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Old 03-12-2011, 08:04 AM   #21
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RE: 12 volt freezer

Getting ahold of Seafrost is easier said than done. I've called twice in the last 2 weeks and have yet to get a return call. Guess they have all the business they need. In any case, their lack of responsiveness sends a message re: expected service after the sale.
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Old 03-12-2011, 09:40 AM   #22
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We shopped all over the place for a 12v fridge and in the end decided to give the ice box in the boat a chance. It's a top loader installed on/in the galley counter. The ice water drains out the bottom where the ice is and into the bilge. We can get 3 to 4 gallons of ice in the bottom of the chest and it lasts up to 4 days. Even though it's a top loader we open and close the lid quickly.Since we are'nt usually away from port more than 3 or 4 days the ice box works fine for us. The power we save in the batteries can be used for other things and that's important to us. If we had a bigger boat and stayed away from port longer we may consider electrical refrigeration but on Willy the ice box works well. So here's one case where the "keep it simple" was a better solution. Less stuff to maintain or smaller batteries or genset. In the pic the ice chest is under the cutting board on the galley counter. The cutting board is the lid.
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Old 03-12-2011, 10:01 AM   #23
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Getting ahold of Seafrost is easier said than done.
Woody:* You could also contact RParts or Nova Kool,*both sell cold plates

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Old 03-12-2011, 11:39 AM   #24
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RE: 12 volt freezer

We bought a Yeti cooler last year. It kept food frozen for 5 days. Good enough for the type of cruising we do. Expensive but less than a powered freezer, even with the cost of ice.
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:13 AM   #25
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If someone is contemplating adding a cooling unit to an ice box , here is a good test drill.

Install a couple of big hunks of ice , let it sit at least overnight and then remove it and weigh it.

The first day was simply to pre cool the box. A net and fish scale is fine.

Give at least 24 , tho 48 hours is better, then remove and weigh the remaining ice..

IF you loose under 5lbs of ice a day , the box will be OK to live with, when electrified.

Over 5 lbs a day will need either a rebuild with better insulation or loads more engine time to keep the batteries up.

Over 10lbs a day , forgetaboutit.

A good box can live with 2x85W dedicated solar panels, in most conditions.More is better.

Fridges use less power than freezers because of a lower Delta T.
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:52 AM   #26
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RE: 12 volt freezer

Here is a link to what Dometic offers in stand alone 12/24 volt refrigerator/freezers...http://www.dometic.com/enus/Americas...ctdataid=85492


Here is a link to the Hold Over plate section of my forum...
http://marine-ac.com/forum/hold-over...refrigeration/


Understanding "Hold Over" is what most folks don't fully grasp...They expect it to be like at home & it is not...


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Where did spcoolin's post go?
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:37 AM   #28
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RE: 12 volt freezer

So they did show ?...Yesterday when I posted them they wouldn't show for me even though I was shown as the last poster in this thread...

I'll post the links again in my next post to see if it's a link thing...If this one stays but the other dosen't...


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Old 03-18-2011, 07:42 AM   #29
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Here's the link to my forum on Hold Over refrigeration...http://marine-ac.com/forum/hold-over...refrigeration/


Here is a link to Dometic's 12/24 volt portable top loading refrigerator/freezers...
http://www.dometic.com/enus/Americas...ctdataid=85492


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Old 03-18-2011, 07:47 AM   #30
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12 volt freezer

Ok...Guess it won't allow me to post links because that post won't show for me.

Anyway...You can go to my forum (link in my sig) and scroal down to hold over refrigeration & read from there...


If you are interested in Dometic's 12/24 volt portable top loading refrigerator/freezer (they will do either but are not combo boxes) models just ask over there & I will post a link to the available models...There are 7 sizes available up to 110 quart...


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Old 03-25-2011, 05:54 AM   #31
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RE: 12 volt freezer

We use a Norcold chest style freezer / fridge.* Works fine.** Model*is an MFRT 660 or something real close.* Keeps the meat & ice cream frozen.*** Its 12 v or 110 model.....

I have seen smaller 110 v freezers powered by inverters.*** Carl
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try this link

http://www.marinespecialists.com/Tundra/freeze.html
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try this link

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Sorry to say folks...Tundra is No More....The factory in Mexico had a fire, and Dometic (who bought out Taylor Made) has no plans to rebuild...

Dometic does still offer combo Fridge/Freezer boxes in the under counter style, but no apartment size boxes, or stand alone one purpose fridge/freezers other than the cooler style that I have already mentioned...

I was surprised to see the above link still active...Dometic bought out Taylor years ago.

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" stand alone one purpose fridge/freezers "

www.sunfrost.com/

If you can justify the tab.
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