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Old 08-19-2016, 10:00 AM   #1
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2017 17B 4cu ft fridge option narrower aisle

I recently got an email from ETI about the 4cu ft fridge option in the 2017 17B that I had on my build sheet. I asked some questions and apparently the larger fridge requires a deeper cabinet and will reduce aisle space. The narrowest portion of the aisle is the measurement between the rear bathroom corner and the front of the fridge cabinet next to the door. This is 31" with a 3cu ft fridge and 27" with a 4cu ft option. They had to build the whole cabinet deeper so the fridge doesn't stick out. They did say that the 3cu ft has a rounded door and the 4cu ft is flat so it's not quite a 4" difference in space on the whole aisle.

I asked for pictures but none were available.

So more 2017 issues to think about. We will probably go with the 3cu ft standard fridge, but it worries me a bit to have a fridge that is half the size of our last RV fridge.

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Old 08-19-2016, 10:06 AM   #2
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Sounds like a disappointment. Now you have to decide if an aisle way that's a bit narrower... and you only pass the refrigerator (x) times a day/night is worth going smaller. I wouldn't, but that's me. I like a bigger refrigerator because I don't feel the need to jam it full and lessen its maximum efficiency.

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Old 08-19-2016, 10:11 AM   #3
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A tough decision to make. As a solo traveler, the 3-cubic-foot refer is plenty for me but it might be questionable for two or more people depending on length of stay and distance from a convenience store. An additional ice cooler might be considered for those items not needing absolute cold temps.
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Old 08-19-2016, 11:12 AM   #4
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While it adds to the weight, an option is as Karen suggested along with an ice maker (which are more moderately priced now), which is what I did when accompanied by my son and granddaughters.
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Old 08-19-2016, 11:20 AM   #5
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I'd go bigger fridge or a 19 if the width of aisle is important.
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Old 08-19-2016, 11:32 AM   #6
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I'd just go for the 19' and be done with it. Wife likes my buddy's 19 because the aisle is wide enough to pass one another. I like the 19 for the four-person dinette for playing cards or dining with guests. One day, I'll likely replace my 17' with the 19'.
As for the fridge, I love the space in my 5.0 cu. ft. fridge.
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:08 PM   #7
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I'd go with the larger fridge...
Passing someone in a 17, even with a smaller fridge and 31" aisle, requires coordination and cooperation
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:24 PM   #8
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As with any trailer, there is only so much room to install all of the accessories and compromises have to be made. If this is bigger, then that will have to be smaller. In our case it was the bigger bathroom and the smaller bed in our 21. Loren
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Old 08-19-2016, 02:21 PM   #9
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In the ubiquitous phrase elsewhere on the forum -- YMMV! But our take is . . .

In our 17B, we have the regular frig, and have never considered it too small, and we've been out on 6-week trips. But we do use a drinks cooler in the TV while we're driving. Our biggest nuisance is getting our milk in the 2-litre size instead of the 4-litre size, to fit in the door.

Maybe I just don't drink enough beer (no, not while I'm driving)!?
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Old 08-19-2016, 02:27 PM   #10
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My 2017 17b in being built now and I also had to make this decision. The 4 cuft is only 10 lbs more. I went with the bigger frig. As soon as I have some more completed photos I will post them.
Below are links to the 2 fridges. The first one is the 4 cuft, the second is the 3 cuft.


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