Post by lynettekarasz on Jun 24, 2012 8:09:50 GMT -5
I want to replace the fridge in my Airflyte. I will modify the cabinet to fit whatever I purchase. Doing some research, I discovered I don't know what I want or need. RV refrigerators are extremely expensive, I didn't really want to spend $1000.00 on a tiny fridge.
What is your opinion on the type of fridge to buy? What does 2-way, 3 way, really mean? Is buying one from a big box store a good idea or will I be sorry down the road?
Post by WingedWonder on Jun 24, 2012 9:17:51 GMT -5
Are you going to need propane and electric? 2 way is 110V & propane, 3way is 110, 12V, & propane. I only plan on camping where I have electric service so I replaced it with a 3.2cu ft dorm fridge, but it seems a 4.3cu ft would have fit the spot. It was about $70 at Target.
'62 Compact '63 Astroflyte '64 Airflyte Think I have a problem
I decided that a 1-way (AC only) was sufficient for my needs, especially in the realm of modern camping, even if camping in my vintage '60 Airflyte. For one thing, these modern units are much more insulated than the iceboxes of yesteryear and our food stays cold for many hours after being unplugged (we also plan ahead and don't bring stuff that will spoil easily and buy this kind of food at our destination where we have power).
It may be OK in a modern RV to use propane while riding down the road to power a 2-way fridge, but I'd rather not take that risk with my vintage Shasta. Maybe I'm being overprotective, but I always shut off the gas on the outside when moving or not using the stove.
I think that 2 and 3 way fridges were more necessary in the old days when most campgrounds were more rustic and did not have electricity. But most do offer that today... Unless you are planning on doing a lot of boondocking....
Mine was under $100 at Target...
Last Edit: Jun 24, 2012 9:19:27 GMT -5 by crowelle
Post by hellonwheels on Jun 24, 2012 9:35:53 GMT -5
Still not sure what we're going to do with our fridge; the plastic inside the door is badly cracked and has poor attempts at repair. I would like to keep it, and have lightly researched how to make it into an icebox; would need new gaskets for sure and I'm not sure what I can replace the moded plastic inside the door with, but it would have to double as some sort of insulation. Any thoughts anyone?
Post by lynettekarasz on Jun 24, 2012 10:05:35 GMT -5
Thanks everyone! Crowelle, you're right, why take the chance? I have made my decision. I'm going with the AC only fridge. I don't see myself camping anywhere I don't have power. If I do, I'll use a ice chest.
Post by WingedWonder on Jun 24, 2012 13:16:35 GMT -5
Crowelle, that is the exact same refrigerator I bought from Target, it is about 20" wide and fits though the door of the early model Shastas. Taking the old one out was another story, I had to pull the coil assembly off to get it out. BTW it seems like good quality, I ran it for a few weeks before I installed it so I wouldn't build in a lemon haha
Post by alvisandrashasta on Jul 15, 2012 8:28:04 GMT -5
I have the same problem, lynettekarasz! We bought our 1971 Shasta 1400 a couple of weeks ago. We plugged in the electric to see what was electric and what was gas. The refrigerator doesn't work unless it is a propane fridge. But because we want to go with the vintage look, we are at a quandary as to what to do now. This helped me figure things out a bit better. I would rather paint the outside of the fridge to look vintage and have a better rating fridge than to take a chance at blowing my camper out of the park grounds. Thanks so much for posting this!!!!
I have the same problem, lynettekarasz! We bought our 1971 Shasta 1400 a couple of weeks ago. We plugged in the electric to see what was electric and what was gas. The refrigerator doesn't work unless it is a propane fridge.
My 71 1400 doesn't have a fridge.....just an icebox.