3 way fridge

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 22:28
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Hi All!
What do you think about the 55 Lt. 3 way autofridge seen at Reptco shop? It cost $399 ... great value or great crap ?

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Reply By: Boo - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 22:55

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 22:55
Evening Dedalus...

Dont have one myself but a friend bought one a few months back and says its fantastic. He says it'll freeze a bottle of water over night no trouble at all.
For the price ya cant go wrong in my view.

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Reply By: marklynn - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 23:09

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 23:09
Isn't it 35 l ?
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Follow Up By: Member - Dedalus (SA) - Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 08:37

Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 08:37
ops .... yes .... 35 l. :-)
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Reply By: David T - Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 01:56

Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 01:56
I tried one (think it looks identical to the repco one) and found it to be dismal.

Wouldn't bring the temperature of a glass of water from the tap down to below 5 degrees overnight.

Took it back to the camping store and told them I didn't think it should be called a refridgerator if if can't drop the temperate to below 4 degrees. He started to argue about the book saying you need to put things in cold, but then gave in and gave me my money back.

I have since hired a Chescold 50litre blue combo fridge and been much more impressed. However, after trying the gas fridge out in the real world, I am planning to buy an electric camping fridge when the time comes...

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Reply By: Troopy Travellers (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 08:53

Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 08:53
We have one of those fridges and have used it numerous of times. We run it in the car & then connect it to gas as soon as we are camped. We find it to be very satisfactory & it uses only about a third of a litre of gas per day. I have fitted a computer fan to my unit which improves its operation in the car. If you want more details send an email to me at "troopyZ@hotmail.com"
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Reply By: flappa - Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 09:37

Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 09:37
Just keep your receipt.

You may have to go through a couple to get one that works properly.

Repco have an excellent return policy.

When you get one that does work though , pretty good value.
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Follow Up By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 21:13

Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 21:13
Yep, I've got the Repco one and first one was terrible and this one's good. Froze ice blocks overnight no probs on gas.

I think the general consensus was don't buy one if it's going to live in the car, but if you camp a bit and will run it from gas, then they are very economical to run.

Haven't installed computer fan yet, but will do.


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Reply By: scottywiper - Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 11:12

Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 11:12
I always take an Engel and Chescold away with me.
Chescolds are great, no need for genny and no noise. Just have to keep them out of direct sunlight and they work fine.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 14:25

Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 14:25
Just be sure about what you're buying. The 3 way fridges:
- usually are efficient on gas if the outside temp is not too hot - OK in the southern states - not good in the tropics
- have to be removed from the vehicle to run overnight (PITA) - running them inside vehicle on gas used to be a common cause of vehicle interiors burning out.
- Use a lot of power (about 10+amps continuous) when running on 12 volts, so will flatten a big auxillary battery overnight
- Temperature inside is poorly regulated compared to a compressor fridge
- Don't cope well with being filled with a lot of stuff thats not prechilled.

But if you like to stay put for long time when camping, they go a long time on a cylinder of gas.

You will gather that compressor fridges are way more popular for 4wders for lots of reasons.

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Follow Up By: Member - TonyG (Qld) - Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 16:48

Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 16:48
Hi Phil,

I agree with your comments.

I work mate has a 3 way 50 ;trchescold fridge, and runs well on gas.

He recently purchased a 4x4, installed a 2nd battery and testedthe fridge overnight by running on 12 volt. He also has a temp guage to see how it works.

He has a 80 amp hour 2nd battery, and it flattened the battery in some time under 10 hours (ie from time he connected until looked at the next morning)

The temp guage on the inside of the fridge had risen to 14 degrees when he checked the next morning.

So he went an purchased a 50 ltr waeco, and this fridge ran in car on 12 volt supply for approx 30 hours before flattening battery.

He is very happy with having 50ltr fridge in car, and when getting to campsite, take 3 way fridge out of trailer and hook up to gas.


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Reply By: gone bush - Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 18:14

Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 18:14
we went through the same thing you are and finally bought one from repco and it has been really good. our first trip with it was lovely- no floating milk etc and not running down the bottleo for ice, we certainly can complain about the temp of it. the ones that k mart sell under the name of jackaroo are exactly the same, only difference kmart is about $100 dearer. if they were having a sale might be the only way of getting it cheaper than repco. we found out that if you do buy on from repco then ask for the promotion pack, then you get a rechargeable light for no extra cost, apparently repco has an over supply of these sets in the warehouse, we got one and it's a good light aswell. hope this helps.
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Reply By: Dunedigger - Saturday, Jul 16, 2005 at 06:58

Saturday, Jul 16, 2005 at 06:58
I Have a 90l 3 way in a camper. Problem is it has to be level to work properly. When I set up camp I use level block and then a hilift jack to get it EXACT using a spirit level. But if you bush camp for a few days is way better than having a generator running for hours a day

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