Warm Beer

Submitted: Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 13:44
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Does anyone know if anybody is selling fridges cheap now that it's end of year? I am over the chescold it's not doing the job if I go away for one night, it just kills the dual Battey in about 6 hours and I had warm beer on the weekend and I am over it. The chescold is great for longer trips but for one night trips useless. I am just after something that can hold about 30 cans and keep it nice and cold

Any suggestions

Also who did I pass on the Bruce highway last night, it was a GU Patrol with a sticker and spare wheel cover...
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Reply By: Rosco - Bris. - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 14:15

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 14:15
Why not hook the Chescold up to gas for the night??

By the way, was there a boat on the rocks at Rainbow Beach ?

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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 14:26

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 14:26
Well the problem was that I had to pack the car the night before because I had to go to work on Friday and left for the coast Friday after work. So the day before I had the fridge on 240 and loaded it into the car nice and cold....plugged it into the 12v and when I finished work I checked the fridge it was about 15 degrees warmer. I checked the dual battery and it was flat....driving for 2 hours was not enough to charge it back up with the plug in. I did run it on gas but we were moving allot driving different places and could not leave it on gas while driving

We could not get to the boat but I heard that it was still there, you have to do a bit of a hike to get to it and it was just all to hard at that point...I was pretty P#$%# coz it was raining and it was my last trip up the beach before my trip to the states, we didn't even end up camping coz it was bucketing down so we just went back to camp packed up and headed back to Noosa....hopefully this weekend at Cruise Park should be good though
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Reply By: Blackie - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 14:16

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 14:16
Have a look at the "Specials" at the Fridgeshop site.
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Follow Up By: BenSpoon - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 19:57

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 19:57
Fridge Shop
I got a Fridge Freezer from them to replace a chescold that did the same thing- killed both my batteries one chrissy. Got the new waeco and have been stoked. I was shocked when it froze stuff off 12V- something the chescold could never do.
The waecos are cheaper and have a smaller footprint than engels, but they only run on car voltages and have a slightly higher power draw.

$799.00 for 40 litres and 240V AC adaptor
$590.00 for 35 litres.
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Reply By: Drew - Karratha - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 14:34

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 14:34
I got sick of exactly the same problem, sold the Chescold to someone who lives down south for $500, bought an Engel (60l Combi Box) and now enjoy beer that is about 1degree...
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Reply By: Tripp'n Around - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 14:39

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 14:39
Hi Troll81

For overnight........maybe this is for you?
The son has one and he's impressed with his.

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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 14:45

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 14:45
I have a pretty good esky but I want somethere where I don't have to buy ice for....looks like a nice one though
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Reply By: Member - Banjo The First (SA) - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 16:00

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 16:00
Yep - I use a chescold only - know where you are coming from- runs very well on 240 and gas - the one big issue is what to do when its in the car and you are not there. Flattening the battery is bad for the battery's health - to be avoided. We have been able to resist the move to compressor fridge to date, but you have highlighted the big weakness in 3 way use. Compressor fridges have a couple of issues to deal with too - people are prone to smashing windows and stealing them - if you stay put for a couple of days, you have to power up the supply battery by one means or another - usually going for a drive ! Or just run the car and you top up via the alternator. I would have changed to compresor by now but SWMBO won't hear of it ! The Engel 40 L Anniversay special is $999 in SA at present (would be my pick) - I don't follow Waeco pricing.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 16:46

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 16:46
Bite the bullet and go for a compressor type fridg and you will never look back. They are ideal when you have the dual battery system,they can run up to three days in moderate weather without charging. I have had an Engel 39ltr since 95 and have had admiral service. Beer always cold.
Hint, get a cheap indoor outdoor thermo and do your temp adjustments with it then put a paint dot where the setting is best on the control and bobs your uncle.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Reply By: Max - Sydney - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 17:15

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 17:15
Hey Troll

Its a pain - we had a Chescold for almost 15 years - could do our own repairs, great on gas and 240 jolts, but marginal at best on 12 volt. We always somehow organised to have it plugged in to the power right up till we left, and generally got away with 12 v on the road, gas overnight.

The big bonus was when we did a week at Coburg Peninsula. Everyone else was moving solar panels around chasing the sun because we were in among tall trees, and giving up and going for a drive. We just had a cold fridge running on gas.

But, we gave up and got a Waeco a couple of years back for the long hauls, where we were driving most days. It was just going to be for that type of trip, but when we found we simply did not want to use the poor old Chesy at all, we got rid of it.

And to answer your question - Waeco is advertising some real good value packs on the back of the current 4WD monthly eg CF-40 AC for $899 - about $100 less than we paid.

And they seem just as good for battery life as the Engel which we rented once.

For what its worth

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Reply By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 18:31

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 18:31
No Troll81. I can't help with cheap fridges sorry.
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Reply By: Member - Pezza (QLD) - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 19:31

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 19:31
G'day Troll,

I was just wondering if it was worth spending the dollars on buying one just for a 1 or 2 trips before you leave and then sit in the shed for 6 months, I have an engel 21lt or 40lt I can lend you if you wish, till you leave and then worry about comparing and hunting for a bargain when you come back.

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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 20:04

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 20:04

Apart from building very handsome storage units, you are a very generous man.

What a kind, kind offer.


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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 20:39

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 20:39
Pezza...thanks for the offer but I am itching to buy one and I know it's th wrong thing to do now coz I only have this weekend coming that I want it for but then I wont be here for 6-12 months and it will sit in the shed..so you are right. I am going to take the good old willow out to the 4x4 park this weekend and ice it up :(
I might even find something nice over in the States that I can ship over
But thanks heaps for the offer

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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 20:16

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 20:16

I bought a Chescold in 94 and found it great for extended camping, but like you found it to have its limitations.

Got a 39L Engel in 2000 and kept the Chescold, "just in case" and never used it.

I then found the Engel too small so upgraded to a Waeco 80L in 2004. This posed a further problem of it using too much power so I added a solar panel. Now I'm in seventh heaven. A $98 generator (running through a battery charger) to top up your battery is another option.

My only advice would be don't buy a fridge that is too small. A 40L fridge may seem great today, but it may soon have limitations. Guess it depends on how much "stuff" you like to take. Some swear by the smaller fridges with judicious selection of contents. I like to take plenty of everything.

You can get a Waeco CF80 from the fridgeshop for $980. That's a bargain.

Hope this helps.



PS My Chescold is still sitting in the garage collecting dust.
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 20:40

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 20:40
I think someone out there is going to buy a nice second hand chescold soon when I get back from the states....thanks for all the input
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