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Old 08-15-2010, 10:55 PM   #1
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Use a small inverter to power ice maker

My 2007 34 came with an ice maker and through-the-door dispenser. Unfortunately, WRV did not provide a connection to the inverter so it doesn't dispense ice or water with no 120 VAC. Some people have run extensions or otherwise provided AC from the main inverter but I think it is simpler to put a 200 watt inverter in the reefer compartment and plug the ice maker into it. These small inverters have cigar lighter plugs so I wired a female to the 12 VDC. Now we have ice and water when dry camping or going down the road. Warning! The reefer has 12 VDC even when the main switches are off. Next project, wire a switch to disable inverter when parked and install a filter on the water line.

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Old 08-16-2010, 08:12 AM   #2
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In my case it was easy to connect the ice maker to the inverter. I have a receptacle in the basement, inverter powered, just below the refer.

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Old 08-16-2010, 11:57 AM   #3
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Usually the ice maker shares a power plug with the AC part of the fridge.. There are two ways to modify it to run off an inverter

1: Split the power.. it is very easy to do this.. I won't tell you how as I do not have one in front of me just now but all you need to do is trace the wires and split the ice maker off. You can then run a 2nd power line just for it.

2: Put in a manual transfer switch.. This will let you transfer the entire Fridge circuit to an inverter.. THEN you manually lock the fridge on GAS and transfer

now the Fridge runs on Gas only, and the ice maker makes ice.
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