Just bougt an Engel 40L

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 14:08
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Hello Guys and Gals.

We have finally saved enough money to buy an Engel 40L 12 volt fridge/freezer.

The purchase price was $1099.00 and was bought at a local army disposal store. Nice guy running the show but couldn't lower on the price of $1099.00.

Definately a 40L fridge and not the 32l one which he also had for sale for $999.00
I am happy to pay a price for something worthwhile but I am curious if it is a good price as their were not a whole lot of places to look for one(Bundaberg).


I am just curious to find out if it would have been cheaper to have gone to the big smoke to buy a fridge. I suppose I could have Googled for an answer but I don't like purchasing over the Internet.

Please don't say I could have bought a Weaco or other fridge cheaper as my brother owns an Engel which he has taken on his trip around WA and it made up my mind to have an Engel.

On the purchase box it said Japanese designed but built in Taiwan? Shouldn't make a difference as to the Quality of the product....right?

Regards
Sparkiepete
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Reply By: skipp - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 14:23

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 14:23
g;day
just bought myself one in brizzie for $1200....with bag. i looked everwhere and thats the best i could do.
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 14:27

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 14:27
The price is ok so don't worry, just be assured you have brought the best fridge on the market. Everything tastes better from an Engel.
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazy Dog (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 15:44

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 15:44
Say's who?

The bones in my WAECO are the most tender chilled bones around - and I make no bones about that either.....

Grrrrrrrr......!!
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 15:55

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 15:55
Well lets not have a dog fight about it.

Some nice Waeco bones here



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Follow Up By: Member - Crazy Dog (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 16:00

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 16:00
Yes I agree - just enough for both of us...

Grrrrrrrr....!
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Follow Up By: Sparkiepete - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 18:07

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 18:07
If they keep carrying that around they would be stuffed when it comes to playtime ;-)
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 18:53

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 18:53
Hopefully....
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Follow Up By: Sargent Dan - Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 07:48

Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 07:48
i'm convinced you are correct Mad Dog.

Engel is expensive but lets face it, all these fridges are overpriced. I think Engel can get away with charging a premium because of the reputation it has. There are thousands of Engels with very few problems. When a problem is reported it usually is a 20 or 30 year old fridge.

I was going to by the Autofrdge but now it's the Engel for me.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 16:09

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 16:09
You've bought it now - doesn't matter what you paid. You won't remember what you paid in 15 years time when you've used it a million times.

The one I bought a few years back was made in Thailand. Are you sure it said Taiwan on the box - just curious.
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Follow Up By: Sparkiepete - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 18:03

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 18:03
Sorry, you are right. Made in Thailand. Don't know how I stuffed that up
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Reply By: Member - sparra - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 16:45

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 16:45
just bought a 60 litre engel at perth camping show,$1500 with transit bag chucked in. 40 litre one bought in 1989 still going strong,bigger one good for my extended desert trips. cheers, sparra
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 17:55

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 17:55
That is a great price.

There is not much in the mark up in these fridges and if I give away the transit bag then I make $10.00 on the deal. To make $50.00 more I need to buy 10 units at a time.

Regards Derek.
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Follow Up By: Sparkiepete - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 18:06

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 18:06
Yeepers, Not a lot of profit in it is there.
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Reply By: Member - Paul P (Bris) - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 19:15

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 19:15
Congrates

Shout it a transit bag (to assist in keeping it nice and prestine) and it will serve you well for many years to come. (Engel or aftermarket Transit bag).

Regards

Paul
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Reply By: derraux - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 20:50

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 20:50
Japanese motor made in thailand
Over priced to buggery not worth $300 more than the other's German motor's made in china. Can't beat Aussie made. Got to love my explorer.
Derraux
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Follow Up By: sandbridge - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 23:35

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 23:35
Are you saying that the explorer's motor etc are fully made in australia??

andrew
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Follow Up By: derraux - Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 13:20

Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 13:20
No
Explorer use a bd35 danfross motor everything else is aussie made
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Follow Up By: hz75 - Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 17:52

Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 17:52
just getting off the track a bit, my wife bought me a 15 litre el- cheapo cooler/warmer today, brand was pura smart pack
Can anoyone tell me the advantages of owning one of these? It will NOT run without engine running.. for any length of time.
Soon as volts go below 13 fridge cuts out and it wont start again until motor is running again. Ran cooler with motor running and it nearly froze within half an hour .. turn the motor off and it nearly melted within 20 minutes!! Motor cut out in other words.
Does anyone know how to bypass cut out switch??
Any help would be appreciated
cheers
darrell
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Follow Up By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 13:45

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 13:45
The cutout is there for a good reason - they will suck a battery dry faster than a 3 way!

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Reply By: geocacher (djcache) - Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 19:44

Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 19:44
Was in our Rays Outdoors today.

They have a transit bag (blue) which is marked down from 149 to 75 in the clearance section cos it has a bit of stitching about 30mm long that has come undone at the back corner. Take 30 seconds on mums machine to fix if you even bothered.

I can pick it up for someone if they want it. PM me. Shouldn't cost much to post.

Dave
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 13:32

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 13:32
Bloody expensive those Engels for 40 litres..! Must be the extra heavy duty metal they use..! Built in Taiwan, ouch..! Thats gunna hurt, but don't worry you'll only get 1 year less of operation for the Taiwan built models. There's no such thing as a good price for an Engel when compared to a Waeco, unless you get 25% more in the fridge..! LOL

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Follow Up By: Sargent Dan - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 13:40

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 13:40
lol, there will always be a place and a purchaser for the low end product. that's life.
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 14:33

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 14:33
In this case Waeco is not the lower end, certainly according to the Mega Fridge test - http://www.waeco.com.au/news.asp?id=147.

I believe the word "BEST" was used for just about everything in the test. Not bad for a low end product..! Yes the wacky Waeco cleaned up the competition including Engel, certainly a case of value for money, and why pay more when you don't have to.!

We love Engels, great product, no doubt, but you gotta ask yourself, why are they so god dam dear..? LOL

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Follow Up By: Sargent Dan - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 18:52

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 18:52
Test!, in a lab...lol....chuck it in the back and drive around Oz for 20 or 30 years, now that's a real test.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 18:33

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 18:33
Sparkiepete,

The only negative replies you will get are from non-Engel owners and that is because they don't know any better.

Rest assured, you have purchased a top quality fridge, that should give you many years of trouble free service.

I agree that a transit bag is also a good accessory to add.

Another worthwhile addition is an Over Discharge Protector to stop the Fridge from draining the battery.

These are available from K-Mart, Repco, Battery World, etc. for about $30.00

Bill


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