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Old 02-18-2015, 12:23 PM   #51
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Look for numbers on the wires. If they are real old they mean have faded but should be there .

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thanks, they are numbered but discounted the idea of finding a schematic.
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Old 02-19-2015, 05:22 PM   #52
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I'm looking to adding in just a mini fridge, chest freezer, griddle, blender, counter top fryer. What kind of system would work for this? would just one generator do it? This is for a food truck and frankly I'm incredibly naive on electricity! Any help is SUPER appreciated.
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:43 PM   #53
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I'm looking to adding in just a mini fridge, chest freezer, griddle, blender, counter top fryer. What kind of system would work for this? would just one generator do it? This is for a food truck and frankly I'm incredibly naive on electricity! Any help is SUPER appreciated.
a member here, lornaschinske (sorry if mispelled) has operated a food cart. search for her posts. she is full of valuable info.
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:25 AM   #54
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Skoolie Electrical Help PLEASE!!!

I'm so lost on electrical.. I don't know what all I NEED for what I'm planning on powering. and step-by-step explanation on things like does the house battery go to an inverter and then to breaker box and then where?? If you can help me that'd be great!

Want to Power:
Medium sized mini-fridge: all the time
Electric grill/stove top: Maybe an hour a day
12 volt LED strip lights: Would like at least 6-8 hours a day
And power to about 6 outlets: to use for phone chargers and other small things

I'd like to have all this run off of 1 or two house batteries and an inverter all being charged from the alternator somehow, with the option of plugging into 30 amp shore power.
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:43 PM   #55
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I'm so lost on electrical.. I don't know what all I NEED for what I'm planning on powering. and step-by-step explanation on things like does the house battery go to an inverter and then to breaker box and then where?? If you can help me that'd be great!

Want to Power:
Medium sized mini-fridge: all the time
Electric grill/stove top: Maybe an hour a day
12 volt LED strip lights: Would like at least 6-8 hours a day
And power to about 6 outlets: to use for phone chargers and other small things

I'd like to have all this run off of 1 or two house batteries and an inverter all being charged from the alternator somehow, with the option of plugging into 30 amp shore power.

Your going to have to run a generator to power that grill/ stove top for that hour.

Or have a massive battery bank.

You will need more than just one battery to feed that fridge. Store sold mini fridges are not energy efficient enough to run that way.

I'm going to build my fridge using the Danfoss DC compressor. This will permit me to use nice thick 4 inch insulation, VS the 1.5 inch in the $1400 fridges you can buy.

The compressor alone is around $800. All fridges that use that type of compressor start at $1400

Go read some of the build threads. Like this one:
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f27/ar...rust-8870.html

Late in the tread there is some documentation about solar.

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Old 03-20-2015, 07:11 PM   #56
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Have you looked into this fridge? All the specs etc. are there to compare.
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You will need more than just one battery to feed that fridge. Store sold mini fridges are not energy efficient enough to run that way.

I'm going to build my fridge using the Danfoss DC compressor. This will permit me to use nice thick 4 inch insulation, VS the 1.5 inch in the $1400 fridges you can buy.

The compressor alone is around $800. All fridges that use that type of compressor start at $1400

Go read some of the build threads. Like this one:
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f27/ar...rust-8870.html

Late in the tread there is some documentation about solar.

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Old 03-20-2015, 07:20 PM   #57
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Have you looked into this fridge? All the specs etc. are there to compare.
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I like everything but the price.

However I expect such price for such fridge.

Sun Frost Refrigerator Retail Price List

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Old 03-20-2015, 07:38 PM   #58
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The part I don't get is why it is not a top loader. With the door on the front, all the cool air falls out.

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I like everything but the price.

However I expect such price for such fridge.

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Old 03-20-2015, 08:48 PM   #59
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The part I don't get is why it is not a top loader. With the door on the front, all the cool air falls out.
Why don't more people understand this? If you picture cold air like water, both are heavier than warm air. If I had a chest freezer full of water, I could open the top and lift something out without spilling any.

But if I have a front-door fridge full of water, and open the front door, imagine it all pouring out like something from a comedy movie. Sure, it will slowly fill up again when the door is closed, but why spill the cold that you have already "paid" for?
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:21 AM   #60
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A lot of off-gridders use deep chest freezers, and for the refrigerator side you just wire a thermostat in to kick it on and off. Huge energy savings. We were actually planning on doing this ourselves - they're cheap, too, and that helps the planning. I think realistically we're going to have power way more often than not so we'll probably go more traditional, but it's definitely a solid idea.
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