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Old 01-14-2020, 08:50 PM   #1
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Anyone ever swap an rv fridge with a residential apartment size one? If so what size and brand fit best?


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Old 01-14-2020, 09:23 PM   #2
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My last camper had one. Couldn't tell u the size or brand to save me. It did require a trim job to make it fit and look right


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Old 01-14-2020, 09:27 PM   #3
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I did one on my last camper. Built an insert into the existing cabinet and when I was done, you couldn’t tell it didn’t come from the factory that way. I don’t remember the size or brand though.
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:20 PM   #4
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Lowes or Home Depot has a small RV size fridge that fits but requires a little bit of trim and fitting in place.
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:25 PM   #5
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I did mine in my motor home. Hardest part was getting the heavy rv fridge out the door. Just get your measurements and find the best fit. Plan for how you will secure it and how to close the vent to the outside.
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:34 AM   #6
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Home Depot house brand replaced original in my trailer. I got lucky and it fit opening with just a little trim work and brackets to secure it. As mentioned, it's important to seal vent. I took outside cover off and sealed with foil tape.
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:05 AM   #7
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:08 AM   #8
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Had the LP/110V/12V fridge go out in a trailer one time, ($1100 to replace) and bought a <$150 compact to put back in it with no regerts.
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We just replaced the original RV fridge with a SS compact from Lowes this past October for less than $200. It has a freezer on top, just like a full size and really just as much room as the original. Our's is a lease camper so did not worry about the trim on top, about 2" shorter than the original. The RV fridge was over $900 to replace, crazy.
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Old 01-15-2020, 06:45 PM   #10
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helped a buddy do it in his RV years ago. We had to take one of the windows out to get the old fridge out, new one in. As said above, look for apartment size, then plan for vent / closing.
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Old 01-15-2020, 07:10 PM   #11
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I did mine in my motor home. Hardest part was getting the heavy rv fridge out the door. Just get your measurements and find the best fit. Plan for how you will secure it and how to close the vent to the outside.
Did the exact same thing as well and this is spot on.

Little trim work after install and no one will ever know it wasnít factory installed.
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Old 01-15-2020, 07:14 PM   #12
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Is it necessary to close the vent permanently or could I just cut a piece of insulation and plywood and attach it to the cover that swings open from the outside? How bout the roof vent?


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Old 01-15-2020, 10:46 PM   #13
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I bought one from Sams that’s been great.
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:26 PM   #14
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If you have a 8 cu ft RV fridge, you can generally find a nice double door unit that fits nicely with little to no trimming. If you happen to have the 6 cu ft RV fridge, you choice of size really shrinks and generally requires a lot of trimming out. You can close off lower & upper vent if you want. I geneally just take a piece of cardboard and cover the vents. You will need a 3/8 Flare plug to cap the LP line, and just tape up the 12V wires.

I have actually got a few 10cu ft fridges into the 8 cu ft spots
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Old 01-16-2020, 06:58 PM   #15
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Is it necessary to close the vent permanently or could I just cut a piece of insulation and plywood and attach it to the cover that swings open from the outside? How bout the roof vent?


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You don't need a vent if you replace with a standard electric fridge. Tape it up to prevent wasps, bees from entering. If you hate getting buzzed by the stingers you should cover every access point on your RV! Cost me some $$ this fall to get a hive out of our RV bathroom from an external water source that tied into the bathroom water lines. We have also had problems with wasps in the RV until my son taped up the external vents for the RV fridge we replaced. Have not had any "stingers" since October. Nice....especially when one is allergic to bees and wasps!
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Old 01-16-2020, 06:59 PM   #16
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Gotcha thanks for all the input


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