Upright 12v Fridge in a Car?

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 09:03
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Engel, Waeco, Dometic all make upright 12 volt compressor fridges, designed for boats and caravans. The Waeco 80L upright has a footprint of about 500 x 500 and height of 640 (which is below the level of the back seats). Compare this to my CF80 which is 500 x 900.

This would give me back a lot of space in the rear due to the awkward way the CF80 has to fit.

Anyone know of this ever being tried?

And yes, I do know that the cold air falls out when you open the door.

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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 09:38

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 09:38
Another negative may be the way u can stack an upright. Not sure how good they are now but my van fridge is always interesting to open after a few bumps.(usually everything ends up on the floor) But i will be interested in replies too.
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Follow Up By: Member - toohey - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 18:17

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 18:17
g'day brew being a home brewer for 13yrs, i looove the the pic;i've had a crap day that got me laughing again
cheers toohey
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 18:40

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 18:40
I just want to know where i can get a glass like that? Its a bit like the never ending packet of tim tams lol
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Reply By: Brian B (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 09:41

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 09:41

Some of the upright models require external venting of warm air at times so it would be a good idea to check this out as well with the manufacturer.

Have a good one.
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 09:54

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 09:54
Jimbo, I've got a Reefer 70Lt dual temp (separate freezer sect) vertical. Footprint is about 500 wide x 570 deep x 600 high. Freezer sect is under fridge, so you don't lose any of that air on opening. Fridge has a full size basket. If what we want isn't readily visible, we slip the whole basket out and close the door. Find what we want, the put basket back in. Works well for us and keeps door opening time to a minimum.

We got the upright as I have fridge on top of a drawer unit. With a top opener, I would have needed a slide as it could not be opened under the canopy roof. Even with a slide, I would have needed it to drop down on the tail gate, or have a set of steps available. SWMBO is a bit vertically challenged.

I have it set up so I can open the fridge without opening the tailgate. Bottom of fridge door just clears top of tailgate when open (remember fridge is sitting on drawer unit).

Another advantage of the uprights is that if necessary you can pack stuff on top of them and still open the fridge.

All in all, I reckon the upright is great. I won't enter the debate on which brand. I'll leave that to you. I'll just comment that if you like your ice cream, or want to quickly freeze meat (or fish you catch) while traveling, the Reefer does the job.
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Reply By: Raymond from Wanderin 4 Wheelers - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 11:36

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 11:36
We had a Vitrofrigio 75 litre fridge that worked well in the slideon, have seen them fitted in the back of 4WD's and the back of Ute's they use slightly more power than chest fridges

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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 12:38

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 12:38
Whats the power consumption like on the up-right models??
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Reply By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 07:06

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 07:06
I have the 90lt DTV Reefer in the camper, and find it very good. it would fit in the back of most 4WD's and provide easy access. With the settings I use it can get to -23 in the freezer and as low as + 1.8 to a top of + 4.6 in the fridge

As for power usage, not to sure but it is higher than Engle etc. I can get 3 days off the camper battries, but thats running pump, lights etc. The fridge has a 240v compressor that needs 750 watt for 2 stage start up then drops back when running.

1 kva generator runs it, pluss charges up battries in about 4hrs. So its then ok for a couple more days.
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