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Old 07-08-2019, 11:05 PM   #1
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refrigerator upper summer galley 40ft trawler

Has anyone removed the ice maker on a 40ft mainship summer galley and put in a refrigerator if so what refrigerator were you able to put in? Tom
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Old 07-09-2019, 08:36 AM   #2
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Not exactly what you are asking, installed a drop in box fridge from isotherm in the spot where the largely worthless electric grill is usually placed. It works great. I use a propane rail clamp grill, much better set up.

My boat didn't have the ice maker though, that could affect how much room you have for the box install.
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400 MS Replace Grill with Refrig

What a great idea replacing the electric grill. Can you share photos please? Parts? Hassle factor?

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Icemakers and electric grills are typically 120V powered appliances. If you replace one of these with a refrigerator then the 120V power should be right behind it, usually in a 120V outlet.


But if I had a summer refrigerator I would want it to be 120V and 12V powered, so it would continue to run on battery power when 120V is unavailable. Many marine refrigerators are 120V/12V powered. You will have to run a 12V circuit to the refrigerator. Either use a spare 12v breaker or an existing one that doesn't have much load on it. Size the wire to match the breaker: 12 gauge minimum for 20A, 14 gauge minimum for 15A. These refrigerators typically draw 3-5 amps on 12V DC.


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Summer refrig

Good points. Thank you. Any thoughts on Make and model for this particular project.
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Question, if it's 120/12v


does the fridge have two plugs?
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Question, if it's 120/12v


does the fridge have two plugs?
I believe all 120/12V marine fridges actually run on 12V all the time. When 120V is provided, it goes through a transformer on the control unit to convert it to 12V. If no 120V is provided, it operates on direct 12V via a dedicated DC circuit. Switching is automatic. So, yes, it is wired to both AC and DC circuits.
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Question, if it's 120/12v


does the fridge have two plugs?
You should be able to hardwire both the AC and the DC to respective circuits. I would not expect to see a DC plug. There is often an AC 'pigtail' wired into the fridge so it can be plugged into an AC outlet.
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