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Old 05-20-2018, 11:09 AM   #1
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Electric coolers.

Who has electric coolers?

Do you run electric coolers or cooler in the storage bay? Do you plug it in in the bay when traveling or do you just load it and turn it on when camping?

Do you pull it out by your chairs when set up or do you leave it in the bay?

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Old 05-20-2018, 12:23 PM   #2
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I have an upright beverage cooler similar to a dorm fridge in size that remains plugged in all the time. It fits nicely in my basement storage on the door side within easy reach. When plugged into shore power it is on, but at the present time has no power during travel.

Since upgrading to our new Bighorn with the residential fridge that has power all the time, even during travel via an inverter, I've been thinking of wiring the receptacle it's plugged in to into the inverter circuit providing there's adequate capacity. Doing so would then ensure the beverages are nice and cold after a days travel.

As it is now, we seldom drive for more than a few hours each day, so things are still reletively cold anyway.

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I have a dorm size fridge in my 5ver. I also have a residential fridge which runs off an invertor. I added a 2000 watt invertor and 1 more battery for a total of 3 which powers the beer fridge while travelling. Also an extra outlet for any other needs
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Old 05-20-2018, 04:35 PM   #4
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I have two of them. One I have yet to put to use
One is an engel compressor type this "Sling Compressor" is of the same class as a Danfoss This is actually a FREEZER and it works great 13 years old
The other is an Ilgoo and is a Piealter if I spelled it right =or pealiter effect (no moving parts save the fan) it works.. I'v enot yet used it but it has been powered up and tested.. I call these a minus 30 box Room temp minus 30 degrees. I likely will not use it here in MI as Im not that far from teh stores but in SC I may use it transporting Milk and stuff from Seneca or Anderson to Fair Play.
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We added one to an underside bay. We put a 12 volt plug to the bay from the house batteries. We leave it plugged in all the time. When travelling, the batteries are charging from the engine. When at the rv park, it is charging the house batteries. Only time we screwed up was when we first put it in. We were travelling in Florida near spring break. We changed our destination, and couldnt find a rv park with any space. No biggy, we stayed at a nice Walmart campground. The only problem was, we forgot to unplug the cooler. By morning it had ran our house batteries down pretty good. We leave it in the bay. We like to sit outside, and enjoy a beverage or two in the evening. Its nice not to have to bother buying ice for a cooler. The fridge inside never seems to have enough space for many refreshments. Cheers.
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I might add that little Igloo I have. as I said I call coolers of this type a -30 box cause they cool to abougt 30 degrees BELOW ambient.. Well I have it (had it) plugged in for testing. It had ICE in it.. condensed water out of the air and froze it on the cooling fins.

I've thawed and dryed it but at least I know it will work for the job I bought it for (Transport of cold food home from store)
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We have anEngel and use it exclusively as a freezer. Works on ac or dc and we have both plugged in. When we disconnect from shore power, it automatically switches to dc power. We have ours on a sliding trays in the basement.

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