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Old 07-02-2013, 11:51 AM   #1
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Portable Refrigerator / Freezer

Hey Everyone,

I called out on the Excel Owners forum and got some response on this question, some great feedback in fact.

Has anyone bought and used any of these portable Refrigerator / Freezers from Dometic, Norcold or Engle?

Which ones did you use?

How well did it work for you?

Thanks in advance

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Old 07-03-2013, 01:23 AM   #2
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I keep a 4 cu.ft. Sanyo 110v portable refrigerator [w/small freezer compartment] in the garage of my toyhauler. It works better than my RVs factor Dometic in keeping drinks cold. I use the Sanyo as my beer, wine and soda cooler. Being portable, I can place it under the awning for convenience.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:09 AM   #3
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I seem to recall responding to a thread like this.. I have an Engle, 8 years old.. So far I've had a "problem" with it just one time.. That problem was elsewhere (not the Freezer but the wire between the battery and the 12 volt distribution panel. (Way before the freezer).. As of this typing this over 8 year old box still keeps the ice cream hard. I do take it outside and blast the outside parts with compressed air from time to time (Dust them off).
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:24 AM   #4
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We have been using the Dometic cf 80 for a couple of weeks and love it. No ice to take up space or water to drain. It keeps things as cold as you want and quickly. Reverseable lid so you can put the controls and fans on either end. Has handles for carrying.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:32 AM   #5
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We have an Engel and love it. We use it as an additional freezer and we have it on a pull out tray in the basement of the 5th wheel. It automatically switches to dc power (we installed a dc outlet in the basement) when we disconnect from shore power. We have a thermometer mounted on it monitoring the temps and even on the hottest days, it registers below zero. Pricey but well worth it to us.
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Thanks very much for that, I was considering that set up!
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I have a Dometic 35 portable cooler/freezer. My question is can I plug it into the 110v and the 12v receptacles at the same time? I have both in the storage bay. It supposedly senses which voltage is being used. OR should I just plug into the 12v until I arrive at destination and then switch it out to the 110v? The manual is very poorly written and doesn't address the issue.
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I got 2 Engel units, use one for a freezer and one for a keeping beer real cold. Tried some of the other brands but they just don't cold enough and have more drain. The Engels are built like a truck, they are quite and do the job always. Well worth the money.
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We have a 100# Dometic in a storage bay. It came wired into both 120 and 12 V as a factory option. Been on 24/7/365 for over 11 years with no problems.
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We use this one by EdgeStar on our bay slideout - works as advertised for our needs. Great after 2.5 years of 75% use.
EdgeStar 63 Qt. 12V DC Portable Fridge/Freezer - FP630

Dual input (auto switching) power and better price/warranty then Dometic/NoCold.
Sips energy and keeps ice cream rock solid. (-8 to 50 degrees f digital setting/readout)

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You can plug into both. That is what we do with our Engel. It automatically switches to DC power when we disconnect from shore power. We use the Engelas a freezer and it works very well.
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We have a Waeco with our teardrop trailer powered by the 185W solar panel, My wife was a bi miffed that I spent as much as I did but has come to love it. It rides in the back of our Subaru Outback powered by a line run from the battery when traveling.
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