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Old 06-27-2016, 07:06 AM   #1
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I feel like making a change!
Im thinking of replacng my working Dometic fridge with a new comptessor based Vitifrigo fridge. Yes I have read Lewsters posts. I have a plethora of solar, batteries.... its all free power and storage!
My current fridge is 26 years old gets plenty cold however.... it is 26 years old and that day will come! Money isnt an object.....
I cant seem to find any Airstream owners who are very vocal about the change from absorption to comprrssor.
Any new users care to voice a fresh opinion?
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Old 06-27-2016, 07:14 AM   #2
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I would buy one in a minute if I needed it and had the money. Really impressed.
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Old 06-27-2016, 07:27 AM   #3
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I love propane, it seems foolish to keep burning the stuff with free solar sitting on the roof! The stainless is uber sexy!
After countless hours of reading and researching, I cant see a drawback!
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What is the minimum battery capacity recommended to support one of these fridges?

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We have had one for a year and a half, LOVE IT! I also have 600W solar and Lifeline batteries so we do not worry about enough power to run it. It was an expensive investment when we did our remodel but really like the idea of being able to change components (most are stainless steel and replaceable) and work on the unit myself if needed. The Vitifgigo comes from the marine industry and having lived aboard for five years, I was familiar with them. Update and enjoy! Thomas
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Old 06-27-2016, 09:16 AM   #6
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I feel like making a change!
Im thinking of replacng my working Dometic fridge with a new comptessor based Vitifrigo fridge. Yes I have read Lewsters posts. I have a plethora of solar, batteries.... its all free power and storage!
My current fridge is 26 years old gets plenty cold however.... it is 26 years old and that day will come! Money isnt an object.....
I cant seem to find any Airstream owners who are very vocal about the change from absorption to comprrssor.
Any new users care to voice a fresh opinion?
I'm a planner, not a user, but I am thinking about the same thing. I don't have solar or a large battery bank, but in two years with my 25 and now the 30 S/O I have spent exactly one night without electric hookups. I have a Honda 2000i, so in the odd event we end up somewhere in a WalMart lot or want to do some limited boondocking I can keep the batteries charged. I think my TV will supply enough current to keep from discharging the batteries while driving. If we get more into boondocking I do have the rooftop real estate to put in several hundred watts of solar.

I'll be interested to follow your progress. Switz is putting Vitrifrigo fridges into both of his trailers. The smaller one (23?) is done and the larger one (30?) is going to be done in the fall IIRC. Perhaps he will weigh in.

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Old 06-28-2016, 06:20 PM   #7
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I have one as well per Lewsters recommendation - it's fantastic - just got back from a 3500 mile trip at times 100 degree and it kept things nice and cool - I have one battery and it never flinched running the fridge at times 8 - 10 hours between hookups - next week planning a 4 day trip without hookups

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We have a Vitrifrigo spec'd for the boat we have on order... They look impressive!
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We have a Dometic Tundra for the past 8 years. Same compressor lower price.

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Old 06-28-2016, 10:18 PM   #10
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Vitrifrigo and Isotherm both make quality marine grade refrigeration units. You can even get some with a side-by side fridge freezer that fits under a counter or pull-out drawer models! They are both made in Italy and imported into the US by the respective companies.

I have found that it's a toss-up between the two and that either is better made with higher quality components than other Danfoss-based refrigerators. The determining factor many times is simply which brand has the closest fit to the available opening in the cabinetry.

In fact, I just ordered 3 Vitrifrigo dp-2600 units, one in black and 2 in stainless (which is only 10% or so more than the black unit) for some scheduled upgrades for a few Airstream owners.

Can't go wrong with either!!!
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Considering making this upgrade. Is the DP2600 the same size as the Dometic 7 cu/ft fridge? I have two 6v Lifeline 220ah batteries, 200w of roof solar, plus 200w of portable I can connect into the system. Is that enough capacity to run the fridge, lights overnight? On my trip to Yellowstone a couple of weeks ago the IPN Pro remote showed the battery drained down to 88% by morning having run the LP fridge electronics, some lights and some furnace. Despite partially sunny days with the roof and portable panels the batteries were fully charged when we got back from our day trips around the park. I only had to use the generator one afternoon when it was snowing and cloudy the next day. It took 3 hours to charge from 86% to 100%.

Is the DP2600 a dual compressor fridge, one for the freezer and one for the main box?

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I replaced my Dometic with a Vitifrigo about a year ago and have been very happy. Seems to stay cooler going down the road.
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Old 06-25-2017, 08:21 AM   #14
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Can anyone give details on the Vitrifigo?

Is it insulated better than the Dometic? How has it handled traveling in hot weather?

Does the compressor run full time in hot weather or does it still cycle?

How's the freezer for storing ice cream in hot weather?

Has anyone place a remote thermostat sensor in various spots in the Vitrifrigo to observe temperature variations

What type of user controls are available. Does the freezer have separate controls? Does it display the temperature?

Any issues with the shelves and door shelves.

Battery consumption. Anyone track their battery usage prior to the Vitrifrigo and compare afterwards?

Any issues with the Vitrifrigo?

What don't you like about the Vitrifrigo now that you've lived with it?

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