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Old 01-11-2014, 03:53 PM   #1
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Basement fridges/freezers

The other post made me think about a basement fridge. I am not a fulltimer....yet, nor do I travel with a large family. I'm wondering do those folks really use that space? The Entegra factory residential fridge is enormous compared to my previous NotCold 1200 and we rarely fill the freezer but sometimes have the fridge maxed out.

1. What brand/model have you tried? (like/dislike/suggestions)
2. How often is it used?
3. What types of things do you put in it? Do you refrigerate or freeze more?
4. Do you regret the space it takes?
5. Do you run it on 110v or 12v more frequently?
6. Does it affect your batteries much?
7. What type of slideout do you recommend?
8. Is it worth $700-$1000+?
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The one that came in my coach I use it constantly at 34 degrees cools my beer wine water and lobster, etc I don't use it for a freezer at all saves me 15 or 20 trips a day in and out of the coach or more at least, until I can not walk anymore. then its the closest chair and nappy time
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Old 01-11-2014, 04:58 PM   #3
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We have the standard Entegra freezer and filled it for our 6-week trip last fall. When we cook at home we often make enough for several meals and package the extra for the MH. Using the fridge's freezer and the basement freezer we were able to minimize restaurants and trips to the grocery store as well as avoid commercially prepared food and serious cooking. We freeze food flat in gallon freezer bags which stack nicely in the coach and the basement.
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:11 PM   #4
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We absolutely use ours...seems like good butchers and meat markets are few and far between. When I find one that hamburger tastes like hamburger, I stock up on all beef cuts. I've also found some real interesting and good flavored bratz that I stock up on and they store well.
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We ordered the 2002 DSDP with it, has almost never been off and is used as a freezer. Works well for us since we have a small refer and very little freezer space.
1. Dometic 100# unit.
2. It's on ALL the time, even in storage.
3. Freeze, food and ice cream
4. NO
5. It auto switches so if off grind then on 12 V if hooked up or the gen running then 120 V
6. Don't know, never turn it off.
7. Ours came from Newmar on a slide, not sure what brand they use.
8. YES
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Thanks all for the inputs! Might look at Tampa RV show.
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:42 PM   #7
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We love our Dometic and just use it to keep things cold. When we are going down the road it uses 50 watts AC on the inverter so no sweat with a power issue.
It's on a slideout tray and works slick. No cheap but works very well. The are all using the same compressor in these units and are reliable and make no noise at all. Shop around. They also come with a 12 volt cord....
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Here's a link to some previous threads that may give you some ideas.

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Love ours and use it all the time. You might want to look at the ARB units. We have a medium size one that we take Jeeping. Uses very little power and works well.
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when you find your choice ask them to throw in a case of beer to sweeten up the deal. I prefer tecate myself no after taste like corona
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We had the large pre-Dometic when they were made in Germany in the TS and used it all the time. When were were in Maine last year, lobsters were $12.00 for a bakers dozen, we brought four dozen home.
Indiana and other mid west states have beef that puts our swamp cows to shame and thick slab bacon that is to die for. We fill the freezer up before heading home. The cold beer... not having to keep going inside is worth the price of the freezer right there

My 12V side quit working just when Dometic bought them out so no parts available as Dometic changed the power supply.(for the better) It worked fine on 110 and we rarely had power to it when traveling and everything would still be frozen when we stopped for the night. When the 12V did work, there was no drain on the batteries, the alternator kept up with it.
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We had the large pre-Dometic when they were made in Germany in the TS and used it all the time. When were were in Maine last year, lobsters were $12.00 for a bakers dozen, we brought four dozen home. Indiana and other mid west states have beef that puts our swamp cows to shame and thick slab bacon that is to die for. We fill the freezer up before heading home. The cold beer... not having to keep going inside is worth the price of the freezer right there My 12V side quit working just when Dometic bought them out so no parts available as Dometic changed the power supply.(for the better) It worked fine on 110 and we rarely had power to it when traveling and everything would still be frozen when we stopped for the night. When the 12V did work, there was no drain on the batteries, the alternator kept up with it.
Chuck, I need the lobster info. Looked at them the other day at Costco, $20/lb. if you have to many we can show you how to prepare and eat, if you need help.
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Chuck, I need the lobster info. Looked at them the other day at Costco, $20/lb. if you have to many we can show you how to prepare and eat, if you need help.
HA! They are long gone We found a local seafood market that was selling 1.5 lb culls, one claw smaller than the other, for $12. for 13 lobsters cooked. That just about paid for the freezer at $20. a pound here.

If you need to know where I got them, let me know and will see if I can look them up.
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