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Jim Focha and Julie Gwin

Randy, The original boxes just didn't have enough insulation. You need R-20/R-30 which is about 4-6" of insulation. They work ok in northeren climates but not in the tropics if thats where your going. Also the lid seal needs to be upgraded or replaced.

Unfortunately Glacier Bay no longer makes refrigeration systems, at least when I last talked to them. They were considering a more competitive unit but I don't know were that stands. While I believe they were technically the best unit on efficiency, they did fall short when price is considered. A single plate system ran @ 4K. If you have a properly built box you can get excellent performance with any of the well known brands. They were well designed without corrosion problems snd the water cooled condensers don't seem to scale up. I had no scaling after four years.

We crusied with two boats that had fridgoboat sytems and were real happy with them. Their only problem was having to keep the keel cooler clean in the tropics. We spent the extra money for Glacier Bay for the efficiency. It was important to us to be able run our boat including water maker without using the motor to charge no matter how long we anchored. A 12 volt system will still run if/when you lose your motor and you can leave running if you travel inland for a few days.

One last thing. Corrosion happens from the outside in, not inside out. It's true when you start having pin hole leaks it's time for a replacement.

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