Waeco -v- Autofridge

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 04, 2001 at 01:00
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I am considering purchasing a Waeco 90 litre 12 v fridge for my upcoming trips. Has anyone had any experience (good, bad or otherwise) with this brand of fridge. They are currently flooding the market by droping their prices by a further $200. They appear to be a well built unit but im not sure if they will handle Oz outback. .
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Reply By: Ian - Monday, Mar 05, 2001 at 01:00

Monday, Mar 05, 2001 at 01:00
I have had a 49litre for several years and been extremely happy. It has worked in 50degree plus heat in Tibooburra and other places not quite so hot. Ensure that the wiring from your battery to the fridge is adequate as the fridge will not run on less than about 10.5 amps.
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Follow Up By: Mark Callaghan - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2001 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2001 at 01:00
Thanks Ian - i assume that was the waeco?
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Reply By: Ian - Thursday, Mar 08, 2001 at 01:00

Thursday, Mar 08, 2001 at 01:00
Yes Mark, it is the waeco that I have. The beauty of it (for me) is that it will take bottles of Champagne standing up and it is short enough to fit into the back of the Discovery between the seats and the back door. It doesnt have the large handle that takes up so much room, as the Engel. Obviously the 90 litre is much larger. I find that I can freeze water in plastic bottles and use them in an esky to have the waeco freezer and use the esky as cold storage. Waeco have a very good web site.
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Reply By: Greg - Friday, Mar 09, 2001 at 01:00

Friday, Mar 09, 2001 at 01:00
Hi Mark I am just about to buy a Waeco after getting 25 years out of an Engel. I cannot see why they wont stand up to the Aus conditions. I had a good look at an autofridge but the price is too high. At the current prices the Waeco is hard to beat. I query why you need a 90 litre as the larger the fridge the harder it is to keep cool for extended periods and the larger the dual battery system you will require. I currently have a 15l Engel used mostly as a freezer and a small Chescold 3way for long stops. This system has worked well for 25 years. If you have a large family or drink a lot of grog then maybe a FF-40 litre Waeco would be sufficient. If you stop for long periods in the one place with no 240v power then you either have to have a generator and may not be allowed to use it or will need to resort to solar power. The 3 way fridge/freezers are the only way to go under these conditions. Hope this is of some help.
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Reply By: Greg - Friday, Mar 09, 2001 at 01:00

Friday, Mar 09, 2001 at 01:00
Mark further to my previous reply. It is essential you connect any fridge directly to your battery using very heavy wiring and as few joins, plugs and switches as possible. A fuse or circuit breaker is required at the battery. Failure to do this will result in poor performance.
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Reply By: mark Callaghan - Saturday, Mar 10, 2001 at 01:00

Saturday, Mar 10, 2001 at 01:00
To all those who took the time to answer my query i thank you.
Ill give Waeco a go and hopefully make a report on how it stood up to the treatment.
Thanks again
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Reply By: Terry F - Saturday, Apr 07, 2001 at 00:00

Saturday, Apr 07, 2001 at 00:00
Mark, The liemack fridge is worth a look. A very efficient unit. Which city are you in, maybe we could arrange a demo for you.
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