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Old 04-30-2022, 02:17 PM   #1
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12 volt refrigerators

They sure look nice and big. Would love to hear any pros or cons of this fridge.
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Old 04-30-2022, 06:43 PM   #2
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Con, high draw on battery bank without engine running = no dry camping.
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Con, high draw on battery bank without engine running = no dry camping.
You can run a generator to recharge your batteries, switch to LFP batteries for more capacity, or install a bunch of solar (but not in shady, forested campsites) and dry camp ok.

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Yes I can see that being a con. I guess some solar will be needed.
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Love our 12v Everchill, twice the capacity of the propane pos that came in our MH. Much safer is another bonus.

We have lots of lithium and solar, so never a problem, but for those without, I guess I burn about 7amps per hour w/fridge
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There are several threads on this subject. Mine uses 50amphrs/day nominally. So, for more than a couple of consecutive days of boondocking, you need a battery and solar setup that can replace those amphrs every day. Otherwise you’re forced to seek a SP power source to recharge.
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I don't think I've see a post by anyone that went 12V and regretted it. I'd never go back and I'm 100% dry camping and boon docking, mostly in the fall and spring, and haven't needed to run the generator since long before getting the 12V fridge.

But, it depends a bit on where and when you camp and how you camp, how much you seek shade, etc.. Fridges take more energy in summer, less in winter, etc.

Reading the threads on the subject suggests that some brands have a fairly dismal reliability record with replacements taking months.
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