- Dec 6, 2019
- Ellicott City, MD USA
I put up with the ice gig ice for half a century. I started camping with my dad in the 60's and all we had was coolers and ice. Fast forward to 2000 when we ordered our travel trailer and started towing in 2001. The fridge/freezer was 120V/propane with auto-switch to gas in the event of power failure. WE HAVE ARRIVED or so we thought. But there was no refrigeration under tow which means if you want to freeze food you better freeze it AFTER you get to camp and use it before you leave or at least let it thaw in the cooler. Packing up camp and moving everything from our fridge into coolers with cold packs from the freezer was a giant PITA. I ABSOLUTELY HATED THIS. What's the point after all? We got rid of that trailer in 2016. Actually, what we have now is better refrigeration-wise than on that large expensive travel trailer.I don't have a fridge yet, but it's something I want to get eventually. I frequently camp with people who have fridges and I am super jealous when I have to stop and pull my cooler out to drain excess water and then top off with ice--meanwhile they have ice cream and cold beers at the ready that are never soaking wet. It's a luxury item for sure and on my list of wants, but I have it slotted much lower than other things. Convenience is becoming a huge priority in my camping--the more convenient things are, the less annoying they will be, the happier I am, and the more I want to go out and stay out longer. Fridges are undeniably convenient.
What I'm doing is building the fridge setup in stages so that I can take advantage of the new parts with my existing gear immediately. I added a slide with tilt to make using my cooler less of a headache and to save my back from wrestling a loaded down 80lb cooler on and off the drawers by myself. It's a relatively small investment which allows me to focus on finishing up larger priorities of mine while still benefiting my existing setup--and it's future proof to work with the fridge I have picked out. I have a small solar setup right now, but will probably want to upgrade for it to run a fridge. I'll still see the benefit of that in the meantime without a fridge as it will power all of our electronics at camp. That will come next and then finally the last piece would be a fridge. It's a way to avoid sinking $2k all at once while still improving usability of existing gear.
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If I ever lose my sanity long enough to buy another trailer/RV, any unit we get will at least allow us to freeze/refrigerate while under tow.
As far as electrical mods go I think what I’ve done is moderate. Just look at the folks that have dual batteries, winches, lights, compressors, switches galore on the dash etc…
But if you think what I've done with the LC is over the top wait until you see what I do with an RV.