Bus Conversions dot Com Bulletin Board
November 23, 2014, 12:46:14 AM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News: If you had an Online Subscription: The dog will not eat it.
   Home   Help Forum Rules Search Calendar Login Register BCM Home Page Contact BCM  
Pages: 1 [2] 3 4   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: What size refrigerator do you have in your bus?  (Read 4687 times)
TomCat
It's 4:20 somewhere...
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 411



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2008, 04:46:03 PM »

18cf two door, stainless Frigidaire. Mounted in the center of the coach, facing forward.

http://www.zoto.com/site/#USR.jsbird69::PAG.detail::ec210378664cdf4a7d2edfd2768ea300

Jay
87 SaftLiner
« Last Edit: February 13, 2008, 06:22:43 PM by TomCat » Logged

On The High Plains of Colorado
TrevorH
Full Member
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 122




Ignore
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2008, 04:53:32 PM »

So most of you are buying home 'fridges and runing them off either a generator or an inverter or shore if plugged in?
Logged

1987 MCI 102A3 8V92TA 5 spd MT
Tucson, AZ
Paladin
Dave Knight
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 711





Ignore
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2008, 05:00:20 PM »

I could have worded my question better, given more info but I didn't want to be wordy.
The bottom line is simple, it seems like a 25 cu ft reefer is physically rather large and may stick out in the isle but I've seen large ones installed before. I just didn't know if 25 cu ft is real enormous in a bus. I just have the opportunity for one cheap but it's very hard to visualize in the bus as it sits now so I thought I'd ask the board. I thought it was a valid question myself but I'll rethink my ideas of validity now.

As for wanting affirmation from others. No, I come here for knowledge not affirmation. Likely I'll never meet most folks here so why would I care right? I'm just trying to learn as much as I can and avoid wasting time and money by learning from those who have been there already, it's a well of knowledge.
It also seems to me that by one person asking a question it can form a basis of understanding for others who don't want to ask or haven't thought of it yet.
I could make all sorts of silly know it all or sarcastic statements like I've seen certain others here do (I don't mean Dallas at all!) but I'd rather ask and learn.....unless it's verboten.
Like I said, I'll think longer before I ask in the future and try to avoid the appearance of asking a lot of questions looking for affirmation instead of knowledge.


 
« Last Edit: February 13, 2008, 05:02:05 PM by Paladin » Logged

'75 MC-8   'Event Horizon'
8V71  HT740
Salt Lake City, Utah

"Have bus will travel read the card of the man, a Knight without armor in a savage land...."
Tenor
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 991



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2008, 05:03:34 PM »

Many people do, but I want to be able to run off of propane while dry camping.  This requires 2 holes being cut in the bus for ventilation.  Household units don't need it.  Tell us more about what your plans are for how you plan to use your bus.
Logged

Glenn Williams
Lansing, MI
www.threemenandatenor.com
1968 MCI 7 Ser. No. 7476 Unit No. 10056
8v71
4 speed Spicer
WEC4104
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 779





Ignore
« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2008, 05:07:18 PM »

As other folks are indicating, the necessary reefer space depends on how many people are traveling/eating, and how long between grocery stops.  Even traveling with a family of five, we get by pretty well with only a 6 cu footer. That covers us for about 5 days nicely, and if we wanted to put some better thought into our meal planning we could easily stretch that. Even when we are home, it seems like my wife is running to the grocery store every other day.  

For trips longer than a week, I generally pack an ice chest, too.  I'll start the trip with some frozen meats (roasts, steaks) and perhaps a frozen tray of homemade lasagna. Some of these denser foods take a long time to thaw. I seal stuff in ziplock bags and pack them in ice and put the chest in one of the bays. Two or three days later, the food is still refrigerator temperature (or colder).  When the food in the chest gets used up or transferred to the refrigerator, the ice chest gets cleaned out, fresh ice, and lots of my favorite beverages Grin

Having only a 35 footer, I don't want to give up the interior space for anything too much larger.  Sometimes I think a 10 cu.ft would suit our needs a little better, but I definitely wouldn't go above 12 cu ft in my 4104.
Logged

If you're going to be dumb, you gotta be tough.
Nick Badame Refrig/ACC
1989, MCI 102C3, 8V92T, HT740, 06' conversion FMCA# F-27317-S "Wife- 1969 Italian/German Style"
Global Moderator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 4884


Nick & Michelle Badame


WWW
« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2008, 05:20:20 PM »

Hi Guy's,

23 CF Frigidaire Energy Star Side-by-side Counter Depth  24" deep, 36" wide

Nick
Logged

Whatever it takes!-GITIT DONE! 
Commercial Refrigeration- Ice machines- Heating & Air/ Atlantic Custom Coach Inc.
Master Mason- Cannon Lodge #104
https://www.facebook.com/atlanticcustomcoach
www.atlanticcustomcoach.com
PP
Will & Wife
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 1063



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2008, 05:22:36 PM »

Paladin, We have an AC/DC/Propane 12cu with top freezer. I would love nothing more than 25cu inside. Instead, we have an AC/DC chesttype freezer on a joey bed in the 3rd bay. We're fulltimers and stock up at times (deer season, fish, uncles beef, etc) It seems the main question you're dealing with is whether you can live with an AC only fridge, and not so much the size. If you can fit it in, you'll use it, guaranteed. I sure hope no one ever tells me I ask too many questions LOL
Good luck (BTW-How good a deal is it?)
Logged

Tenor
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 991



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2008, 05:28:35 PM »

Trevor,
Another thing to consider it the curve of the ceiling.  If you get that deal on the bus you had posted about, your walls are almost flat.  In a bus like mine, I have a fair amount of curve that pushes the fridge away from the wall, especially when needing to have room to vent out the roof. 

Don't worry about long posts!  I can't imagine how many people don't give enough info to help us give good info!  Besides, it's really fun to share in someone else's dream!
Logged

Glenn Williams
Lansing, MI
www.threemenandatenor.com
1968 MCI 7 Ser. No. 7476 Unit No. 10056
8v71
4 speed Spicer
Devin & Amy
FMCA#377731
Full Member
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 184


1980 MC9 8v71 4spd man. Fulltiming family of 6




Ignore
« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2008, 05:46:58 PM »

I think your question is a good one. Hey Nick how far out into the room does that big fridge protrude? What does it leave someone with a 96 wide. that six inches could be the difference.
We are a fulltiming family of six and could sure use more fridge space. We use a gallon of milk a day!
I also think you have to be willing to have an electrical system that will support that size fridge. again "how are you going to use the coach?"
Devin
Logged

Devin, Amy, and the kids!!
Happily Bussin'!!
Nick Badame Refrig/ACC
1989, MCI 102C3, 8V92T, HT740, 06' conversion FMCA# F-27317-S "Wife- 1969 Italian/German Style"
Global Moderator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 4884


Nick & Michelle Badame


WWW
« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2008, 05:50:45 PM »

I think your question is a good one. Hey Nick how far out into the room does that big fridge protrude? What does it leave someone with a 96 wide. that six inches could be the difference.
We are a fulltiming family of six and could sure use more fridge space. We use a gallon of milk a day!
I also think you have to be willing to have an electrical system that will support that size fridge. again "how are you going to use the coach?"
Devin

Hi Devin,

It's Counter Depth.. 24" deep. no deeper then your cabnits
Also, It's energy Star.  4.3 amps in refrigeration and 6.7 in defrost 1 to 2 times a day

Nick-
Logged

Whatever it takes!-GITIT DONE! 
Commercial Refrigeration- Ice machines- Heating & Air/ Atlantic Custom Coach Inc.
Master Mason- Cannon Lodge #104
https://www.facebook.com/atlanticcustomcoach
www.atlanticcustomcoach.com
Sean
Geek.
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 2553


'85 Neoplan Spaceliner "Odyssey"


WWW

Ignore
« Reply #25 on: February 13, 2008, 05:53:20 PM »

We have a 7.5 cubic foot Novakool.  It has always been more than enough for us -- we can go two weeks on our water tankage, and the fridge holds at least that much food.  We selected the Novakool because it runs on 24 volts and is super-efficient, drawing about 2-3 amps when running, with duty cycle varying by how often we open it.

The other nice thing about a small fridge is that we don't have to worry about items slamming around while we drive.  Louise wrote a nice article about how we use our fridge here:
http://ourodyssey.blogspot.com/2007/08/small-space-saturday-making-most-of.html

-Sean
http://OurOdyssey.BlogSpot.com
Logged

Full-timing in a 1985 Neoplan Spaceliner since 2004.
Our blog: http://OurOdyssey.BlogSpot.com
Stormcloud
FMCA#407220
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 465




Ignore
« Reply #26 on: February 13, 2008, 05:59:25 PM »

We have a smallish Magic Chef 'stainless look' 2 door frig (not frost-free) from Home Depot. The frig is 18" square and about 50" high,with the freezer compartment about 1/3 of that. The book says 4 cu. ft. ,but I think it must be more like 7.5 cu ft total. I can't remember the amp draw on it, but it is low (~2.5 amps on 120vac). It is always connected to the modified sine-wave inverter, and the 3 deep cycle battery bank handles it just fine, and for several days without recharging.  Its plenty large enough for the two of us, and the price ($288) was right!

Keep asking questions. I'm learning lots here too, and can relate to many of your queries.

Regards.

Mark
Logged

Mark Morgan    near Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
1972 MCI-7     'PapaBus'  8v-71N MT654 Automatic
H3Jim
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 1398


1995 Prevost H3-41, series 60, B500 Allison




Ignore
« Reply #27 on: February 13, 2008, 06:24:05 PM »

I chose a 24 volt sunfrost refrigerator, 16 cu ft.  Its big and not shaped like other refrigerators.  I used it to create a modified side aisle floor plan that I really like a lot.  You can't see straight back from the front to teh back of hte bus, creates a lot of privacy, yet is easy to walk around.  It also has floor to ceiling cabinets in the aisle, and they hold a lot of stuff.  My electdrical panel is also in the aisle.  Its very economical, I just leave it run 24/7 and the solar powers it all, never dropping by more than 15% of battery capacity overnight, but usually less than 10%

This first pic shows before the refrig was fastened down, but it gives you a good look at its size and how the floor is laid out.  Its also before the cherry wood was stained and finished.

You walk to the left of the regfrigerator, and after the large cabinet that's behind the dinette (bus seats).  Thats the microwave haniging on the right, there is now a kitchen counter in that area.
Logged

Jim Stewart
El Cajon, Ca.  (San Diego area)

Travel is more than the seeing of sights, it is a change that goes on, deep  and permanent, in the ideas of living.
H3Jim
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 1398


1995 Prevost H3-41, series 60, B500 Allison




Ignore
« Reply #28 on: February 13, 2008, 06:29:20 PM »

This next pic is from the rear looking forward.  The man in the white shorts is standing in the aisleway. Yes the toilet is permanently mounted in that position.

Thats my better side in the foreground, standing where the bathroom sink is now located.

Both these pics give you a good idea of how the refrigerator affects teh floorplan.  I think you can use any size, as long as you plan for it ahead of time.  space is really at a premium, so I would counsel to get what fits your design, not just use what you can get - as a little more effort could turn up a cheap one that's the perfect size.
Logged

Jim Stewart
El Cajon, Ca.  (San Diego area)

Travel is more than the seeing of sights, it is a change that goes on, deep  and permanent, in the ideas of living.
JohnEd
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 4571




Ignore
« Reply #29 on: February 13, 2008, 06:40:41 PM »

Paladin,

It was mentioned that you need a vent, two actually, behind even a AC powered refer.  You may not do that but if you don't you will have to dump that heat load with air conditioning in the summer.  In the winter it will help you stay warm and maybe that is a building feature you might want to consider.  Not a lot of energy there but still.

What Jack said.

HTH,

John
Logged

"An uneducated vote is a treasonous act more damaging than any treachery of the battlefield.
The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." Plato
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
—Pla
Pages: 1 [2] 3 4   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.18 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!