Originally Posted by Thomas G.
I've also mentioned a number of times that one can buy new, heavy gauge copper wire at a metal recycler at a fraction of retail prices. The wire is off the end of very long spools, so a 20 foot length to an electrician is scrap.
I've seen you say that before, Tom, and I think it's great you continue to mention it for those of us who are "newer" to the forums (and by newer, I've been reading here and occasionally posting for about 2 1/2 years). It's great advice to help save money.
Being an electrician, I am lucky enough to have access to this type of wire as scraps as well. Heck, I could put in some 250MCM copper if I really wanted to, but 290 amps is a bit more headroom than I need
Originally Posted by honda03842
We rarely run our fridge
while driving though do have the ability to charge our battery
from the tow vehicle plus we have a solar panel
. Our normal driving day is 4 hours. For four hours the fridge
can usually maintain temperature well enough unless it is extremely hot.
Everything you said is very true, Ron. Short drives aren't going to be too bad without power to the fridge
. We had a 120V bar fridge in our last Boler
and we'd turn it coooooold the night before we set out so it was 1/2 frozen in the morning for the drive. That or a bag of ice has been our usual method until now.
I'm a tad disappointed at the prospect that running the fridge on 12V during a drive may not work out as straight forward as I had thought. This is why the idea of a separate heavy gauge 12V wire to the tug battery
is back in mind again.