Free standing upright 12v and 240Volt fridge/freezer

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Hi all , I'm in need of a new fridge , I have a 30 year old 3 way fridge that has stopped working and I will just get a 12 volt and 240 volt unit. The old gas fridge couldn't keep up in the hot weather anyway. I have enough solar and batteries to keep a 12volt unit going if not will fire up the generator. I can only find the the evacool brand. Nothing wrong with evacool.
Is there another brand that is available as well, we would like to have a 210 to 250 litre unit.
Any help or recommendation would be appreciated .
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 14:03

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 14:03
Did a Google Scoof, for "12v upright fridges" and there's Ozefridges and Caravans Plus, as well as Evacool site and Gumtree/EBay.

The Ozefridges are Australian made, fit yourself type units, I think.

Caravans plus have Waeco and Vitrifridge(spelling?) available in about 210 - 250L sizes. Many other fridges listed too, but they are much smaller.

Looks like it depends how deep your pockets are?

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Follow Up By: Scoof - Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 14:33

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 14:33
I will check it out , it's in a boat and it has no cupboard to fit into, it must stand alone, and look good
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Its next to a walkway so I don't want any thing in the way as like any RV space is tight.
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Reply By: rotor138 - Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 20:53

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 20:53
Looking at the moment for same thing but has to fit in a certain size cabinet. Seems Evakool, Waeco, Baier and Vitrifrigo are the only 12volt upright fridge/freezer manufacturer. The other option is a Samsung inverter compressor fridge and use a 12-240v inverter.

All the above are too large for the cabinet I have as the older Waeco's(HDC-190) are smaller.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 22:48

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 22:48
Did you check that caravan plus site, Rotor?

They also have a Waeco 190L, then some smaller, 133 & 150L sizes, in both Waeco & Vitrifrigo. Might get one of them to suit your situation?

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Follow Up By: Scoof - Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 23:53

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 23:53
Yeah Bob , I did have a look at the others you said about. I really didn't want to make a cabinet for the fridge. The others all look like built in type fridges. At the moment it's a free standing unit. I was hoping to do the same with a 12 volt / 240 volt unit. I went to a local electrical store and had a look at the evacool unit . It was only a 175 Litre unit , I would of liked to see the bigger 215 litre unit just to see it exactly the way it is. I didn't want to order a fridge and then wished I didn't.
The old gas / 240V fridge I have now , looks so big next to the 175litre evacool. I can't see any size on this old unit. Only that it is an Electrolux brand. From the 1980's I think.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 11:56

Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 11:56
Just had a look at the Evakools on Australian Direct site, Scoof, and they are all stand alone fridges. The 210L might be the go for you?

Some years ago, maybe 15-20, I needed a replacement fridge for an outstation, and had a limited choice, either Electrolux gas, or a "no-name" 12v fridge, from a firm that I've forgotten. :-)
Ended up getting the gas one, as both were a similar price($2,500), and would have needed solar panels/batteries, if we went with the 12v unit. There weren't many solar suppliers back then, and price per watt was much, much higher.

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 23:40

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 23:40
Vitrifrigo make a couple of units with remote compressor/condenser units.
That allows you to add a pile of extra insulation all around the cabinet which will reduce the power consumption a lot.
I have their 130L 'all fridge' unit with an extra 50mm of urethane insulation in the OKA, plus a seperate DIY deep freeze with 150mm of urethane insulation.

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Follow Up By: Scoof - Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 23:55

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 23:55
Thanks Peter for the reply , I didn't want to have to fab a cabinet . As Vitrifrigo looks like a built in type unit.
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Reply By: Kazza055 - Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 08:48

Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 08:48
If you look over on the Caravaners Forum, quiet a few people are replacing their van fridges with Samsung Inverter domestic fridges around the 220-255L and running them from 300W inverters.

You will pick up one of these fridges for about $2-300.
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Follow Up By: Scoof - Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 13:01

Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 13:01
Thanks Kassa ,

Very interesting it maybe the way to go. So simple no extra wires to run, the 240 outlet is right next to the fridge, and already have the inverter. Didn't think it would be economical on power.
But maybe it would be fine.

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