Isotherm Ice Maker

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  1. gerrpicc

    gerrpicc New Member

    6
    Apr 10, 2012
    Lake Erie
    97 370 EC
    T 7.4L MPI
    Just picked up a 97 370 EC with the freezer in the cockpit. I'm going to replace the freezer with an ice maker. I've had U-line machines in previous boats and was happy with the way they worked. I would like however to install an Isotherm ice maker and would like to hear from anyone who has one how satisfied they are (or not). Thanks.
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  2. ttmott

    ttmott Well-Known Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    Take a look at the Isotherm clear ice machine; far better ice. And, it makes an impressive 40 pounds per day....
     
  3. gerrpicc

    gerrpicc New Member

    6
    Apr 10, 2012
    Lake Erie
    97 370 EC
    T 7.4L MPI
    I appreciate the reply and have looked at the clear ice models. I don't have enough room for one and the compact white ice model fits perfectly where the factory cockpit freezer is currently mounted. I'm interested to hear from owners of Isotherm ice makers as to how well they do or not work.
     
  4. thosmann1

    thosmann1 Member

    89
    Jan 19, 2009
    Key west Florida
    500 Searay Sundancer
    Cummins QSM11's
    I have a U-line. It works great and runs forever without any issues. The only problem is, if you do not have 110 power at the doc and you don’t/can’t run your generator the ice starts to melt then will re-freeze leaving a big block of ice.

    What I installed was a “Triplite” inverter, converter, charger with its own dedicated 27 series battery. As soon as the 110vac is off the system switches to 12vdc. It can run for about 10 hours on 12vdc. No more melted ice.

    I’m not sure who makes a 110vac/12vdc ice maker, but that’s the brand I’d buy. I have a Isotherm refrigerator plus a Isotherm freezer, both run on 110 or 12 v.

    Bow Tie
     
  5. gerrpicc

    gerrpicc New Member

    6
    Apr 10, 2012
    Lake Erie
    97 370 EC
    T 7.4L MPI
    Thanks for the reply. Are you satisfied with the Isotherm products?
     
  6. thosmann1

    thosmann1 Member

    89
    Jan 19, 2009
    Key west Florida
    500 Searay Sundancer
    Cummins QSM11's
    I’ve replaced the inverter on each unit twice in 12 years. That would be a total of 6 including the original inverters. The freezer door leaks air causing lots of frost. The refrigerator is fine. I’m sure they are a good product, however parts are lots of money. In order to fix the door gasket, I have to buy a complete door, very expensive. I had excellent performance from the u-line and norcold products.

    Bow Tie
     
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  7. Olysan

    Olysan Member

    30
    Mar 17, 2018
    1994 400 Express Cruiser
    7.4 MPI
    This sounds like a great solution. Which Tripp-lite did you install?
     
  8. thosmann1

    thosmann1 Member

    89
    Jan 19, 2009
    Key west Florida
    500 Searay Sundancer
    Cummins QSM11's
    Tripplite APS1250, Group 27 deep cycle battery, 12vdc charge indicator built into panel above ice maker. Check the wire guage chart to use the right wire guage based on your length & amp draw. I also used a breaker mounted close to the battery. Example: if the ice maker draws 120 vac and 3amps it will draw 30 amps at 12vdc. If I remember correctly I installed a 40 amp breaker and the ice maker draws 30 amps.

    Bow Tie
     
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  9. 401Kation

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    34
    Oct 11, 2013
    Catawba Island, Oh
    1999 460 SunDancer
    VOLVO Diesels
    I'm curious what you used to get your system to automatically switch between 120v and 12v or do you have to switch it manually?
     
  10. gerryb

    gerryb Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 12, 2006
    Somers Point, NJ
    "On Vacation"
    2006 40 Sundancer
    Raymarine E125 & HD Radar + Garmin 5208
    QSB5.9 380 Cummins
    Thosmann1 has a very nice set-up; obviously there's a guy that likes his ice.. :D

    TrippLite make some great products and is probably the best way to handle this particular requirement. The set-up is involved (wiring, battery, etc.) and likely to cost well over $500. Below is the link for anyone that is curious about the autoswitchover unit.

    https://www.tripplite.com/1250w-pow...er-auto-transfer-switching-2-outlets~APS1250/
     

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