Model: ARB 50
Exterior dimensions: 27.75"L x 14.96"W x 20"H
Interior dimensions: 13.27"L x 11.22"W x 15.79"H 9 (main compartment);
5.95"L x 11.22"W x 8.11"H (fruit compartment)
Interior volume: 50 quarts (47 liters); 2898 cubic inches
Capacity: 72 12-
Weight: 50 pounds (empty)
Power source: 12/24V DC, 100-
Power draw: 2.3V max (initial cool down), 0.87-
Warranty: 3 years
Features/comes with: Removable, locking lid; rubber feet; recessed handles;
recessed digital control panel; integrated lid seal; interior LED light; removable, reversible interior basket with divider; AC and DC power cords; integrated cord retention clips; powder-
Available accessories: Protective, insulating cover (not shown in the photos); slide-
Price: Varies, depending on vendor; average price is around $850. I found a seller on eBay selling a bunch of ARB 50's for $750 + free shipping… couldn't pass that up!
AC power cord was routed along the front side of the kitchen cabinet, in through an access slot, and plugged into the factory AC outlet.
DC power cord: I cut its plug off (seen below) after labeling the + and -
Review: I love this thing! You could not pay me to go back to using ice!
Modifications (March 2017): More like enhancements, than modifications. Taking a cue from an Expedition Portal topic, finally set about this project. I removed the protective grille, cleaned the dust out, and made a condenser baffle, albeit slightly different from the EP guys. I shaped my sheet metal into an "L" with mounting tabs on both sides, and long enough to reach under the fan. I placed a short piece of stick-
Power Patrol SLA0190 (50Ah; bought direct through Interstate Batteries)
Blue Seas 6-
♦ Renogy 100W Portable (folding rigid, monocrystalline)
♦ 120W flexible (bought on sale from solarblvd.com)
These panels are used separately (i.e. it's one or the other), depending on the road trip, or camp spot. The Renogy rigid panel is stored in the van's roof-
I wanted a portable system as I prefer to park my van in the shade (it's also garaged). Additionally, solar panels need to be aimed properly to achieve maximum power output; if permanently mounted to the roof, that would basically require aiming the van in a particular direction, which is not always feasible on my adventures.
The Renogy panel came with a programmable 30A PWM charge controller mounted to the panel as well as alligator clamps for the battery connection (along with a 15-
The flexible panel came with 5-
From the aux battery, power and ground wires were run to the Blue Seas fuse panel inside the kitchen cabinet using 8AWG wires. The Blue Seas panel distributes fused power to the ARB fridge, the LED lighting in the van, and to the camper equipment.
Charge controller: Why PWM over an MPPT? Because the PWM came with the panels and I have a small auxiliary system that simply doesn't warrant the need for an expensive MPPT.
Review: Highly recommend the Renogy panel; it's well built and works fantastically. The flexible panel has also proven to be a great product.
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