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Old 05-19-2018, 11:35 AM   #1
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Mini Freezer on Bus ?

Hey guys, I'm in the midst of figuring out our fridge / freezer situation for our bus.

Right now, the plan for the fridge is to convert a 2.1cuft chest freezer (this guy - into our main fridge, using that nifty little thermostat hacker control thing that's sold on amazon.

I really need / want a 1cu ft freezer like this on the bus as well - I'm trying to find a tiny teeny chest freezer, but for some reason mini-freezer's only open vertically - AND use more power than the 2.1 cu chest freezer.

(these are what I've found -


. Has anyone found a tiny little 1cu foot chest freezer ? I need to figure this out, and I really cannot rationalize letting such a tiny machine take so much of my energy. (doing a 600w solar with 3 125ah batteries) I just can't rationalize using 250w a day just for my freezer!

Does anyone have any hacks for me? I'm open to really any suggestions, my brain hurts and I'm just so confused why 1 cu ft chest freezers simply don't exist.
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Old 07-16-2018, 02:29 PM   #2
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1 cu ft is pretty tiny, but I totally understand the need for a tiny (yet functional freezer). My first thought was go with the 2.1 cu ft freezer and insulate the crap out of the sides if you can spare the space. That and opening it infrequently and quickly could get you well below the rated average power (because it won't need to turn on as often). One other thing you could do is put a small circulation fan near the compressor (hot side) of the freezer. If you help cool down the hot side of the freezer, it will run more efficiently.

Just be sure not to block any intake/exhaust ports.
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Old 07-16-2018, 02:47 PM   #3
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Take a look at some RV places for your tiny freezer. I met a guy at a campground and he showed me a tiny freezer like you described that plugged into the 12volt port in his RV. He said he got it at an RV place but I do not remember which one.
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