Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-30-2015, 02:51 AM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
1954 22' Safari
Little Compton , Rhode Island
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 34
Are propane ice makers available?

We will be boondocking more and could really use some type of ice maker that doesn't require electricilty. We don't need a refrigerator, just a small ice maker. Is anyone familiar with a propane operated ice maker? I haven't had any luck searching the internet.
__________________

__________________
Collapso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2015, 05:17 AM   #2
Rivet Monster
 
wahoonc's Avatar

 
1975 31' Sovereign
1980 31' Excella II
Sprung Leak , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 7,174
Images: 40
Ice cube tray in the trailer freezer?

I have never seen a stand alone propane powered ice maker. I have seen freezers, but they aren't what I would call portable.

Aaron
__________________

__________________
....so many Airstreams....so little time...
WBCCI #XXXX AIR #2495
Why are we in this basket...and where are we going
wahoonc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2015, 07:03 AM   #3
Rivet Master
 
Skater's Avatar
 
1995 30' Excella
Bowie , Maryland
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 2,344
This page explains the lack of them. Basically, how are you going to mechanically dump the ice without electricity?
__________________
1995 Airstream Classic 30' Excella 1000
2014 Ram 2500 Crew Cab with Cummins 6.7L Diesel

Sold but not forgotten: 1991 Airstream B190
Sold: 2006 F-250 6.0L Powerstroke Supercab
Skater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2015, 08:38 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
1974 Argosy 20
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Kooskia , Idaho
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 4,591
I have been around for a long time but have never seen any such thing. It takes a lot of cooling power to make ice, and doing it with propane and absorption refrigeration is not a high cooling power situation.

This is one place that electric refrigeration is vastly more practical than propane.
__________________
idroba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2015, 04:55 PM   #5
BAB
Rivet Master
 
BAB's Avatar

 
2015 30' Classic
2012 28' International
Greensboro , North Carolina
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 1,574
My experience. I installed a stock ice maker in the freezer of the "stock" Dometic 9 cu ft fridge in my new Classic. Not difficult to do, either. (Of course, I had to pull the fridge out to do it -- but I had to do that anyway to wire in solar and 30 Amp Magnum MSH inverter.) The ice maker came with everything I needed except the 1/4 inch tubing and valve required to tap into the water system. I did this a couple of months ago and the ice maker produces just as much ice in my Dometic as it would in the home refrigerator. Ice makers are built with a thermostatic control that activates a mold heater (to release the ice) and a mechanism to eject the ice from the machine. Of course, there's also a solenoid valve that opens to release the water into the ice maker. The main factor with an ice maker is "does the freezer get cold enough to produce ice." My Dometic most assuredly does this, either when I'm on 120V or propane. (I did wire the ice maker into my 120V inverter circuits so I can make ice when the Dometic is on propane.) I also have a switch to shut off the 120V if I'm boon docking and am majorly conserving power. Bottom line: if your Dometic is healthy and can do a hard freeze on food, it'll do a hard freeze on ice. Total cost of the ice maker and all the fixings is under $150.
__________________
_________________
"SilverLeaf II" 2015 30' Classic
2014 RAM 2500 Laramie 4x4 CC w/6.7L Cummins
ProPride 3P
AIR# 58452
WBCCI # 3430-Unit 21
BAB is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ice, ice Baby! hippiechick General Repair Forum 1 03-12-2015 07:42 PM
Any wine makers here? PaulnGina Off Topic Forum 18 01-16-2015 06:25 PM
Keurig Coffee Makers pappy19 Stella's Kitchen 30 01-27-2012 02:58 PM
WSJ - Economy Puts Tight Squeeze on RV Makers munimula Dollars & Cents 17 05-13-2008 08:17 PM
Coffee Makers Tarheel General Appliance Topics 7 12-01-2004 10:33 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:05 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.