Seeking opinion on the realtime utility of a very small 3-way and the advisability of replacing with 120VAC dorm fridge
I have a Burro
17" with a late 90s era Dometic 2202. I have "gone back and forth" on the advisability of giving the darn thing away several times. It works and it doesn't. Will cool down and then warm up on 120VAC even when the ambient temp. is in the winter range. I suspect that coils are not plugged and that this may simply be a thermostat malfunction. Were this little gem working perfectly (which would definitely require cleaning the propane
orifice and chimney), I believe the installation is barebones inadequate and that baffling and forced air (muffin fans) in the "chimney" outbd of the cooling unit would be necessary to maintain efficient cooling. And it is sooooo small inside!
I have an electric dorm fridge
which will fit in the space under the gas range currently occupied by the Dometic. There is adequate top and side clearance and I think with this unit a muffin fan outbd the compressor for positive air replacement in a closed space would also be a good idea. On the grid it would, I think, be of much more real value for ice-making and food preservation than the Dometic. I also have a Coleman upright ice chest which served for a lot of yrs. of tent and pickup cap camping. That would possibly be better than the Dometic at its functional best but does require the bother of buying ice, draining. I would not even comtemplate an under-counter install of this as it rides quite nicely in the head on the road. I could easily take both to cover possibility of on/off grid stops but I can't deal with taking both (dorm fridge
under the front dinette table) and the Dometic.
I know there's an impact on resale (if you have a 3-way, your buyer du jour will want an electric fridge and if you have an electric, he'll want a 3-way LOL) but I'm beginning to think box stock just doesn't matter that much to me. I bought the trailer ten yrs. down the long and winding road, don't have that much in it, am thankful EVERYTHING ELSE works, and with gas prices what they are, the premium is really on the 13 footers.
All I have to do is cut the "kick" area of the glass cntrtop facade in the area of the fridge opening, secure the fridge, fabricate a reasonably sightly reveal to make up any discrepancy in the old and new opening.
My questions: 1) What am I waiting for? (as I'm out of patience with the idea of "fixing" the inadequate Dometic). 2) If you have done this, how well do you deal with on/off grid situation and how? 3) If you've done this, are you satisified or having second thoughts? 4) If you've done this, any advice on the install? For instance, would I need any sort of shock suppression mat under the compressor fridge? Would insulation between the bottom of the gas range and the top of fridge) be advisable?
There could be some pro or con I've overlooked? Please someone push me one way or the other out of my vacillation over this inadequate fridge!!