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Old 07-15-2009, 01:47 AM   #1
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Re: Chest Freezer as 'Fridge in Bus

I didnít read the links, but I was thinking of putting a chest freezer in as a fridge however decided against it just because of space lost. You loose a big area and the bus is tight enough if you need to build for 8 people. But if you have the room go for it, it will use way less power then anything else.
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Old 07-15-2009, 02:59 AM   #2
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Re: Chest Freezer as 'Fridge in Bus

Smitty, Can you re-post those first two links? They give me 404s and then noticed that they arn't complete.

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Old 07-15-2009, 01:37 PM   #3
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swinada- I've seen some fairly small chest freezers, not really much larger than dorm style 'fridges. I like the idea because the cold doesn't pour-out as soon as you open the door, they'd have to be much more efficient just in their design. You might want to look around at sizes, with 8 in your bus, that's alot of opening the 'fridge door

I think the idea would merit some serious consideration, especially by someone who intends to live off-grid.

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Yes i know that small chest freezers exist however because of the 8 people in our houshold, small doesnt really work. And with the chest freezer you loose the space in the with as well as above the freezer to open the lid.
But as i said before if you plan to live off the grid and have the room go for it.
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Old 07-15-2009, 05:51 PM   #4
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Re: Chest Freezer as 'Fridge in Bus

Good idea....even better if an ice maker can be fitted.
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:47 PM   #5
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Re: Chest Freezer as 'Fridge in Bus

I was thinking about putting in a flush mount insulated cooler. Make a cutout in the counter top that a flanged cooler would rest on. Then I could take it out to fill/drain it but have an ice chest down the road with no electric. Any thoughts about where you could find this?
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Smitty, do you know where you could find a drop in style cooler? Or what you would call them to search for. The only thing I could come up with was a livewell/baitwell but they are pretty expensive.
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:15 AM   #7
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I was thinking about putting in a flush mount insulated cooler. Make a cutout in the counter top that a flanged cooler would rest on. Then I could take it out to fill/drain it but have an ice chest down the road with no electric. Any thoughts about where you could find this?

why not flush mount a standard plastic cooler?
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I cant find a regular plastic cooler that has a flange. If I built a platform and set one in place it would have a little gap around the edges, if I had one with a flange on 4 sides then a hole can be cut and it would just set right in.
Here is one but it isnt insulated. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ICE-CHES ... ccessories
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Old 07-17-2009, 09:28 PM   #9
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That is exactly what Im looking for, but about 75% off of that price.
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Aside from living off the grid, a modified chest freezer can also be easily converted into a WICKED kegerator with 3 to 4 flavors on tap. (or six or more homebrew kegs
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