. Gotta stick with it and it'll all come out.
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We've had our new 5th wheel two weeks now. Took our first trip this past weekend. I kept the fridge off cuz it was for just the weekend and we knew we just had a couple of things to keep cold, milk and some fruit. So we kept it in a cooler and then put it in the small outside fridge, lol, that just works on shore power. I didn't want to have to wipe down the big fridge just for a couple of days out. When we ordered our 355mbqs, I was real skeptical of the residential fridge and what a pain in the ass winterizing it was gonna be. After reading from the experienced guys on this form, we decided to stick with the res fridge. Really nice. Think we made the right decision. Will turn it on next weekend when we take our big trip up to Kansas City. I like how hard the factory makes it for you to remove all the packaging in the new fridge. You can't open the doors all the way to get the bins out to remove the tape and the Styrofoam. Gotta stick with it and it'll all come out.


What winterizing is needed for the residential fridge?
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What winterizing is needed for the residential fridge?
The icemaker and water dispenser. Turns out it's easier than I thought. Been told gravity drains the lines. First time, will probably have dealer winterize and I'll watch.
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