Re: Could a self-professed bafoon install 12V refrigeration?
There are plenty of professional bufoons that manage to install them, so there is no reason you can't.
A few tips:
Choose the location of the condensing unit carefully. They need good air circularion to work efficiently. If you put it in an interior locker, make sure there is a grille for air to be drawn in, AND a route for the warm air to escape. Remember, they are quiet, but you will hear it if it is in the cabin.I always preferred to put them in an exterior lazarette where there is lots of air space.
Keep the connectors clean. Wrap them with electrical tape or plastic so that you don't force debris into them when you fish them through.
Insulate the lineset with Armaflex pipe insulation if it didn't come insulated. This will prevent condensation and reduce pipe corrosion. It will help efficiency too.
Strap down excess lineset coil in a location where it is safe from damage, and in such a way that the pipes do not vibrate or chaffe. Soft drawn copper that is allowed to vibrate excessively will work-harden and become brittle and prone to cracking over time.
Good luck, and enjoy your cold beer!
1979 Santana 30 Tall Rig