Originally Posted by Tango
Propane fridges can be seriously problematic. If not leveled before turning on they can have the coils go solid. Then they are toast. Also...there all those RV fires...more often than not associated with propane fridges. Personally, I would not have one even if it was free.
Tango & I have a little different view on this one. While propane fridges do definitely have their down sides I think the leveling thing is WAY overstated and the fire danger is minimal.
I live full time with a propane fridge and have for a total of almost 10 years. I spend almost 7 years on the road and got to know a ton of other full timers. While I am sure that there must be some instances of fires caused by failing fridges I have never heard a firsthand or even second hand report.
I have run propane fridges while parked at an angle steep enough that I could not sleep in the bed comfortably. No problem.
That all said: When the propane/electric (2way) fridge in my other RV failed I replaced it with a home type electric. I removed a 6.8 cu.ft. and replaced it with a 10.7 cu.ft with only minor cabinet mods. The new unit consumes less than 1/3 of the power that the 2way did while on electricity. I did also add 2 golf cart batteries and an inverter to keep things cold while traveling.
When the day comes that the fridge in my full time rig I will be replacing it with a similar home type unit.