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Old 01-05-2013, 10:50 AM   #15
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Dometic actually makes a beautiful European style fridge that is thin enough to fit through the door, is 6 cu ft, and has a removable freezer. If you plan on having popcycles for the weekend you can put it in otherwise leave it out and have tons of space. It also comes in a smaller version. I was going to get it but couldn't justify the $1500 to camper world and then be charged freight on top of it.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:33 AM   #16
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If you want to use the larger frig. you could drop your grey water tank and cut a 26"x 26" hole in the rear dinette floor and bring the frig. in through the floor. You would have to jack up the trailer or put it on a lift to get the new frig. into the trailer. Make your floor patch 27.5 X 27.5 and put a 3/4" lap joint on your old floor and patch with a router. Then glue and screw your patch to the floor. Make sure your screws are shorter than your floor material. Just another option if you don't want to mess with cutting the fiberglass shell.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:51 AM   #17
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If you want to use the larger frig. you could drop your grey water tank and cut a 26"x 26" hole in the rear dinette floor and bring the frig. in through the floor. .......
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Clever idea.
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Eddie, that is a great idea. It is definitely outside of box thinking. I've been toying with the idea of enlarging the rear side windows anyway and there doesn't appear to be much if any bracing in the way unlike my Trillium. Another idea that I had was to trim 1/2 inch off of each side of the door opening. This would bring me to 23 1/4". I was then going to cut two 2x4's at 24 1/4". I would then take my frame jack and see if I could carefully spread the opening another inch while inserting the 2x4's. I'm sure there is a little give in the fiberglass but wouldn't want to crack the gel coat. Don't think I would want to try this in the cold weather though, might have to wait for it to reach into the 100's.
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:42 PM   #20
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I get by with 2 cubic foot fridge with a real small freezer. I like having the small freezer as it is just big enough to keep a few freezer packs in that I use to put beside meats and dairy products while traveling and the fridge is turned off. Can freeze them back up anytime the fridge is on. I would not want to go without the freezer, but I would't waste the fridge space in exchange for a bigger freezer compartment though.

To save fridge space I also keep my necessary refreshments on ice in a separate cooler. Helps a lot in keeping the fridge cooler in hot weather by not opening the door to much.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:12 PM   #21
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I wonder how often a fridge gets opened during a day. I'd say not too many times.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:50 PM   #22
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That's the beauty of 12v fridges, they are compressor just like home fridges. They cool way faster, stay cool way better, don't have to be leveled, and a single decent solar panel will provide more than enough energy to keep the batteries charged. Don't have to worry how often the fridge is opened unlike the propane fridges.
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Eddie, that is a great idea. It is definitely outside of box thinking. I've been toying with the idea of enlarging the rear side windows anyway and there doesn't appear to be much if any bracing in the way unlike my Trillium. Another idea that I had was to trim 1/2 inch off of each side of the door opening. This would bring me to 23 1/4". I was then going to cut two 2x4's at 24 1/4". I would then take my frame jack and see if I could carefully spread the opening another inch while inserting the 2x4's. I'm sure there is a little give in the fiberglass but wouldn't want to crack the gel coat. Don't think I would want to try this in the cold weather though, might have to wait for it to reach into the 100's.
You could remove the door from the refrigerator for a couple of inches gain.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:39 AM   #24
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"You could remove the door from the refrigerator for a couple of inches gain."

I wish but that's already been factored into the equation.
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Are any of the windows large enough to get the refrigerator out using the hole? Casita changed the rear back window from small to large for that very reason. Or, if the refrigerator is no longer viable, do like contractors do when remodeling homes and need to get bathtubs out. Break it up inside and haul the pieces out the door.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:26 AM   #26
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Donna the rear side windows in the Scamp 19' are 24"x 17 1/2". If I could find one 24x24 or even wider not taller it would be fine. Trim off 2" above and below and voila!

The old fridge is the tiny RM211. No problem getting it out. My other half, and myself, wanted to upgrade to the shiny new bigger edition. The new little electric is 1.7 cu ft so instead of larger it is actually smaller. I don't mind so much but it is a bit of a harder sell to my Gal! I suppose if I hadn't bought it, showed it off, and got her hopes up over the past couple months it wouldn't have been as much of issue.

Update: Now I'm going to install the little electric temporarily in the old space instead of cutting up the counters and ripping stuff out. We'll use it at Quartzite and see how it goes.
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Steve, I don't mean to cause trouble, but have you considered just putting an RM211 back in? They seem pretty common, (I have two spares).
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Steve, I don't mean to cause trouble, but have you considered just putting an RM211 back in? They seem pretty common, (I have two spares).
No, the one I have semi works and I'm sure I could probably fix it if I took the time. We really wanted something new and bigger. Now we may have to settle for new and smaller LOL!

Originally I just wanted to know how people dealt with small fridges. I just, prior to this Scamp, sold a stick 5th wheel with a beautiful large 2 door refrigerator freezer. It was always well stocked if you know what I mean.
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