Amazingly, the only thing holding it in was the sealant! I got the Dometic 211 out (anyone need parts? haha..) and got a 1.7 cu ft Haier fridge
from Lowes for under $110 with a 2 year extended warranty. I drilled a couple of holes in the cross frame in the rear and screwed it down to the plywood decking. I'll use an eye hook and a bungie to keep it close (as I was gonna do with the Dometic...)
My 200w solar
and 2 (mismatched) 12v deep cycle batteries should do the trick.. st least part time. The fridge's running amps is only supposed to be 1.4A (168W). I figure peak might come out about 4x as much which puts it at 5.2A (672W) startup. I'll go get one of the 400w/800w peak Harbor Freight inverters for $24 with the 20% off coupon and try it since it has good reviews.
This is the fridge I got:
Shop Haier 1.7 cu ft Compact Refrigerator (Black) at Lowes.com
Since I have rear access, I can swap it between the inverter and the old outlet from the original fridge. I may just run an extension cord to the back of the fridge from the inverter so I don't have to run large gauge wire to the inverter from the batteries. A cheap 25ft outdoor extension cord would work nicely.
I also have an Onan AJ 2.7kw generator
built in which charges the batteries and also puts out 120V. I find that my solar
setup and batteries aren't quite enough to get me by, I have other options at least. It's in very poor condition but still runs and works so I'll keep using it until it quits. Those used gensets can be picked up cheap (under $300) on CL and it wold be a direct swap for mine mounting and wiring wise.
I will probably end up on the grid more than off... it's hard to predict though. I plan to be off the grid as much as I can in parking lots as allowed between places. Even if I only do so a week out of every month it'll save me some money for sure. If money gets tight at the end of the month it'll save me for sure.
Yes I could have put the $150 toward a proper fridge but $450 is a long way more to go... I need to have refrigeration in the meantime. I got the 2 year extended warranty so if it lasts at least that long, it's worth the price.