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Dedicated Battery to power cooler, solar re-charged

I recently acquired a powered mobile cooler/freezer which I plan to house in one of the storage bays in my Class A. In this configuration, it can be powered by an accessible AC plug, and will sit on a slide-out tray for ease of access. The cooler measures 33 L x 20 H x 19 Deep. It can also be powered via DC, and would be an easy fit for the back of my SUV, where I have a DC lighter-type plug for access. DC rated consumption is average of 1.43 Ah/h, and includes 3-stage battery protection system, preventing deep draw, and dead battery. I'd like to install a separate battery, to power the cooler when vehicle is not running, and set it up so that this battery may be recharged via a portable solar panel (120W). The battery would be encased in a plastic case designed for such purpose, but I'm unsure how to put something like this together. Doesn't seem difficult, just need to know the right components to do so... I'm considering AGM, but open to Lithium for all the reasons one would want it, including fast recharging. Cooler manufacturer offers a LI 40Ah batter for $850, but for that, I can pick up a 100Ah and hopefully secure the components to achieve my objective... Anyone done something like this? Sure would appreciate the many voices of experience here... thanks!
obiwancanoli 07/13/21 06:07pm Tech Issues
RE: time to renew

All I can say is my experience. 3 years ago we had a neighbors tree fall and total our 4 year old Redwood Fifth wheel. We had Progressive and boy were they awesome to deal with.... Within 3 weeks, we had a check in hand with ZERO arguments... Well worth it. Considering how clear the damage, and fault, was, it was a slam-dunk claim. Paying quickly was in their best interests... It was a legitimate claim
obiwancanoli 07/12/21 09:43am Good Sam Insurance
RE: 12v coolers

Dometic 75DZ Update: Had it running for 11 days now, filling it up with some of the bulk food items I've been busy in the kitchen with. Just a few items, a few of which I put in thawed, to see how the unit would perform in freezing... I must say, I'm very pleased with this mobile fridge/freezer. Been holding steady at 5 degrees since the beginning. Not as cheap s the ICECO, which I'm sure is a great unit, just noting my Dometic appears to have been a wise and prudent purchase. Very happy!
obiwancanoli 07/11/21 09:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: 12v coolers

Hello everyone, our last camping trip into the Eastern Sierras where the temp stayed near 92 for a week and a half has caused my to look into buying a 12v freezer/fridge cooler. Such as: Dometic CFX75DZW 12v Electric Powered Cooler, Fridge Freezer. We spent a lot of money on ice, and I want peace of mind that our food won't go bad. So I was hoping to get some insight from anyone here who has experience with this type of product. We have a tent trailer with no real means for refrigeration, and so must rely on a cooler. We go for multiple weeks when we go so I think I need a cooler that is at least 75 qts, since our current cooler is around 110 qts. So what should I be looking for, any thoughts? Thank you for your help. Eric How coincidental... I recently (Memorial Day sale) bought the Dometic 75DZ, and as a test, set it for 5 degrees, and threw in some foods I planned to freeze... sure enough, the next day, food was frozen solid. I like the dual-zone idea, and was looking for something to use much as you do. I also like that it runs on both AC and DC, with long enough cords for any plug. It's been 6 days since I put food to freeze in it, including ice cream, and so far, I am not disappointed. Pricey, yes, but to me, worth every penny if it does what it's advertised to do. I bought it mainly for boondocking applications, and the preparation of bulk food in preparation for a trip, so I have plenty of room for food storage.
obiwancanoli 07/07/21 09:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Cost to have someone wash your FW

The guy I use has a mobile wash business... last time charged $90 to do complete wash, including roof
obiwancanoli 07/05/21 08:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dometic portable fridge/freezer

Well, after having the unit plugged in for 3 days, it has easily maintained the 5 degree temp I set for both sides/zones. While only put frozen food in one side, I wanted to see how both would do. Yes, I can turn off one side or the other, but it looks like this one's gonna make me glad I picked it up... on sale!
obiwancanoli 07/02/21 07:56pm Tech Issues
RE: My Newmar 3436 Fridge - 120 Vs. Propane

Also, by the way, I learned that stuffing my freezer to the gills was the primary culprit, since it did not allow much air space for cold air to circulate. I had the thing packed full and tight... no wonder... another reason I recently picked up a Dometic Dual Zone 75DZ to accommodate the additional space needed for the frozen goods
obiwancanoli 06/29/21 11:36am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic portable fridge/freezer

Its the greatest thing ever! The only issue is where to locate the chest as your RV is made for a front-opening fridge, not a top-opening... Actually, the plan was to store in in one of the storage bays, AFTER I install a sliding tray to house it There's a plug on the wall behind where it will sit.
obiwancanoli 06/29/21 11:26am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic portable fridge/freezer

I'm planning to install a sliding tray for the pass-thru to hold the fridge/freezer, as there's a plug in there I can tap into, and it would be convenient to have it stored in the RV... but, until I do that, I'm probably going to put it in the back of my SUV, as I've got a 12V plug I can run it off there, too. One of my concerns here is how much power it may draw if left powered by the SUV's battery system... from what I can surmise, it doesn't draw a lot of juice, but of course, I don't want to drain the SUV battery either.. any thoughts out there as to the workability of my plan?
obiwancanoli 06/27/21 11:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Sliding Storage Tray

When we upgraded to our current coach I did not skimp on storage. spent several days perusing data and measuring then bought 2 full slides for both of my pass throughs. Truck shipped - heavy but easy to maneuver and install. Came completely ready to bolt in place. Great quality and I have enjoyed the access. MORryde - found them at a great price on amazon $600/ea buy well worth it to me. Just the kind of input I was looking for - thanks for your post
obiwancanoli 06/25/21 11:20pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Smaller Holding Tanks...What to do when NO hookups??

As Mitch says, sponge baths. Use baby wipes to clean up. Use the campground bathrooms as much as possible (save the RV toilet for middle of the night needs). See if showers are available at nearby campgrounds (in California, the USFS campgrounds are often in groupings and at least one will have showers that you can use). If there is a dump station nearby, you can use a portable waste tote to empty tanks as needed. This might work... Epic Body Wipes
obiwancanoli 06/25/21 01:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Favorite foods to make bulk and freeze for the road?

You can now get pressure cooker/air fryer combo units. You can also get a retro fit lid for Instant Pot that converts it to an air fryer. A little investigation showed that not all Instapots will accommodate the optional accessory Air Fryer lid... but most will... kinda leaning toward this, as the combo unit has less features than another which will accept the optional AF lid... Again, many thanks to all who contributed, really appreciate it!
obiwancanoli 06/24/21 12:49am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Aqua Hot & Residential vs. non-R - seeking Info, Dinette too

Thank you, gentlemen. One day, I hope to be as knowledgeable as the more experienced people I'm asking!
obiwancanoli 06/20/21 06:56am Tech Issues
Aqua Hot & Residential vs. non-R - seeking Info, Dinette too

Looking at upgrades, maybe even a new coach... investigating has turned up a few questions, like, what is Aqua Hot? Why would I consider it? What does it cost. Is it standard on some, after-market on others? I can guess at a few things, but need to know... Secondly, my current fridge is elec/propane... why would I want a residential fridge? What are the advantages/disadvantages? More capacity? Less power usage? Better cooling/freezing? Lastly, my Newmar Ventana LE (2017) has a small - to me - dinette that I have to squeeze into either side, unless I remove the cushions. Even so, the darn thing is so small, anyone over 5' can't fully stretch out. I'm not a big guy, really... 205... and even after losing 35 pounds, it's still an uncomfortable tight fit... Can't change what I have, so considering possible new coach with more room...
obiwancanoli 06/20/21 04:10am Tech Issues
RE: Favorite foods to make bulk and freeze for the road?

Are the Insta-Pot/Air Fryer combo's reliable, effective, compact? Seems like the best of both worlds, as I don't want to clutter up an already compromised space... I already have a MW/Convection combo, but haven't used it yet... maybe I should pay closer attention...
obiwancanoli 06/15/21 02:38am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Favorite foods to make bulk and freeze for the road?

Wow. OK, sounds like it might also be good idea to obtain an Air Fryer or an Instant Pot... Since I'm generally lost in the kitchen, do I want or need both? Is this something I really SHOULD make room for? And for an RV, would a smaller size be best? I think I opened up a big can of worms with this OP, but I'm trying to think beyond usual borders.
obiwancanoli 06/14/21 02:42am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Favorite foods to make bulk and freeze for the road?

These are all great ideas, folks, keep 'em coming! And Thank You!
obiwancanoli 06/12/21 10:16pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
Favorite foods to make bulk and freeze for the road?

Usually thinking ahead, I like to prepare certain foods in bulk and freeze for the road. Problem was, can't stuff the smallish RV freezer too much, otherwise, it just won't keep stuff frozen (had ice cream bars melt prodigiously in short order). So, I opted to pick up a Dometic Dual Zone fridge/freezer (on sale!) to store extra foods for the road, and wondered what some of your favorites might be? I make chili, soups, and cabbage rolls, and now that I can store more, I'm looking for easy, quick, delicious menu items I can make at home, and pack for the road. Whadya got?
obiwancanoli 06/12/21 02:10am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Sliding Storage Tray

I've thought about that myself. There are long sliding extensions available for a variety of applications. The thing that stopped me was the reduction in usable space it would bring. The storage bay door is smaller than the compartment and the drawer has to fit that opening. You lose a lot of storage area. that does concern me, as things re already packed pretty tight in there... have only one pass-thru, and of course, larger stuff is in there... might have to consider re-working storage if I move forward with the tray
obiwancanoli 06/11/21 12:55am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: stay pluged in or not

I found that keeping my 50A plugged in all the time really drove up my electric costs... and I discovered that my solar was doing more than enough to keep things charged, so, unplugged... check things occasionally, of course, but now, at lower cost
obiwancanoli 06/09/21 05:52am Class A Motorhomes
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