12v fridge combination of size dilema

Submitted: Monday, Dec 28, 2015 at 18:30
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HI,
Recently upgraded to jayco camper with a 80-90 lt 3way fridge . Already own a 12v engel 32ltr
The question is should I sell the 32ltr Engel and get a 65 ltr dual zone Primus
OR keep the 32 and buy an 38ltr Engel Eclipse [plastic one ]
Or anybodies suggestion of different combos

Family of 5 [ 2 soon to be teenagers ]

swampy
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Dec 28, 2015 at 18:35

Monday, Dec 28, 2015 at 18:35
You already have the perfect combination.
Keep all the drinks and veg and dinner stuff in the Jayco, and put all the lunch stuff and essentials such as meat and milk in the Engel in the car.
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Follow Up By: swampy - Monday, Dec 28, 2015 at 18:54

Monday, Dec 28, 2015 at 18:54
hi
There is only one issue with current setup " Where is the beer going "
The alternate is all food in the jayco including a few drinks
Beer in engel with a little room for other stuff
Top up an outdoor cooler [cold water etc ] from jayco

swamp
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Dec 28, 2015 at 19:02

Monday, Dec 28, 2015 at 19:02
The way I work it, the stuff you need during the middle of the day (lunch, soft drinks) goes in the engel and is powered from the car and the stuff you want in the evening (beer, food) goes in the Jayco and runs on gas.
But I tend to put meat into the Engel because I trust an engel more than I trust a 3 way.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Dec 28, 2015 at 19:05

Monday, Dec 28, 2015 at 19:05
Just to add that with a 32L engel and a 90 litre 3-way you already have more than twice the fridge space of most families.
We had 4 kids and managed with a 30L 3-way and a water bag for most of our early camping. Then did fine with a 39 litre engel. How much beer do you want to put in the fridge?
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Friday, Jan 01, 2016 at 08:32

Friday, Jan 01, 2016 at 08:32
Most families I camp with have atleast the same fridge space mentioned above these days and some even more, not half that amount. Pretty common to have a 40ltr fridge in the vehicle and a 60 - 80 ltr fridge in their camper / caravans.
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Dec 28, 2015 at 22:36

Monday, Dec 28, 2015 at 22:36
I used to load a heap of beer and the wifes tins (as much as I could cram in with the food) in the fridge for a trip, but now do it differently.
Each morning, I just put say 4 or 5 beers and a few UDL's in the fridge for that late arvo / night, by days end they are nice and cold :)
Driving the car during the day, I just run the fridge from the car battery, as it's being fully charged anyway, at night plug it into Arkpak 100 amp/hr agm.

We use a 45lt size as a fridge, set at -2, it runs between -4 and 0, and find it great for food and drinks stocked as above for 2 - 3 weeks.
When we start doing longer tours, I will likely get a small 2nd fridge / freezer (15 - 20lt) that can be used as a freezer for meats, meals etc, and I reckon we will have a perfect setup for trips of 4 - 6 weeks before stocking up.

Put you tins (bottles too) into size 4 kids socks, stops rub throughs and check at Kmart etc.
We call them candoms :)
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Dec 28, 2015 at 22:37

Monday, Dec 28, 2015 at 22:37
Gawd, where's edit :)

"Put your tinnies (bottles too) into size 4 kids socks, stops rub throughs and cheap at Kmart etc."
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Reply By: Bigfish - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015 at 13:01

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015 at 13:01
Use the fridge as a fridge, the 32 litre engel as a freezer and buy a 38 lt engel for the car for drinks and snacks. (or vica versa).
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Reply By: nickb - Friday, Jan 01, 2016 at 04:34

Friday, Jan 01, 2016 at 04:34
Definitely 2 fridges, gives you lots of flexibility and options on different trips.
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