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Old 03-28-2016, 06:58 AM   #1
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Big fridge vs smaller fridge? What to choose? What to choose?

I know that this is a very reserved group that isn't very opinionated, but I'd like to hear your thoughts ... I'm about to order a 19 - and I know I have some time - but I will eventually have to choose between the big fridge with a counter top microwave or the smaller fridge with a microwave built in above.

Yep - I understand that "it depends" is the correct answer. We are a couple of baby boomers about to retire and see North America six to eight weeks at a time. We enjoy our even cocktails and don't microwave much at home. We won't cook much inside the 19 opting for a two burner stove mounted sideways.
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Old 03-28-2016, 07:01 AM   #2
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The fact that you don't microwave much at home would seem to be an indicator. We appreciate the larger fridge in our 17.
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Old 03-28-2016, 07:44 AM   #3
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instinct says bigger fridge - experience says past performance is not always an indicator of things to come
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Old 03-28-2016, 08:03 AM   #4
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Both of the new refrigerators are rated for hot weather vs the older model. I had the huge double door model in my 21' and I plan on getting the smaller 5' model in the 19. I never really needed all that room in the big unit.
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One thing about having a bigger refrigerator than you need, is you can pack the food loosely. Refrigerators cool more efficiently when there's airspace around the food. Freezers on the other hand need to be stuffed, even if it's just bottles of water.
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...I will eventually have to choose between the big fridge with a counter top microwave or the smaller fridge with a microwave built in above...
There is no countertop room in the 19' for a countertop microwave. If you really want a microwave, your choices would be to go with the small fridge and the microwave in the "standard" built in location above the fridge, or alternatively, go with the bigger fridge and have Escape build in the microwave in place of some other cabinet, possibly in the cabinets under the stove top or by making the wardrobe smaller. We have the larger fridge without a microwave and don't seem to miss it at all.
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As you microwave very little at home, I would forgo the built-in and get the larger fridge.

That said, the largest fridge was a 5 cf when we got our 2009 19, and we found it for the most part to be plenty big. We do tend to keep a small cooler with cold drinks (read beer) in it. Maybe we won't with the 5.0 if we get the 6 cf option.
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:03 AM   #8
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We chose the large fridge because we like our fresh veggies, and you can only pack so much lettuce in a small fridge and still have room for other things. We didn't care for the idea of the microwave on top of the fridge anyway, because that puts it high enough to be uncomfortably close to face-high for my wife. We've seldom wished for a microwave and wouldn't want to give up the cabinet space for one.
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a little clarification - "counter top microwave" - meaning buy a small microwave and let it sit on the stove when camping, pack it away when rolling (just like my coffee maker and crock pot) I'm thinking the 5 will be fine, as my beverages will be in an iced down cooler
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In our Casita we had a fridge much smaller than the 6.7 cf that we got with the Escape 21. I wasn't excited about having such a big one in the 21, because we'd never been able to fill the one in the Casita. (Not sure, but I think it was 4.3 cf.) However, in addition to the size difference, the fridges also (seem to) cool differently - the new fridge doesn't freeze the produce (it has a produce drawer across the bottom that actually works!), and so far we're not having trouble keeping the bigger fridge filled. (We always used a separate, soft-side cooler as produce bag in the Casita - which was a pain.) I did purchase a long, slender acrylic box for smaller items, that I keep across the front of the milk shelf (makes it easy to move those things out of the way when getting to the milk or the gallon of drinking water we keep next to it).

If I were in your place, I'd probably still get the smaller fridge, but we do use a microwave (when camping with hookup) and I would love it if ours were above the fridge instead of where it is in the 21.
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