Dose anyone own an ARB fridge?

Submitted: Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 14:06
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I've been looking at fridges over the last couple of day's (Waeco, Engel and ARB) and wonder if anyone could tell me anything about ARB's fridge. Looks like a good unit but I would be intrested to hear from anyone who has gone the ARB way and what they think of it.

Cheers!
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Reply By: crfan - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 14:10

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 14:10
The ARB fridge is an Engel just a different colour.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie- Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 14:18

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 14:18
Exactly right. I bought my 40 litre ARB, simply because I struck a deal @ $1100- instead of the Engel's intractible/non-negotiable $1179-.
Great fridge though....and as I've said before, one of the "simple" things I like about it is that you can leave both the 12v and 240v plugs in the back of it and it automatically switches between the 2 power sources depending on whether you have 240v available. I leave mine on 24/7 in the back of the Patrol and I have a 240v input on the bullbar....so when I get home each night I just plug the lead in at the front and the fridge runs off 240v instead of the 2nd battery.
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 16:57

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 16:57
I'm really looking forward to seeing your rig Roachie to steel some ideas
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie- Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 17:42

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 17:42
Bob,
My missus you must have rocks in your head wanting to drive all the way from sydney just to meet me!!! LOL
No doubt I'll get some ideas from you too.....there are still some things on my rig I'm not entirely happy with.
Seeya in a weeks time.
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Follow Up By: Member - StevenL - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 22:59

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 22:59
Roachie,

I am interested in seeing your Kenworth suspension kit that you must have in order to carry all the gear and gadgets you have listed!!!

Are you and Pesty arriving Fri or Sat?

Cheers
Steven
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Reply By: Lea - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 14:49

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 14:49
Hi Alex,

My dad is selling his "AutoFridge". Email me if you are interested. AutoFridge and EvaKool use Danfoss Compressors!

Happy hunting
Lea
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 16:59

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 16:59
I might be interested Lea, whats your email ?
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Follow Up By: Lea - Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 11:26

Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 11:26
Bob & Lex,

RE: AUTOFRIDGE FOR SALE

My email is joslea@bigpond.com.au. Fridge is in Brisbane.

Leanne
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Reply By: geoff - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 15:36

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 15:36
Yeah... same fridge, spunkier color......... brought mine for the same reason, saved dollars by going the different sticker, and it works a treat. Kept all my gear reall cold last trip to Tassie, but then again I could have kept all the stuff in a cardboard box and it woulda stayed cold... brrrrrrrr.
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Reply By: RainMaker - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 16:42

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 16:42
If you're located in a city that has a Ray's Outdoor store, keep an eye on their specials.
I picked up a Waeco 50lt (RRP $999) for $749 plus a cover and AC converter for about $150 (nomally >$200).
I've also seen 40 lt Engels for close to $900 (not sure of exact price)

Good Luck.
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Follow Up By: Tim (VIC) - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 21:52

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 21:52
Thats it
I bought my ARB fridge and it runs great all the time and i got it from SA delivered to Melb for $990-because they had a price war on over there.My mate just got one (engel) from Rays outdoor for $1000 with cover and thermometer.
When they have there sales on have a look because they go fast but you can sometimes get a raincheck on them.
Excellent fridges
Cheers Tim
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 17:33

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 17:33
Check out Trailblaza fridges at theirwebsite here
They are very reliable units!!

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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 17:50

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 17:50
Sorry... I must have buggered up the link somehow... try this here
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Reply By: Alex Callaghan - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 17:38

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 17:38
Thanks for that guys.

Spoze i'll go'n do some pricing tomoz.

Roachie, Can ya tell me a bit more or shoot a pic of ya 240v input on the bullbar. It'd be appreciated!

Lea........Cheers for the offer but I want a brand spanker.

Ave'a good one all!
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie- Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 17:56

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 17:56
Alex,
Photo's probably wouldn't be much use mate. but I'll explain it as best I can.
I've got a ARB deluxe winch Bullbar that was designed with the laser-cutout "W" shape in the front to mount the Warn solenoid box. Great idea except that in order to get to the solenoid box for servicing (supposed to be done every 3 months...hahahaha) you've gotta remove the whole damn winch.
So I moved the solenoid box to the top of the main bar area which left the empty "W" hole. I bought a white 240v inlet socket like they use on the outsides of caravans (15amp with a white plastic cover etc) and drilled holes in the right places to mount it in the hole. (I had to grind off the little pointy bit that formed the bottom of the "W").
From there all I did was run a 240v extension cord with the male plug cut off, down to the rear end. I ran it through garden hose along and inside the chassis. It goes up through a large rubber grommet in the area below where the jack is located in the Patrol's rear driver's side panel. You actually need to start from the cargo end and thread the bare cable end down through the hole. Then it's just an easy matter of using the extension cord to hook the fridge up etc. I actually have a small power board in there and a battery charger too, which feeds a trickle charge back to the 2nd battery at night too.
I must get around to putting a circuit breaker up the front near the inlet.
If you have a different sort of bullbar, or wanted to mount the inlet on the rear bumper bar , that would be easy too.
Hope this helps.
Cheers, mate
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Reply By: Phil G - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 22:10

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 22:10
CMI Toyota in Adelaide had an ARB 40 litre for under $1000 yesterday when I was in there. Don't know how many at that price though.
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Reply By: bruceharvey - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 16:08

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 16:08
I've owned a Waeco & an Engel, the ARB fridge is a rebadged Engel, buy the ARB/Engel! Save yourself any future problems.

I also found an excellent fridge bag made by a company called Michelle's Sacs, cost a little more but damn worth it.
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