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Old 02-15-2013, 08:56 AM   #15
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1) We typically don't camp at sites with power and I am curious how long a fridge would run on battery power and if this is now common?
I think that this has been answered - you need a solar panel.

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2) Is there any way to refurbish the old Ammonia system fridges?
Yes, you can buy just the cooling unit portion of the refrigerator, but it costs almost as much as a new refrigerator. Dometic Aftermarket Cooling Units

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3) Has anyone found a new 3 way fridge that fits in the existing fridge opening?
This is a good resource to compare refrigerator space requirements. http://www.thetford.com/Portals/0/PD...Chart_2012.pdf
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:43 AM   #16
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There is a norcold DE-051 AC/DC fridge for $250 + shipping on EBay. I have the same for boondocking and just use the DC. IT uses about 17 amps a day, but will very based on how full and often it is opened and the inside temp in trailer. I also have a 145 watt solar panel. It does have a humm when running which is about 1/3 of the time.
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There is a norcold DE-051 AC/DC fridge for $250 + shipping on EBay. I have the same for boondocking and just use the DC. IT uses about 17 amps a day, but will very based on how full and often it is opened and the inside temp in trailer. I also have a 145 watt solar panel. It does have a humm when running which is about 1/3 of the time.

Is this it? Norcold de 0251T AC DC Refrigerator Freezer RV's Boats 18 Wheelers New | eBay

Starting bid is $250, local pickup. Shipping is typically about $100.
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:01 PM   #18
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Earlier Glen referred to use of a Coleman cooler. I want to clarify that I was actually referring to an icebox that is offered as an option built into the Scamp (not a stand-alone cooler). The icebox has a similar configuration to a refrigerator with a door that opens vertically and has interior shelves. Because the ice is located on the top shelf the air is cool below. The ice melts on the top shelf and is funneled through a tube that runs to the bottom of the icebox and out the bottom of the trailer. You would NOT want to have liquid water in the trailer icebox as it would run onto the floor.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:45 PM   #19
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hello all,
My current design will use two identical ENGEL 35 Qt. Coolers, one will be the "freezer", and the other one the Fridge. I will install a Compresor system (plus evaporator and condensor) in the freezer later, and will use with ice blocks/ packs/cubes for now.

The cooler (freezer) also serves as a seat for my dinnete....
Everything on my reno is dual purpose if not more!...

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hello all,
My current design will use two identical ENGEL 35 Qt. Coolers, one will be the "freezer", and the other one the Fridge. I will install a Compresor system (plus evaporator and condensor) in the freezer later, and will use with ice blocks/ packs/cubes for now.

The cooler (freezer) also serves as a seat for my dinnete....
Everything on my reno is dual purpose if not more!...

Cheers,
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Great! We are looking forward to the photographs.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:22 PM   #21
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There is a norcold DE-051 AC/DC fridge for $250 + shipping on EBay. I have the same for boondocking and just use the DC. IT uses about 17 amps a day, but will very based on how full and often it is opened and the inside temp in trailer. I also have a 145 watt solar panel. It does have a humm when running which is about 1/3 of the time.
I contacted this seller and she wanted $168 to ship it from Texas to Las Vegas. You can buy a brand new one for $499 and $59 shipping.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:26 PM   #22
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May I ask as to why you want to replace the old fridge? There isn't much to go wrong and are super easy to fix.
I wondered, too...

Hey, O.P. Matt:
You asked about refurbishing an old fridge but didn't say what's wrong with yours. Has it stopped cooling altogether?

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For boondocking I have had propane and 12 volt compressor. I like propane better because I can go a long time on a bottle of propane. But then this pre-dates the current generation of solar which might make the a more viable option than it was back when I was using it. I hated running low on battery and having to fire up a generator.

Plus 1 on the have you checked into repairing what you already have? Sometimes it is something pretty easy to fix that stops the fridg cold. Or warm or you know what I mean.

And if your trips are normally short duration, like long weekends. Ice box worked well for years before I had a camper with a fridge.
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2) Isthere any way to refurbish the old Ammonia system fridges?
Depending on whats wrong with it - some people had had success with getting an old fridge working well again by taking it out and turning it upside down for a day or so.

I personally prefer using propane when off the grid. I have a solar system but the drain of the DC is pretty high from the fridge and being as I am up in Canada big trees in areas I camp dont help with the solar situation.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:16 AM   #25
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The EdgeStar is a good portable refridgerator/freezer. I was very skeptical but after reading my way through a ton of reviews on various sites I just bit the bullet and got one. It works good and I have had no problems at all. I haven't noticed any big power draw but it only runs off and on not all the time. The noise is so low I can hardly hear it. It works even with a 30 degree tilt factor, like if you are 4 wheeling. You don't have to have it level, although I keep it as level as I can when parked. I forget sometimes it is even in the back seat. The 63 quart is BIG but not heavy until you fill her up. The hinges lock the lid down very tight too. I don't have any idea about how it works or what makes it work, all I know is it works and works good. We are probably going to have an economic collapse anyway so go ahead and spend those worthless dollars while they still have some value.
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Here is an interesting read ...
http://www.gmceast.com/technical/Nat...ld_Replace.pdf

Alf S. has posted a # of times someone near him that rebuilds the old units.
Refrigeration leak
A google search will provide others that might be closer to you.
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