Residential Refrigerator in RV, is it worth installing?

Residential Refrigerator in RV

If you’re having a problem with your stock refrigerator that is in your RV; dealing with crystallization in the cooling coil and limited storage space. Here’s a post just for you. Why don’t you try getting a residential refrigerator in RV for a change?

The residential refrigerator has been introduced in exchange of stock refrigerator in RV. It is more efficient and requires lesser power to be operated. Residential refrigerator has been praised as they found out that it only consumes one-third of the total power consumption on a daily basis. So I’m not even surprise at all seeing other RV owners switching into the residential refrigerator for a lesser headache.

In this article, let me share about the pros and cons, the steps in installing it and choosing a compatible residential refrigerator in RV.

Recommended Refrigerator for Your RV

COSTWAY Compact RV Refrigerator
  • 【2-Door Design】Large 2.2 cu. ft. fresh food capacity gives you the space to keep foods organized and 1 cu. ft. freezer capacity give you room to store frozen foods. And the two exterior doors allows you to access the freezer or the refrigeration compartment.
  • 【Powerful Performance】This refrigerator cools quickly and evenly, and it will keep ice frozen solid and foods perfectly chilled. It is an excellent value that will bring years of quiet, reliable use.
  • 【Crisper Drawer】The crisper drawer is designed for your fruits and vegetables, which always keeps them fresh.
  • 【Freezer Compartment】Separate freezer compartment chills your ice cream all summer, and the included ice tray can make ice cubes to keep your drinks cool.

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Pros of Installing Residential Refrigerator in RV


Residential refrigerator is a lot bigger space than the stock refrigerator. Stock RV units are small which made the RV owners go to market back and forth for their food consumptions. While the residential refrigerator has a lot of space intended for food consumption which made the RV owners stored a lot of foods and beverages intended for their trip.

Cooling effect

Investing in residential refrigerator in RV is definitely worth the price. Your stock refrigerator will definitely lose its cooling effect which makes your food spoiled when you park your RV in wrong directions, saying hello to the SUN.


Residential refrigerator doesn’t require such a lot of maintenance, unlike the old stock units.

Cons of Installing Residential Refrigerator in RV

Electricity consumption

Residential refrigerator requires to be operated in electricity. No worries, many RV users using the residential refrigerator has solar powers and extra batteries which can be used to operate the refrigerator.

Installing Residential Refrigerator in Your Rv

Installing a residential refrigerator is as easy as 123 especially when it is well planned, budget and of course, with the help of a friend who knows how it is done in RV.

Choose the right and compatible unit

Measuring the right space that you have before buying a residential refrigerator unit that fits in your RV. You need to make sure that you also measured the right clearance for the unit door when it gets open. Leave some free space around the unit. You should make space on the back and the side of the residential refrigerator unit so that the air around can circulate it properly and for the Styrofoam insulation. Always remember the energy consumption so you wanted to work your appliances to perform as efficiently as possible.

Inverter Unit

Always check the refrigerator consumption when you choose an inverter unit. So you will know the possible damage or it will be disrupted once used. Ask the salesperson while choosing your preferred unit. It is free to ask so don’t worry.

Taking out your old unit

If you’re not capable of removing things especially when it is dealing with electricity, DO NOT do it! Ask for some help from a local laborer who knows how to deal with electricity or someone who has knowledge in installing refrigerators in RV.

Now that you have sought for help, it will be easier to remove your old unit inside your RV. You will now notice a free space intended for installation of the residential refrigerator in your RV. To avoid problems, measure the height and width of the old fridge against the door of your RV.

Disconnect the propane link and tie the DC wires together, also you have to get rid of the fuse so you can switch off power from the wiring. Don’t miss out the screws and it is needed to take it off as well.

Get some assistance to move the RV fridge. Always remember the measurements as you set up your residential refrigerator inside your RV. Also, be careful and avoid cracking up the floor of your RV. The weight should be balanced on each side so it won’t make a crack on the floor. Right measurement and right weight is the key.

It is also important to modify your windows, doors and cabinet space when you install your unit.

Preparation and cleaning the space

Wipe up space and modify it if it’s needed. If your residential refrigerator in RV is a self-defrosting one, you have to drill a hole in the floor of the RV and connect a hose to the unit’s drain pan; allowing the water to flow out of the vehicle. Make sure to seal it properly to avoid any damage.

Once cleaned; measure and starts cutting the insulation (ex. Styrofoam.) And place it around, making sure to pay attention not to have any vents. You should also plan on how you will pass the cable connecting the fridge to the outlet.

Placing and Securing the unit

It is really important the right measurement so you won’t have any troubles in fitting your new residential refrigerator. Make sure that your new unit is close to an electric outlet so you can plug it and test out its functionality. Also, make sure that the doors and the shelves should go into the fridge after setting up your cabinet space.

Fasten the unit in place with an appropriate bolt intended. Some metal parts can be drilled at the bottom part of it.

To prevent the refrigerator moving when the RV is currently in motion, install Styrofoam in any voids on its side. Apply thin rubber strips on the grooves when the shelves slide in to remove out the noise.

Use a Velcro or fridge door locks to stop the door from opening while RV is in motion.


Be creative! This is our final phase in installing the residential refrigerator in RV. Make it nice and functional. Also, you may place magnets or photos as design just like in your own home fridge.

Don’t forget to wipe your left fingerprints on the refrigerator. Now you get to enjoy the refrigerator’s function inside your RV unit.

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