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View Poll Results: Is it cold IN THERE?
OFF, with frozen ice packs inside 24 27.91%
12 volt DC (Yes, I have a 3-way) 25 29.07%
12 volt DC (DC Compressor Fridge) 0 0%
GAS (Come to the DARK side, Luke) 28 32.56%
I don't have a refrigerator 9 10.47%
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Old 09-08-2007, 03:25 PM   #15
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Traveling with the refrigerator turned off and frozen "blue ice" packs inside had worked "OK" in the past if outside temps were below 90*. I am in the process of rewriting my checklists (Checklist 8.0) and puzzled over whether to include the above instructions on the checklist. This would not be an issue if my fridge had 12 volt capabilities.
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Old 09-09-2007, 03:50 AM   #16
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Hi: I must be related to "The Ice Man" as our fridge works great on 12v. while towing... Keeps the ice cubes frozen just don't stop long enough to drain the batteries
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Hey Ice Man....Mine too will keep things frozen on 12v call me "Nanock of the North"
In fact the wife thought after 3 days she would put the remaining meat in the freezer department ..."just in case" and after a day of exploring the Maine woods we got back to a half frozen steak. Never thought that would happen as the temps out side was in the 80's and I do not have any of those fancy fans everyone talks about.
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:43 AM   #17
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We're definitely over the dark side.

We removed our old 3 way and replaced with a GE dorm type 120v only fridge. Lots more fridge space and it really works! PLUS it cost about $100 from Sam's Club compared to a much smaller replacement Dometic unit at over $1000 ... yikes.

On the road, we run it from a group 27 deep cycle battery via a cheap Vector 1500 watt inverter. The camper battery is charged from the tug system. The inverter is overkill but we found that a 400 watt inverter wouldn't start the fridge compressor and I had the 1500 on a shelf in the garage. When we stop for the night I check the battery voltage and I've never found it to be undercharged. Usually it reads 12.85 or so.

Also the 1500 watt inverter would likely run the microwave for at least 5 minutes before it kills the battery ...

Look Ma ... no gas!

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Old 09-09-2007, 09:33 AM   #18
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The good thing about all that is I have learned a lot simply by having to figure out things as I went along.

I hunted for my anode rod in the water heater for a long time ... until I found out mine is actually accessed from the inside of the trailer rather than from the outside like most.
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Old 09-09-2007, 09:46 AM   #19
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I tried going over to the dark side, but the flame kept blowing out. Kinda took it as an indication that towing while on 12V was the best option for me.
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Old 09-09-2007, 01:41 PM   #20
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My Casita is also a 2-way, 12V & LP. I don't have a charge line installed yet so I too have gone over to the dark side.

I've done 2 trips like this, one of them in extreme winds and I had no problems with the pilot going out.
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:42 PM   #21
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......for what its worth, in the circles I travel with/in, a 'move to the dark side' ALWAYS means a move UP to Life With a MoPar Product.....
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:53 PM   #22
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I tried going over to the dark side, but the flame kept blowing out.
I can't help it. I find that juxtaposition funny.
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Old 09-09-2007, 11:08 PM   #23
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From the title I was expecting something different as I am presently working on these guys for the local canoe club. Meet Obi One Canoeby and Lou Ki Aker.
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Old 09-10-2007, 08:25 AM   #24
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:11 AM   #25
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From the title I was expecting something different as I am presently working on these guys for the local canoe club. Meet Obi One Canoeby and Lou Ki Aker.
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Old 01-12-2008, 12:05 PM   #26
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Both of mine are two way AC/LP refrigerators. I have a third option in the moho tho, and that's running the genset! I occasionally do that for the additional air conditioning if we have folks in the cabin.

FWIW, I was always under the impression that the 12v option in these would merely maintain the temp while going down the road after the fridge had been pre-cooled; that it really didn't have enough "oomph" to be used independently at a campsite for cooling during an extended stay. At least that was my experience with the couple of 3-way fridges I've had.

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I didn't exactly vote correctly. We do NOT have a fridge that's true ( replaced with an air conditioner) but we do use a Coleman 12v fridge when camping and traveling. It sits in the back of the van on the road and on a table in front of the trailer ( with manditory bunji cord over the top)
It's worked out for us for three years now.
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Old 01-13-2008, 05:09 PM   #28
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Only have a 2-way in the Scamp, but liked the 12-v when we had one years ago in a '83 Komfort Lite. We have not had much of a problem with the gas getting blown out while traveling.
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