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Old 10-09-2014, 12:56 PM   #131
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Good to hear Steve. I'll be very interested in the fridge's actual duty cycle and power consumption, since we'll have the same solar and battery setup you have.
If Steve doesn't mind another question: Noise level? Not much space between the frig and the bed. (I take earplugs when camping. Would like to avoid that in my trailer.)

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Old 10-09-2014, 01:21 PM   #132
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Sorry, RFU8320 not 8520.
Will it fit through the door?
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Old 10-09-2014, 01:48 PM   #133
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If Steve doesn't mind another question: Noise level? Not much space between the frig and the bed. (I take earplugs when camping. Would like to avoid that in my trailer.)

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Hi Alan! I plan to heavily insulate the back cavity and sides of the refrigerator which should deaden a lot of the noise. I may further isolate the compressor mounting if it is a problem. What is nice is that I can run it on the bench before installation to watch and listen to it operate.
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Old 10-09-2014, 01:49 PM   #134
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Will it fit through the door?
..21 3/4 deep through my 22" door opening...made it by 1/4"...
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Old 10-09-2014, 02:24 PM   #136
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Check the spec sheet again

Looks like the

The RFU 6200/6800 is 20 1/4"
The RFU 8320 is 23 1/4"
...read it again..23 1/4 wide and 21 3/4 deep...it will go in sideways..
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yelp saw that and had already deleted the post.

Your opening must be different then mine. 23 1/2 would not fit between my bed and closet wall without talking all the framing out. Will be interested to see how it turns out. Take lots of pictures.
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Your opening must be different then mine. 23 1/2 would not fit between my bed and closet wall without talking all the framing out. Will be interested to see how it turns out. Take lots of pictures.
This will involve some major surgery on the enclosure which I am equipped for and have experience doing fine woodworking. There is a lot of unused space in the wall between the 4.3 unit and the bed. I will grab all the room I can there. The microwave space will be used but the refrigerator is slightly shorter than the top of that space so the top gap will be finish trimmed. If the left wall of the closet needs to move a little..no problem but I don't think it will.. The framing will be just a strong but much thinner when I'm finished.

The two most important goals of mine besides doing a nice installation;
1. Heavily insulating the venting space behind the refrigerator with polyisocyanurate insulating board and adding really quiet, low power fans to move air though that space, maybe mounted on the backside of the lover vent cover. We'll see. This will insulate the venting area well and reduce noise significantly. One really nice aspect of this model refrigerator is that the DC compressor unit will be directly behind the lower vent cover, readily accessible.
2. I will install wiring to the refrigerator that will be heavily oversized to minimize voltage drop and a watt/amp/hours totaling meter will put in the 12 volt line to monitor hours of operation and watts and amps consumed over time.
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Re: major surgery... will be watching with great interest.
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:27 PM   #140
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Re: major surgery... will be watching with great interest.
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I've got a carbide chain in mine for demo work....maybe for the old refer!...
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