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Old 01-13-2019, 09:02 AM   #1
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We just ordered our first Jayco, a 2019 Pinnacle 37 MDQS, we choose the residential frig over the optional gas/electric frig. We are wondering what type of experience others have had with the residential refrigerator in an RV?

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Itís nice to have the space of the res fridge. Just remember to turn your inverter on when not hook to land line.
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I love mine. But if you camp without electric it could pose a problem for you unless you get some solar. You will need more than 1 battery when traveling to keep the fridge running with the inverter.

Congrats on the new RV and welcome!
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We just ordered our first Jayco, a 2019 Pinnacle 37 MDQS, we choose the residential frig over the optional gas/electric frig. We are wondering what type of experience others have had with the residential refrigerator in an RV?

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You guys are going to love it..........just like the one at home and it actually keeps things COLD!!
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I love mine. But if you camp without electric it could pose a problem for you unless you get some solar. You will need more than 1 battery when traveling to keep the fridge running with the inverter.

Congrats on the new RV and welcome!


This is true. But, what I learned the hard way is if your destination is 5-6 hours away, your batteries will be pretty run down and youíll have a hard time with the leveling system. To combat this, Iíve employed a couple different techniques.

First was to keep 7 way plugged into truck and plug in shore power before leveling

Second I discovered by accident. I forgot to turn on the inverter. 5 hours later, freezer had gone from 0 to 26F and fridge went from 38 to 45F. Of course I keep my trailer plugged in at home and the fridge is always on. So, unless I plan to drive for more than 5 hours, or itís the middle of Texas summer, I donít bother with the inverter. Otherwise, Iíll turn it on when we leave and shut it off midway at our restroom stop.
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We just ordered our first Jayco, a 2019 Pinnacle 37 MDQS, we choose the residential frig over the optional gas/electric frig. We are wondering what type of experience others have had with the residential refrigerator in an RV?

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So should I shut off my inverter while connected to shore power?
Yikes. Never even thought of that.
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So should I shut off my inverter while connected to shore power?
Yikes. Never even thought of that.
I never shut down my inverter. When you plug into shore power the read out on the inverter shows bypassing the batteries.
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We chose the residential fridge for our 377RLBH purchased last winter and love it. Tons of room, cold water and ice through the door. A great choice as we use our camper as a seasonal and the fridge is on for 5 plus months with no defrosting etc. Had to winterize it this year and am a little nervous about this spring when I open up though.
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We chose the residential fridge for our 377RLBH purchased last winter and love it. Tons of room, cold water and ice through the door. A great choice as we use our camper as a seasonal and the fridge is on for 5 plus months with no defrosting etc. Had to winterize it this year and am a little nervous about this spring when I open up though.
My water dispenser doesn't dispense real cold water, don't know why it shouldn't........any ideas?
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So should I shut off my inverter while connected to shore power?
Yikes. Never even thought of that.
I got one in my eagle and love it. Full size items shopping for best value not size, Ice, water filter are great.

Keep in mind as others have said you will ruin the ďFreeĒ lead acid battery they install at the dealership if you tow it for more than a couple of hours.

I planned up front for this and immediately installed a couple of BattleBorn Lithium batteries which can support the inverter and the refrigerator for more than 24 hours and wonít be damaged if run empty(they have a built in auto cutoff when low).

The inverter can be left on and I do as it provides backup power in the event of a power failure - mine came with a auto transfer switch so the refrigerator doesnít even know the power went out.

Solar can be added for an additional backup to this, which I am in the process of.
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My water dispenser doesn't dispense real cold water, don't know why it shouldn't........any ideas?
On the whirlpool I believe you can adjust the water temp from the dispenser control panel- look at the manual.
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This is true. But, what I learned the hard way is if your destination is 5-6 hours away, your batteries will be pretty run down and youíll have a hard time with the leveling system. To combat this, Iíve employed a couple different techniques.

First was to keep 7 way plugged into truck and plug in shore power before leveling

Second I discovered by accident. I forgot to turn on the inverter. 5 hours later, freezer had gone from 0 to 26F and fridge went from 38 to 45F. Of course I keep my trailer plugged in at home and the fridge is always on. So, unless I plan to drive for more than 5 hours, or itís the middle of Texas summer, I donít bother with the inverter. Otherwise, Iíll turn it on when we leave and shut it off midway at our restroom stop.
I just remembered that the xantrex inverter has some settings that can be adjusted to not run your lead acid batteries to low that would cause damage ie below 50%.

I would suggest getting some (2) battleborn lithium batteries as they will probably out last your rig and you wonít be worrying about them getting low while you are towing.
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First, congratulations on the Pinnacle and welcome!

We run 4 6V batteries and have not had a problem with the fridge. We don’t boondock so haven’t bothered with solar or a generator. Longest day on the road was 14 hours, and IIRC batteries were still at about 11.5V when we got to the campground.

As far as the inverter goes, I turn it on at the beginning of the season and don’t turn it off - I never have to wonder if I remembered to turn it on. It’s automatically bypassed when on shore power.
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Congrat and we love the residential fridge. We would never go back?? We have a 2018 jayco northpoint and I will tell you that you will have to change the filter every 3 months but it might be the water down here in Florida??
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Dumb question... Why would the fridge/inverter discharge the battery(s) when traveling? Won't the plugged-in tow vehicle's alternator keep things charged?

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Dumb question... Why would the fridge/inverter discharge the battery(s) when traveling? Won't the plugged-in tow vehicle's alternator keep things charged?

Dave
Dave, my exact same thought!! In fact, I know it does. I can travel for 5 to 6 hours with my fridge on and my batteries never drop below 13 to 14 volts.
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Dumb question... Why would the fridge/inverter discharge the battery(s) when traveling? Won't the plugged-in tow vehicle's alternator keep things charged?

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Not necessarily. Most trucks have a small gauge charge wire to the trailer plug. The inverter uses more power than the truck can replenish. If you have multiple batteries, youíre basically just keeping the already charged batteries topped off.
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Not necessarily. Most trucks have a small gauge charge wire to the trailer plug. The inverter uses more power than the truck can replenish. If you have multiple batteries, youíre basically just keeping the already charged batteries topped off.
Tom, don't know if it makes a difference but my RAM has dual 220 AMP alternators and I have two batteries in the 5er.
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Tom, don't know if it makes a difference but my RAM has dual 220 AMP alternators and I have two batteries in the 5er.


It doesnít matter...Iíve got same setup as you. The wires going back to the plug are the same thickness.
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