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Old 09-25-2013, 10:24 AM   #11
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Re: 2 or 3 way fridge?

If I had to park mine inside where the sun don't shine and the solar don't work, I would plug it in with a timer. Maybe 1 hour/week or more, up to 1 hour/day to keep everything charged and prevent issues like Dave had.

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Old 09-25-2013, 03:44 PM   #12
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Re: 2 or 3 way fridge?

86Scotty,

I have a Trip-lite and have had it plugged in for most of the time it is in the driveway for 9 years. If you choose to leave it plugged in all the time,
first put the Trip lite on the lowest charge setting, I believe it is dip switch B4 up for most models.
Second, this is one of the reasons I do not want the Bidirectional separator, but if I had one I would disable it so that I was only charging the house Battery or batteries. This eliminates the problem of a bad starter messing up your charge cycle If you need to top off your starter you can always enable the separator for some time.

If you are just running the truck fridge I expect you will be OK, as the current draw is not that high. The bigger problem is that being a 3 stage charger meaning it has a absorption stage. The possible problem is that during the maintenance stage (float voltage) something comes on and fools the charger into going back to the absorption phase. You should be able to monitor your charger and see first does it go to the float voltage in a reasonable time and second that it stays at the float voltage when your fridge kicks in.

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Old 09-27-2013, 04:43 PM   #13
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Re: 2 or 3 way fridge?

Glad it went off topic!

Time to find a fridge for my build. I'd probably get a 2 ways although it would mostly run off batteries.

I can get a new new Dometic CR-65 from a local marine shop for $850 (that's their cost, soooo pricey!!!) so I'm looking for options. Plus that 70L feels pretty small as well. I think Norcold is distributed nearby so that's another option but big $$$ again.

I don't know anything on the truckfridge but they definitely have better price, plus I like some of the size they come in (big but not RV big)... Can they handle a bad ass ride and some tilting?

What I have now is a Edgestar 43. Works fine but it'd be nice to have one slightly larger with front opening.

What are your experience with fridge brands? I'm all ear...

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Old 09-27-2013, 05:02 PM   #14
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Re: 2 or 3 way fridge?

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Glad it went off topic!

Time to find a fridge for my build. I'd probably get a 2 ways although it would mostly run off batteries.

I can get a new new Dometic CR-65 from a local marine shop for $850 (that's their cost, soooo pricey!!!) so I'm looking for options. Plus that 70L feels pretty small as well. I think Norcold is distributed nearby so that's another option but big $$$ again.

I don't know anything on the truckfridge but they definitely have better price, plus I like some of the size they come in (big but not RV big)... Can they handle a bad ass ride and some tilting?

What are your experience with fridge brands? I'm all ear...

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It's my next fridge. Lots of folks here have em and will probably chime in. They're made for big rigs so I'd say they are built well, and have a Danfoss (or the company that bought em) compressor, which is a good one. The have a light inside and a latching door too.

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Old 09-27-2013, 05:28 PM   #15
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Our TF runs great. No problems so far.
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:33 PM   #16
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Re: 2 or 3 way fridge?

In an ideal world, and it would be a challenge to find the space, but I would want an Isotherm drawer fridge, and an Isotherm drawer freezer. Extra freezer space would be great, but also having a freezer that's more than an afterthought like it is in most fridge/freezer combos, would be perfect.


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Old 09-27-2013, 06:00 PM   #17
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Re: 2 or 3 way fridge?

I will say my Norcold's (I have the large model) freezer is nice but to really freeze stuff like ice I have to crank it up so high that stuff below freezes as well. I'd also like a separate freezer. The ability to make 4-6 trays of ice would be nice IMO.
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