Trailblaza owners??

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 11:01
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Hi All,
I am seriously looking at ordering a 60l (Standard) Trailblaza fridge...what I am trying to find out...is if this fridge would fit on a fridge slide on the floor of a 1994 80 series Landcruiser DX ???...I have checked the measurements of the length of the fridge (875mm) in the back of the vehicle (from the top of the rear seat toward the rear (barn) doors....and it seems that it would be a tight fit......anyone out there who has similar vehicle and fridge who could give me an idea if it will in fact fit ok would be great...ta.

Also a side question on the fridge... I have dual battery set up....why would I want my fridge to have an automatic switch to turn it it off at 10.5 volts???.....never used fridge in a car before...would just be interested to know why???.

Thanks...and cheers....
Mick.

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Reply By: Leroy - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 12:37

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 12:37
Hi Pyalong,

I'll answer Q2. There is a 10.5v fridge cutout to protect your battery. Batteries, even deep cycle don't like being discharged below this voltage and will have it's life shortened as a result.

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Rod - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 14:47

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 14:47
I agree but I've heard a complementary answer. That it is not good for the danfoss compressor to run at lower voltages and it is to protect it. I think it is an good idea in any case.
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 16:48

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 16:48
Not sure about low voltages being bad for the danfoss compressor. The engel will keep running until the battery dies....albeit less efficiently as the voltage drops than a fully charged batt.

Leroy
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Reply By: Moose - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 14:29

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 14:29
I have a 96 model 80 Series. Trailblaza fits fine behind the seats - long ways, not across the back (if you know what I mean). I've got a piece of old carpet to protect the back of the seat. The back of the fridge then reaches to just in front of the rear tie down hook (which is what I tie it to). Mine isn't on a slide - gets tied in when we go away. You can still open the fridge door when it is in place.
As far as I know the cutout is built in to protect the fridge electrics - but not sure on that one.
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Reply By: basecamp15 - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 14:57

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 14:57
The major reason I've heard is that the cutout is to protect the battery. If it didn't cut out at 10.5 volts it would continue to draw from the battery seriously damaging it/lowering it's lifespan. A decent battery will take some time for this to happen without the car being started though it depends on the type of battery, outside conditions and fridge setting.
Cheers, Mark.
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Reply By: friar - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 15:29

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 15:29
Hi Mick
Good choise of fridge you wont be sorry as for the cutout at 10.5 volts
i have put it to the test ,you are able to start your car if the fridge
cuts out ,you would probably only get one go at starting as it only just
turned my diesel hilux over. I have 3 batteries which get charged when
driving with 3 seperate plugs for each battery that way you can only
discharge 1 battery at a time
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Reply By: Tony J - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 20:54

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 20:54
I have a 97 Std model. With a cargo barrier and roller draws the 60l standard would fit on the fridge slide but the top corner of it would knock the window out when you close the rear door. I bought the compact 60l. A bit shorter and a bit higher. If you plan to add a cargo barrier and roller draws you might want to knock up a cardboard box the same size as the fridge, place that in the back of your vehicle, lift it up say 8 - 10 inches for the height of the draws, move it back from the top of the rear seat 2inches to allow for a barrier and see if you can close the rear doors.
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Reply By: Pyalong - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 21:33

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 21:33
WOW ...Thanks for the reply's guy's.....lot more info than I expected for what I thought would be a topic I was only interested in..hehehe. Point is basically taken on the 10.5 volt thing.........Tony J...It would be very interesting to know if you positioned your fridge on top of a set of drawers???....as I am looking at putting it on a set of rollers on the floor with 2 drawers beside it.

Again Guy's thanks very much for the helpful replies.....goes to show the worth of this site for info,banter etc!!!.

Cheers,
Mick
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Follow Up By: haze - Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 19:03

Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 19:03
The problem running (or it trying to) a 12-15v. dc motor is that it rapidly overheats at lower voltages.(the 10.5 mark) The cutout saves the motor as much as your battery.
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Follow Up By: Tony J - Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 22:54

Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 22:54
Yes. On top of a set of Outback drawers. The std model *may* fit on the floor. I suggest you first make the box and try it or ask Norcoast.
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Reply By: Bros - Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 22:13

Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 22:13
G'day Pyalong,
I have just recently purchased an 80 Lt trailblaza. Due to problems accessing the unit in the back of my trayback with the canopy fitted, i asked the manufacturer if it was possible to fit the lid to slide off sideways. This they did gladly. I don't know how much room you have to work with, but with the sliding lid you only have to lift it a short distance straight up then slide it off sideways. Hope this is of some help.
Bros.
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Reply By: Pyalong - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 21:30

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 21:30
Thanks again people(s)...yep food for thought...and allows me to move forward!!!!

Cheers
Mick
p.s. 80 Litres!!!!!...Struth...you only drinks darwin stubbies!!!!
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