Waeco CFX65DZ

Not wanting to start another flaming war. Yes, I'm looking for a new fridge (the existing Liemack has been brilliant for the last 15 years but I'm getting tired of carrying around the equivalent of a nuclear power plant to keep it going). Yes, I've got my helmet on for the following bombardment of opinions.

After lots of reading I like the look of the Waeco 65lt dual zone.

1. Has anyone had any PERSONAL bad experiences?
2. Does the 12v power cord need replacing with something more efficient?
3. Anyone got any experience with Seabreeze Industries on Ebay? Or has a suggestion for an alternative seller?
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/WAECO-CFX-65DZ-Portable-Fridge-Freezer-FREE-COVER-FRIDGE-STAND-MULTI-TOOL-/291116151502?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&hash=item43c7dff2ce

(obviously favouring this because I'd get the free multi-tool!)

Cheers, Mark
Back Expand Un-Read 0 Moderator

Reply By: Member -Ted (Vic) - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 13:16

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 13:16
Hi Silkwood

I guess they have to people an incentive to buy one!!!LOL

Cheers
AnswerID: 546768

Reply By: Member - Nutta - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 15:38

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 15:38
I'm not sure what brand the arb is but my mates was buggered within a couple of months of purchase from new.
I prefer an engel myself, not to start a sledging match.
AnswerID: 546777

Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 15:48

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 15:48
Those Engels are cr@p mate !! Get a Techniice fridge !! :D :D
0
FollowupID: 834571

Follow Up By: Member - Nutta - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 21:18

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 21:18
never heard of it! can't be that good then.
0
FollowupID: 834610

Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 21:38

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 21:38
Nah, you just need to get out more.
1
FollowupID: 834612

Follow Up By: Member - Nutta - Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 19:15

Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 19:15
I gotta agree with that!!
1
FollowupID: 834678

Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 19:17

Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 19:17
Lol, don't we all though :)
Nearly had a sledging match going !! You stuffed it up !!!
1
FollowupID: 834680

Reply By: Member - rooster350 - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 16:21

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 16:21
Try the "Waeco seconds" site, much cheaper , we bought a 50l from there a few yrs ago and all that was wrong with it was a small smudge mark on the lid that you could hardly see ..and Waecos in my opinion are not a bad fridge. With the savings you could probably buy a dozen or so multi tools...
AnswerID: 546779

Reply By: Member - Richard L (WA) - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 16:43

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 16:43
Evakool....Aussie made..Best insulation in market...lowest amp usage

Cheers
Richard
AnswerID: 546781

Reply By: Member - Richard L (WA) - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 16:48

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 16:48
Forgot to mention....still love my Liemac

Richard
AnswerID: 546782

Follow Up By: Member - silkwood - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 at 13:43

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 at 13:43
Richard, the Liemack kept my beer cold in conditions that saw all other fridges failing to keep cool enough. Not knocking the thing, it's been over much of Oz with us. I'm just tired of having to spend half my trip wondering if the batteries are keeping up.
0
FollowupID: 834712

Follow Up By: Member - Richard L (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 at 16:14

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 at 16:14
Yes I know what you mean....however I found by setting temp at say 3 beer is still really cold and batteries last much longer.
I have an 80litre and quite often have frozen stuff in the bottom which of course chews up the amps but by turning fridge up to 3 or 4 at night everything stays frozen but the fridge hardly cycles

cheers
Richard
1
FollowupID: 834726

Follow Up By: Member - Richard L (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 at 16:18

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 at 16:18
Forgot to say....have a good look at the Evakool.... my son has one absolutely brilliant. Will be my choice when the Liemac dies.
0
FollowupID: 834729

Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 16:51

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 16:51
Hi Mark,

I have had both Engels and Waeco's. The performance was much the same.
The noticeable difference was the noise of the Engel. The "Swing Motor" (actually an oscillating motor) produced considerable vibration on the camper floor.
Our current 35 litre Waeco with its rotary motor is directly under our bed and its noise is barely noticeable.

The supplied power cords with either brand are adequate. It is the attached 'cigar lighter" type plugs which can be troublesome. Best exchanged for an Anderson plug.

No knowledge of Seabreeze Industries but a word about the 'Fridge Stand' that they are including. A 65 litre fridge is pretty heavy when full. That stand would need to be on a firm stable base to be safe. On a sandy base, a sinking leg will topple the whole thing. Depending on your vehicle arrangement you may need a fridge slide. But the multitool may be OK lol.

Here is how my fridge is mounted:


Cheers
Allan

Member
My Profile  My Blog  My Position  Send Message

AnswerID: 546783

Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 20:19

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 20:19
I notice how noisy my mates Engel is too compared to other Danfoss style compressor units
You can hear it cycling when sitting around the campfire
0
FollowupID: 834600

Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 20:32

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 20:32
I had a new Waeco that after 10 days it was actually silent, and stayed that way for the next 7 weeks of our trip, luckily we also had our 10 year old Engel with us as well!
Can't see why you would need a 50 amp Andersen plug to run a fridge, anyway the Engel standard plug with its matched base will never rattle out.

0
FollowupID: 834602

Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 21:01

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 21:01
Funny my mates Engel did the same. Was less than 12 months old and died on his way to the Kimberlies
He had no choice but to pay top dollar for another one in a little country town, he had to use the same fridge as his drawer system was made to suit it and nothing else would fit.
He carried his broken one on the roof for the trip and had it repaired when he got home and sold the spare one off on eBay. Not knocking the engel product but they have just as many failures as the others do

I had a Merritt plug melt on my fridge so cut it off and fitted an Anderson plug
0
FollowupID: 834608

Reply By: Member - silkwood - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 19:17

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 19:17
Many thanks guys. I'll try the seconds site. Good point about the stand.

If I end up getting the unit on ebay I might make a competition to win a free multi-tool!
;-)

Cheers,

Mark
AnswerID: 546789

Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 20:17

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 20:17
I don't know how accessible you are to a bricks and mortar store but you often get good deals from the likes of BCF, Annaconda etc

Best thing you can do with any fridge is cut the plug off and fit a Anderson plug, much better connection.
1
FollowupID: 834599

Reply By: Member - Judy and Laurie - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 21:43

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 21:43
Hi the CFX range of fridges are the better waeco fridges , When we have to replace our fridge it will be with a CFX fridge
cheers Judy
AnswerID: 546799

Reply By: Member - graeme W (WA) - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 23:50

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 23:50
Hi Silkwood. Have alook at norcoast refridgeration company, they make trailblazer fridges that are used by the army and flying doctor . I have one thats over 20 years old and the build quality is first class with ali cladding and stainless fittings and you can change the theromastat yourself if you have to. Waeco put two thermisters in there fridges because they will fail and to fix will cost at least $300 to replace.. The fact that they put two in is an indication of how good they are. My mate is a fridge mechanic and they have a whole room of broken waeco and engels.
cheers Graeme.
AnswerID: 546806

Follow Up By: Bazooka - Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 16:10

Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 16:10
What size room Graeme?
0
FollowupID: 834660

Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 at 12:24

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 at 12:24
Graeme.

Agree with you. I have a trailblazer 70 litre and have had it since 2001. They are strong - built from marine grade aluminium. That is why the army, etc, use them. If I ever need another fridge I would buy a trailblazer. My current fridge will probably outlast me.
As for Waeco fridges. You get what you pay for.


Tjilpi
Life's great and it just keeps getting better

Member
My Profile  Send Message

0
FollowupID: 834705

Follow Up By: Bazooka - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 at 12:49

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 at 12:49
Tens of thousands of happy Waeco owners agree.
0
FollowupID: 834708

Follow Up By: Gramps - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 at 15:17

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 at 15:17
"As for Waeco fridges. You get what you pay for."

One problem in 10 years (caused by me) fixed for free by Waeco. Yep, I'm very happy I got what I paid ( not OVER paid ) for.

Regards
0
FollowupID: 834721

Reply By: Member - Peter M (QLD) - Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 07:31

Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 07:31
G'day Mark
I had a Waeco for 5 years. Then it carked it, I think the main cause was me. The Waeco sat outside our van and at times was in the sun. This caused the lid to warp slightly and made the unit work too hard.
I recently replaced it with a Freezer from Powertech (can be used as a frig or a freezer) we decided that we realy needed a freezer so purchased a smaller unit.
Buy the Caravan & Motorhome on Tour Magazine released in February No 214 they have a comparison test on frig/freezers and that may help you decide. Email me if you can't find a copy and I will email the appropriate pages, though the file will be large.
Regards
PeteM
AnswerID: 546809

Reply By: baznpud (tassie) - Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 10:28

Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 10:28
Hi yu silkwood,
We have the exact same fridge, have had it for two years, and no problems with it. The thing i like about it is that it has a 240v power cord, and 12v power cord, and you just plug in which ever one you want.
If i purchased another i would buy the next size down as the 65 is a BIG fridge.
baz
Go caravaning, life is so much shorter than death.

Lifetime Member
My Profile  My Position  Send Message

AnswerID: 546817

Reply By: Member - Nutta - Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 19:21

Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 19:21
My mate bought an Waeco from Norwell and its been great.

That was my mates son from the above post!
AnswerID: 546849

Reply By: Grizzle - Thursday, Mar 05, 2015 at 12:56

Thursday, Mar 05, 2015 at 12:56
4WD Action Magazine have just done a comparo on fridges. The Waeco came out on top.

I bought a 65DZ but the cooling element is only on one half of the fridge and you are relying on cold air from the "Freezer" section circulating to keep the "Fridge" section cool.

I sold it and bought a 65 normal fridge.

Lifetime Member
My Profile  Send Message

AnswerID: 549453

Reply By: Jason P8 - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 10:43

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 10:43
There's a better deal on the Seabreeze Industries website.

http://www.seabreeze-industries.com.au/products/Waeco-Portable-Fridges-96
AnswerID: 549711

Sponsored Links

Popular Products (13)