Electric/Compressor Fridges

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  1. romany

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    Following on from advice on another one of my threads to ask how many of you run a 12v compressor fridge and how do you get on energy consumption wise when off grid wild camping
     
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    Changed to a compressor fridge following a fire in the chimney. I believe power consumption to be lower but our reason to change was peace of mind and a nice cold fridge for the beer. 100w solar panel on the roof.
     
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    Do the compressor fridges have a freezer compartment? We've got a free standing compressor coolbox and it uses a lot more power in freezer mode, in fact in warm weather it would run continuously.
     
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    Just a note from your other thread: Compressor fridges are not commonly fitted in German Motorhomes, the only manufacturer who does routinely fit them is Phoenix.

    Hymers/Burstners/N&Bs etc normally have 3 way Fridges not dissimilar to many UK vans.

    I would consider a compressor fridge but it would not suit everyone, you have to be prepared to manage it and get a decent Solar setup and perhaps a backup if you want winter use - Efoy or Generator.

    The above is assuming the OP is not considering a PVC.
     
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    I have the Waeco CRX-50 compressor fridge

    Small but with options to use as:
    • All Fridge
    • Fridge & Freezer
    • All Freezer
    If I get it cold on EHU first, I can do 3 days (2 nights) on a 110ah leisure battery

    My method is: Turn fridge up to max coldness (setting 4) whilst on EHU at home, for 12 hours before setting off

    Fill with everything already cold from home fridge - including still frozen homemade ready meals about an hour before leaving (still on EHU)

    Drive to destination (disconnect EHU first!) , the first time I need to open the fridge, I turn it down to setting 2

    Try not to open the door too much

    Keep van cool inside if it's a warm day

    That way I manage 3 days (2 nights) without EHU and leisure battery is still in good condition after 3 years

    For longer trips, I normally have EHU and use it in fridge/freezer mode - it works really well keeping stuff frozen for 3 weeks (the longest so far, but I'm sure it will be ok for longer)

    And for completeness, I should add that when away from EHU for longer periods of time, I have a generator (only used in a suitable environment)

    One thing i was advised is to wire the fridge directly to the leisure battery (fused obviously) as many of the 'control panels' can give power loss & the Waeco fridges will run up to 24 volts, so no additional voltage regulation is required

    Hope this helps
     
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    They are. We have a Sunlight PVC which is part of the Hymer group.

    We have a solar panel together with 110 ah battery and have no problems with the compressor fridge. Find it very useful not needing to be to concerned about leveling the PVC other than personal comfort :D

    We also always make sure fridge has been on ehu before we leave home, which is no different to what we used to do with the fridge in our RV.

    Mick
     
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    I guess that is why Jon said "The above is assuming the OP is not considering a PVC" I think he is right saying what he did when you look at A class and Coachbuilt vans as nearly 100% of Phoenix use the Kisssman compressor fridge but everybody else uses the 3 way absorber.

    Martin
     
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    I stand corrected concerning Jon's post :(
     
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    Hi Tuscan yes I am considering a PVC hence the question models being looked at at the moment are the sunlight German make and an autocruise Alto which I believe has changed from compressor to 3 way and yes I do know that Autocruise are made by who we used to call soggy swifts in the 80's(y)
     
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    How do you rate your Sunlight Martin it's one of our listed suspects:D
     
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    Got both as van had a small normal gas/12v/240v, usually the waco fridge draw needs turning down it’s so efficient where as the other one needs Turing up !
     
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    Hi Mick do you mostly use campsite with EHU or a off grid camper like me:smiley:
     
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    Yes, the size of fridge denotes the size of the freezer box, our previous Globecar had a 80L with a small box one on the top right (ie half the width of the fridge), our current Globecar has a 90L one with a full width freezer box.

    The stand alone compressor fridge/freezers are much more power hungry than a built in compressor fridge, ours only comes on for about 15 mins each hour even in very hot weather.
     
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    Not me;) we have a big old German A class.

    Martin
     
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    We do a combination of both as we no longer need a ehu but some "home" items need mains to charge, shaver, etc. Even when on the drive at home the batteries, truck and habitation are kept fully charged, so we're really pleased. Always used to have our RV on ehu even at home, though the new owner has fitted solar now.

    We're really pleased with our Sunlight 640 as the layoutt suits us better than the previous Tribute 670. Longitude double bed is huge :) We've added a load of items, air suspension, Alugas bottles so we're off next week for a few months to road test it all. Somewhere warm :)

    Please pm me if you'd like to chat about the Sunlight.

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    We are looking at the sunlight van cliff 601 like what we see so far but want to see it in the flesh before going any further, enjoy your somewhere warm :cool:
     
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    Where are you supposed to put your smalls/clothes? No proper rear roof lockers.
     
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    Theres some serious misquoting going on here eh? I think you need to change your avatar you re confusing people :ROFLMAO:
     
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