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Old 09-17-2013, 08:15 AM   #15
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Its all in what you need. If your camping in locations that you have access to power and can run it and thats what you want then go for it. Other then my parents driveway where I stayed for a few days when my dad got out of the hospital without propane I wouldnt have refridgeration. I know its not a big fridge, its kinda tiny but I fit a weeks worth of food for one in it so its just enough for me.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:04 AM   #16
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When we were at Best Buy last year they had a small retro looking fridge that had a separate freezer compartment on top, just like a normal size fridge. Nice, but too big to put in our Uhaul unless we did some major cutting. The combination of dorm fridge [or two], a cooler, and planning shopping, works good for us. Where we stay for the winter there is a small but very adequate IGA grocery store, and 8 or so miles away is a large Winn Dixie. We'll hit the WD store about every couple weeks, otherwise stay in our secluded secret location.
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:48 PM   #17
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My local Pick an Pull had a 12DC compressor fridge, and I did not take it. Now I wish I had. They sell fridges for $25.

I found this one on kijiji for $200.
http://bc.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles-...AdIdZ524000171
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:02 AM   #18
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Thanks guys!!!
I have a lot to consider! I think I might just start with the dorm fridg. Right now most of our camping is at camp grounds. So I will always have shore power. I think down the road I will invest in a good 12volt one!
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:31 AM   #19
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The refrigerator thing could be handled with a different approach to eating. For about 35 years we camped a lot without the need of any refrigerator, (they're a bit heavy to carry). During that time we learned how to have tasty nutritious meals without the need for refrigeration. This has carried over to the trailer camping. We do carry a few things that need refrigeration like milk and eggs. We store a lot of stuff in fridge that refrigeration isn't exactly necessary like mustard, ketchup, pancake syrup. With the space in fridge we can carry these things without the need to put them in special limited size containers.

The refrigerator is another case where so many want to think the same way as living in a large anchored home with a very large refrigerator instead of in a small trailer with a very small refrigerator.
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:10 AM   #20
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Byron, I agree that a small fridge, no microwave, no oven and a small trailer can result in a different way of eating, both simpler and less caloric intense. To us it's just another part of the adventure.

Our prime fridge items are milk, half and half, eggs, bacon and butter, a couple of condiments along with ingredients for one or two meals.

The results of our travels is usually weight loss and better health.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:27 PM   #21
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Brought home a Norcold NR751 from Eastern Marine this past Weds. $623 out the door. AC/DC operation, Danfoss/Secop compressor, 3.75A draw on DC, advertised as 2.8 feet cubed but my measurements and calculator give 2.5. More capacity than the old Dometic, less than the dorm fridge.

Yesterday I spliced the DC pigtail to the batt and gave it a shakedown. Today I pulled my B&D dorm fridge, raised the platform inside the cabinet 4.5", scrounged around for some alum. flat stock which I will pop rivet to the stock flange which @1/2" wide is bloody inadequate to cover opening and mounting holes for the B&D and the original Dometic percolator. I should be done by Monday when my wife returns from Chicago. Probably more batt and solar in the offing.

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Old 11-01-2013, 09:39 PM   #22
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Another approach to consider if a good fridge isnt within your current means is a Yeti cooler - the best darn cooler ever made! those that have them wouldnt ever buy another brand. Very popular with outdoor guides as well as some of my camping buddies with small fridges that are to heavy on DC power use when dry camping.

Once you save up enough for a good fridge you will still have a cooler that is awesome at keeping your beverages cold for years to come.
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:10 PM   #23
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We just went to Lowes and bought a 3.3 mini fridge that has a separate freezer compartment. It's not going in the trailer though, we'll put it in the screen room while we spend the winter in the south. Note to Jack, that smelly electric heater we had in there at the Copake rally went back to Walmart. Now trying a different one from Lowes. The burnt plastic smell never went away, call to company customer service resulted in them recommending we return it.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:26 AM   #24
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Had a nose for Jon's apple pie and didn't notice heater in screen house. Smell of burning plastic reminds me of those Coleman thermoelectric coolers. Took one of those back to ChinaMart afraid that the DC transformer would burn down the trailer.

The DC Norcold is also made in China??? Out of the box cooling performance appears as good or better than the dorm fridge in terms of cool-down time and max low temperature. 70F outside yesterday. Warm for this time of year here and comparable to AC-produced house temperatures year round but not as severe a test as any fridge will get in a hot trailer in summer temps.

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