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Replacing my fifth wheel RV fridge with a fridge/freezer to use in cargo van conversion when I'm ready to hit the road as a VanDeweller.
Which size and brands do you find most reliable?
Found some on Amazon but wanted to ask first.

DesertWillow
I assume a front loading upright fridge?

Look into truckfridge, novaKool, Vitrifrigo, norcold, engel, edgestar, whytner, dometic, arb.

Some other brands escape me atm
As far as chest type, Whynter makes a good unit and you can order then thru Walmart, sent to your local store to save shipping costs.

We wanted a smaller (33 qt) fridge and went with Grape Solar. After several months of use, we are happy with our choice.
I read your other post in the newcomers' section.

What will work in a 5th wheel in a park setting is/will not be likely the best thing for in  a cargo van conversion.

The 5th wheel traditionally uses a 3 way fridge where it's most efficient on propane, runs fairly efficiently on 120V while in the park and is only meant to run on 12V when driving down the highway. It's usually a power hog on 12V.

Unless you plan on plumbing in propane in a cargo van (expensive), you'll want something that runs as efficiently as possible on 12V.

IIWM, and the 3 way in the current 5th wheel is giving up the ghost, I'd stick a regular 120V fridge in the hole, anything that will fit and is cheap. Then put in a good 12V compressor fridge when you're outfitting the cargo van.
(07-07-2016, 12:16 PM)SternWake Wrote: [ -> ]I assume a front loading upright fridge?

Look into truckfridge, novaKool, Vitrifrigo, norcold, engel, edgestar, whytner, dometic, arb.

Some other brands escape me atm

Thanks: Found listings for trucker appliance sites.
Yes, it's an upright, single door.
Don't ever get an RV with appliances in the slide.
Didn't know what I was buying at the time.
Change feels really good.

Walk in Beauty
DesertWillow
(07-07-2016, 12:16 PM)SternWake Wrote: [ -> ]I assume a front loading upright fridge?

Look into truckfridge, novaKool, Vitrifrigo, norcold, engel, edgestar, whytner, dometic, arb.

Some other brands escape me atm

I have a truckfridge and I love it. It runs from solar during the day and the house battery at night. At one time I owned 3 over the road trucks and used truckfridges in them when the OEMs gave out. They are good.

VanGirl
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I personally own a 35 QT ARB reefer with a Danfoss compressor. It run on a 100 watt solar and comsumption is only .85 AMp hour if it was running continuously (which it does't as it shut on and off as it need to.
(07-08-2016, 11:35 PM)arctic cat Wrote: [ -> ]I personally own a 35 QT ARB reefer with a Danfoss compressor.   It run on a 100 watt solar and comsumption is only .85 AMp hour if it was running continuously (which it does't as it shut on and off as it need to.



Greetings Artic Cat:

Thanks!
Size of unit and how much power to operate tells me what to look for when shopping for appliances and solar.


Walk in Beauty
DesertWillow
(07-07-2016, 11:47 AM)DesertWillow Wrote: [ -> ]Replacing my fifth wheel RV fridge with a fridge/freezer to use in cargo van conversion when I'm ready to hit the road as a VanDeweller.
Which size and brands do you find most reliable?
Found some on Amazon but wanted to ask first.

DesertWillow

My thanks go out to Arctic Cat.
The ARB 35 quart is awesome.
I'll be taking my RV fridge/freezer out and using that space in my 5er slide for a closet.
Now I would like to hard-wire the ARB into my solar.
Anyone done this in a 5er?
My battery bank is in the front compartment and I will have to run the wire through my main
bay and into the coach to do this. I would like to keep the ARB in the coach where it could ride over
the wheel base. I believe Amazon had the hard-wire kit available.
And for me to do this.........
What is the distance I am allowed from the ARB to the battery bank?
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