fridge sizes

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 10:43
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Just wondering if anyone out there had any advice on fridge sizes. I have 2 kids and we are tossing up between a 50l and 70l 2 way downunder (reefer traveler)
Not sure what size would be best, it is hard to tell in the store without actually taking it home and loading it up. Any response would be appreciated

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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 11:10

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 11:10
Hi there - can only comment on Engel really BUT we have 39l and bigger - initially went for the bigger one only to discover it was a pain in the neck to get into in the vehicle and took up a lot of room. The 39l fits inside neatly and with sensible use does perfectly well. My husband's main importance was that his daily quota of beer is kept very cold and mine was the food. If you take a drink out put another back in etc. - on big camps we do take the bigger fridge as well and use it as a freezer (overnight we freeze daily water bottles etc). Should work just as well with kids (my theory that is) - most of their treats would not be cold anyway - and fruit juice poppers (fruit boxes) can be stored outside the fridge with the daily usage put in overnight etc. with the water bottles. Hope you work it out and happy camping.
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Reply By: Nav 8 - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 11:13

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 11:13
I use two Engles, a 29L as a deep freeze and a 40L for all the other stuff. I would advise that if you have the room go for the bigger option you will always fill it up, there is no such thing as a fridge thats too big.,,,Nav.
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Reply By: howie - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 11:25

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 11:25
go for the biggest one that will fit in your car and is easy to access.
if it means the 50l only, don't worry.
my 39l is adequate for us and 2 kids, even on our '3 week' trips.
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 11:33

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 11:33
I'd go the bigger one if it will fit well in the vehicle. I've got a 70 litre Reefer with separate freezer section, which I reckon is great. We also carry a good esky which we use for fresh fruit, vegies etc that you want to keep cool, but not cold. I head off with all the spare space in the esky taken up by cold beer. Even after a week it is still cool and therefore takes less time and power in the fridge when I move it across.

Apart from considering best fit in your vehicle, you need to experiment with packing the fridge to get best storage without having to take everything out to get that beer.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony W (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 08:30

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 08:30
just purchased 70 ltre myself wondering what sort of amps per day its drawing as i have nt used it yet,any ino would be appreciated.
thanks tony
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 12:33

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 12:33
We have a 70L trailblaza and it suits us brilliantly. Keeps the drinks cold and the food cold, is built tough and very reliable!

!MPG:3!
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 17:17

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 17:17
Struth, where do you put everything else Brian ?
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Follow Up By: michael & lisa - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 21:58

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 21:58
as long as the beer is cool there room for the rest
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 07:23

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 07:23
LOL Ray..... plenty room there matey!!.... I think the camera angle is telling fibs, it is a big fridge though. But our family, 2 adults & 2kidz can live comfortably out of it for 5 - 6 days!

we love it!

Cheers

Brian
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Follow Up By: michael & lisa - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 09:10

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 09:10
my 80 series with the 70l trailblazer in it looks like it has more room in it. it is big enough room in it for us 2 aduits 2 kids. still room for lot of beer
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Reply By: Boo - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 12:40

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 12:40
Hi Freezer,

If you can fit the 70lt in then go for it. We have both a 50lt chescold and a 70lt downunder. On weekend trips with the 50 or 70 are fine on their own, however when going away for longer periods we use both, one as the fridge and one as a freezer.

We also have two kids and with drinks for them and beer and wine for us plus the food you need as much space as you can get. But as others have mentioned, when you remove a drink put another in so its chilling for next time.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

Kerrie.
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Follow Up By: FREEZER - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 12:52

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 12:52
Hi Kerrie,
with your 70l downunder, does it cool equally in both sections. I am assuming yours is the same as the one i have my eye on in repco with the section with the stainless steel lining, and the other section is the white poly carbonate(plastic). or does one area act as a freezer and the other fridge, yada yada yada.
Your feedback would be great as my wife and i a struggling to decide which way to go. (worlds biggest procrasternators..............that wasnt spelt right was it LOL)
Cheers
Brett
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Follow Up By: ACDC - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 15:30

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 15:30
Hi Freezer,
The Ruey shing/downunder/reefer fridges with dual compartment have a temperature difference of approx 5-7c between compartments.
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Follow Up By: FREEZER - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 15:38

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 15:38
Hi ACDC

That is a fair bit difference, if you were running whole fridge at around 4 degrees then that smaller compartment would only be good for fruit and veg. Would i be right in saying that.
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Follow Up By: Boo - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 16:15

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 16:15
Hi Freezer,

When we use the main area as freezer then the other area will also freeze but not as quickly, however if using it as a fridge then your right about only using it for things that don't need to be kept as cold, fruit, veg also good for things like chocolate biscuits in hot weather. Also good for defrosting things.

I personnally like the 70lt for versatility.

Kerrie.
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Follow Up By: ACDC - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 16:24

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 16:24
Freezer,

When the main compartment is set as freezer then the other is fridge,if main compartment is set as fridge then the other is dairy compartment.

If you have the room go for 70litre!! 50 litre is great for 2 people but if you have kid's go bigger..
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Follow Up By: FREEZER - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 17:05

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 17:05
Hey guys

Well i just got back from buying my brand new 70l Downunder fridge freezer. (repco $1049) I could have got the 50 for $850 but i am glad i got the bigger one. Once we got it home we got a few items like milk and such and soon realised the 50l would have been to small.
One question. How do you guys find it on 12volt regardeing power usage. I am getting a kipor genset and a baterry charger to charge my battery bank when out bush, i would be interested to hear what you guys do in that situation. It is always good to compare apples with apples.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: ACDC - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 18:59

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 18:59
Hooray!!! about time you bought one!

How big is your battery charger?
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 21:19

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 21:19
Ya, the very best of Aussie luck with it Freezer.

I never run out of juice coz I never let the moss grow underfoot. Camp for the night then off in the morn.
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Follow Up By: FREEZER - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 21:41

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 21:41
ACDC

Yeah i know, it took a while but i got it now and am very happy. Been annalyzing its performance since i got home. Recording how long it cycles for as so on and so forth. I got some of that techni ice that i bought for a esky, and put a sheet on each side. Result - compressor ran for approx. 2 min less and did not cut back in for 5o min. Temp gauge was on 3 and ambient was 24deg. The only reason it actually came on was because i turned the knob to the coldest setting so i can see how it goes as a freezer. I would imagine the techni ice would be even more efficient when fridge is set to freezer. Obviously because the techni ice will always be kept frozen, compared to a fridge where it would eventually lower itself in temp. Bloody good stuff though. Used it in icebox over xmas at straddie and frozen poppers still had ice from freezer on them after 2 days in 32-34deg weather. didnt buy ice until day5. Wrapped in downunder fridge though, cant wait to give it a burl.
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Follow Up By: ACDC - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 22:06

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 22:06
Be sure to give us your honest opinion after it's first outing!
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 07:30

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 07:30
Dual batteries, and same as Ray, we never sit still for long.... usually driving somewhere every day when camping, so the batteries are always charging.
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Follow Up By: Boo - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 08:45

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 08:45
Hi Freezer,

Ours is generally left in the rear of the Patrol, when we are travelling then the dual battery system is constantly charging, if we are camped for an extended period in one location then we leave the Patrol connected to the CT which also has two large deep cycle batteries, so the end result is that we have all three batteries to run the fridge and lights etc. This setup will allow us to stay put in one spot for about a week without any problems.

And if during that week we go for a drive anywhere, then the Patrol dual battery gets a charge.

Good Luck with the new toy, let us know what you think after you have taken it camping.

Kerrie.
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Reply By: brian - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 12:45

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 12:45
If your undecided what about hiring one for the weekend and see,generally 40/50 litre is most popular and practical also the bigger the fridge the bigger the power drain generally,if you are parked for several days at a time you may have to consider this.
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Reply By: Hairy - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 13:17

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 13:17
As everyone has already said, the bigger the better depending on room in your car,
Ive got a 60 litre waeco wich size wise suit us as they arent real wide or long but very tall, leaving more useable room in the car. Just make sure you stack them properly so you dont have to dig to the bottom all the time.
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Reply By: Member - Patrick (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 13:44

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 13:44
I hadused a Weaco CF50 for over 5 years now and it has been great. Space is not an issue in the Patrol just the laden weight to lug it about. When it is full, it takes one very struggleing me or both of us to get it into the Patrol. Most of the time we use it for food/wine/beer as we supplement it with the fridge/freezer in the van.

I remember seeing a older chap and his wife at BCF before Christmas buying a 110 litre Everkool and they had to get two workers to help them put it in their car. How would it be when it was fully laden as they would not have had a chance to move it with the weight involved by themselves.

The 70 litre option would be a good middle ground that would suit most smaller families especially when you use a esky to put in the veg/salad that does not require a fridge only a chiller.

Cheers, Patrick
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 19:01

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 19:01
2 kids = 70L

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Reply By: pojo - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 20:29

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 20:29
bigger is best forget the rest
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