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We have a toy hauler, and room for a small freezer.  We like to take frozen, home prepared meals, meats and veggies when we travel, but the little chill chest in the rv fridge isn't big enough.  

So, we're thinking a small freezer would be nice, but what kind?  Will a household freezer be insulated enough to be okay while not powered for a day, maybe two?  Are there small, well insulated freezers available?

Thank in advance for your input.....

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We've been running a 3.5 cuft upright freezer for several years.  Had on in the Carrilite 5'er, and now have one in the DRV.  I run them off a small dedicated inverter so on travel days, it still has power while the rest of the trailer is dead. The DRV has the residential fridge but the extra freezer space means we have packages of bison, crawfish, lamb, etc foods that we can't find in different areas. 

When we were looking for a freezer, we intentionally went cheap with an old fashion non-electronic compressor.  This allows a cheap modified sine wave inverter to power it.

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So, I looked locally and found a 5.8 c/f upright for 1/4 the cost of an RV type freezer.  I think I can install solar and controller for less than the difference.

One question:  How do I tell if the compressor is electronic?  None of the specs I saw mentioned that.

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56 minutes ago, rickeieio said:


One question:  How do I tell if the compressor is electronic?  None of the specs I saw mentioned that.

Several of the freezers we looked at were like the new(er) fridges that are a dc compressor- either 24v or 48 volt.  They run off their own inverter that is picky about its input power supply.

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Our freezer is one from Best Buy and like many the energy guide shows just how much power they use.  The power requirements are small and usually easily powered with a PSW inverter.  An inverter and if you want some solar should do it.  Should be a lot cheaper than an RV freezer.  Years ago we had a propane powered freezer.  It worked well but it was expensive and very small.

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