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Old 11-17-2017, 07:22 AM   #21
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Just a note on Dometic. They will void the warranty if installed on a boat.
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Old 11-17-2017, 07:24 AM   #22
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Oh, I don't know...maybe it's because if they don't care enough to translate properly, maybe they don't care about critical design and/or manufacturing details either.
I feel better now. I thought that you understood what they were trying to say.
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Not sure if anyone has mentioned this, but...

Propane refrigerators are sensitive to their installation, and will not function properly if they are not level. If your boats rocks considerably underway, or at anchor, then running a propane fridge could very well be an issue. If your boat sits level and rocks very, very little then you will probably be fine with a propane fridge.
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Old 11-17-2017, 11:45 AM   #24
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Not sure if anyone has mentioned this, but...

Propane refrigerators are sensitive to their installation, and will not function properly if they are not level. If your boats rocks considerably underway, or at anchor, then running a propane fridge could very well be an issue. If your boat sits level and rocks very, very little then you will probably be fine with a propane fridge.
Actually the opposite of what mine said I believe.

It said sitting unlevel for a period of time was bad, but the rocking motion going down the road was good.

I assume a sailboat with a significant list one way for days might be bad...but typical rocking of a coastal cruiser seems to fit the bill if I read my manual right. The coolant just shouldnt pool.

Plus the hundreds of articles I have read on boat installs seems to verify this.

If thinking about it, call the manufacturer to see what the units actual limits are.
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Old 11-17-2017, 12:34 PM   #25
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Might be wise to check with your insurance company as well, as it is not a “standard practice”.
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Old 11-17-2017, 04:35 PM   #26
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I defer to FF. Wish I had one. Will be OK though with multiple Engles. Now with a $3,500 Frost King....never mind.
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OFF Level was a problem a few decades ago, today the mfg seem to say if you can stay in bed all is well.

OUT of level does burn more fuel if constant , but the units like motion and makes them even more efficient.

Sun Frost tries to make a big deal that a good electric unit uses less energy.

True indeed , but comparing the hassles of maintaining and feeding a diesel noisemaker ,with under a buck a day for propane seems more money and effort efficient.

A really great system was used in GB , acetylene .Lighter than air so no hazard.

It cooks well and can be used for heat or cabin lights .

Sadly the tank is heavy , but worse is in the USA a special paperwork is required to purchase the gas.

In the past (early 1900's) acetylene generators were installed in apartment houses , so the occupants could cook with clean burning gas.

I tried for a year or so to create a marine acetylene generator , but the results weren't worth the effort.

Any chemistry majors here? A fortune awaits!
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OFF Level was a problem a few decades ago, today the mfg seem to say if you can stay in bed all is well.
Okay. I can believe that. My experience with a propane fridge was a couple of decades back, and the manufacturer stressed that a consistent, level installation was critical. Things certainly could have changed since then.
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