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Old 11-02-2012, 10:43 AM   #15
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Ken, I do have a solar panel that I use in areas where it is usable. The problem is many of us camp all over NA and are not always in places with wide open sunny campsites year round. Some of us camp often in areas with heavy tree coverage - so even in the summer months there is not enough sun to charge the battery.

As far as the cost of running on propane goes I have found it to be rather efficient and low cost per day. Have gone as long as 7 weeks of camping with about 70% of the time off grid, using the fridge on propane, using the inside stove daily and limited use of the furnace & hot water tank on one 20lb tank without running out. So its not really a big per day expenses to run off propane. Especially if one was to compare it to the cost of running a generator off gas every few days to keep a battery charged & takes into consideration the cost of the generator itself and the added weight of hauling the generator and gas around in the tow and how that may impact the tows gas consumption. Not a big factor if you are only doing short trips but for those of us who do trips of thousands of miles at a time the added weight can have an impact on your overall trip gas costs.

As far as the risk of wood near the fridge catching on fire goes I wouldnt know about that as I own a fiberglass trailer with no wood in the fridge compartment I am also aware a great many people running propane fridges in 20 and 30 year old trailers and cant think of anyone reporting a fire. Not that am saying it cant happen, it can but more likely the result of poorly maintain propane system &/or fridge, rusted out or dirty flue or old regulator rather than heat building up causing wood to catch on fire, assuming the fridge was install correctly in the first place. Thus the reason it is really important to make sure the system is well maintained and correctly installed. There is a paper at cjbfire.com/RVRef-Fires.pdf thats worth reading. Apparetly a lot of RV fires are incorrectly blamed on propane fridges. If one takes the time to make sure everthing is in good running order & installed correctly IMHO you probable have a higher chance of burning your house down using your back yard BQ than having a fire in your trailers fridge. Just ask one of my neighbours about that

As I said its just my personal preference to have a fridge that will run on all modes and not require me to add unneeded weight and use up the limited space I have with block ice or generator and gas.
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Michael J. - very good assessment of the electric fridges and solar. When my solar is completely installed, I will have 189 watts permanent power. I don't think I will have any problems with 12V power.
Now, I have to go check out the ARB fridge!
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:15 PM   #17
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Michael J. - very good assessment of the electric fridges and solar. When my solar is completely installed, I will have 189 watts permanent power. I don't think I will have any problems with 12V power.
Now, I have to go check out the ARB fridge!
Got mine off Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/ARB-10800472-Fridge-Freezer--Quart/dp/B002Q1INDM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1351887209&sr=8-2&keywords=arb
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Pros and Cons of taking a small cooler with dryice (for frozen food) to supplement my icebox in my Compact Jr ??
Anyone do this from time to time ??
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Thomas, I think there are people in the club that have used dry ice just can't remember who. May I make a suggestion, an alternative is to put water into plastic juice containers then add salt, maybe 1/3 cup each or more, then freeze. This is what I use in my cooler and the cooler in the camper. This method far outlast the bag Ice you buy. I put an x on the lid so no one confusses what is in the containers.
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I carry a cooler that contains mostly beverages to keep the need to open up the trailers fridge on hot days down. I use plastic milk jugs to freezer water in before leaving home for the cooler. They last for days and you end up with extra drinking water. You can store veggies and things in the cooler as well & they will not end up floating around in water in the bottom of the cooler as they will using bagged ice.
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Michael J. - very good assessment of the electric fridges and solar. When my solar is completely installed, I will have 189 watts permanent power. I don't think I will have any problems with 12V power.
Now, I have to go check out the ARB fridge!
You would achieve far better cooling & energy usage results with a Danfoss compressor refrigerator than with the ARB type technology.
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Actually the ARB uses the Danfoss compressor. As previously indicated very efficient.
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Thanx for the suggestions re freezing water in plastic jugs. good idea, especially since there is just me and my dog...TJ
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Engel brand portable refrigerators are highly rated.
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Engel brand portable refrigerators are highly rated.
Agreed! My Engel 43 was the most energy effecient 12V fridge I ever had. Should have never sold it!

Report on my Whynter 85. It has been set on 25F since last fall. Since I haven't been camping, I'm just using it for an extra freezer. I have it on 110, but it works fine.
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I would buy and Engel now if I was departing on a long trip. what I have--a 6 cu ft model fridge is now working well after installing a new thermo sensor. It is dialed in at 39'degrees. I've bee living in my camper for two weeks now with water, and perhaps three weeks total, but using the bathroom in the house. I want to start showering in here next as I refine each system to suit me.

I do want a 15 quart Engel freezer. My former TV cabinet would hold it nicely if I remove the door for ventilation. And there is DC power in there. I could use in on my boat too. I've never had ice cream offshore. It would blow the minds of my crew.

A freezer is so important for keeping food long term. Lots of things can be frozen and that make food planning and portions easy to manage also.
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