engel icebox

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 18:57
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I just got back from going melbourne to perth back to melbourne. 10300 km, and my 45 L icebox with 11 kg of block ice in 2.5 and 3 L juice containers lasted between 4 and 5 days. I had to refreeze them three times in 14 days. Thus , when the ice is near melted, we go to a caravan park and stick it in the campers kitchen fridge. They icebox swallows 30 beer cans and quite a bit of ham, chicken, salads and spreads. Temperature of up to 43 degrees at Ceduna, and the icebox was kept in the car the whole time. It is a black car and gets bloody hot!
Cost for the Engel brand Icebox was $280 and I am extremely happy with it. Never breaks down, and can even take it down to the beach where no fourby is allowed and do some fishing.
The solar panel I use is a flexible 10 watt panel, and that is only used to recharge camera batteries, and incidentals. Too many people spending too much money keeping their beer cold with the 12 v fridges and solar panels costing thousands.

Just my opinion,
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 19:16

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 19:16
That's fair enough comment Shaggy. I used to do the same until I'd had enough with mucking around with ice. Some travel to remote locations for weeks at a time and of course don't have ready access to a supply of ice. I use my Engel in the house as a drinks fridge when not in the ute.

Sounds like you had a good trip with a supply of cold drinks and healthy food and that's what counts.

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Reply By: crusher - Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 19:23

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 19:23
Hi Shaggy
Us boys need our toys
Regards Kev
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 19:39

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 19:39
Yep......and when there is no campers kitchen???????? I don't take that chance anymore. At $650 from the fridgeshp i wonder how long it is until the $280 becomes closer to $500 or beyond with ice purchases. No freezers to use when u are outback. Don't get me wrong ice box's or good esky's have their place(i have a coleman extreme which can keep ice up to 5 days)....but when it comes to something as precious as the amber ale???????????? Its the waeco all the way. :)
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 19:46

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 19:46
sorry that didn't come out right lol....my waeco cost $650 from the fridgeshop. i need a drink.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 21:50

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 21:50

Sounds like a good trip, 10.3K in 14 days.

Think it's a matter of choice what people buy with their own dollars, and many of us like to have a fridge, and something to charge the battery. You said you own a black vehicle, a most impractical colour, unless it's a hearse. But we won't bag you for it.

Also, Shags, if you didn't have that 11kg of ice, you could carry more food, or beer, in a 12v fridge!

Glad you had a safe trip,

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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 22:02

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 22:02

If it works well for you, that is all that matters.

I personally prefer a fridge that keeps my beer VERY cold (-1 C) down one end, my food cold (2C to 4C) across the rest of the fridge and the fruit/veg/dairy cool in that section. However a bloody expensive option (fridge, dual battery, solar panel) that I have chosen because I like it.

Fridges are great, but it takes a lot of ice to make up the difference in cost.

Your money, your choice.


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Reply By: Darylive - Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 22:05

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 22:05
Well I'll tell ya,

I have:

# Fibre Glass Ice box:- beudiful up the beach with the boys when the ice man cometh every morning, although it holds ice and grog cold for days it keeps getting opened?

# Toy 12volt fridge:- good for day picnic 6 pac only

# 12v Weaco:- in the back of the patrol for travelling. 42ltr cold no worries.
(While the truck is running)

3 way Chescold:- Best option for camping, get him cold on 240v before leaving, plug in 12v for trip, just because it is there [does bugger all] then gas on site excellent.


rather be up the beach.
Daryl ;{
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Reply By: porlsprado - Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 22:30

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 22:30
Oh shaggy, something tells me maybe you don't do so much fishing. I converted to my explorer with dedicated freezer cause beer with defrosted pilchard juice round the can top just makes me puke.

But if you're happy with it then you're many $ better off than me.
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Follow Up By: DARREN - Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 13:58

Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 13:58
mmmmmm, pilchard juice (& caravan parks for that matter) I can relate to that.

Each to their own, but I am most happy with my permanent 60l Engel in the back of my car.
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