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Old 01-22-2016, 03:54 PM   #15
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Carol, you know camping tricks I don't! That's why you're a senior member! Thanks for passing down your wisdom...

Mike, you are correct. But what Glenn and i found out is that the temperature doesn't drop quite low enough for food. Wine yes, but not food. I would love to find a fridge that's cold enough AND that has a see-through door!
My point was simply that, even if it did cool low enough initially (which it doesn't) it will not keep that temperature anyhow.
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What fridge would y'all recommend for a 16' scamp? Ours came with a dorm fridge but I have been wondering if that is really going to work very well at all. Would appreciate recommendations.
Laura (not Bill)
I had a dorm fridge in my former Burro. It was useless for my camping style (long drives to reach the mountains from OK). Someone who only had a couple hours to a CG with electric hookup might have better luck.

It depends on what you want, partly. You can get a 3-way fridge by Dometic or Norcold (measure your space and read the size specs on the various models to find what will fit), and use LP or occasionally a bit of 12V DC while traveling. These should do fine in Canada, but in hot US summer weather the cooling can be somewhat anemic; they can only cool to about 35* F below ambient temp. Or you can buy a 12V-only fridge that runs on an efficient Danfoss compressor (like the Engel or Truckfridge units) and hook up a solar panel (at least 100W) on your roof. These cool very well to the temp you set even when it's hot outside.

Actually, if you can get by with one of the smaller, top-loading Truckfridge units, you could put it up front in your tug and plug it into the 12V socket while you drive. Then move it to the trailer when you get to the CG. If the CG has shore power, you can use an adapter to power the fridge.
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