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Old 29-05-2011, 07:08   #1
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On-Board AC/DC Electric Refrigerator Questions

Hello All,
I have a 1974 Dufour 27 with a front-loading AC/DC electric refrigerator. I seem to be having having issues with the refrigeratorís compressor(brand/manufacture unknown), as the unit's light which is inside the refigerator is on but the unit is not cooling anything I pace inside. Has anyone updated an older onboard refrigerator, or does anyone have experience re-insulating the refrigeratorís space and converting it to a traditional ice box?
I am even thinking of replacing it with a standalone self-contaned electric refigerator.
Open to all comments, suggestion and recomendations.
Dick Paden

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Severna Park, MD


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Old 29-05-2011, 07:44   #2
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Re: On-Board AC/DC Electric Refrigerator Questions

Try leak-testing and regassing it before tossing it out, if you were happy with it before.

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Old 29-05-2011, 08:03   #3
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Re: On-Board AC/DC Electric Refrigerator Questions

I have both a traditional top load ice box and just a regular under-counter fridge like you buy at Walmart or Lowes.

We put a cold plate from West Marine, can't remember the brand, in the ice box and it works great. It is AC/DC and simple to install.

I would almost say build a top loader box and use the cold plate. It holds a lot more than a front loader because you can cram it full and nothing falls out when you open it. It is also very efficient, drawing relatively little electricity. The top load also loses less cold air when you open it, thus adding to the efficiency.

One drawback is that if the beer is at the bottom, you have to dig through all the lunchmeat and other stuff to get to it about 12-24 times a day. (Depending on consumption habits.)

Another drawback is that if your wife is short, (as mine is) you have to get out anything she needs that is not on the top because she will say she can't reach it.

The only real issue we have with the ice box is that it butts up against a bulkhead between the galley and the sailors berth and causes condensation on the bulkhead, which gets on one of the cushions. I'm going to address that problem by moving the cold plate to the opposite side, away from the bulkhead. Hopefully, that works since there is no space between the box and bulkhead to add more insulation.
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For getting stuff from the bottom of the box. I like these suggestions. We use a trash claw. It's a pistol grip with an arm and cable that closes a jaw 3' down the arm when you squeeze. Reusable grocery bags for like items. You pull the bag that has like items.didn't answer the original question
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