Engel/ARB fridge...Where's the best price??

Submitted: Friday, May 16, 2003 at 00:11
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OK, after heaps of head aches and brain fade !!! I've decided on a new Engel 40lt fridge is the go for me.

Anyone have any info on best prices/place to purchase.

Mail order or what ever.

Thanks in advance.

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Reply By: crowe - Friday, May 16, 2003 at 08:52

Friday, May 16, 2003 at 08:52
Andrew,

I bought my 40ltr 1 year ago from Gladstone Aircond and refrigeration in QLD. At the time i think rrp was $1180 and i ended up paying $1050 with a little bartering. From memory all distribtuors have to sell at recommended rrp, i think i was quite fortunate to get the discount.
Hope this helps
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Reply By: Solar King - Friday, May 16, 2003 at 10:49

Friday, May 16, 2003 at 10:49
Why not buy a quality Australian made fridge that has sufficient insulation for Australian conditions. Evakool, Explorer, Autofridge, Trailblazer.

Engel chest fridge are at best rated to 32C and carry no CEN certification. In temperatures over 32C Engel take a substantial amount of power to try to keep the fridge at the required temperature. The only fridge of Engel that carries a CEN N certification is the upright fridge. An N rating is most definitely not suitable for Australian conditions. Fridges for Australian conditions need to carry a T certification rating.

Engel cycles over the Australian standards for refrigeration and does not meet the standards to maintain temperature within 4C as tested by a NATA approved lab.
If you look at the SawaFuji factory website specifications you will see they do not quote the required temperature operating range or the CEN rating. http://www.sawafuji.co.jp/engel/htm/engel-sp.htm

Have you priced the spares for an Engel when it breaks down compared to other brands. Suggest you check out what a compressor and invertor unit costs to replace.
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Follow Up By: Allyn - Friday, May 16, 2003 at 11:14

Friday, May 16, 2003 at 11:14
firstly it has to break down. Invariably some do but I know plenty of people here in the Pilbara & Kimberley who've had theirs for untold years without any problems whatsoever. The trick is to keep using them I reckon. As for the 32C bit well that's a winters day for us and that's when I do most of my camping so perhaps that's the secret.
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Follow Up By: michael - Friday, May 16, 2003 at 11:34

Friday, May 16, 2003 at 11:34
so larking , your technical knowledge seems impressive , but from andrew's post I understand he's decided on the product and simply desires to know the best place to - BUY IT ! I did in 1992 never a problem in all conditions and still going strong.
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Follow Up By: Member- Rox - Friday, May 16, 2003 at 22:14

Friday, May 16, 2003 at 22:14
Solar King, I just went to Ningaloo Station 38.6'c and my 40lt Engel ran on -5to -10'c. has been runing 18 months non stop so far (use it at home as a bar fridge) NO PROBLEMSAround Oz 06/2004
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Follow Up By: Member- Rox - Friday, May 16, 2003 at 22:17

Friday, May 16, 2003 at 22:17
Salar king I remember a post the other week that you made a statement but wouldn't provide a complete solution. Maybee you just like to rubish every thingAround Oz 06/2004
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Reply By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Friday, May 16, 2003 at 16:00

Friday, May 16, 2003 at 16:00
Where are you Andrew? If the 4wd show hasn't reached you yet thats best place otherwise ring around your area as most sell at RRP. Regards Bob
Wish i was still here / Gulf in July
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Follow Up By: Andrew - Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 01:59

Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 01:59
I think you'd be right there BJ.

I live in country WA ( about 4.5hrs from Perth). Not sure if we have had the 4x4 show or not this year yet, but I'll check it out.

ARB Albany are doing them for $1150. Another place around the corner is doing the Engel with the bag for $1250. I think the're pretty much the same everywhere.

cheers
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Reply By: Dozer - Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 00:04

Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 00:04
Hi A few datys ago truckster got a quote from some doods in an ARB store in Melbourne for $1170 with travel bag.
Have a look back
Andrew
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Reply By: bob - Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 15:25

Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 15:25
Try www.portable-engel-chescold-more.com.au and ask Micheal for a quote
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Reply By: geoffp - Monday, May 19, 2003 at 20:35

Monday, May 19, 2003 at 20:35
ive had 2 engles for 14 yrs and the havnt missed a beat ! most of the time i only run one and that is all time 24/7 no probs (plus its good maintance for your 2nd batt ) the only down side is the like a fair bit of juice however the new ones supposed to drink less but im waiting for my ones to die b4 buying new. there is a south african mob who have an equivilant which has a fridge and freezer with about 20 yrs rep and draw 2.5 amps for both at once! if ur in nsw let me know i can get one for about 1000 bucks through my wholesaler
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