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Old 08-02-2021, 02:08 PM   #1
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Greetings.

I have a 1977 Triple E Surfside with a Dometic fridge which barely cools anything in the heat wave we have been having. Itís a three way and does itís best performance on shore power.

Iím thinking of replacing it, is there something that fits nicely in the space? Any recommendations for a new three way fridge?

Thanks
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Old 08-03-2021, 09:36 AM   #2
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Forget the 3 way and look into a 12/110 volt compressor frig. They actually rapidly cool and don't have to be dead level to operate. They can run off your car while driving. A simple 100 watt solar cell and good battery will keep it going through a weekend.
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Old 08-03-2021, 01:11 PM   #3
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Try cleaning the coils on the back side of the frig. Remove the dust and cob webs. Clean the gas jet and burner. Keep the frig side of the camper in the shade when camping.
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Old 08-03-2021, 05:55 PM   #4
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Do you know what the model number is of the fridge. Typically there is a data plate on the bottom of the door frame, when you open the door. This will determine the size of the hole you are filling.
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Old 08-05-2021, 07:08 AM   #5
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I have been very happy with the performance of the Norcold n3150 I put in my Trillium 5500.
It might be a bit large for your space though

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Old 08-05-2021, 11:05 AM   #6
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Forget the 3 way and look into a 12/110 volt compressor frig. They actually rapidly cool and don't have to be dead level to operate. They can run off your car while driving. A simple 100 watt solar cell and good battery will keep it going through a weekend.
I totally AGREE !
Make sure the unit is DC Compressor Marine not the CHEAP 110V apartment refrigerators. And don't forget the NEW 100A LiPO4 Battery replacement.
Twice the Ah storage in the same place !
Completely changed the electrical operation on the 2015 Casita while BoonDocking !
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Old 08-05-2021, 11:19 AM   #7
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Thanks for that info. Would you kindly post a link to the fridge above?
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Old 08-05-2021, 11:38 AM   #8
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www.vitrifigo.com
www.thetfordmarine.com

The important thing is to get as much INSULATION as you can.
And that Compressor is 12V DC...not 110V with Convertor to 12V DC.
Vitrifrigo is definitely 12/24V Compressor.
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Old 08-05-2021, 11:56 AM   #9
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Virifrigo Typical Details - Fridge/Freezer

https://www.caravanrvcamping.com.au/...fridge-freezer
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Old 08-05-2021, 12:04 PM   #10
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DC Fridge Report

https://www.rvtravel.com/rvelectrici...-refrigerator/

Here is a great Report on direct DC connection to Vitrifrigo vs 110V invertor.
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Old 08-05-2021, 03:02 PM   #11
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I strongly suspect that Angelaís fridge could be made to work with small expense, if she is willing to fix it herself or get a friend to help. If it works ok on line voltage it will work on propane.it may need the orifice cleaned, the burner blown out with compressed air, the gas pressure adjuster or possibly a new gas pressure regulator. The gas tank might even be empty.
Danfoss type compressor fridges are very efficient but they all require more solar, more battery storage, and if you switch to lithium, a different battery charger and a solar charge controller that can charge lithium batteries. Itís a significant expense compared to just fixing what you got.
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Old 08-05-2021, 03:12 PM   #12
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Solar

Oh,I forgot, what if the sun doesnít shine. My last visit to Glacier National Park included 7 straight days of on and off rain and clouds. I live in the eastern US so I know cloudy weather. I have a 7900 watt array in the back yard and at high noon on a rainy day the array produces 300-400 watts of energy. How much energy do you think your 300 watt solar panels on the trailer roof will produce if itís cloudy all day. But you say ,but I have 2 Battleborn batteries! Fine , but what if it rains all day the next day?
Fix the old propane fridge!
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