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I'm looking for a small 110V freezer. I go to the Keys each summer, catch a lot of fish, and spend a lot of money and time going to the store for ice. I'm thinking a small 110V freezer would make a good addition to my camper for freezing/keeping fish fillets and storing/making my own ice. I'm thinking something around 3 cubic feet that I can carry and use in my travel trailer. Any recommendations?

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Dometic coolfreeze are great. Ours is 49L capacity, works on 120VDC or 12VDC. For several years we used it when camp hosting. Set it to zero load with food and had frozen meat for all month.
Too far away, but ours is for sale.


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The Coolfreeze is nice as you can use it as a fridge OR freezer.

There are also several ac only ones on Amazon.

The $100 ice makers on Amazon or at BB&B pump out a lot of ice.


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We removed one of our recliners, and replaced it with a 5.0 cu. ft. chest freezer ( Haier). We run it on an 800 watt inverter, when not on shore power.....which is most of the time. We wouldn’t be without one. Will soon have a 3.5 cu. ft. in our little class c!


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I have an Engel. Not sure how big it is but like the above 12/120 volt. I run it on 12 volt all the time less there is an issue with the 12 volt (Taes a common Computer Cord for 120).. on 12 volt it draws a great whomping THREE yes 3 Amps.. (less than some of my light fixtures).


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Engels is good. Couple of things to keep in mind:

Unlike the 110 volt household freezers, these dual voltage units - Dometic, Engel, Arb, and a few others - are designed for use on boats and expedition vehicles, and are far more rugged than a household item needs to be.

As someone else mentioned, they can also be used as refrigerators as well as freezers, thus they are more versatile and useful.

Finally, with most of them, if you've got them plugged in to both 120 and 12 volts, they will run on the 120 but AUTOMATICALLY fall back to the 12 volt and keep running if something interrupts the 120 volt power. This can save you hundreds of dollars in food that DIDN'T spoil if you were away when the power went out.

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plasticmaster wrote:

I'm thinking something around 3 cubic feet that I can carry and use in my travel trailer. Any recommendations?

Small = $$$$ ! Make sure it has a real compressor in it. The Peltier style cooler will only drop the temp 20F-40F (?) from ambient. They can stack peltier cooler on top of each other and get much colder temps but the power consumption goes way up.

You are better off with something about 5 cu ft. Leave it outside (under some shade). Better yet, build a box around it with 2" foam, but make sure there is air to get in and cool the compressor !

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Can’t remember the exact price, but, our little (3.5 cu. ft.) freezer was under $200.00!

We do nothing special for the freezer in our 5 th wheel.....it’s been doing well for three years! It was $160.00 well spent at Sam’s Club!

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memtb wrote:

We removed one of our recliners, and replaced it with a 5.0 cu. ft. chest freezer ( Haier). We run it on an 800 watt inverter, when not on shore power.....which is most of the time. We wouldn’t be without one. Will soon have a 3.5 cu. ft. in our little class c!


This is EXACTLY, and I do mean exactly, what a co-worker did in his 30 ft travel trailer. They had a recliner they never used, but they go to Florida to fish, two to four times a year. I sat and watched them catch about 60 whiting one afternoon at Perdido Key. The little Haier freezer works nicely for keeping them, as it is well sealed and insulated and keeps them frozen on the trip home, with no power.

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