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Old 08-10-2008, 03:26 PM   #1
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New Fridge intalled w/pics

I put in a new AC Avanti 7.5cf refer looks good fits almost perfect and works great. I still have to trim around it a little.

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Install was a breeze had to cut out 1 bolt in the back but just sit this one in and plugged in.
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Old 08-10-2008, 03:42 PM   #2
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The refer looks great; nice job.

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Thanks! The old one jusk puked all of it's ammonia. The cost for this was only $289 plus shipping.
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So how do you keep stuff cold when you're on the road?

I looked at an AS for sale a few months back, and the ad said "new refer"...it was an AC only Refer...no good for boondocking...got to have a Propane/AC model for me!
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Old 08-10-2008, 05:16 PM   #5
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So how do you keep stuff cold when you're on the road?

I looked at an AS for sale a few months back, and the ad said "new refer"...it was an AC only Refer...no good for boondocking...got to have a Propane/AC model for me!
I have a 3000 watt inverter but haven't wired it in or teted yet. I don't plan on boondocking but I have a portable generater if I do. It is more insulated then the Dometic I had. I usually put everything in a cooler and then move to the refer later. The freezer part makes ice in a couple of hours running.
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Looks sharp.
How many amps does it draw?
Let us know how it works on battery!

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I put in a new AC Avanti 7.5cf refer looks good fits almost perfect and works great. I still have to trim around it a little.

http://www.airforums.com/attachments...ew_fridge1.jpg

http://www.airforums.com/attachments...ew_fridge3.jpg

http://www.airforums.com/attachments...ew_fridge4.jpg

Install was a breeze had to cut out 1 bolt in the back but just sit this one in and plugged in.
Interested to know what type of battery bank you intend to use to keep that puppy running while you're traveling..... Also, how do you intend to keep your batteries charges while under way? Do you have a bunch of solar panels you're hiding?

And a 3000watt inverter....what type, how efficient and what is it's draw while 'idling'? A Genny will work while parked....

So, tell us how you're going to do it.....curious minds need to know....

I run an Engel 43 quart AC/DC refer in my van from a 300 amp/hour battery bank. It has been running non-stop since installation on May 15, and only draws 2.5 amps on DC.....hardly noticeable with the big batteries......which , BTW, are now being constantly replenished with a 400 watt AM Solar charging system. I also use a Magnum 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter that is 94% efficient and has NO DRAW at idle.......
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Interested to know what type of battery bank you intend to use to keep that puppy running while you're traveling..... Also, how do you intend to keep your batteries charges while under way? Do you have a bunch of solar panels you're hiding?

And a 3000watt inverter....what type, how efficient and what is it's draw while 'idling'? A Genny will work while parked....

So, tell us how you're going to do it.....curious minds need to know....

I run an Engel 43 quart AC/DC refer in my van from a 300 amp/hour battery bank. It has been running non-stop since installation on May 15, and only draws 2.5 amps on DC.....hardly noticeable with the big batteries......which , BTW, are now being constantly replenished with a 400 watt AM Solar charging system. I also use a Magnum 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter that is 94% efficient and has NO DRAW at idle.......
Not sure yet! The inverter is a modified sine type not as good as the pure sine wave ones. I'll have to test to see if it will work. Was going to charge the batt from the TV and try that. I'll only be traveling 6-7 hours max now for any camping so I could get it cold before I go and turn back on when parked. I was thinking of using 2 deep cycle 12v in par that would give me over 200ah. I still have a few other projects before I do that though.
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Not sure yet! The inverter is a modified sine type not as good as the pure sine wave ones. I'll have to test to see if it will work. Was going to charge the batt from the TV and try that. I'll only be traveling 6-7 hours max now for any camping so I could get it cold before I go and turn back on when parked. I was thinking of using 2 deep cycle 12v in par that would give me over 200ah. I still have a few other projects before I do that though.
Be prepared to have you batteries discharge at a rate that your TV will not re-supply. The charging capacity of the TV (especially thru the 10-12AWG wire supplied in most wire harnesses) will not provide the amps necessary to keep your batteries up.

Better plan for a larger battery bank AND an alternative charging source (like solar) to keep your 120VAC fridge powered.
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Hey lewster what are our suggestion's?

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Be prepared to have you batteries discharge at a rate that your TV will not re-supply. The charging capacity of the TV (especially thru the 10-12AWG wire supplied in most wire harnesses) will not provide the amps necessary to keep your batteries up.

Better plan for a larger battery bank AND an alternative charging source (like solar) to keep your 120VAC fridge powered.
Would it be cost effective to instead of getting a lp/electric frig to get a electric with battery bank and inverter? If it would be feasable how many batterys would you need to run frig for say 5 hours?
I am only asking because I might if it doe's not pass the test have to get another refrig andgood frig hatis gas/electric runs around 1000 bucks where as a electric same size would be @300 to 600 bucks.
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Would it be cost effective to instead of getting a lp/electric frig to get a electric with battery bank and inverter? If it would be feasable how many batterys would you need to run frig for say 5 hours?
I am only asking because I might if it doe's not pass the test have to get another refrig andgood frig hatis gas/electric runs around 1000 bucks where as a electric same size would be @300 to 600 bucks.
There are several alternative types of refrigerator units available that operate on either 12VDC -OR- 120VAC. I have one in my van currently operating on 12VDC. It is connected to my 300 amp/hour Lifelines which are kept charged by the 4 X 100 watt solar panels on the van's roof, and draws less than 3 amps when operating. The fridge (which is a compressor type unit that can also be used as a freezer) has been quietly purring along continuously since May 15 with no problems at all. It keeps the brewskis at a perfect 34*.

I would investigate these types (Engel or Norcold brand) since they do not need an inverter to operate......giving you higher energy efficiency from the direct 12VDC connection to your battery bank.

PS: These units are also built for the rigors of the road....where household models are not!
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Sun Frost also makes 12VDC fridges that might be of interest. They make some for marine applications and those might be suitable for RV use.
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Are they full size like the Domitic ones? anddo they come with freezers thatwould great if they do .? and Lewster what size battery bank you run ?
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The only drawback to a unit such as this (I had one) the doors were not engineered for the rigors of travel.
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