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shortyjacobs 08-17-2010 02:01 AM

My Rolling Kegerator - 235 HP, 4WD, Seats 5
 
So I wanted to make a mobile kegorator, but had limited funds and one careful stipulation: I had to be able to transport the kegerator while either full or empty. See, me and my friends go camping, and I wanted to be able to drink beer at the campground, then transport the kegerator to the lake to continue to drink. I don't have a pickup, so vertical clearance was going to be an issue. Here was my solution:

First, I got a free chest freezer off of Craigslist. It didn't work. I didn't care. I wanted one that stood tall and skinny, but I got one shaped like a coffin instead:

http://imgur.com/9Q1oz.jpg

I flipped it on it's side, thusly, to more accomodate items of a keg-like nature:

http://imgur.com/sjct0.jpg

Then, I hacked off the entire bottom, (which housed the compressor). This freezer didn't have a compressor hump, the whole compressor was housed in a "false bottom" under the chest freezer part. This made it very easy to remove. The freezer was too (tall originally) deep...it could hold FOUR kegs sitting on it's side. So, the sawzall got a workout, and I made it less deep by removing the lid, then hacking off about 10" of chest. I also cut the (side) new top off to make a new lid. The red lines show where I cut, blue lines are the bits I threw away:

http://imgur.com/IQGk8.jpg

The lid was filled with fiberglass insulation. I ripped this out, replaced with pink styrofoam, and glued what was the lid back onto the chest. I used a lot of spray foam (Great Stuff), and then some metal strapping and sheet metal screws to hold it on.

http://imgur.com/rsxhc.jpg

What was the side, and what was now my lid, was reattached using the same hinges that were originally on it. I used some big thick black tape to seal up the thing, and installed my taps, (you can see the metal strapping and sheet metal screws here too)

http://imgur.com/YIDax.jpg

Baby got back, (you are looking at what used to be the bottom of the chest freezer). The side opening lid makes it really easy to load in kegs.:

http://imgur.com/tvsFt.jpg

The inside, (note the prolific use of caulking):

http://imgur.com/p5cy6.jpg

For gas, I didn't want to buy another reg...but these quick disconnect air compressor fittings allow me to use my current reg. I just shut off the gas to the kegs, then remove the reg:

http://imgur.com/CzWmu.jpg

The two kegs, CO2, and reg fit nicely:

http://imgur.com/zxXAN.jpg

I bought some 2" square steel tube, 1" angle iron, and a case of Miller Genuine Draft. I traded the beer to my neighbor to weld me this, (he ONLY drinks MGD):

http://imgur.com/LnifQ.jpg

shortyjacobs 08-17-2010 02:01 AM

The hitch mount goes into my hitch receiver, the kegerator gets strapped on top. This way I can transport it, even full of beer and ice!!! Note that the hatch window can still open!

http://imgur.com/VN3xJ.jpg

So there you have it, my 235 HP, 4WD, 2-tap kegerator that seats 5:

http://imgur.com/s39qC.jpg

On my trial weekend, it kept 2 kegs of beer, (which were somewhat warm before I iced them down), ice cold for about 36 hrs, (when we cashed them). The ice then lasted through the next 36 hrs and many cases of storebought....I used about 30 lb ice. It holds cold GREAT.

:ban: :tank: :rockin: :mug:

JNye 08-17-2010 02:33 AM

wow...i mean, thats a nice truck, with that thing on the back. it looks like you put alot of work into that thing...but I'm not sure why. Don't get me wrong I love to tinker more then the next guy, but you really blew the ratios even for a tinkering DIY guy.

arturo7 08-17-2010 02:37 AM

Outstanding

shortyjacobs 08-17-2010 03:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JNye (Post 2220670)
wow...i mean, thats a nice truck, with that thing on the back. it looks like you put alot of work into that thing...but I'm not sure why. Don't get me wrong I love to tinker more then the next guy, but you really blew the ratios even for a tinkering DIY guy.

haha, the "Why" was so we could take it camping. I have no shots of it at the campground, but here it is by the boathouses by the lake, (Guinness towel is mine!) First day the weather was OK:

http://imgur.com/KnhC4.jpg

Second day, it was storming intermittently, so instead of trying to take the kegerator off of the truck, we set up my kitchen tent and improvised:

http://imgur.com/sqxFk.jpg


Edit: Plus, I was really curious to see what it would be like to carve up a chest freezer like a turkey using a sawzall!

homebeerbrewer 08-17-2010 03:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shortyjacobs (Post 2220609)
...235 HP, 4WD, Seats 5...

If I decide to build a kegerator into the bed of my pickup, I'd be at 400+ RWHP, Close to 900 ft./lbs. of torque, 4WD, seats 5, and can pull a 14000 lb trailer.:ban:

shortyjacobs 08-17-2010 03:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by homebeerbrewer (Post 2220746)
If I decide to build a kegerator into the bed of my pickup, I'd be at 400+ RWHP, Close to 900 ft./lbs. of torque, 4WD, seats 5, and can pull a 14000 lb trailer.:ban:

That sounds like a challenge....;).....this would bring a whole new meaning to the term "keg race".

IrregularPulse 08-17-2010 03:25 AM

To those of us here I think it's great! To everyone else on the road you will likely end up on some redneck website. Hilarious.

shortyjacobs 08-17-2010 03:26 AM

Also, cost breakdown:

Chest freezer - Free
Taps/etc - already had, (one still a picnic tap)
great stuff foam - $4
caulk - $4
pink styrofoam - $9
handles on sides - $8
gas QDs - $8
2" square steel tube (3/16" thick) - $15
1" angle iron (1/8" thick) - $6 (I think, can't remember)
misc screws/strapping/tape/etc. - already had
1 case MGD - $18
poly tube (20' 3/16" thin wall home depot crap) - $3

Total - $57 not including beer, $75 including MGD.

IrregularPulse 08-17-2010 03:44 AM

It's definity a great camping setup. My camping setup is 1 3g keg in a igloo cooler with faucet. The funny part is the look of it strapped to your jeep. :D


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