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prairieschooner 07-30-2017 09:53 AM

portable refrigerator
We soon will be taking off with our 1958 Traveler with the original Krefft Refrigerator that is LPG or 120 Volts AC. Will not be traveling with the Refrigerator using LPG.
I am curious what experience others have had & would recommend for a Portable Refrigerator that would be AC/DC & probably live in the bed of the truck. I have been reading reviews but want to make the right decision.

Thanks in advance!

Protagonist 07-30-2017 03:38 PM

My Airstream Interstate has a truly dinky 3.1cf Nova Kool 120vAC/12vDC refrigerator. I supplement it by putting my (non-alcoholic) beverages in a Dometic portable refrigerator that fits between the front seats so I can reach for a soda while I'm driving; I haven't been able to train the cat to fetch a soda out of the Nova Kool for me yet, but I'm working on it.
The one I have is the smallest Dometic makes (pictured above) that easily holds 10 20oz soda bottles or over a dozen 12oz cans. But these portable fridges are available in several larger sizes up to 3.3cf (bigger than mybuilt-in Nova Kool), and come with both 12vDC power cords and 120vAC power cords.

Airtandem 07-30-2017 03:48 PM

I have the Kooltron electric cooler and the 110 adapter. I use the 12 V in truck when traveling and the 110 at campsite. It has the reversable plug to convert from COOL to HEAT. Used the heat by mistake and had HOT ham and cheese sandwiches, hot grapes and hot BEER, YUK.
I have had it for 10 years.

tjdonahoe 07-31-2017 07:18 AM

We have been traveling with the refer on gas on while traveling since 1971 and never had any problems, even had the furnace on for several days in very cold weather,while traveling....

KJRitchie 07-31-2017 08:24 AM

I recently purchased a Dometic CFX28. Tired of messing with ice just to store my beer and water. Runs on A/C or 12v cigarette plug. Below thread shows it compared to my 26 qt Yeti-like cooler. Cools very fast, 88F to 37F within 20 minutes.


AirstreamCSH 07-31-2017 08:43 AM

There are 252 reviews you can read for he ARB unit. After researching what was out there, I skipped the Domenic and went with what the major 4x4 upfitters use. I got. One on sale from Sierra but would have paid full price.

Travelled 4000 miles during July and it was hooked up to the truck using the optional harness kit. At full hookup sites, we ran an electric cord to the 120v connector and it kept cool that way. On some grocery runs we needed 38 degrees and on others we only needed 45 but it ranges from freezing to the 50's with a quick setting on the front panel. We use the basket in both positions (great for holding back small items in he rear position) and after wine purchases, made it easy to organize.

Has a built in battery voltage sensing switch so we left it on all the time and didn't worry about draining the TV. Like all HVAC things, you are better off getting it cool and using a little power to keep it cool as opposed to cooling it down each time. YMMV

AirstreamCSH 07-31-2017 08:43 AM

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prairieschooner 07-31-2017 10:09 AM

Thanks guys, I have been reading about the ARB & wanted to know if it was worth the extra dough. I have a Dometic that has been around for 30 + years & still works great but that is on a shelf in my Motorhome & this will get bounced around a bit.
Thanks in advance!

PS I travel with the refer on propane in my Motorhome but it is a 1982 Newell & this is a 1958 Krefft in a 1958 Traveler. After all of the hard work not willing to risk it with something that cannot be replaced.

Mollysdad 07-31-2017 10:13 AM

Didn't Travelin' Man have a 12v. fridge he liked in his truck?

Wingeezer 07-31-2017 10:41 AM

I find a medium sized Koolatron very handy on our camping trips - serves mainly to keep my beer (Home brew and commercial!) nice and cool - SWMBO doesn't like me using up teh RV fridge for that purpose!

But I am more considerate - if she needs more space than the regular fridge supplies, then there is usually space in the Koolatron! Heck, I'm going to be eating the stuff!

One lesson I learned though is not to leave the Koolatron out in the rain! We usually do eave it outside the trailer plugged into 110, but teh last one we had (Some other make than Koolatron actually) got destroyed when accidentally left out overnight in heavy rain - usually we bring it in.

I tried opening it all up and drying out the electronics, but to no avail!

Mollysdad 07-31-2017 11:24 AM

Wonder why people don't use the "search" function?
I tried multiple keywords. Humbug.

"Sorry - no matches. Please try some different terms."

Originally Posted by Mollysdad (Post 1986197)
Didn't Travelin' Man have a 12v. fridge he liked in his truck?

Was it this one?

prairieschooner 07-31-2017 12:33 PM

I'm thinking between the Engle and the ARB I would most likely go with the ARB but then these are both pricey. Curious how the Dometic compares in these.
I found another on ebay that is in that lower price point but haven't heard much about it at all;

I am looking at only a compressor type since it will live in the bed of the truck while underway.
thanks again

TouringDan 03-10-2018 11:31 PM

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I have recently purchased a Dometic CFX65DZ, 65 quarts, and love it. It has both a refrigerator and freezer compartment.

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Vantair 11-10-2019 10:10 AM

New Blizzard Box at Costo
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Looking for a specific sized unit (slip under newly modified dinette bench) saw this at Costco on-Line.

Perfect size for us and at 550.00 gave it a try. Very efficient, quiet and spec compares to the 40qt Dometics. 2yr warranty. very happy so far.

Did this review to answer important details not on the specs.

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