100 s TD and 60L Engel Fridge

Submitted: Friday, Aug 30, 2002 at 00:00
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We are planning a few trips not too far off the beaten track. Not sure that it is worth spending up to near $800 for a 3rd battery for the Landcruiser to make sure that the fridge wont run the batteries flat. Does anyone have any cheapie options that work well for them. I guess that we can turn the fridge off at night as it's likely to be pretty cool and we will be moving during the day and can cool it right down then.
Mork
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Reply By: All Terrain 4WD Adventures - Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00
Mork,

I only have a high quality Oddessy 1000cca as a second battery and never have any problems running a fridge for up to 36-48hrs dependant on ambient temp before running engine to charge.

Don't know why you would need a third battery........
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Reply By: Mork - Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00
The 100 series Turbo diesel landcruiser has two batteries as standard,that are run in parallel for cranking power. Pirhana said that they would recommend fitting a third battery to prevent that cranking batteries from running down. Seems like an expensive solution.
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Follow Up By: Allyn - Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00
your 60L Engel will draw more than most fridges but if you turn it down of a nighttime then I'm sure you'll manage fine for 1 & even 2 night stays. Recharging might be a problem with a parallel system though. Perhaps you should look at a smart solenoid or similar controlling system(search on this forum should give you all the info you need). I have a Rotronics RDC12M but that will set you back about the $800 you were talking about originally. Rotronics and indeed Piranha have cheaper alternatives.
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Reply By: Member - Nigel - Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00
If your driving everyday, and turn the fridge down to minimum then you shouldn't have a problem. Alternatively you can buy a good quality battery pack to run the fridge off. Waeco Blue Apple are good - go to www.waeco.com.au/raps.html for prices.
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Follow Up By: Member - Nigel - Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00
I meant to say "turn the fridge down to minimum at night"
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Follow Up By: Old Soldier - Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00
the Waeco Blue Apple range of batteries is excellent - especially the Thumper heavy duty industrial, I have one. But if you buy one of those you won't get much change out of $700 and I think that Mork is looking for a less expensive solution
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Follow Up By: Member - Nigel - Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00
Yeah the thumper is nearly $700, but that's also for jump starting. The basic battery pack (for running the fridge only) is $299 and would easily run the fridge overnight. The fridge could be run from the car batteries while driving.
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