cfx waeco

Submitted: Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 01:26
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Hi all
Just looking at a new waeco and wanting to know peoples thoughts on the new cfx range of waeco fridges at around 300 dollars more than the old model is it value for money? I have a 80 litre waeco at present and it isvery good so definately looking for waeco but have a need for a smaller 40 litre for smaller tripss looking forward to replies

Steve
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Reply By: bigfut - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 08:42

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 08:42
Hi Steve,

I have the CFX 35 litre in the back of my patrol. It has more or less been running since I purchased it in March at the Caravan and camping show. Paid somewhere between $700-$800 for it with cover. It has been used as both fridge and freezer, and works a treat.
My only gripe which is very minor, is I always find if the fridge is set to say three degrees, it often ends up at zero, so I take this into account when setting the temp. The wireless control is fantastic. I have that up front, and can see volts, temp etc, or likewise stick it to the outside window of the patrol when camping to keep an eye on things.
It also has a drain hole in the bottom which makes cleaning easy - I don't think the old models had this?

Hope this helps you. I am looking to get a second unit also, but was looking at the Ironman fridge.freezers. With a danfoss compressor and 5 year warranty, they seem great value, and most reports are good so far. When I priced them up the other day a 50L Ironman was the same price as what I paid for my 35L.
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Reply By: Member - johnat - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 13:17

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 13:17
Steve,
We have a CFX40, set it up as a freezer for our recent Centralia trip. We froze everything that was to go in, kept it as full as possible, ran it from 240V whenever possible, had it on 12v in the van while travelling.
The stuff in there was still frozen at the end of the trip (3 weeks all up) and we had no dramas at all with the battery or the Waeco itself. It is going into a "pod" we are getting made for the back of the dual-cab ute, so it will be more or less permanently mounted there. We'll go the same process again, I suspect, unless SWMBO changes her mind.
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 14:03

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 14:03
Johnat
What temp do you have the freeze set on?

I have an older CDF35 31L capacity, side controls and if you want freeze to be REAL at -15C, it never gets there. It uses at least 3 amps while running and runs most of the time in 20C conditions. If hotter ambient, all the time.
It has a cover, useless without it and inside that I have 10mm polystyrene foam sheet to give a realistic heat buffer.

Current is therefore I day per 100ah battery.
Cheers
Ross M
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Follow Up By: Member - johnat - Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 16:59

Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 16:59
Ross,
We pre-froze all contents in the home freezer, set the Waeco at -18 (and it occasionally got to -20 because one of us, with ham fisted hands hit the button as we were moving it around - so we dropped the setting a bit) and filled it in the house before loading it into the van for the trip. Kept bottles half full of water in it as we used the food from it, so the body was almost always close to full.
When we got nearer home, turned it off, and at home the one remaining food package was still just frozen.

We have a vacuum machine, so cook stuff, pack single meal packages and vac seal them, then freeze.
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Reply By: Shaker - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 16:31

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 16:31
Anaconda have them for $799.00 right now!

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Follow Up By: chisel - Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 07:55

Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 07:55
They do??
Cheapest cfx I see is $1049 for the cfx35 - which is just the RRP I think.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 08:25

Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 08:25
Yes, got the catalogue in the mail yesterday.

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Reply By: steved58 - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 21:31

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 21:31
Thanks for the replies I will probably go for the newer cfx as the 80 litre does use a lot of battery power I have about 200 amp/hours available But it would be nice tpo be able to have a long weekend without recharging batteries It looks like they may be a bit more efficient as claimed
Steve
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Reply By: Member - Craig F (WA) - Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 10:07

Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 10:07
I purchased my CFX50 earlier this year. Rays (Perth) had a special on 22% of RRP. Went in and got a written quote then took it to Anacconda where I recieved a further 10% off Rays sale price (Price match - 10%)
Firm believer in using the bigger companys to my advantage...

As for the fridge Its brilliant. I have also used it at a school function to freeze icepoles. 28 deg day fridge set on -20 no probs running off the 12v battery with the lid getting lifted regularly.
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Reply By: Andrew D. - Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 14:06

Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 14:06
The Waeco CFX are disgustingly poor value for money. All about massive profits for Dometic and nothing about value or excellence.

There are heaps of cheaper and in some cases near identical models for nearly half price and better service and warranty
www.techniice.com/car-fridges-1.html
also look on eBay
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Follow Up By: Member - johnat - Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 17:01

Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 17:01
I assume you have some data to back up that claim, Andrew!
Else looks like you have a vested interest in dissing Waeco.
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Follow Up By: Andrew D. - Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 18:14

Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 18:14
Idiot inside how do you justify the rip off prices for Waeco against other brands for similar type and size. In many instances the Waeco insulation is not as good as many cheaper brands. Waeco is not on their lonesome in ridiculous prices. Only consumers that don't do their homework and are easily parted from their money by slick advertising.
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Follow Up By: Andrew D. - Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 18:38

Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 18:38
Idiot inside try and justify on any grounds the difference in price of a Waeco of but one example
http://tinyurl.com/nxjyt8k
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Follow Up By: steved58 - Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 23:26

Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 23:26
These other fridges may be good But I have found my 80 litre waeco to be tried and proven by myself on many remote trips So I for one am staying with the waeco and willing to pay for it I just wondered how the cfx range compares to the standard waeco that I am used to and if it is worth the extra for it compared to standard waecos In time the range of other fridges may prove themselves but until then I would rather pay and within reason expect the product to perform in the conditions that can test the best of products I might also note it is not the slick advertising that leads me to waeco but experience with the product my 80 litre has not missed a beat in 5 years still running perfect however I now find I would like a smaller fridge for those times when the 80 is just too big I like to stay with tried and proven brand names they usually cost more but are common enough to know if they are reliable unbranded or little known brands can often be as good or superior than known brands but how to tell ? I use a cheap compressor its as good as expensive models but I have two in case one fails it still hasn't let me down after 2 years Its horses for courses and personal preference / experience
all the best
Steve
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