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Old 06-20-2013, 07:41 PM   #1
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Portable Refrigerator / Freezer

Hey Everybody,

I'm thinking about adding a couple things to the 31IKE and I would sure appreciate your input.

Keyless entry door - We want to replace our entry door with a keyless entry door. I guess I would prefer to do it at the factory but Suttons will get the job as they are so much closer and we want to get it done. Has anyone had any experience good or bad with these type doors?

Portable Refrigerator / Freezer: We to add to our cold storage and am looking into a Dometic, Norcold or Engle portable. Has anyone used these and what kind of luck have you had? What's your preference?

Thanks in advance for all of your advise!!!

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On the fridge / freezer are you looking at a combo 110/12v unit or just 110v type.
Or should I ask , do you need a unit that will function for days of boondocking?
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:14 PM   #3
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I ordered and installed an RVLock keyless entry.

RV Lock Keyless Remote for Trailers, 5th Wheel and Campers.

Installation required a Phillips screw driver and about 15 minutes of my time.

Simple. No reason to pay someone to do it.
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:31 AM   #4
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That is a good point. I think the answer would be, Yes. We installed 750 watts of solar and have a portable genset for cloudy days so the 12volt function would be the most valuable power source. What do you think?
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Hey Russell,

I will check that out. Thank you for that!

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Hey Russell,

I will check that out. Thank you for that!

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See this link for pictures of my install:

Texas Excel Rally 4/26-29/2013
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Russ, I bought a 3.5 cu ft 110v refer and put in in the basement and plugged it in. I use it for "drinks" so I dont have to run inside to maintain proper "hydration". Works well and stays cold enough even when turned off running down road but I am thinking about adding a small inverter. I think the refer was about $80
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Just bought the Dometic portable that works on 12 volts or 110. It seems to run fine on my inverter as well. We bought the next to the largest one. It has handles and a reversable latches so you can open it from either side. When we bought it I opened the box while it was in the back of our suv and plugged it into 12 volts. It was very cold in 30 minutes. We have had it in use less than 24 hours so have little else to add other than it is really cold this morning. It has a very large capacity and not encumbered by the space ice would take up.
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I have been using 2 of the Dometic 1.2 cu/ft units for the last two years. Use one as a freezer and the other for drinks. As a freezer, I set the temp at -12C and it keeps stuff froze solid. I had wanted to use the 3 cu/ft model but did not have enough space for the height of this one so ended up with the two smaller units. Theses things are not cheap but you get what you pay for. Good product!
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Russell,

Those pictures were exactly what I needed to see. Thanks very much!!

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Hey Dennis,

Thanks for that, I'm looking at the Dometic, Norcold and Engle, your post was very helpful! Do you have them powered with 12V or 110. I would like to use 12V if I could.
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So you guys use it as a freezer more than a chill box?
Thanks very much,
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Portable Refrigerator / Freezer: We to add to our cold storage and am looking into a Dometic, Norcold or Engle portable. Has anyone used these and what kind of luck have you had? What's your preference?
Shortly after I got this motor home I got an Engle. Very happy with it. I have had problems with it only one time, and that was not its fault (The fault was elsewhere in the RV, The 10GA wire that feeds the power distribution strip from which the Freezer draws power was bad.. YES, the wire, not the connectors, the wire itself)

Plugged the 120 volt cord in till I got the 12 volt supply fixed.

Dometic and Norcold... near as I can tell the major differences are cosmetic and logistic, For example, the doors is a bit different.
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Thanks very much, the Engles look great from there web address, just a bit more money!
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