Fridges

Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 12:10
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Can anyone advise what is the best fridge bang for buck. Looking at engles Waccos etc around the 40lt.

Which fridge also uses the least amperage per hour.

Thanks in advance
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Reply By: Member - Patrick S (SA) - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 12:14

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 12:14
Waccos are certainly cheaper. There is quiet alot of good stuff around second hand for $600

Patrick
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Reply By: GO_OFFROAD - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 12:21

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 12:21
The bushman has to be the best value for money in 40lt size.

Same compressor as the weaco, digital readout built in, and when you set the temp, the fridge maintains it, no 1/2/3/4/5 settings to juggle etc.

The digi box is a 2 phillips screws to remove, and is about $36 to buy, if the fridge is out of warranty, and you can bypass it with one connection, should you need to ever do repairs in the bush.
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Follow Up By: GO_OFFROAD - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 12:24

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 12:24
I probably should of added, the inside fridge area also comes out of the bushman for cleaning.
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Follow Up By: lewjack1 - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 19:15

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 19:15
i have a quirks auto fridge for five years (39) ltr and cannot fault it
just check out the specs at any good 4wd/12volt shop. it works on an
eutechtic system which works on freezing the walls of the fridge for 2 hrs in the morning & 2 hrs at nite if stationary or just run it on cycle if you are driving

lew
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 12:45

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 12:45
Try the archives, if you dont get 100 matchs to Fridge, you aren't tryin.
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Reply By: -OzyGuy- - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 13:38

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 13:38
Goona,
if you want the "best fridge bang for Buck" price bracket (new) around 40Lt, concider the following two fridges.

35lt
Compressor: Danfoss BD35
NEW Price $699

60lt
Compressor: Danfoss BD50
NEW Price $899

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Reply By: Member - Crocbit (NT) - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 13:49

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 13:49
G'day Goona

Depends on where you are going, and what you want to keep....

I travel/camp throughout the top end, high ambient temperatures, I use an Evacool 80 litre (they make 40 lite too) due to excellent insulation quality - try leaving a block of ice in each brand in the sun, measure which one holds ice longest - I do not run in freeze mode as I get meat cryovac'ed then it lasts 3 weeks or more at about 3 degrees - which by the way is setting no 1 of 8 of the evacool!!

As for ampere hours depends on temp and duty cycle to maintain temp... eg mine at 35+ degree ambient, cycles at about 33 % (ie runs 20 min per hour) and starts at 4.5 amp then settles at around 2 amp to run, with solar panels and dual battery get looong time before battery gets discharged

IMO they are not the cheapest but definitely the better....
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 13:53

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 13:53
Also try http://www.fridgeshop.com.au/
several here have dealt with them b4
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Follow Up By: Member - Crocbit (NT) - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 13:59

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 13:59
Hi Truckster,

How you doing mate, noticed you like a drop of the vino, should try some of our local nt brew (mango wine with chilli!!) great for those winter nights!!!

Also did I read somewhere you said were cheap lightforce 240xgt??

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 16:47

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 16:47
workin for a wine company, you get the taste :)

Lforce lights, someone else reckons he can get em $250 a pair, As I said to him, I'll take 120000 sets, and Eric wants what ever is left!!

Try www.multispares.com.au thats where I got my 18sets from when I did a bulk buy.
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Thursday, Aug 12, 2004 at 10:40

Thursday, Aug 12, 2004 at 10:40
That I did trucky...that was bulk buy as previously stated.

Can get for $280/pair, but the Blitz 240's, not XGT. Don't let anyone tell you the XGT's are better, that's crap.
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Reply By: Member - Rick (S.A.) - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 17:12

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 17:12
Whadda ya know, this is like the question we had about wine the other week: What's the best wine?

As truckster says, SEARCH

Although I havent heard of a bad 12 v 40 L fridge, it took Waeco to crash the prices off Engel; enough for me to buy a Waeco about 3-4 years ago. No probs with current draw off main starting battery overnight, at least.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: CUM800 - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 20:18

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 20:18
Rick
I think each question answers the other.

You take of the top have a drink and if you like it its a good wine. What is good for you might not be for another.

Same applies to fridges.

John
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Follow Up By: Goona - Thursday, Aug 19, 2004 at 18:04

Thursday, Aug 19, 2004 at 18:04
Rick,

I know it is winter down there and SA people become very ignorant but please dont take it out on me. I was mearly asking a question. Oh and yes I did live in SA for 3 years and I did find it amazing the contrast of people between Winter and Summer hence your reply.

Have a good day
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Reply By: ianmc - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 22:39

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 22:39
No one has mentioned the 3way fridges. I dont have one, I have a 45l Waeco which is fine for me however the 3way can work for long periods on site on gas very cheaply without battery worries if stopping for a while in one spot.
What am I getting at???
Repco have a new catalogue coming out about 19th with a 3way made by Brown & Watson. Saw one today, looks fine, its 35l seems well built & insulated & the good news is its $399 in the catologue.
_Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx 6.25amps on 12vdc, bit higher than waeco/Engel etc but OK on road or for o/n stops.Definitely worth a look if the size suits.
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Reply By: crowie - Thursday, Aug 12, 2004 at 10:49

Thursday, Aug 12, 2004 at 10:49
Goona

If your interested Waeco sell some of their stuff direct at discount prices. Usually shop worn etc. See http://www.fridgeshop.com/ .
Just a comment of 3 way fridges. There are pro's and cons. Good if your camping in one spot for days because they are very economical on gas eg. 4kg bottle will last a week or more. However, they need to be kept in the shade, out of the wind and be level to work at their best. I have put mine in a tent but not really recommended unless you can keep flaps open and a bit of a nuiance of you have to go into the tent to get something. Use a lot of 6V power but will work overnight - again best kept level inside the vehicle or on the ground.

Regards
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