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Old 10-18-2010, 06:07 AM   #15
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I am planning on having 2 30w solar panels
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I have 2 40 watt solar panels
I'm wondering what solar panels you have, just to clarify for future readers.
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:24 PM   #16
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Sorry, just saw this post and realized I never responded. I bought a couple of the UL Solar panels, got them off Ebay. They were pretty inexpensive so I thought I would give them a try, they do come with a 25 year warranty. One thing though is that one of the panels was damaged internally (hard to explain but one of the silicon cells is cracked even though the glass and aluminum are intact). I am working with the company right now for a replacement. If they replace it then I could recommend the panels as they look to be well made.
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:28 PM   #17
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Also just re-read the thread. Yup will have vehicle charging, built in 110v charger and the solar panels. If the 2 40 watt panels don't keep up I think I will have place for a 3rd. With this setup we hopefully will not need to try and track down propane very often as we cross the country.
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:38 AM   #18
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Hi all, we are thinking of replacing the Dometic 211 3 way fridge in our 13' Scamp with n Engel SB70. I was wondering if anyone has done this and possibly any other thoughts. I am planning on having 2 30w solar panels and will probably have a 2 6v golf cart batteries for a house bank.
I realize I'm replying to a really old thread, but I'm planning on using this fridge myself and I was wondering if you had done it, and how you liked it.

Thanks!
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:21 AM   #19
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Hi Mike, yup we did use this setup full time for a 3 month trip across the US. The only thing I would do different is use slightly larger solar panels. It could keep up when we were not at the camper, but when we opened and closed the door frequently it used more amps. The engel was super efficient and larger inside (the compressor is the size of a coke can). Here are some pictures of the camper after the rebuild. https://plus.google.com/photos/11723...665?banner=pwa
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:50 AM   #20
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very nice woodworking….especially the metal rods on the shelfs, very useful
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:50 AM   #21
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Jon, Nice job with fitting the Engel in the trailer. I think the Engel fridges are an excellent choice for replacing a fridge.
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Old 10-27-2013, 10:21 AM   #22
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Thanks for the update! Looks great! Did it fit in the same cutout or did you have to widen it?
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:57 PM   #23
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Short answer, it is slightly different sized hole. It is both slightly narrower and shorter. Long answer, when we bought this camper it was pretty close to being ready for the landfill (actually most would have said it was), most of the plywood floors we rotten enough to fall through, rivets a mess, a 2 foot hole in the rear corner where the tire rim blew through the floor when it came apart at highway speeds, and a floppy axle. This ended up being a major rebuild, but I am pretty good with fiberglass so the repairs were not that big of a deal, just time and an infusion of money. So, I had to fiberglass fillers on the top and bottom so the fridge fit well, then I painted the galley unit with 1 part polyurethane paint (a marine paint, I live aboard and cruise a sailboat). It was the only fridge I could find that was shallow enough, all the others we too deep for the hole. Since I was painting the outside of the camper (by the way the color is too dark and I will repaint a lighter color, too hot in the desert) anyway (because of the tire rim hole repair) I also fiberglassed over the 3-way fridge vent panel as they were no longer needed and I felt detracted from the appearance of the camper.

We really like this little camper now and constantly get people asking about it. Kind of funny given the condition it was in when we got it.
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