The Engel died today...........

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 18:41
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It started playing up on Monday and today it was no more.

Our valiant plastic bodied 15lt Engel has succumbed to the vagaries of time.
Purchased in February 1986 it has seen a multitude of bush trips. It had never been serviced(not sure if one can service them). The electrical socket at the bottom of the fridge broke after about 10 years and the body fell apart on the CSR in 94(having busted two shockies early in the trip), but we patched it all together and it kept on going and going and going.

I think it is an electrical fault and will play around with that in mind to see if I can get it working again for a beer fridge in the back yard.

So we went to the camping place in Pirie and invested in a Waeco 40lt with digital read out. Won't know ourselves. We were still keen on another Engel but we saved $200 on the purchase price with the Waeco.

The Waeco will live in the Xtrail.
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Reply By: phantom - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 18:54

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 18:54
Hey Willem,
I hope your Waeco lasts 20 years or it will be an expensive $200. Thats about 3 cents per day!!
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 21:58

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 21:58
I hope I last another 20 years..lol
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 19:20

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 19:20
We sit gathered here tonight, in front of our screens, to talk, about the life of Willie’s Engel.

Willies Engel came into his world in February of 1986.

Willies Engel was to become a lifelong companion, accompanying Willie on many long trips. Willie doted on Engel, and always gave him the full 12 volts he deserved, even when the weather was cool, Willie still kept him going.

There are perhaps many of us here tonight, who have had some gifts from the Engel of Willem, on their various get togethers in the bush. I am sure that some of the strange firewaters from Africa, along with the infamous Prickly Pear Juice, have been stored in the deep bowels on Engel at some time.

I met Engel once. He was in Judith’s car, sitting there all alone, and looking a little worse for wear. He was in retirement at that stage, and was simply minding the groceries on the Pirie - Peterborough run, an easy two run....

Engel has departed us, but he is not forgotten. The name shall live on...

And you brought a WHAT?
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Follow Up By: Maddmav - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 19:24

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 19:24
sniff (--) sniff (--)

Poor ol' Willies Engel

If I get that long out of mine I'd be happy.

Good luck with the Waeco

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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 19:35

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 19:35
Sorry to disappoint you, Wolfie

We run out of readies when it came to pay up and the closest EO Bank Manager was 100 kilometres away.

Yes, I bought a Waeco or rather, Judith bought a Waeco. I still have my Engel in the Patrol. Great-grandson of Plastic Engel is going strong at 4 years of age.

Will see how Waeco goes but it will lead a sheltered life I presume, apart from being jumped on by Jeddah!! No rough stuff for this AWD!

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Follow Up By: Member- Rox (WA) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 19:38

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 19:38
A very nice repitwa
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 19:34

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 19:34
The King is Dead ,Long Live the Queen !!!!!!!
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:35

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:35
Hahahahaha....Very apt
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 19:59

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 19:59
A great innings from the Engel Willem and I hope lucks on your side with the Waeco.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:34

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:34
Yeah Ray

One has to try out the new stuff sometimes. Time will tell.
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazy Dog (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 22:17

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 22:17
Engel spelt W A E C O......
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 22:26

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 22:26
You're a brave man Willem but then again you wont be relying on it too much maybe it's not so bad.
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Reply By: Member No 1- Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:22

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:22
the magic black box is not serviceable...some one could fix it ie an elctronics guy bit engel wont give diagrams of box or assist...even the deallers swap them
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:32

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:32
OK

Maybe Williebilt Electronics can fix it or take it to the tip lol
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:36

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:36
"the magic black box is not serviceable"

Tell me ALL about it!

Whoooops.... wrong box..... sorry....
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 08:42

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 08:42
ok...maybe it can but you'll get no help from engel on how its supposed to work...a lot of work for an electronics person to map out.

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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:46

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:46
now u live with the kings Willem................An exclusive club.....Its called the Nissan Waeco don't let me near a Tojo or an En
gel club.:))
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 22:43

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 22:43
OK Sir Brew!
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:50

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:50
Some things just dont last do they.

All the best
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 22:07

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 22:07
No they don't.

Should I write to Engel and complain?
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Reply By: Mike DiD - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:54

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:54
This is obviously an Insurance fraud job - everyone knows that Engels live forever :-)
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 22:01

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 22:01
Obviously Wonder what its worth?
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Reply By: kesh - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:58

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:58
Willem said "our valiant plastic bodied 15l. engel..."
Crap!..... Engel never made plastic bodied fridges. And at the time it was a 17l., not 15.
And they can have leaks fixed and be re gassed if needed.
You sometimes make your life so complicated, williwag.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 21:55

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 21:55
Ahh Kesh

What have you been drinking tonite?

Best you check your facts first before shooting off at the mouth

The again, maybe you were too little in 1986 to know about Engel fridges...lol

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Reply By: Jimbo - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 21:05

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 21:05
Engel, Waeco, Autofridge and the rest...

Who gives a continental?

My Philips 460L frost free is still firing after 24 years LOL.
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Follow Up By: glenno(qld) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 21:38

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 21:38
Do they make a fridge slide for the Philips 460L frost free .
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 22:23

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 22:23
No for a good reason and for a good reason


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Reply By: Member - Alan (WA) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 21:57

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 21:57
Crikey - years of good service and then desertion.......... Isn't that a bit like a deserting a faithful Patrol for a Toyota? :)

I hope my Engel has as good a life as yours sounds like it has had....
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 22:40

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 22:40
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that should annoy the server.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 22:45

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 22:45
New super duper serve in use nowr Bruce, you'll have to try harder than that.

Some advertising thing David coded for us
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 23:53

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 23:53
oh bleep in goody..
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 00:27

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 00:27
lol
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 11:26

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 11:26
I think it's called looking after the sponsors!!!!! You know, the scumbag advertisers whose dollars pay the wages of the people who operate this site.
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Reply By: Geoff M (Newcastle, NSW) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 22:56

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 22:56
Willem,
That is a CATastrophe probably making you feel positively CATatonic.

All C A T jokes aside, I've a 25 year old Engel 40 litre and a 2 year old Waeco 110 litre. The one that still fills me with the most confidence is the old Engel.
It has lived in the rear of the last four 4x4's including a Table Top and in the next three weeks will move into the rear of number five.
I don't expect the Engel to complain at all. I wish I was still as tough as that old fridge !

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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 23:06

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 23:06
Yes C A T jokes aside. My Engel started its life in a Suzuki and was in its 7th changeover when it passed on...lol.

I still have a 32lt Engel in the Patrol
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 23:02

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 23:02
SSSHHHhhhh !!!!! (Is that how you spell it?) Don't tell anyone but when I was in WA last January I actually bought a little Waeco that hold about 6 cans and a few other little bits, it sits between the front seats and is very useful saves opening the 60 Litre Engel when you want a can of coke.
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Follow Up By: Geoff M (Newcastle, NSW) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 23:15

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 23:15
HHHmmm, (Is that how you spell It?)
That sounds a very useful addition to my new RV Troopy when it arrives in 3 weeks or so!!

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 23:41

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 23:41
Hi Geoff
Yeah I had to take out part of the crappy centre console that comes with the RV and it sits between the seats, still have to do a proper mounting for it but its quite a handy little jigger.
This it is Little Waeco

Hope the link worked???
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 23:43

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 23:43
Hmmm No try again.

Little Waeco

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 23:44

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 23:44
Got it forgot the bloody WWW. the first time.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 23:46

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 23:46
Hmmm, I thought is was a real fridge.....your impressions John ?
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 23:54

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 23:54
Its real good as a drink cooler in the mornings I take 6 cans of coke and a bottle of water or two plus whatever else I want or can fit in it cold out of the big fridge and it keeps them that way for the day nice and cold and it saves having to open the big fridge every time.

I guess you could stick a few sandwiches etc in it if you where a tradie using it for a lunch box type of thing on the job.

It won't freeze etc and I turn it off at night when I am camped to save power. for $99 it does quite OK.
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Follow Up By: Member - laura B (NSW) - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 00:34

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 00:34
you guys r funny......just hillarious!!! go the waeco 50lt........& the home made frsgr ( my new tired way of saying fridge!) slide!!!
good luck willie!!!remember nothing made after thr 80's lasts 4eva!!gotta sleep....tuck in the fridge rhen hte kids.......

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 00:48

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 00:48
you guys r funny......just hillarious!!!

$hit I was serious about my posts, Now you got me wondering what was so funny.???
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Reply By: Member - Collyn R (WA) - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 11:48

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 11:48
Sic transit gloria - Monday
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 13:22

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 13:22
Quidquid Latine dictum sit altum viditur

. . . but . . .

Spem reduxit - Friday
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Follow Up By: Member - Collyn R (WA) - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 13:38

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 13:38
Mande merduam et morere!
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Reply By: Sargent Dan - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 13:52

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 13:52
There are Engels and there are the others, be part of the legend or suffer.
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Reply By: Ron173 - Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 10:38

Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 10:38
There is a reason for the $200 extra, and you have first hand experience of it.

Go the Engel Brigade!

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