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Katdaddy

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Posted: 11/05/22 04:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are considering downsizing our camper. We have a 28 foot fifth wheel now. Wife really wants a smaller travel trailer. Problem we are having is that everything we see has a 12 volt fridge. We do a fair amount of dry camping. 2 way fridge would work much better for our use it seems. Do any makers use 2 way refrigerators these days or is everything 12 volt?


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The newer one have a 12 volt compressor fridge which are very good and do not use the same power as the old units that heated up and drew lots of power and killed battery. Add a solar panel or two and you are good to go.


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agwill wrote:

The newer one have a 12 volt compressor fridge which are very good and do not use the same power as the old units that heated up and drew lots of power and killed battery. Add a solar panel or two and you are good to go.



good as long as there is sun and your parked in the sun or panels in the sun. I have a energy efficient compressor fridge in a small trailer, propane in the big one. Propane wins, mostly because propane BTU/gallon wins way out over FLA BTU/lb or BTU/volume. A gallon of propane will run my fridge for a week or more. A couple of batteries will run a compressor fridge for a few days at most.

To the OP, recently looking at trailers many that come std with electric have an option for propane and vice versa


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ktmrfs wrote:

agwill wrote:

The newer one have a 12 volt compressor fridge which are very good and do not use the same power as the old units that heated up and drew lots of power and killed battery. Add a solar panel or two and you are good to go.



good as long as there is sun and your parked in the sun or panels in the sun. I have a energy efficient compressor fridge in a small trailer, propane in the big one. Propane wins, mostly because propane BTU/gallon wins way out over FLA BTU/lb or BTU/volume. A gallon of propane will run my fridge for a week or more. A couple of batteries will run a compressor fridge for a few days at most.

To the OP, recently looking at trailers many that come std with electric have an option for propane and vice versa


Just a bummer that we are going to have to order one as an option. Not going to get the best deal on a new camper going that route.

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Katdaddy wrote:

ktmrfs wrote:

agwill wrote:

The newer one have a 12 volt compressor fridge which are very good and do not use the same power as the old units that heated up and drew lots of power and killed battery. Add a solar panel or two and you are good to go.



good as long as there is sun and your parked in the sun or panels in the sun. I have a energy efficient compressor fridge in a small trailer, propane in the big one. Propane wins, mostly because propane BTU/gallon wins way out over FLA BTU/lb or BTU/volume. A gallon of propane will run my fridge for a week or more. A couple of batteries will run a compressor fridge for a few days at most.

To the OP, recently looking at trailers many that come std with electric have an option for propane and vice versa


Just a bummer that we are going to have to order one as an option. Not going to get the best deal on a new camper going that route.


That is the route where you will get your best deal, the dealer does not have to carry the unit while it sits waiting to be sold. If a dealer tells you otherwise you need to find another dealer.

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https://www.rvtravel.com/12-volt-refrigerator-rvt-1065/


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I'm sorry to hear that you are having a hard time finding a camper with a 2-way refrigerator. Right now there not a lot of manufactures that make campers with 2-way fridges. However, there are a few. One of the companies that makes campers with 2-way fridges is Carriage. They make campers mainly for the western US. You can check out their website here . Also, you can search for campers that are equipped with a 2-way refrigerator on RV Trader . My advice to you is to be patient. Manufacturers are coming out with newer models all the time and you never know when one of them is going to have a model that has a 2-way refrigerator.

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I get it, if you have a single battery and no solar, a 12v fridge isn't great for boondocking but....

Keep in mind, I wouldn't be surprised if 5-10yrs out, the support for absorption fridges is dying out.

We are in a transition currently but it seems to be moving quick as you have found. Might be worth just planning on a 2nd battery and 100-200w of solar.


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Katdaddy wrote:

We are considering downsizing our camper. We have a 28 foot fifth wheel now. Wife really wants a smaller travel trailer. Problem we are having is that everything we see has a 12 volt fridge.


We have a lot of new technology in the last 50 years.
We now have 12 volt "Coolers" (I won't call them a fridge) that, other than a fan, have NO MOVING PARTS.. yup. problem is they are what I vall -30 boxes (room temp - 30 F) so if its 70 they cool to 40 if it's 80 50 Not good

We have high efficiency compressor units. like LESS than 50 watts door closed. compressor running.. I have a chest freezer that is like that.

These are very good.. very efficient.. I'd love to see one in a Residential size

They are 12/120 volt as a rule (Though the 120 may be passed through a "Brick" so only 12 volt goes to the unit).


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That’s really sad if LP fired camper fridges are now in short supply.
Although supply and demand I suppose. What % of RVers actually need the LP side of a 2 or 3way fridge? (Used to be all 3 way fridges not so many years ago, then 2 way)
I’d like to say I’m that guy but if I’m honest, I need LP less than 50% of the time.
So the real issue is are the camper mfgs setting up the power and charging (solar) to handle a DC only fridge for an acceptable amount of time?
Doubt it. So there’s a required upgrade right outta the box!


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