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Old 08-05-2012, 07:25 PM   #1
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Small 12v/110v freezers

Any recommendations for a smallers portable freezer 60- 80 quart size that will fit in your storage bay to provide additional freezer space for long trips?
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:53 PM   #2
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I have had an Engel MT45F-U1 (43 Qt) intalled in a stowage compartment for the past 2 years. Am extremely satisfied with its operation and power consumption. Recently spent 2 weeks boodocking in the North Cascades with the unit in the freezer mode (0 degrees) operating off of solar panels, never ran the generator the entire trip, battery voltage never got below 12.1 Volts in the morning. 3 fantastic fans ran constantly about 12 hrs a day due to the 85+ temperatures along with other DC house loads, so power consumption was very low. 400 Watts of solar on the roof.

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We have an Edgestar 60 qt, been in use for 3 years now.

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Ditto PDR John.
1 year on ours so far so it has run appx 4 months.
Edgestar 63qt can run on 110v or 12v and is quiet.
Appx 65 watts (7.3 watts idling) on 110vac
On a slide out tray in our basement and holds an 18pack box of beer bottles as well as a gallon of milk plus 18pack of waters loose on the big side.
Holds temp within a few degrees of where you set the digital panel from 0-50 degrees f.
Will auto switch between the 2 power sources and return to the temp. setting after power failure/cycle.
Was much less expensive than the dometic/norcold units with free shipping from compactappliance.com. 2yr warranty.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:22 AM   #5
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We have a 110 volt only 1.3 cubic foot freezer in our basement. We run it on the inverter while on the road or dry camping. Been using it for 6 years about 4-6 months per year. We turn off the inverter at night when dry camping and it holds temperture till morning. Very cost effective compared to 12/110 combination freezers. Costs approximately $175 at Walmart catalog sales.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:15 AM   #6
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I have had an Engel MT45F-U1 (43 Qt) intalled in a stowage compartment for the past 2 years.
Mine is a different model, in the living room (across from the kitchen) and is 7 years old. Like the Spikemaster I'm very happy with it, Same make.

This power sucker pulls a great grand 3 amps when it's full on, That's 36 watts.. Less than most of the light fixtures in the house (Which are 50 watt).
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Sounds like there are some good options to look at. Thanks Bill
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We have a 110 volt only 1.3 cubic foot freezer in our basement. We run it on the inverter while on the road or dry camping. Been using it for 6 years about 4-6 months per year. We turn off the inverter at night when dry camping and it holds temperture till morning. Very cost effective compared to 12/110 combination freezers. Costs approximately $175 at Walmart catalog sales.
X2 ours is 1.6 cu ft Supentown for about $200. Works fine.
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We ended up with the Edgestar, great unit and thanks for the help here..
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:13 PM   #10
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Thanks , that is what I ended up with.
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Have both a 55 qt (Waeco) and 110 qt (Dometic) in the basement now. Have had both a little over a year and work great. Both maintaining around 0-2 deg.
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I too have an Engel, Not sure of the model, It is in the living space though not the basement.. Works great, Keeps ice cream hard (My test) draws a great whomping 3 amps on 12 volt power. (Less than many of the light fixtures in the house)

For comparison, a 1156 Lamp is something like 28 watts, a 2 lamp fixture is thus 56 watts.. That Engel. 36 watts.

Note that both Norcold and Dometic make "Full size RV fridges" using this same technology, the power consumption nearly doubles when you open the door and turn on the light.. And Norcold makes a chest freezer like my Engel as well.
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ARB makes a good one. A buddy uses it in his Range Rover on four wheel runs. He gives out Ice Cream to the kids on the trail.
Jay Bird swears by his. He has had it for as long as I can remember.
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