I am looking at the 12v/110ac Norcold ref./freezers at Camping World 1.5 cuft. $699 weighting 53lbs. holding 70lbs. of food and the 2.1 cuft. at $869 weighing 70lbs. and holds 100 lbs. I noticed that the smaller frig./freezer uses 2.5 amps and the larger uses less at 2.1 amps. Sure there is a reason, but not sure. These will be shipped a long distance by air and the costs will be high so weight on everthing needs to be also considered. We want to have one of these frig./freezers run on possibly 2 solar panels that will probably be around 125w each. We will also have about 5 12v florscencent bulbs in the house most being 13w. Would like to use a lab top computer also. Plan to have a 1000 or 2000w Honda generator and batteries. This is in an area of the south pacific that have nice temps. with a good bit or sun. Do you think that these two solar pannels would be able for the most part to run the frig./freezer and these lights? We want to keep things simple, but want to be prepared also. The 1000 watt generator weights 29. lbs and the 2000 I think weighs 53 lbs. As far as food storage I feel that the small frig. would be large enough to meet our needs, but was wondering about the difference in the amps. used. I also feel that the smaller generator may be large enough. I feel that marine type batteries will have to be used. Any ideas on about how many batteries would be needed with this set up? Also not sure what size controler would be needed either. What are your thoughts?
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