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Old 04-03-2014, 02:00 PM   #1
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Refrigerator help

I just bought a restored 68 Sovereign and the frig was a mess and we threw it out. Question, what would make the best choice for a replacement. At this time I only have 120 V power to the unit. What type does one buy to get it to run while driving?
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:18 PM   #2
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If you want to have the refrigerator operating on the road, you'd want either the original-type replacement (a 2-way propane/electric fridge like a Dometic or Norcold) or if you want to upgrade the 12v system some, especially if you're doing solar, a 12v Danfoss-compressor fridge like a Dometic Tundra, Novakool, Vitrifrigo, etc.

Propane fridges with the old-style venting like my trailer has (and I assume yours does) work pretty well. There are a few models available that work just like the old-school ones, requiring no 12v power at all. Most current propane/electric fridges need 12v DC to run the control board. The venting I'm talking about is an intake in the floor and an exhaust vent on the roof.
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I found that there are slight difference in size between the current style refrigerators and the ones in 68. Can't remember exactly the difference in size, but Dometic makes a unit that is the correct size for the opening. Of course it cost more than the "standard" size but it fit the opening without me having to do a lot of cabinet work. Model is RM2510. I shopped around and found the best price at PPLMotorhomes.com in Houston,TX (they are very friendly and gave me great service on a number of different orders for various items I used during the restoration). You will need to make a panel for the front of the door and stain it to match the other wood in your 68. Finally, there should be a 12V wire in the area where the original fridge was located. You will need a 12 volt source and a 120V plug and of course the propane line. I had to run a new propane line as mine had been capped off at the main trunk line fitting under the trailer.
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