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Old 11-04-2012, 07:54 AM   #1
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refrigerator question from New owners of adorable Scamp

OK, we did it. Bought our 1977 13í Scamp yesterday. Had our little off the site checklist, knew the price was good and we should expect work. Didnít even get a chance to use it as the delightful seller took as though the pristine little baby and showed us every little apology he had. Then we got the pristine never out of box awning, extra NOS baby moon hubcaps, levels, bottle jacks and on and on. We feel happy. Then he took our personal check [we forgot to get cashiers on Friday] and loaned us his Virginia plate so we would not get pulled over, need to mail it back [we feel like this is our introduction to small camper people]. We will go though the check list today! So why am I just gloating, because we do have the first, of many questions.
1. No refrigerator, the original owner pulled it out [probably an ice box] and that will be the first thing I want. I assume we want one of these Domestic/Norco 12 volt guys, bet they are hard to find usable and used, so new? That a Fantastic Fan to replace the vent, and I think we are ready to go.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:28 AM   #2
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........ I assume we want one of these Domestic/Norco 12 volt guys, bet they are hard to find usable and used, so new? ....
Congratulations, it sounds like you found a great camper.

I, too, need to find a used fridge and this is what I learned.
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Good for you Jeff! If your new-to-you trailer only had an icebox, good chance you'll need to have it plumbed for propane to run a 3-way. I guess that's what you want? At anyrate, that adds to the cost of the refrigerator.

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No refrigerator, the original owner pulled it out [probably an ice box] and that will be the first thing I want. I assume we want one of these Domestic/Norco 12 volt guys, bet they are hard to find usable and used, so new? That a Fantastic Fan to replace the vent, and I think we are ready to go.
If there are no vent panels installed behind refrigerator space then yes it was an Ice Box. If you do want a 12 volt only compressor technology refrigerator then I recommend upgrading/doubling the battery and installing a substantial solar panel system. While the manufacturer may not require outside venting for this type, the heat removed from the interior has to go somewhere, and venting it may improve operating efficiency. Many people feel the operating cost of a propane absorption technology refrigerator is lower, but the installation cost is definitely higher, and it will require plumbing and outside venting. Used equipment requires maintenance/repair skills. Some people have had success using 110 volt only refrigerators on inverter 12 volt power when a 110 outlet is not available, but that again requires significant battery upgrading or doubling which may increase the initial low cost IMHO. Choices, choices, choices...

The Fantastic-Fan requires a 14" x 14" vent opening. Does your Scamp have just the Larger Vent/Escape Hatch?
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:14 AM   #5
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well, take your time,, many decades of camping have been done with the simple,yet noble coleman cooler. if you decide you need a refridgerator,,,well sometimes your best tool is your check book. consider having a new one professionaly installed. first off your sure its right,,,second its warrantied.
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