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Old 09-10-2019, 01:19 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by RJames55 View Post
Couple things with those fridges have everything cold when it goes in if at all possible. Let your fridge get cold before you load it. So plug to shore/ house power get it cold , put cold stuff in before you go on your trip. If in the garage run an extension cord. Load it in the vehicle / trailer as they get heavy loaded.

2 to 3 day trip use one battery. Going longer and not moving much two batteries. If you go for a long time and do not plan to move look at a solar panel.

I have run one for months with a battery and a panel. Get two 25 ft rolls of 10 gauge wire park in the shade and run wires to your panel setting in the sun.

Run a dedicated line from the battery to the fridge with a fuse in line 10 gauge wire. If you are doing a trailer set up try and set fridge and battery close. Some folks have decided to set an extra battery in the back of a 4 door fitting one in the engine bay is a lot of work and expense. I carry the battery and solar panel in the trailer.
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Old 09-10-2019, 08:46 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by coolbreeze View Post
If you like ice cold drinks, there is no substitute for ice. Good luck......
These units , or I should say some of these units will act as freezers. Some have a freezer section and a cooler section. They will use more power running the freezer.

I freeze bottles of water or adult juice pouches ( wife likes Dailys Hurricanes) to put in the cooler with the cold drinks. Keeps everything cold and nothing gets messy or wet. When the ice bottle is partially melted the cold water is pretty cold.

I still use a small 6 can cooler even with the refrigerator. Take out what you are going to drink for the next couple hours. Put in additional drinks in the refrigerator to get cold. I cannot get into the refrigerator when driving but can reach the small cooler sitting on the floor in the back seat.

If you look at a truck stop they have small units that if things are cold will keep cold .

I advised on the larger refrigerator that the OP asked about to put cold stuff in as he wanted to minimize his battery draw. The unit he has will make warm drinks cold , even freeze them but uses a lot of battery power. By using shore power to cool the unit and putting cold drinks in , even some frozen plastic bottles of water it will use very little battery to keep everything cold.

He can, if he wanted to, carry a bag of ice and keep it frozen running his unit as a freezer . I know folks who routinely take ice cream .

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Old 09-10-2019, 12:06 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by vanhalo View Post
Still using the original battery on a 2016 JKU.
Died 3 weeks ago after I left my Fridge plugged into it.

Bought a Northstar from Batteries Plus

Made up my mind to leave the cranking battery alone.
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