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how much trouble is it to take out a residential refrigerator and replace it with a 120 volt/ propane rv refrigerator? any suggestions would be appreciated

2018 cedar creek 29 re silverback. propane right next to fridge(stove), on outside wall, propane/120 much better for boondocking

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phender82,

Welcome to the FMCA Forum.

Evaluate difficulty of running propane to the refrigerator location (if your coach was offered with either an absorption or residential refrigerator, this may already be done).

Determine if an outside access door opening can be cut in the side wall and access door installed (if your coach was offered with either an absorption or residential refrigerator, this is very likely).

Your coach manufacturer would be an excellent source for answering the above two issues. Or, let us know exactly what coach you have and someone may have first hand information.

The other major step is the same as going from absorption to residential-- evaluate what units will fit the existing space with little or now modification to the recess dimensions.

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I'd also ask why the need to go to a 120v/ LP fridge. There are lots of options now for refrigerators, including 12vdc only compressor fridges. A little more information about where you are heading with this project will help us give more specific advice/suggestions.

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With our gas powered first coach we boon docked most of the time. A propane powered 12volt controlled unit was good for us. We now have a diesel unit and are old enough that we prefer the safety of an RV park. Installing a RES refrigerator in our unit looks to be more of a job than most. How soon will you retire?  Keep that in your plans.

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Welcome!

This is a new one...we have plenty of answer's for gas to residential.  You do realize that you will loose 50% or more of your capacity?  I would follow Brett's advice & call Forest River, Tech Dept.  I'm not familiar enough about 5'ers to advice you further!

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5 hours ago, manholt said:

Welcome!

This is a new one...we have plenty of answer's for gas to residential.  You do realize that you will loose 50% or more of your capacity?  I would follow Brett's advice & call Forest River, Tech Dept.  I'm not familiar enough about 5'ers to advice you further!

18 cubic feet to 12 cubic is only 33% less.  

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On 9/18/2019 at 2:41 PM, phender82 said:

how much trouble is it to take out a residential refrigerator and replace it with a 120 volt/ propane rv refrigerator? any suggestions would be appreciated

2018 cedar creek 29 re silverback. propane right next to fridge(stove), on outside wall, propane/120 much better for boondocking

If you expect to boon dock with a 120 volt/propane you will need a large bank of batteries and inverter and the charge will only last for hours on 120 volt because of the high current draw.  If you run it on propane it uses 12 volt and that could last for days depending on your battery capacity.

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DD69.

It's a fifth wheel trailer...other than a built in or portable generator + fuel tank, how much wattage by Solar Panels would he need? 

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It depends on which refrigerator.  Residential with 4 lithium 100 amp batteries and a small pure sine wave inverter I would think 800 watts solar with a MPPT charge controller.  You will need sunlight every day for it to work.

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Probably irrelevant as the OP hasn't been back. 

Who thinks they will be able to go without using a generator when boondocking for long periods any way? I think he could come close to the same cost by adding the Li batteries and maybe some solar and have a better set up. 

Carl, I don't think that fifth wheel has a generator. So I would recommend one of the new Onan portables. 

Bill

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Have seen a few fivers with a genset.. Used the genset on our first coach(gas) everyday for awhile. Wish that the Honda portable units had been around then. What a difference that would have made. Are we at the pinnacle of everything good while RVing or is there more good to come??

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On 9/18/2019 at 5:41 PM, phender82 said:

how much trouble is it to take out a residential refrigerator and replace it with a 120 volt/ propane rv refrigerator? any suggestions would be appreciated

2018 cedar creek 29 re silverback. propane right next to fridge(stove), on outside wall, propane/120 much better for boondocking

My only advice is to measure, measure, measure. when you have assured yourself the frig will fit through the narrowest openings, measure again before unbolting the frig. Second suggestion, get 2-3 younger men to do the heavy lifting.

If modifications to the side-wall and roof are required to construct the chimney, download the installations instruction for the model of RV refrigerator you chose from Bryantrv.com and follow them EXACTLY, otherwise the frig will never operate as designed, properly.

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