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Old 08-27-2016, 02:01 PM   #99
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CAN you lock this senseless thread.

We will all continue to do what suites us anyhow.

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Just select "tread tools/ignore this thread" in web browser.
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Old 08-27-2016, 03:12 PM   #100
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Just select "tread tools/ignore this thread" in web browser.


And you can also go to "User CP" (aka Control panel, link at upper left) and then choose "Edit Ignore List" on the left to ignore all posts from selected user(s).

That way you can ignore the comments from people who think its safe to run their fridges on propane while traveling, or those who don't, depending on which side of the fence you prefer, and you will only see the messages that correspond to your beliefs. Kinda like the folks who only watch FOX News

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Old 08-27-2016, 03:46 PM   #101
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Keeping in mind that if you choose to ignore a certain forum member, you will get alerts that that member has posted and that you are ignoring them. You will also see responses to whatever was posted. So, good luck with that.
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Old 08-27-2016, 03:53 PM   #102
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To my experience "ignore this thread" is the best solution. I frequently use it for rallies-related threads I'm not going to participate in.
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Old 08-27-2016, 03:55 PM   #103
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Keeping in mind that if you choose to ignore a certain forum member, you will get alerts that that member has posted and that you are ignoring them. You will also see responses to whatever was posted. So, good luck with that.
Well there has to be a way to ignore the alerts also!

But (for me at least), the notice that you see in the thread:
This message is hidden because USERNAME is on your ignore list.

would always make me so curious that I would have to un-ignore the user and see what he or she said.

But its a fun idea and got us off the dead horse for awhile.
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Old 08-27-2016, 06:50 PM   #104
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I tried ignore poster when a commercial member used every opportunity to have his logo published in every thread. It was a free ad for him. I gave up because it aggravated me to be told I was ignoring him every time he posted.
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Old 08-29-2016, 01:00 PM   #106
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I have a 12v compressor fridge and my dad has a 3 way fridge. In light of this thread I asked him what he does. Turns out his Dometic will shut off when he goes over 35mph if the fridge is left on propane. So he switches to 12v when they leave camp, then back to propane if they stop for a while or 120V when they arrive at camp.

Right now the circuit board has fail several times (one under warranty, at least one that Dometic paid part only). We were talking and if it fails again he's giving serious thought to a 12V compressor fridge. Less money on filling up propane and he already wants to do solar.

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Old 08-29-2016, 01:26 PM   #107
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At risk of getting slightly off topic...can you tell me what a "compressor fridge" is and just how it differs from a 3-way? I intend to run my 3-way just like your dad is doing now. Did Dometic indicate that the board was failing because of using the 12V to travel?
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:12 PM   #108
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A compressor fridge has a small compressor that runs off of 120VAC. It does not run off of propane or 12 VDC. They are not expensive and they cool very well.

Now, Someonw will pipe up and say there are some 12VDC units and that you can run your 120VAC off an inverter and they will be correct but get your wallet out for the extra expense.

There are also 12VAC Coolers that will cool, freeze and even warm depending on their settings. They are solid state as in no moving parts, no heat strip, no chemicals. Go to Camping World web site for a lookup.
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:03 AM   #109
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I don't know about the others, but not
My Norcold 704DE has a 21 volt AC Swing compressor that runs either from a 12 volt inverter built in or a 21 volt winding off the built in 120 vac transformer shared with the inverter.
The inverter has to generate a 60 hz. Square wave for the compressor to work correctly.
It will also run from the 120 vac when operated off an inverter.
The beauty of the swing compressor is no starting surge unlike a rotary compressor.
Engle fridges are also made this way.
The fridges with Danfoss compressors are quieter since the piston I'd not rattling back and forth.
Both seem to draw about 40 watts running.
My Norcold 704DE averages about 20 watts taking into account cycle time.
If you go with a dorm type of refrigerator you will need a little larger inverter to account for that starting surge.


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Red Baron: that is one sweet fridge. Wish I had one.
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Old 08-30-2016, 05:39 PM   #111
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The Norcold is OLD and I bought it from a boat dealer who had pulled it out for $25.00.
The DC inverter was running at the wrong frwquency (50 hz instead of 60).
It cooled OK on 120 volts, but not well on 12.
Being an electronic type I searched for and found a schematic and retuned it to where it put out 60 hz and it will cool quite well now.
It will freeze a diet coke and put a slush in a really cold beer!
I added more insulation in the cabinet I built and I put some thin aluminum tape on the cooling coils along with a small computer fan that runs along with the 12 vdc inverter to improve the efficiency.
It makes a fairly loud 60 hz buzz when it's running, but not too bad in the cabinet with the extra insulation.
It works for us!
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A compressor fridge has a small compressor that runs off of 120VAC. It does not run off of propane or 12 VDC. They are not expensive and they cool very well.

Now, Someonw will pipe up and say there are some 12VDC units and that you can run your 120VAC off an inverter and they will be correct but get your wallet out for the extra expense.

There are also 12VAC Coolers that will cool, freeze and even warm depending on their settings. They are solid state as in no moving parts, no heat strip, no chemicals. Go to Camping World web site for a lookup.
You are right - I have a 12V Norcool that runs off my battery and solar setup. And to the best of my knowledge (and without tearing it apart to prove it) there is a 12V compressor and no 120V inverter. I do understand that they are much more expensive than the small 120V dorm fridges. Don't know how they compare to 3-way fridges $$.

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