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Old 10-05-2009, 11:58 AM   #1
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two way vs three way refrigerators

On the ferries I took to Alaska they don't allow propane.
You have to turn off all your tanks.
But I had two batteries and found if I could get the refer very very cold before boarding (on "high" setting for four hours or so) then I could turn it down to lowest temp at boarding time and ride the batteries for five or six hours.
Only one time did I drain them both and that was after a six hour ride but the freezer stuff was still frozen

Something to keep in mind when you shop or thinking about doing some ferry rides.

PS I had jell bags in there too
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:36 PM   #2
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Re: two way vs three way refrigerators

Good to know. Thanks for the information.
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Old 10-05-2009, 01:56 PM   #3
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Our 19 footer has the two way fridge but on our recent trip south we found that keeping things frozen while travelling was no problem, even in 90 degree heat. I kept a couple of bottles of water in the freezer and these helped to keep things frozen. We were really pleased with how well the fridge and freezer stayed cold. Were even able to travel with ice cream on board.
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Like Ellen eluded to, the more mass you have in the freezer (and fridge) the longer you can last. If you knew you were not going to be able to use the fridge for an extended period, it would be wise to so as she does and add freeze as much water as possible ahead of time, and if you keep the fridge part well stocked with cold beer, you should be able to last a long time. (NO opening the door all the time to get another beer though)
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Like Ellen eluded to, the more mass you have in the freezer (and fridge) the longer you can last. If you knew you were not going to be able to use the fridge for an extended period, it would be wise to so as she does and add freeze as much water as possible ahead of time, and if you keep the fridge part well stocked with cold beer, you should be able to last a long time. (NO opening the door all the time to get another beer though)
And with a three way you don't have to keep the refrigerator stuffed.
And you don't have to plan anything.

I should not have labeled my post "two way vs three way refrigerator". Makes it sound like a contest.

It was just a heads up for those planing on taking an eight or ten hour ferry and never knew they couldn't keep the gas on.... the planing part.

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You also have to have the propane off, traveling through tunnels and most advice is to have the tanks turned off when traveling period.

Anyway, the fridge stays cold and even the freezer does its job remarkably well when traveling for hours.

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Old 10-05-2009, 10:11 PM   #7
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"Anyway, the fridge stays cold and even the freezer does its job remarkably well when traveling for hours."


Indeed it does.. I have one and I know.
But also having had first hand recent experience with my dometic I can assure you that you cant keep a freezer full of halibut and salmon frozen for ten hours in the 85 degree bowls of an AMH ferry without power. If all I had was a two way I would had to throw out a lot of fish. Maybe this is why Dometic makes a 3-way?
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Re: two way vs three way refrigerators

Have you looked at the size of the freezer in the three-way ( the one that Escape uses )? If you're transporting a lot of fish there are Styrofoam packs and dry ice used by the fishing camps. And, your battery won't last anyway.

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Have you looked at the size of the freezer in the three-way ( the one that Escape uses )? If you're transporting a lot of fish there are Styrofoam packs and dry ice used by the fishing camps. And, your battery won't last anyway.

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I have a Dometic Americana RM 2354 Americana escape uses a RM 2451 Americana and they are dimensional exactly the same. The difference is mine is 3-way. So I guess i have looked at them, right?
I am aware of styro foam and jell, bagalo... what made you think I didn't? this wasn't not my first Alaska rodeo ya know. Those styro jell packs will not last "thirty days", balgo... the fish HAD to stay frozen in my freezer.
I don't know where to go with your second statement about the battery since I clearly stated the batteries DID last.
I also don't know where you are going with this or why.. I just spent two months going to Alaska and back and I am just reporting "exactly" what transpired. Is there any statement I can make that could agree with other than "there is no reason to buy a 3-way refrigerator" ?

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Can you post a picture of this halibut that fits in a travel trailer freezer?

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