Help with trailer interior design - refrigeration

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2013/03/04 11:51:12 (permalink)

Help with trailer interior design - refrigeration

Hello,
I'd love to start a crepes cart.  I've been looking for items which I would like in the trailer:
A Salad / Sandwich Prep Tables (something like this: I see in the description that they are not supposed to be used in temperatures exceeding 75.  So In summer I think these things are gonna be way hotter.  I know trailers have fridges so my question is which brands can you use in the heat or do people just risk it?
 
2nd, is having a generator for some appliances and propane for others a good idea?  (For instance I think I need a generator for a fridge but a crepe maker is just outrageous in wattage so I think propane would be better.
 
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    Noodles on the Loose
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    Re:Help with trailer interior design - refrigeration 2013/03/04 13:25:24 (permalink)
    The decision on how to power your trailer really depends on your planned locations.  Will you have shore power?  Is there a limit on your power usage?  If you are doing festivals and have shore power, make sure what is available.  Around here they almost all have some power, but usage and type is limited.  There are very few places with 220/240V. 
     
    If you are going to be mobile and self powered, I would go with as much propane as possible.  For anything electric, check wattage and go with the most efficient available.  A small appliance that uses half the wattage may cost more up front, but in the long run you'll save on fuel costs.  When calculating energy usage for your generator requirements don't forget to take everything into consideration; lights, exhaust fan, water pump, etc. and leave a little room in case you need to add something later. 
     
    Can't really answer regarding heat affecting appliances - It's almost never that warm here.  :)
    post edited by Noodles on the Loose - 2013/03/04 13:26:41
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    Re:Help with trailer interior design - refrigeration 2013/03/05 00:48:20 (permalink)
    75 what F? that's silly,I have used my fridge in 100 f outside, probally 85 inside and not had a problem.yes it will run more to cool but it will work just fine,unless the brand is cheap on insulation.Unless you need it go with a worktop fridge,salad/pizza prep is just letting the cool out the top or warm in.
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    Re:Help with trailer interior design - refrigeration 2013/03/05 07:38:17 (permalink)
    Actually the the 75 degree external temperature requirement sounds like a description of 12 volt probable coolers.   I can not imagine  'commercial' kitchen frig; freezer; or sandwich table having that requirement for it to maintain proper interior temperatures.    ... If there is such a piece of 'commercial' type of equipment; don't use it.
     
    For 12-volt portable coolers, it is intended the interior cooling to be supplemented with ice when the exterior ambient temperatures are high.
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    Re:Help with trailer interior design - refrigeration 2013/03/05 07:38:18 (permalink)
    Actually the the 75 degree external temperature requirement sounds like a description of 12 volt probable coolers.   I can not imagine  'commercial' kitchen frig; freezer; or sandwich table having that requirement for it to maintain proper interior temperatures.    ... If there is such a piece of 'commercial' type of equipment; don't use it.
     
    For 12-volt portable coolers, it is intended the interior cooling to be supplemented with ice when the exterior ambient temperatures are high.
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    Re:Help with trailer interior design - refrigeration 2013/03/05 09:10:10 (permalink)
    Thanks for the info.  This is the unit I was referring to:

    I thought maybe casue it was a cheaper one round 800-900 so I looked at another one double the price and it gave a max outside temp of 85.
    So maybe I'm still looking at ones that are too cheap?
     
    If I cannot use a sandwich prep type fridge what is the best way to store fruits and other food items that you readily need but also need to be kept cold in a trailer?
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    Re:Help with trailer interior design - refrigeration 2013/03/05 23:45:10 (permalink)
    Two words. Low Boy.
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    Re:Help with trailer interior design - refrigeration 2013/03/06 04:46:26 (permalink)
    Do you have a link to what your looking at?That just seems wierd.
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    Re:Help with trailer interior design - refrigeration 2013/03/06 10:19:42 (permalink)
    Oh I am not allowed to post links:
    if you go to leaderrefrigerator.com  (/) ProductDetail.aspx?productId=147
    post edited by Zabka - 2013/03/06 10:21:01
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    Re:Help with trailer interior design - refrigeration 2013/03/11 08:18:39 (permalink)
    I looked around on the site and I didn't where you got your temp range at.
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    Re:Help with trailer interior design - refrigeration 2013/03/11 18:45:59 (permalink)
    That temp range, not to exceed 75.... is listed as a lot of these units are used in already temp and humidity controlled environments, and as such they are optimized for use in those environments.  So if you use them in other higher temp environments their performance will most likely not be to the manufacturers specs, such as power use, or defrost, etc.
    Here's more info:
    http://www.erc.uic.edu/PDF/OR_05_16_1.pdf
    I wouldn't worry about using it at higher temps, just don't put too much faith in the power consumption specs, which you probably wouldn't anyway.
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    Re:Help with trailer interior design - refrigeration 2013/03/12 16:09:08 (permalink)
    thanks!  So I won't worry about it too much then
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