Where to put my 12v fridge

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I'm tossing up where to put a 12v fridge for travelling. We are doing a bit of a road trip shortly and it would be more convenient to have my fridge in the back of the campertrailer running while we travel but as its an enclosed space I am worrying about lack of airflow and temperature, especially as we are travelling inland. I do have a 12v socket in the back of the car so could put it there but it would be a lot less convenient - Comments?
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Reply By: Notso - Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 17:37

Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 17:37
Best in the back of the car for performance. I do recall seeing a 12 volt fridge in a camper trailer once but I can't recall seeing if the space was ventilated or not.
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Reply By: Member - mark D18 - Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 17:48

Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 17:48
Hi Connie
Have got to agree with Notso
In the back would be the best spot , that's all I have ever done.

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Reply By: Tim F3 - Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 17:48

Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 17:48
What is the vehicle and what is the size and brand of the fridge..??
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Follow Up By: Connie V - Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 18:45

Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 18:45
The fridge is a Waeco CF50 and the car is a Subaru Outback
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Follow Up By: baznpud (tassie) - Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 19:05

Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 19:05
You mention that it wouldn't be convenient to put it in the back, which is where 95% of them would be, just a thought, depending on how many people in the vehicle, remove one of the rear split seats and sit it on the floor.
But if this is done you would have to work out some way of tying it down.
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Follow Up By: Connie V - Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 19:18

Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 19:18
2 kidlets in the back and then a rear mounted bike rack. A lot easier to quickly access the rear of the trailer than the rear of the vehicle.
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Reply By: Tim F3 - Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 19:17

Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 19:17
One option is possibly to remove the rear seat (if you dont need passenger seats ) .The fridge can be easily safely secured to the floor and would be at a great height giving easy access .
Will you use a portable 2nd battery or run from the original starting battery ?

Wherever you locate the fridge and possibly 2nd battery BOTH must be very securely secured to protect the occupants in the case of an accident.

The more information you provide the better answers will be given.
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Reply By: Zippo - Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 19:49

Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 19:49
As others have said, in the car is the best location by far. Apart from the ride being gentler than in the CT, ventilation is the key to getting acceptable cooling results.

In the CT, you can't just assume recirculating air (if there is any) will provide heat dissipation. And if the CT does have free air flow then it won't be dust-tight.

Whatever space it takes up in the Outback, whatever was going to live there should be relocated to the CT.
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Reply By: Bigfish - Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 11:12

Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 11:12
Definitely in the car. Put the bikes in the van or mount on roof in rack or on solid rear bar..
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Reply By: gke - Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 12:12

Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 12:12
Plus the car is a much cooler space if air conditioned and the fridge will run a lot less.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 12:15

Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 12:15
Connie,

Agree with the others, carry the fridge in the vehicle.

Why not position the fridge immediately behind the back seat, on the passenger side. Then you could access it when parked, without opening the rear door and disturbing the bikes. Only downer I can see is you might upset the child that sits on the pass. side........"Mum, you're squashing me!"

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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Wednesday, Dec 09, 2015 at 07:19

Wednesday, Dec 09, 2015 at 07:19
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Was going to suggest this until I expanded all replies and saw 2 kiddies in the back seat.
I love having it in the back in the cabin, so easy to access and runs a lot less.
In the back, and bike rack on roof if needed (or tied to camper), the ones with the bikes standing up aren't too bad with wind resistance, keep speed to 85 - 90 for better econ.
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Reply By: Batt's - Tuesday, Dec 08, 2015 at 23:52

Tuesday, Dec 08, 2015 at 23:52
Yes better in the car but you could rig up an exhaust fan to help circulate the air. I just put a solar vent on the roof of my alloy canopy today and fitted a 75 mm louvre vent in the front of the canopy near the fridge so the air will draw in near it I bought them from Road Tech marine, I put some foam inside the vent to help with dust. You could do something similar by using a 12v exhaust.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Wednesday, Dec 09, 2015 at 14:30

Wednesday, Dec 09, 2015 at 14:30
What about getting a properly vented box for the tow bar and put the fridge in it.

We hired a tVan for the Canning and had two fridges in it. One in the already fitted fridge box and the other inside. Both worked well.

Phil
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