Permanently wired Fridges

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 22:46
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Hi All,

I'm a happy new owner of the 40litre 40th anny Engel, my question is do many of you longer owners of fridges have them permanently mounted in your 4by's for everyday use?

I mounted mine about 4 weeks ago for what I thought would just be a familiarisation time of a week or so and keep water mainly( as my job is fairly labour intensive) plus a few after work travellers of course, but I'm now wondering how I ever did without and can't bring myself to remove it just to put in the garage untill a trip away warrants use.

Can I expect a shortened life span with it constantly running 24/7 and should I put it away untill "really" needed or will I still get a similar "life span" as to a reguarly stored fridge

Hope that makes sense?

Browny
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Reply By: Member - Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 22:57

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 22:57
Browny,

I take mine out between trips. Just don't trust human nature.

I also have a 40 litre (non-anniversary) Engel and I just KNOW all those Waeco users would just love to have it:-)

Hey, I couldn't resist, OK?
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Reply By: DukeAtty - Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 22:58

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 22:58
I am a firm believer that a constantly used fridge will last longer.... Even says that in the instructions...
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Follow Up By: Mainey (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 01:34

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 01:34
........DITTO, leave it on, Enjoy it.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 23:20

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 23:20
G'day Browny,

Mate, mine stays in the Patrol 24/7 to keep various drinks cold....even during winter. I've not only hard-wired the 12v, but also the 240v; with a inlet socket on the bullbar with cable run through chassis. Every night, I plug the 240 into the bullbar and it automatically takes over running the fridge. I also have a battery charger in the cargo area, also wired up to the aux battery. It too comes on at night to trickle charge battery.....never been a problem.

Good luck

Roachie
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Follow Up By: Member - Browny (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 21:43

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 21:43
Roachie,

As expected a ripper set up, one I will keep in mind. Am i to assume that the fridge does the sorting of power (12 or 24) and you have both 12v and 24v leads pluged into the fridge and automaticly selects 24 when available?

Browny
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Thursday, Feb 24, 2005 at 22:35

Thursday, Feb 24, 2005 at 22:35
Yeh mate, it automatically selects 240v (not "24v" like you've said a few times in your response)..... works great.

Cheers,

Roachie
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Follow Up By: Member - Browny (VIC) - Friday, Feb 25, 2005 at 18:22

Friday, Feb 25, 2005 at 18:22
Roachie,

hehe chears mate, of course 240!

Browny
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Reply By: Nudenut - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 07:54

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 07:54
browny...yes you will shorten the life......
BUT by what?...nothing to worry about IMO

the fridge will most likely fall apart and or look real daggy prompting a new one before it breaks down...(but there are exceptions of course such as luck of the draw)
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Reply By: Member - Browny (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 15:42

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 15:42
Righto,

Thanks boys seems like I'll leave it in a bit longer........hehe

Theft is the main concern as mentioned, It's on a slide and has the bag with the GU having tinted windows so not screaming out "Take Me" but gee it'd be like losing a member of the family now.

Browny
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 18:09

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 18:09
Browny,

Regarding theft. I am a firm believer that should my fridge ever get stolen, it will only ever get stolen from my garage and thus be covered by my household insurance.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Member - Browny (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 21:52

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 21:52
Fair enuff Jimbob,

I recently gave the wife a list of extras I've had fitted to the Troll including the fridge so she could forward them on to insurance mob, but yet to check to see if there coverd or not???????????

Browny
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Reply By: Pterosaur - Thursday, Feb 24, 2005 at 23:27

Thursday, Feb 24, 2005 at 23:27
G'day,

when I busted the "heavy duty" cigarette lighter type connection which I had fitted to the rear of my wagon, I repaired it by simply clipping the end off my 12V lead (Engel), matching wires with the connections to the connector (which got the heave), and crimped them together. Worked fine for several years, then I noticed that corrosion occurring inside the sockets of the lead (when the fridge was not plugged in). Fixed that by removing the fuse which sent current to that circuit, and all went well subsequently. (Until some #@^%%%*! thought that they had more right to my fridge than me !

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