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Old 09-09-2012, 07:32 AM   #51
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I would much rather see a Dometic RM 1350 double door 2way power installed before a 110 only. The 1350 has an icemaker option with through the door dispensing. What's more to ask for?
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:48 PM   #52
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Gibson Fiberglass HouseBoats had this same question...our 44' Gibson Standard has a regular frig. with ice maker....on the water we run the generator most of the weekend to keep it going....at the dock we have power to plug into....most folks would only need to run a generator for the haul from home to there campsite, plug it there and then to get back home....Added expense of generator might be the determining factor...wish ours in the 270 RET was a little larger...the one we have in our Sunnybrook TT is just the right size..
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:09 AM   #53
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While you have an engine running couldn't you run the fridge off an inverter?

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Gibson Fiberglass HouseBoats had this same question...our 44' Gibson Standard has a regular frig. with ice maker....on the water we run the generator most of the weekend to keep it going....at the dock we have power to plug into....most folks would only need to run a generator for the haul from home to there campsite, plug it there and then to get back home....Added expense of generator might be the determining factor...wish ours in the 270 RET was a little larger...the one we have in our Sunnybrook TT is justI the right size..
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:23 AM   #54
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Gibsons do not have inverters...................gen. set or battery's/



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While you have an engine running couldn't you run the fridge off an inverter?
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They must have some form of a 12v system, what operates the bilge pump? Don't the twin V8's have alternators? A quick glance at the Swenson Sheets shows that they are all equipped with 3 batteries as standard equipment.

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Yes, the three batteries are similar to what the RV's have, in that they are deep cycle batteries....When the gen. set is not running, at night we'll say, the bilge pumps, and anchor light runs off these three batteries. The DC system has a fail/safe system that will not allow the batteries to drain below what is necessary to fire the engines....Running the gen. set until just before bed time while at anchor, will usually keep everything in the frig. happy unitl you can fire it back up in the morning...still no inverters as with the RV's.....
Have heard of some boaters using 6 volt batteries in series to prolong there battery life, RV'ers have done the same thing..
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So wouldn't it make more sense to add an inverter to run the fridge during the day instead of the generator running making noise and wasting gas? This assumes you don't have other loads running like the AC in which case the generator is your best option.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:29 AM   #58
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After 18 years of marriage, I eventually learned to say "yes honey, with a smile". Good luck to all. Now the question. What is the purpose of having some systems require 12v when hooked up to shore power? Last week the converter went out while we were camping. Needless to say a warm refrigerator full of food can get quite ripe. I would like to see all systems run off of shore power when hooked & transfer over to 12v when in need.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:16 PM   #59
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Your fridge was running on 110 and since the 12v went out the control board no longer functioned? It is logical, but an achiles heel to be setup like that. I guess it's too late now, but you could have connected to your truck and ran it for a half hour to charge up the batteries.

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After 18 years of marriage, I eventually learned to say "yes honey, with a smile". Good luck to all. Now the question. What is the purpose of having some systems require 12v when hooked up to shore power? Last week the converter went out while we were camping. Needless to say a warm refrigerator full of food can get quite ripe. I would like to see all systems run off of shore power when hooked & transfer over to 12v when in need.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:03 PM   #60
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As PaDave mentioned earlier I think having a gas fridge in the outdoor kitchen would be an improvement.

With that said I thought of something else and maybe it was mentioned in the 6-pages I scanned on this topic. Obviously this topic has caught some attention.

I would seriously entertain having the gas fridge in the outdoor kitchen and a full household inside.

If I think about the items I have in the fridge that do not "need" constant refrigeration I could shuffle a few things around to the gas fridge for travel and boondocking (like my wife would boondock). Also from experience, if you pack a freezer full of frozen items and then shut it down it would take days to thaw, thats enough time for me to get plugged back in.
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