Engel Fridges

Submitted: Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 18:54
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Hi. Don't post very often, but read everyday. Just received an email from a reputable retailer re engel 40ss fridges on special for $999 down fron $1299. Any ideas? Are they aboput to be superceded? The stainless steel factor is attracting me but the extra weight is a bit of a worry. I currently run a ff40 Waeco which has been very good but the cf110 I use when caravaning for extended periods ( a week or more) sucks so much power it is only good for 240 Volt running. Looking forward to any feedback and there might be an exceptionally good cf110 going cheep.
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Rob
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Reply By: paulpp - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:06

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:06
Greetings Rob

My engel is well over ten years old and has been carted over some very rough territory, still in regualar use and still looking like new. They draw a max of about 3.5 amps (check the specks). On average mine draws less than half an amp per hour (depends on how often opened etc). I have a transit bag for mine as it stays in the back of the 4x4 when travelling.

Being superceded or not should not be a worry. If "the price is right"and it suites you purpose on reputation alone purchasing an engel should not be of concern.

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Paul
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Reply By: 100 Series - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:08

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:08
buy it
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Reply By: TheUndertaker - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:14

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:14
Got an 80lt waeco ff ,draws 3.5 perhr ,also got a 15lt engle ,draws ?????? yep 3.5 perhr,,,,,,,,what $ u want for the 110 ?
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Follow Up By: Disco_Inferno - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:24

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:24
You must have an awfully crook ammeter.

According to Waeco printed power consumption figures, the CF-80 at an ambient temperature of 30°C in refrigeration mode takes 66 watts/5.5 amps when running, and total amps consumed in 24 hour period 84, average amps per hour 3.5.
The Waeco CF110 is basically identical as they are fitted with the Danfoss BD50F compressor.
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Follow Up By: TheUndertaker - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:36

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:36
Disc Inferno, my ammeter is spot on , YOUR READING OF MY REPLY IS OUT OF WACK , I said 3.5 per HOUR for the waeco ..... 2yr old 15lt engle also uses ???????3.5 per HOUR OVER A 24HR PERIOD learn to read.
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Follow Up By: Disco_Inferno - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 20:08

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 20:08
You are wrong, so wrong because an 80L and 110L Waeco have BD50F compressors, not BD35F compressors.
I can read, your ammeter is wrong or you cannot read your ammeter, probably the latter looking at your reply and spelling.
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Follow Up By: TheUndertaker - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 22:11

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 22:11
Disco -Inferno how effing stupid are you ,read your own answer as to the 80lt /110lt YES THEY BOTH HAVE THE DB 50 , AND I have said the 80lt uses 3.5 amp per/hr over a 24hr period ,ARE YOU A MAJOR RICHARD CRANIUM OR WHAT.
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:17

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:17
yep only one thing better than an engal and that is an engal on special.
the Geological survey has been taking equipment out to all corners of the state from the time when they had to use camels, that includes areas where the vast majority of youse would never contemplate it possible to go. they cant take equpment that is not up to it which is why 4 things out of their equipment which often come up on this site have been tested and found to be ideal for reliability in extreme conditions. Dunlop dr2 tyres, Barrett hf radio, Toyota Landcruiser ute and ........ Engal fridges.
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Follow Up By: Disco_Inferno - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:26

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:26
go around to the portable fridge repairers and see how many Engel fridges they have that cannot be repaired because the repair costs are extortion and more than a new Waeco. Engel are just another portable fridge, nothing special at all except they are disgustingly over priced for what they are.
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:31

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:31
sorry bud but you cant argue with facts - every company that I have seen uses Engal Fridges. These are people that dont use the fridge for an occasional picnic or once yearly down the tourist route but regular action in conditions you wouldnt go near with gear you paid for yourself
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:54

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:54
And worse than that Davoe my two little girl monsters haven't be able to destroy my Engel...just amazing coz they've wrecked everything else in the house.
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Follow Up By: Disco_Inferno - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 20:09

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 20:09
Mad Dog why don't you take your girl monsters to a child psychologist or psychiatrist to get them fixed? Must cost you a small fortune if they are that out of hand. The poor school teachers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 20:23

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 20:23
hmmmmmmmm who was that guy a while ago maybe even a year, got real fired up when someone said portable fridge? cant remember his name can someone help me out coz seems hes back with a different name
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 22:12

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 22:12
Disco...thanks for you concern but my kids are just following in my footsteps. I used to pull everything to bits as a kid and my parents felt no need to put me on drugs, I will not do that to my kids either but yeah many parents these days do.

Daveo....would that be ozyguy, he got right fired up about fridges.

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Reply By: Disco_Inferno - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:19

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:19
The Engel is heavy, costs more to repair than a Waeco.
I would buy a 40L Waeco for a $350.00 saving over the Engel or better still an ED50 evaKool 50 litre in preference to an Engel.

Engel is definitely no better than a Waeco in current consumption, longevity or insulation.
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Follow Up By: TheUndertaker - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:42

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:42
Disco ,some people, myself included, own both a Waeco and an Engle also a Chescold,,,,,, personally I think u dribble em shi-tem.
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Follow Up By: Wisey (NSW) - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 20:39

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 20:39
Disco,

I don't know Maddog, his kids or YOU. Your judgement of Rays kids and suggestion for his kids to be assesed by a PROFESSIONAL, is totally unnessasary.
What qualifcations do you posess to make this judgement of others?
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Follow Up By: Ray Bates - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 20:39

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 20:39
I've had the same Engle for over thirty years and six months ago it stopped operating on 12 volts only 240. I got a couple of quotes to get it repaired and suddenly sat down with a shock. The repair would have cost as much as I paid for it when it was new, So guess what? I went to Dick Smith and baught a 100watt inverter. Iknow I am using more power but I can live with that and I can drive a long way on $800.00 (The cost to repair the Engle)
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Reply By: Member - John C - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 21:09

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 21:09
Selling the 40L Engel and buying a 60L Evakool.

Engel is 12mths old, transit bag - $850 PC. Will put in trader.

The boss says the Engel is too deep, always fishing around, taking half the contents out and putting back. Evakool just right depth and is a fridge(38L)/freezer(22L). $1299.

I think I just talked myself out of a sale.... ;-)

John
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Follow Up By: Member - Mozza (NSW) - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 10:51

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 10:51
too deep?.. buy a small cage that sits in the top. only $20. works a treat.
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Reply By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 22:07

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 22:07
In SA that would be considered a real bargain - RRP is all you could get around town recently - $1250 for the 40 L Anniversary Model, with the pyjamas thrown as a bonus. $999 for the SS sounds excellent - they may not be selling well - there might be a distributor clearance on through all retailers - meaning others would do it too - how much heavier is the SS model ?
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Reply By: Stuart - Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 02:19

Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 02:19
Hi Rob, I,m interested in upgrading my Engel and was just wondering where you got such a good price? RRP in Canberra is $1150 and that's not stainless. I personally wouldn't worry about an extra kilo or two unless your loaded to the hilt, but having a rust proof cabinet is appealing. I don't know why people have to get so fired up to the point of throwing personal insults around. Jesus, it's just a fridge. Cheers.
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Reply By: Rob M- Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 08:59

Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 08:59
Thanks for all the replys. I didn't mean to start another fridge war but oh well.
The price was from Extreme 4x4 Ph. 07 3809 0911 Logan City Qld and I have since found discountcamping.com.au $949 + $35 delivery. Both have strictly limited numbers according to them. Will post back with a price on the CF110 if I do buy a new fridge.
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Follow Up By: Woobla (WA) - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 23:36

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 23:36
Thanks for the info Rob.
Jeff
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Reply By: markcain - Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 14:56

Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 14:56
hi, i found the stailess steel in discouny camping pooracka SA for $950.
im probrablly going to buy one but the only thing i dont like is the plastic hinges.
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Reply By: D-Jack - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 21:41

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 21:41
In Rays Outdoors Adelaide the other day, $999 for the S/S and said nothing about being on special. My mate stood on his Waeco the other day to do up the awning on his camper trailer and bent the lid so that it no longer seals. I'd bet my weeks wage on my Engel not doing that. Having said that, my Engel is a little hard to regulate the temp at times. The newer ones with the digital readout thermostat should be much better.
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