Rydge Ryder Fridges
Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 at 19:03
Paul and Mel
I'm interested in Supercheaps 42L fridge/freezer made by Everkool but don't know anyone that owns one to ask them aout it. The price is good but I would like some first hand info on what people that own one or similar think of it.
Reply By: Member - TonyV - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 at 20:29
Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 at 20:29
I have looked at the Supercheap units (Ridge Ryder) and they seem good value for money.
I have 2 x Evakool fridge freezers, one 11 years old and another 4 years old.
The 4 year old one is similar in construction to the Supercheap one, its been everywhere including the Cape and works very well.
It may be worth looking at Evakool factory seconds (click here)
EvaKool are making fridges that are being badged for various suppliers.
Note: I had a thermostat fail on my 11 year old "yellow" esky type fridge, Evakool have agents Australia
wide and a replacement was installed and working well.
Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 00:23
Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 00:23
I have some Ridge Ryder gear, though not the fridges, their gear seems well sourced, good quality.
I have 2 of their folding solar panels / blankets, and some recovery gear.
I spotted and exceptional deal on the Spinifex Cold Station 50lt
at Anaconda, $399 is very good pricing with a storefront back up.
Reply By: Batt's - Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 10:35
Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 10:35
Sorry I have no 1st hand experience with Rydge Ryder I have an Evakool RF47 which is 12yrs old and still running had a few minor issues in it's early days but fixed promptly by Evakool but you have to expect some problems with mass produced items it happens to all brands.
Just something extra to think about my Evakool came with a 5yr warranty back then which is 3ys more than most other brands offer today that includes cheaper and more expensive branded fridges which are suppose to have a fantastic reputation so why is that you can pay more for some fridges but get less ?
So the Rydge Ryder branded fridges only have a 2yr warranty so is Supercheap asking Evakool to use cheaper electronics so they can compete in this ever growing market do they really care if their fridge is still running in 10yrs time "Highly Unlikely" that's why their called Supercheap? I don't have any issues with them I shop
their regularly for oil, filters etc mainly consumables but when it comes to an item like a fridge that you hope to be able to rely on I would go else where just my opinion. Personally I would save a few more pennies and buy one of Evakools own branded fridges the have an extensive range which offer a 5yr warranty and as mentioned keep an eye on the factory seconds section.
Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 13:55
Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 13:55
The Evakool RF47 is one of the range manufactured by Evakool in Australia
and as such has a 5 year warranty.
The Ridge Ryder range is imported by Evakool and has as standard a 2 year warranty.
Reply By: garrycol - Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 14:09
Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 14:09
I have a Everkool RV25 and it is the biggest piece of crap - poor insulation and high power use. Make sure the Super Cheap range is not just a rebadged RV42.
Reply By: Steve in Kakadu - Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 22:56
Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 22:56
I bought a Ridge Ryder 60lt fridge freezer and a 42 lt Fridge freezer last week from Supercheap, the 60lt was $798 and the 42lt was $584 with free shipping.
Retail for the 62lt was $1348 and the 42 was $899
I have had them on 240v for a week and they hold the temperatures that I have dialled in, so far so good.
The 42lt is on sale at Supercheap for $584 until tomorrow I believe with free shipping.
Follow Up By: Bazooka - Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 01:24
Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 01:24
Heads up for anyone interested. Supercheap Ebay has 20% further off for a short time (~$467 plus $43.50 post, or free click and collect). Use code csite20 at checkout for the discount. Applies to many other SCA and other stores' Ebay products: Ebay 20% off details
Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 10:44
Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 10:44
In case my link was missed in the above post . . .
The Anaconda deal at the moment is exceptional for a 50lt . . . Spinifex Cold Station
$399 for 50lt until end this Sunday 15/1 by the looks.
Follow Up By: Bazooka - Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 12:36
Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 12:36
Quoted 1.5 amps per hr average on the Spinifex is relatively high.
Anaconda also has some of the old Waeco CF40s with cover for $549. Not as efficient as the CFX models (ave "rated" 0.87AH V 0.75 iirc - and yes, I understand the diff between real world and quoted specs), and doesn't have the same design features but at 2/3 the price with similar 3+2 yr warranty they look a pretty decent buy
Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 12:58
Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 12:58
Hmm, I always thought 1.5 avg was pretty low use, some use up around 2.5 I'm sure form various threads I have read over the years.
My Techniice is spec'd 1.47, and that seems about right from my experiences with it and my 100 amp/hr setup.
Of course temp setting, ambient temps, all have a huge bearing, that 'piece of string again !!
Some manufacturers may test under more favourable conditions, but you'd think there'd have to be some sort of testing standard, wouldn't you ?
Yeah, if I didn't already have a waeco 11lt and 25lt for occasional freezer use, one of these would probably be taken up as a spare !!