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#11 Vic Harder

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Posted 23 August 2016 - 02:38 AM

How big is too big?  And I see the new FWC (Webasto) fridges claim "NOT" to be able to freeze stuff, just keep it frozen.  I'm coming from a 17L cooler, and building up a Hawk shell, and need to get some feel for what is the "right" size for 2 folks for up to 6 days of boondocking.

 

My wife strongly prefers the cabinet (built in look) vs the cooler approach.  We both like silence when camping.  

 

Thoughts?


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#12 97grandby

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 01:26 AM

Honestly I would say go with a cooler style. Seems to work much better and the plus side you can take them on road trips. Lots on here have Arb and indel on here. I know engel has a 63 dual compartment.


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Posted 25 August 2016 - 03:36 AM

My TF freezes stuff just fine. Pretty small freezer though. I'm happy with the cabinet style. No real complaints with mine at all.


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Posted 25 August 2016 - 04:05 AM

How big is too big?  And I see the new FWC (Webasto) fridges claim "NOT" to be able to freeze stuff, just keep it frozen.  I'm coming from a 17L cooler, and building up a Hawk shell, and need to get some feel for what is the "right" size for 2 folks for up to 6 days of boondocking.
 
My wife strongly prefers the cabinet (built in look) vs the cooler approach.  We both like silence when camping.  
 
Thoughts?


Vic, any compressor refrigerator/freezer will make some degree of noise. It's not bad, but it's there. We had a Dometic 80L in our Grandby, but I will use an Engel 40 liter chest style when my Bobcat arrives. Last year at Lake Powell, we used the Engel strictly as a freezer, transferring food and bottles of ice into a small ice chest every day. It was on a dedicated Group 27 battery that I had to charge twice a day for roughly an hour each time It was not hooked to the boat or a solar system. We used a Yamaha 1000 to keep it topped up. In the Bobcat, the Engel will be connected to the camper battery, so no generator needed. Also used as a refer, not a freezer.

I believe the chest style is far more efficient than a standard upright refrigerator. One distinction/advantage is your cold air doesn't come tumbling out every time the lid is opened. You can also easily add insulation to the outside of a free standing unit. I use Reflectix with ours.

That's my 2ยข worth, YMMV.
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#15 Vic Harder

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 04:15 AM

I'd prefer a cooler style too, but the boss lady disagrees.  I suspect the cooler style is way more efficient at keeping stuff cool, and more space efficient too, as all the stuff in the fridge is literally lying on top of each other, vs standing on a shelf.

 

I kind of like this one though, as it has a dedicated freezer section

http://www.indelweba...ise-90-classic/

 

It sucks power thought compared to the 85 or even the 130.

 

Sage, why the downsize?


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Posted 25 August 2016 - 04:24 AM

Vic, I downsized to be able to get into areas where I wasn't willing to take the big, fancy truck. Basically, the Bobcat/Ranger is going to be a mobile man cave. We have a hard side camper on the F350 crew cab for the times when we both go. I do have to admit the hard side is really comfortable
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Posted 29 August 2016 - 06:10 PM

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 07:50 PM

Here is another 12 v fridge link to add.

 

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 07:31 PM

I have a question for everyone. I have a TruckFridge TB51 fridge/freezer and it is working great.

 

Do you leave your fridge on when not in use?

 

I have been leaving it plugged in and on when it is out of the camper and was wondering if I am wearing it out or if it is better for the compressor to be left on. I do fill it with water bottles for thermal mass.

 

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