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Old 11-23-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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Fridge, AC/DC

I am considering this fridge. Anybody know anything about it or just want to weigh in on my decision?

TruckFridge Model: TF130 AC/DC [115 V AC/12 V DC]
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Old 11-23-2012, 03:11 PM   #2
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More research and these are made by Indel B and marketed by several companies including Indel Webasto Marine - Isotherm CRUISE Refrigerators, High Quality and Energy Efficient
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:09 PM   #3
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It should be a good refrigerator, and the danfoss compressor system has been around for quite a while and is reliable and energy efficient. They list a 24 watts/hr average power consumption, which is quite low. That is like a constant 2 amp draw on your batteries.

It is pretty small however, but that may not be a problem for you. The price is fair, about as low as you will ever find for a small refrigerator of that type.

I just got an ad for this Norcold, which you also might consider:

Norcold RV Refrigerator DC DC0040S - $495.00
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:49 PM   #4
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Thanks. I know it is small, but so is may Airstream. The unit I am looking at is 4.2 CF compared to tom 1.7 of the Norcold.

I have noticed this model on marine sites for $1100 on up so I think the price is right.

Plus, no vents to cut or gas to run.
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Yep, I like electric refrigerators. For boondocking you will need a good battery supply, I would suggest two 6 volt golf cart batteries in series. When I had a full sized Norcold in my GMC motorhome (all electric compressor) I could get about 2 days of use in moderate weather. That refrig averaged about 35 watts per hour.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:44 PM   #6
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Bought one. Made my own door panel. Will install it tomorrow.
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I am considering this fridge. Anybody know anything about it or just want to weigh in on my decision?

TruckFridge Model: TF130 AC/DC [115 V AC/12 V DC]
The Danfoss-powered fridges are highly regarded in the marine and trucking communities and are making inroads in the RV world. Sportsmobile, among others, use them for newly manufactured RVs.

The main disadvantage of these for RV use, compared to the customary 120v/propane fridges, is that they demand much more from the 12v electrical system. A rule of thumb is that you will need one battery per day, just to run the fridge.

For truckers and yachtsmen that doesn't matter because they're running the engine(s) and hence the alternator often enough to keep up.
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My thoughts are that I will be plugged into 120 most of the time and when traveling it can run off the truck's battery. I will have to cross the boon docking and battery issue when I actually do it. In the mean time, no vents to cut, no gas to run and the debate on running the fridge in transit and being anxious about that are moot. I am sure it is not the perfect solution but not sure there is one
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I guess I didn't realize that your trailer is old enough to have had a Marvel fridge when it was new. That being the case a Danfoss fridge makes more sense.
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Good Job!

Great looking install!!!!
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