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Old 02-29-2016, 01:06 PM   #15
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I have two-way ( 120V / propane ) 5 cu. ft. fridge.
I plug it in to the mains at home a couple days before a trip to pre-cool it and load with food ( beer usually ).
Depending on the length of the trip, I will either just turn it off for the duration, or switch to propane.
It's not a problem as you seem to indicate Tim.
Sorry if there was an implied goring of somebody's Ox. I only meant that messing with propane refrigeration would be a problem.....for ME.. Which, in re-reading my post, is what I said. I camp to get away from it all and to have as easy and trouble free an experience as possible. For me, that means 12V electrical refrigeration for my (root) beer. As always, YMMV.
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Old 02-29-2016, 06:47 PM   #16
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Can anybody explain to me why the Engel products in this category are nearly twice the Edgestar line. Thinner and lighter materials simply cannot account for such a difference? Is the Engel so superiorly built or is it the service?

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Old 02-29-2016, 07:06 PM   #17
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I think the edgestar uses more current than the Engel unit.
There are some comparisons if you google Edgestar Vs Engel.
MacGregorSailors.com • View topic - Edgestar vs. Engel Freezers

Portable Refrigerator: Top 8 Portable Real Fridges 2015

TheSamba.com :: View topic - Anyone Know About Whynter Fridges

And others.
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Old 02-29-2016, 07:19 PM   #18
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It is to my knowledge the only one to use the swing compressor, so I suspect you are paying a premium for that.Check out prices for a National Luna which is built like a tank and made to transport vaccines in Africa for an expensive option.
I settled for the ARB 50 qt. we camp on the outer banks with no electricity and use it as a freezer together with a 50 qt Yeti and 200 watts of solar coupled to a 210 amp hr golf cart. Battery bank no problems for 6 trips so far. Have the best of both worlds, ice for our cocktails ,keep stuff frozen till we need them and freezes water bottles to keep the Yeti going. Never been below 50 % charged.


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Old 02-29-2016, 10:26 PM   #19
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Exactly what I was thinking

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Old 03-01-2016, 12:23 AM   #20
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It is to my knowledge the only one to use the swing compressor, so I suspect you are paying a premium for that.Check out prices for a National Luna which is built like a tank and made to transport vaccines in Africa for an expensive option.
I settled for the ARB 50 qt. we camp on the outer banks with no electricity and use it as a freezer together with a 50 qt Yeti and 200 watts of solar coupled to a 210 amp hr golf cart. Battery bank no problems for 6 trips so far. Have the best of both worlds, ice for our cocktails ,keep stuff frozen till we need them and freezes water bottles to keep the Yeti going. Never been below 50 % charged.


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: I hope I'm not late on letting someone out there know about this find, while cruising tonight or should I say 10min. ago I came across a Norcold/Engel Portable Fridge/Freezer used $925.00 for Sale on the Vanouver, BC CL ID#5470914076 should get u to it. It is in North Vancouver and for u in the deep SE not a cheap ship as it weighs in at 70#'s
If you read the article he who I assume is the owner tells all about it, and if he is any kind of carpenter could build a 1/4" plywood box to ship a long ways and make it get there safely. Remember your dollar is worth about 30 cents more up here.
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Just to be clear, I think the term Norcold/Engle are mutually exclusive as there is a significant difference in build quality. This ad reminds me of those selling a Casita/Scamp that's actually a UHaul. The ad indicates it is not an Engle but leads you to believe they are the same quality as they function the same [think Yugo and Mercedes.]
You can get the newest model 60 qt Norcold with free shipping from Amazon for about $700 but it only has a 3 star rating. There is a 40qt. Engle on Amazon for about $850 with free shipping with a 5 star rating. My 2cents


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Old 03-01-2016, 07:46 AM   #22
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Last night from 5:30 PM to 5:30 AM my old swing compressor Norcold refrigerator used 23.3 watts per hour which would indicate that it ran about 50% of the time.
This number would vary on ambient temp and how often it was opened etc.
With the booster fan I added that runs off 12 volts when the compressor runs it draws about 50 Watts.
The amp draw is about 3.7 and the voltage is about 13 volts or about.
The refrigerator is a Norcold DE-704D

Refrigerator Cut-Out Opening (inches)
Model Height Width Depth
DE-704D 33 1/8 22 21 3/4
This is an old refrigerator and I have reconditioned it.
It worked on 120 VAC, but not so good on 12 volt, but investigation found that the 12 volt oscillator was running ar 55 HZ instead of 60 HZ and it needed to have some circuit parts changes to get the frequency correct for the swing compressor which is very frequency sensitive.
So Far So Good! It makes ICE TOO! (not much though since the freezer compartment is fairly small.)
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Re Danfoss or other Fridge/Freezer

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: I hope I'm not late on letting someone out there know about this find, while cruising tonight or should I say 10min. ago I came across a Norcold/Engel Portable Fridge/Freezer used $925.00 for Sale on the Vanouver, BC CL ID#5470914076 should get u to it. It is in North Vancouver and for u in the deep SE not a cheap ship as it weighs in at 70#'s
If you read the article he who I assume is the owner tells all about it, and if he is any kind of carpenter could build a 1/4" plywood box to ship a long ways and make it get there safely. Remember your dollar is worth about 30 cents more up here.
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: I emailed the fellow and asked him how in the world I would keep milk from freezing seeing as it said Fridge/Freezer as there is not Divider and he emailed me back saying only good as a Freezer, that I would have to figure out some kind of Divider? Now asking the people in the Know if this thing freezes water how do you use it as just a Fridge on one side and a freezer on the other side?
I would think just going out and buying a simple electric 12V/110V Fridge would be the way to go as you can cool mild and have a small Freezer compartment/
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I use my ARB as either a fridge or a freezer by adjusting the thermostat. If I set it to about 25 degrees it will act as both because it has a small compartment that is to the back that doesn't get as cold and typically won't freeze things like lunch meat or cheese. It's too small to hold a qt. of milk so that would have to go in the larger side and would freeze.


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I use my ARB as either a fridge or a freezer by adjusting the thermostat. If I set it to about 25 degrees it will act as both because it has a small compartment that is to the back that doesn't get as cold and typically won't freeze things like lunch meat or cheese. It's too small to hold a qt. of milk so that would have to go in the larger side and would freeze.


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MMeyer, did you buy chance look at this one in Canada it has 2 baskets in it both the same size, the only way I can see in dividing the freezer side or vice versa is to wrap one side in lots of Styrofoam so one side freezes and the other cools but that should be done at the factory where they are made if your originally paying upwards of $2000.00 for new, The fellow selling this one says it is a Fridge/Freezer??? You can see where we as Canadians are getting the big rip off if Amazon can sell another make for $700.00 + taxes + shipping which would be way less than half the price as Canadian & do the same job. We then head south for our 48 hour adventure and pick it up not paying any duty on the return. I then get to pick up my 40oz duty free Whiskey for friends.
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MMeyer, did you buy chance look at this one in Canada it has 2 baskets in it both the same size, the only way I can see in dividing the freezer side or vice versa is to wrap one side in lots of Styrofoam so one side freezes and the other cools but that should be done at the factory where they are made if your originally paying upwards of $2000.00 for new, The fellow selling this one says it is a Fridge/Freezer??? You can see where we as Canadians are getting the big rip off if Amazon can sell another make for $700.00 + taxes + shipping which would be way less than half the price as Canadian & do the same job. We then head south for our 48 hour adventure and pick it up not paying any duty on the return. I then get to pick up my 40oz duty free Whiskey for friends.
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: I forgot to mention that when down south I fuel up my 75 gallon fuel tank at about $1.55.9 gallon as up here it is $1.00.9 Litre.
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I had a Nova Kool NovaKool DC Refrigerator - Model 4500 in our 13' Scamp to replace the 3 way refrigerator that became unreliable. I did add insulation around the refrigerator once installed as recommended to reduce run times. . I used a single 100 watt solar panel to keep our group 27 battery fully charged each day during our travels to California, Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho, Colorado, Michigan and all places along the way, and it never failed nor drained the battery below 50%. I would recommend it. I now have a Truckfridge of the same size in our Lil Snoozy, but without additional insulation as there wasn't room for any. This set up requires two 100 watt solar panels to keep up with the power demands, as it appears that this unit runs more often and longer to keep things cold.
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David, I've found a big difference in power consumption depending on if the sun is shining on the fridge side of the trailer. That might account for some of the difference between your Novakool in the Scamp and Truckfridge in the Snoozy.


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Could you tell me how to find him on the forum please? I have only contacted people from threads, thanks.

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Responded to Lisa's email with a link to the blog post describing our thought process converting from the Snoozy's standard dorm fridge to the Truckfridge. https://wanderingourway.wordpress.co...refrigeration/

BTW, the Truckfridge unit is made by Indel B.


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