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Old 03-03-2017, 05:02 PM   #1
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17 owners - 3cu or 4cu refrigerator

Hi folks,
I am down to my very final decisions for my build sheet. If you own a 17 model, do you have a 3cu or 4cu refrigerator? I know the choice depends on one's camping style/needs. I am curious, if you have the 4cu, I understand the shelves are extended on that side and for tall folks the cabinet by the entry door could be a concern.... am I making sense here? Anyway, 17 folks - feedback on your frig choice.
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Old 03-03-2017, 05:06 PM   #2
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We used to have a 5 in our 17. Mary would fill it with frozen and other produce from our garden so full we sometimes came home with food we left with. I used to always say - there are grocery stores everywhere. But IMHO go big on the fridge!
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I have the 5 cu. ft. and wouldn't go smaller.
It has a good sized freezer compartment. We fill that with a couple frozen chicken halves, salmon fillets, three or four steaks, hamburger patties and still have some room left.
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Old 03-03-2017, 06:20 PM   #4
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I had the same question on my 17B due to be delivered mid-March. I ended up going with the 4cu ft. I liked the look better and the extra room means fewer trips to the store if I'm boondocking.
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Old 03-03-2017, 06:24 PM   #5
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We went with the bigger fridge and are glad we did. The extea space is useful on longer trips and avoids too many trips to fill up on fresh food and it holds an extra couple of bottles of cold beer or wine.
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Hi Rick - do you have any production photos of the interior of your soon to hatch Escape?
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Old 03-03-2017, 06:42 PM   #7
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We went with the 3 cu ft. one because we wanted a wider aisle and less of a deep wall next to the rear dinette.

See the thread I posted when ETI first informed me of the different aisle configuration between the 3 and 4:

2017 17B 4cu ft fridge option narrower aisle

We camped for a couple of days with the 3 cu ft. fridge and it will be adequate for us. For the rare times when we need more fridge space, I have 2 other options which are a portable Dometic Danfoss fridge/cooler or my Yeti cooler. We have lots of space in our tow vehicle for extra stuff like that.

Most people will recommend the 4 cu ft. and I get that, but for us the smaller one works fine. We are not going on any long outback adventures where the closest supermarket is 100+ miles away. It's usually a few miles away or less, so we can just restock when we need to.
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Old 03-03-2017, 07:37 PM   #8
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We have the 3 cf. It's much bigger than the 1.9 we had in our Scamp. I'm always surprised at how much I can get in there. But, we put in drinks for one day and then refill as we use them up. It's working great for us!
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Old 03-03-2017, 08:16 PM   #9
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Just picked up new 17b with 3 cf reefer. I think it will be more than adequate. Much bigger than my '89 scamp frig. If 2 people wouldn't hesitate to get 4cf. Like the above post, didn't want narrower aisle.
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Go for the little one ,it's always cold .
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