portable fridges

Submitted: Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 19:17
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Things are just not made to last these days my 3 way Chestcold fridge that I bought in 1986 /87 (can't remember) has finally died, cape trip. anyway looking through BCF and found companion xero although only 12 / 24 volt it looks the goods, anybody out there got one ?.

Cheers warren
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Reply By: Roachie Silverado - Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 21:19

Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 21:19
If you want to get 30 years + from your next fridge...better get an Engel. End of story.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ross N (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 at 07:44

Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 at 07:44
I think you are stretching things a bit.
My first Engel (green) only lasted 28 years
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Follow Up By: mike39 - Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 at 10:54

Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 at 10:54
I bought a yellow 17l. Engel second hand in 1976.
Its still going strong, just looking a trifle battered (after being one of the occupants in a vehicle roll over)
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Follow Up By: Member - Keith C (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 at 12:55

Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 at 12:55
Jeez Ross, you must give your gear a hard time,28 years?? Keith
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Follow Up By: Warren B - Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 19:35

Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 19:35
Got to admit the engels are good I bought a new 20l engel in 1990 its the back of the cruiser and still going strong. I paid $620.00 for it so they haven't increased much. I need one that is also gas however I were walking through BCF and seen these companion fridges and they looked alright and have not seen them before and were just wondering if anybody had one and if they were any good old Chescold is at the doctors to see if it can be saved. cheers warren
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Follow Up By: Member - Ross N (NSW) - Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 20:14

Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 20:14
Each to his own according to his needs.
In my experience gas fridges are fine when staying for longer periods on flat ground but generally hopeless when run on 12v.
Sorry can't help with contemporary brands.
I generally don't stay in the one spot for long so 12/240 suits my needs.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 at 12:03

Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 at 12:03
With stuff all moving parts there cannot be really much wrong with the old Chestcold , a good clean of the flue and a regas plus new 12v and 240 v filaments perhaps will get it going again ….
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Follow Up By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 at 20:09

Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 at 20:09
my cheescold is relatively new - 1994 'n still goin strong!! best gas fridge ever!!
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Reply By: Member - Peter56 - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2016 at 12:38

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2016 at 12:38
why wouldn't you buy another Chescold.
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Follow Up By: Warren B - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2016 at 14:54

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2016 at 14:54
Hi peter , that's why I went into bcf to look at chescolds. If the doc says mine is not worth saving will get another one. In hinesight I should not of mentioned companion at all it was just that I had not seen them before they look strong etc so was just curious if any one had one.
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Reply By: Member - Peter56 - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2016 at 16:41

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2016 at 16:41
Thanks Warren.I think the Companion's are a pretty good fridge as well, but I like the Chescold.
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Reply By: McLaren3030 - Wednesday, Mar 09, 2016 at 16:08

Wednesday, Mar 09, 2016 at 16:08
Having researched 12/240/gas fridges before making my purchase, I was convinced that the best portable fridge is a compressor fridge & not an absorbsion (gas or 3-way) fridge. Compressor fridges do not have to be completely level in order to work effectively. In my opinion, Engel are the best, but having said that, Weaco are also up there.

Having used both an Engel in the car, and a 3-way in the camper on a recent trip to Birdsville, with ambient temps around 40 degrees, the Engel out performed the 3-way by a long margin. The Engel maintained 2 degrees, while the 3-way struggled to hold even 5 degrees, at times reaching 8 degrees which is not good for food storage.

While I don't doubt many people will swear by their 3-way fridges, every thing that I have read suggests that a 12/240 volt compessor fridge is more efficent. Obviously you need something to power your fridge, and a good set of Solar Panels is the way to go. You need to determin the power consumption of your fridge to determin the size of Solar panel that you need. Hope this is of some benefit. Regards, Macca.
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Follow Up By: Warren B - Wednesday, Mar 09, 2016 at 19:44

Wednesday, Mar 09, 2016 at 19:44
Sorry macca but will get another chestcold ( gas ) it sits in the front of the camper and for our use now it fits the job description well. don't travel far, set up for few days, put fridge on gas and forget. leaves the small engel in car for drinks / day trips or as a freezer. Camper is now confined to the vic high country, our van will do the cape, Kimberly's etc.

Cheers warren
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