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Old 06-24-2013, 08:06 AM   #11
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Does anyone think the dual 6 v set up with solar could handle the refer's 12v needs while towing enroute to a spot? I can not find the spec's on the unit and I'm trying to decide dual 6 volts or one big 12 volt battery and not worry about running off 12v. Thanks for any help.
Also is the correct model#, Dometic RML 8551 or 8555 ?
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:42 AM   #12
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where does one get those small battery operated fans?
Where in the frig does it go?
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:46 AM   #13
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just go to amazon:
Amazon.com: rv referigerator fans
the first two are the most popular, install batteries and place on bottom shelf to move the cool air around.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:14 AM   #14
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where does one get those small battery operated fans?
Where in the frig does it go?
Any RV parts store will have them too. I highly recommend them for keeping temps even throughout the fridge. I don't think positioning matters a lot, as it keeps the air circulating, but we keep ours in the back on the middle or top racks most of the time, with great results.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:20 AM   #15
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While getting a fan, you should also get one of these, they work great.
Amazon.com: ACU_RITE Refrigerator/Freezer Wireless Digital Thermometer 00986: Kitchen & Dining
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We keep a small round thermostat that hangs off the top shelf in our fridge too. We check it when we go in, and adjust the fridge as required to keep it just above freezing. Not much use checking the freezer temps, as if you set the fridge where desired, there is no adjusting the freezer anyway. Even with moderately fluctuating temps in the fridge, our freezer has always kept thing very well frozen.
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I know there has been discussion about using propane while driving but that is what we have done so far. I suspect if the fridge was down to operating temp on propane or 120 and then switched to 12 volt while driving the dual six volts would be fine. I will try it this weekend and report back. We are headed to Jasper so 3-4 hrs of driving should be a good test.
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Would the 12V output from you tow vehicle supply enough power to operate the fridge during transport using the 12 V setting ? Our Tundra has a 170 Amp alternator.
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I doubt neither my Ram nor FJ could handle the 12v requirements alone. With solar however I'm considering the dual 6v option vs single 12v. If not feasible to operate off
12v then I'd stay with the single 12v battery. I believe the refer pulls around 15 a/h draw on 12v. With a group 29 battery I have about 50 available and with the dual 6v it is about 100 a/h available. Thus over a 10 hour drive @ 50% operation I'd need about 75 a/h use split between the solar and my tow alternator. I have no idea what size wire I have going to the plug in either vehicle. Assuming a 5 amp replenishment over 6 hours of solar is 30 with the battery supplying the balance of approximately 50 a/h. It appears the dual 6 volts should handle the operation off 12v?
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:22 PM   #20
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Jubal, most vehicles that have an adequate charge line to the plug, #10 wire minimally, can sustain the draw from the fridge. Should the batteries require charging too, not sure it could keep up to both. Where the biggest drain comes from, is when stopped, even for an hour, and the fridge on 12V will draw down the batteries. Just remember to switch it off while the engine is not running, and you should be fine.
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