Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-27-2007, 01:16 PM   #1
Naysayer
 
Boondocker's Avatar

 
1968 24' Tradewind
Louisville , earth
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 4,635
Images: 7
Send a message via Yahoo to Boondocker
12 volt mini-fridge for TV?

Has anyone tried the little 12volt mini-refrigerators in their tow vehicle? I am wondering if it would be worth having one or not. I can see where it could be handy both towing between sites and out on day trips, on the other hand, you can buy a lot of ice for the price. Do they work well? Do they put to much load on the 12 volt system? Other points? Can they deal with the heat of a closed up truck when the air isnt on?
__________________

__________________
Rodney

Visit my photography page
and the
Favorite camp grounds project map
My Blog

(The artist formerly known as General Disarray)

Boondocker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2007, 02:38 PM   #2
Well Preserved
 
overlander63's Avatar

 
1974 31' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 18,679
Rodney, we have a Coleman 12v cooler that we carry in the TV for drinks and sandwich fixings, it cost a bit under $100, and has saved our bacon (literally) when the fridge in the trailer went south on us. Draw is about 5-7 amps. Also will keep hot food warm by plugging it in backwards.
__________________

__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2007, 08:01 PM   #3
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
Silver Threads's Avatar
 
2000 25' Excella
Kingston , Tennessee
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 897
Images: 23
We have a small one and it works pretty well. It does take a while to cool off though, and also has a setting for keeping things warm.
__________________
John & Tammy Adams
Silver Threads Custom RV Curtains
2000 Airstream Excella | AIR 15902
https://www.etsy.com/your/listings
Silver Threads is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2007, 08:22 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
HowieE's Avatar
 
1991 34' Excella
Princeton , New Jersey
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 4,949
Images: 12
The thermoelectric cooler work well in a TV. The one caution I have found that improves the unit is to replace the Lighter Plug end on the cord with a plug from Radio Shack designed to handle the 7 or 8 amp load. The Lighter Plugs tend to overheat and fail in short order. Also the heat generated in the plug due to the resistance reduces the cooling. I have hard wired a receptical on the back of the center console for the cooler and one on the tongue of the trailer for when we are parked.

If you realy want a cold drink what I do is place a small plastic tray in the cooler and put a half a dozen ice cubes in it. The combination of realy drops the temperature and the ice will last quite a while.
__________________
WBCCI 12156 AIR 3144 WACHUNG TAC NJ6
2004 Excursion 4x4
1991 34 ft. Excella +220,000 miles, new laminated flooring, new upholstery, new 3200 lbs axles

HowieE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2007, 08:34 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
TBRich's Avatar

 
2006 19' Safari SE
Tucson , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 4,191
Images: 64
We also have a Coleman 12v cooler...cools or keeps warm...we like it a lot and use it when we are going to be out for a week or longer or when we need extra food stuffs or a place to keep drinks cold. We also have a converter for it and our truck also has a 110 outlet that we can plug it into when we are traveling...and we plug it into the outside plug-in on the AS when we are at electrical camp sites... We plug it in inside the house the day before we pack it up to get it cold, and always put already-cold food in it to ease its job...we've been happy with it...

TB
__________________
TB & Greg - Sadie Cocker & Abbey Schnauzer
AirForums #21900 . Membership Chair, 4C
Unit #3954
Inside AZBambi: AZBambi Décors
Travel Log: AZBambi...On the Road Again
TBRich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2007, 08:37 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
loudruff's Avatar
 
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.7 Metre
1989 29' Excella
Lorain County , Ohio
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 2,188
Images: 5
Send a message via AIM to loudruff Send a message via MSN to loudruff Send a message via Yahoo to loudruff
Koolatron

We have an ice chest sized Koolatron that we bought a few years ago at CW. We love it. It fits between the seats of the van. We start it off with frozen bottles of water to lower the interior temp. and it keeps things about 40 degrees cooler than the ambient temp. of the surrounding air. Left in a hot truck that leaves some to be desired. But used in an air conditioned truck while running down the road it works great! We have the adapter to allow it run on 110v. so we move it to the AS when we are hooked to electricity. Since our Minuet has a very small refrig. it is great for holding all of the beverages and gallon sized jug of milk. We have found that it is quite a draw on the truck battery, so generally we don't leave it plugged into the 12v. if we are stopped for very long. Unplug it and then replug when we get back on the road. The frozen water keeps it going quite well.
__________________

__________________
Larry and Lou
CP: Water/30 amp/waste dump/WIFI & Room for 2-3 units; PM us if you are headed our direction!
Air #2695
TAC- OH 2
#1420 NOVA 4-006 Charter member


loudruff is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
12 volt


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
Mini blinds tslanier Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 5 06-19-2007 08:52 PM
Mini celebration Royce Our Community 29 12-21-2006 06:25 PM
6 volt vs 12 volt brakes? lwebb Brakes & Brake Controllers 17 07-14-2005 09:32 AM
Wiring Sequence to hook up 2 x 6 volt battery pack to your 12 volt trailer battery TobyJH Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 0 05-21-2004 01:04 AM
1961 - 12 volt or 6 volt? Marlboro Mafia Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 4 04-19-2004 10:03 AM





All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:17 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

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