Which is the best Chescold?

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Hi All

Aside other fridges, I was wondering which Chescold 3 way fridge people prefer over the F400 Explorer and the RC1180?

Obviously the RC1180 is larger than the F400, but the RC1180 is not designed to freeze the entire contents like the F400 can. Thus this could be a deciding factor between the two?

I thought I'd ask what experiences people have had with their Chescolds.

Regards, William
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Reply By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 21:32

Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 21:32
we are about to get the 40 lt thing with the camper trailer we are buying...going to use it as a freezer as we have a waeco 50lt for a fridge....but dunno what type it is...just know its a 3 way...

Laura
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Reply By: Member - G N (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 21:51

Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 21:51
Good luck, had one and unless you used a spirit level to makeit flat then it would not cool, got caught twice and got rid of it ASAP.
Chescold!
GN
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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 22:41

Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 22:41
Yep,used one right around OZ, it worked,just!!
Bought another latter on(don't know why)
Now have a 40ltr engle and a 73 ltr Auto fridge.
People need to understand you do not need to freeze your meat,good butchers will vac pack it for free!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark H (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 23:36

Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 23:36
That is right but we're travelling around Australia for 6 months and in the small places it's usually small supermarkets with a very limited offer of meat. To have the option of doing both is worth it. Our dual zone Evakools (and others) are handy for this.

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Follow Up By: Mogul - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 20:31

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 20:31
Buy your own vacumm packer.
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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 21:06

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 21:06
Why?
Any good butcher(with a decent order) will do it for free!
I say again, who doesn't pass through a decent size town every 6 weeks?
If it's a week or two longer each canned stuff,but i doubt if many members spend more than 6 weeks away from a source of food?
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 00:28

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 00:28
Gday,
Every one to there own,
I personaly wouldnt buy one.
Stack your esky right and you will get the same affect.
Ive owned a few , but havent had one for years and I know technology changes!
BUT I have a mate who has one (two actualy) and every time we go bush $%#@ ......the same story....it would have worked if it was level....it would have worked if he had enough gas.....it would have worked if........
If you budget doesnt have a fridge in it .......get a good esky and pack it right.
Just Me

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Reply By: Zebra400 - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 04:29

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 04:29
Not sure if they have changed the way they make them, but when we had one about 15 years ago, they worked well on 240 volts and gas, but were useless on 12 volts and used a lot of battery power.

As most of our travelling was in the 4WD, we needed a fridge that performed best on 12 volts. So have been using an Engel for the past 15 years and it is still running.

We miss the gas option, but have found running a 2nd battery solved that problem for a 2-3 day stop.
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Reply By: Rocky_QLD - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 08:14

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 08:14
Hi Ozwasp

Absolutely swear by our RC1180, take the divider out and you have a 50lt freezer. Sure they struggle on 12v but so does everything else, 12v should only be used when driving.

We were making ice in ours during a week of 40 degree heat last year while running on gas.

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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 11:27

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 11:27
Gday,
Quote "Sure they struggle on 12v but so does everything else, 12v should only be used when driving."
I think you might think differently if you tried some of the better brands?
I was away for 6 weeks recently...my waeco run the whole time in my car..never once looked like running out of power.

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Follow Up By: Stephen M (NSW) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 17:02

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 17:02
Hi there Rocky,

"Sure they struggle on 12v but so does everything else, 12v should only be used when driving."

Have to disagree with you there Rocky, Ran my waeco for 7 days at -14 used as a freezer, average 35 ambient temp, and yes off the hilux battery, never missed a beat, 2 weeks in scrub running at +2 as fridge for 14 days ambient temp between 35/40 virtually every day. When not in car, running on 240 volt all the time never gets turned off. 2 years old so far so good. Buying another one this time 35 litre to use as a freezer so I can use the current one (50 litre as a fridge). We use to have the 3 way in the caravan and found it best to run on gas. Did pump out some heat (via the external vent) but worked great, freezer froze up no problems but agree with you when hooked up to 12 volt when running via car batt was pretty much useless. 240v not too bad providing it wasnt to hot ambient wise. Great for when staying in one place for a while and running from gas. Never had any troubles with it was still working when we sold the van.
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Reply By: Drew - Karratha - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 10:39

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 10:39
I had one for about 10 years (the blue one with the separate fridge / freezer sections) and for the first couple of years I swore by it - we could camp for 2 weeks and it wouldnt use a full cylinder of gas, we would freeze fish fillets and make ice in the freezer section and the fridge section would keep everything nice and cool. Then.... it started not working so well - it wouldnt hold temperature on 12v, the gas kept going out and wouldnt freeze things even when it was going, I was drinking 40oC beer from the fridge etc. I tried turning it upside down, using a spirit level, taking it in to a service agent to check it for faults, etc, etc, but in the end sold it and bought a 57L Engel Combi Fridge / freezer. I now have to take a generator with me if I am camping in the same spot for a few days, but it works - always.....

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Reply By: Mike Harding - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 17:59

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 17:59
>Which is the best Chescold?

The one which best suits your needs.

I have owned a Finch for some years and found that to be excellent but it won't freeze.

Recently (12 months ago) I bought an RC1180 (the blue Chescold - the F400 is the green one) and have found that to be excellent too. are you sure it's not intended to freeze the whole compartment? It has a removable divider and the biggest problem I am having is keeping the fridge section _warm_ enough!

afaik the F400 and RC1180 have the same cooling unit (I'm basing that on the fact that Chescold quote the same gas consumption for the two units) so, given that the F400 is smaller, I assume it would be able to reach lower temperatures? Therefore, if all you seek is a freezer the F400 may be a better buy but the RC1180 has the ability to perform both tasks which is why I chose it.

To the 3 way detractors: 3 way fridges are poor on 12V - they don't work very well and they use lots of power. If your lifestyle is that you will be driving every day don't buy a 3 way buy a compressor fridge.

However if your lifestyle is that you will be camped in one place for 3 days or more then either buy a 3 way and a gas cylinder of buy $1k+ solar panel (and hope the sun shines) or a generator (which will run for a few hours each day) and a $200+ 100Ah battery.

Me...? I'll stay with my Chescold thanks - chilled wine _is_ essential for a bush stay :)

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: ozwasp - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 19:04

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 19:04
Hi Mike

You say that both the RC1180 and F400 have the same cooling units due to the same gas consumption - this is a fair comment, but wouldn't the RC 1180 perform better as a freezer due to its individual freezer area that the F400 does not have?

For example if you were in the tropics in a high 30s environment, you expect the freezer section of the RC1180 to be colder than the F400's complete area - thus it may be better in extreme temperature if only to use the freezer section as a fridge...

Does anyone have any experience in using either the RC1180 or F400 is extreme temperatures and if so, how did they perform??

Will.

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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 19:12

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 19:12
>For example if you were in the tropics in a high 30s environment,
>you expect the freezer section of the RC1180 to be colder than
>the F400's complete area - thus it may be better in extreme
>temperature if only to use the freezer section as a fridge...

I'm no expert on refrigeration by a long shot... :) but I would assume if you have two spaces cooled by a unit with the same capability then the smaller space would cool to a lower temp and quicker...?

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: TD100 - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 19:50

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 19:50
Mike and ozwasp,

i also have a 1180 and swear by it,as stated its not brilliant on 12v but i didnt buy it for that,it fantastic cooling/freezing ability on LPG.runs for 2 weeks on a 4kg cylinder.kept my stuff frozen being left outside in 30+ weather.only problem as prev stated is stopping the fridge side freezing stuff.other than that it is a good unit.i also have a 42 litre compressor fridge for the on the go type trips which is only a cheapo but it works a treat,been bounced half way around oz and still going.cheers Paul
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 20:18

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 20:18
TD100:

A man who buys and uses the appropriate equipment for the job and doesn't get hung up on which brand or type is "best".

Post more often please :)

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Member - barbara M (NSW) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 20:59

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 20:59
Hi,
we have had a blue chescold and find it is suitable for us we usually travel and set up for a few days and it is fantastic main trouble is making sure the stuff in the fridge doesnt freeze but also have taken it on a trip to cape york travelled with it on 12 volt through the day and put it on gas at night kept meat frozen for the entire trip and froze the fish we caught. Husband did make sure that the wire to the outlet and on the fridge were of the right size he is an electrician. The chescold suits our type of travelling better than a compressor fridge but that is just us work out what suits you and go with that luckily we do not all do the same thing or life would br boring
barb
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Reply By: gjcumming - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 23:38

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 23:38
Hello William.

I own the green 40 litre tropical version (is that the F400?). I've had it since 1996 and its still going strong. I took it on a 3 month trip through the NT and QLD in constant high 30's heat. (we tented) I used it as a fridge with vac meat. I had to keep the temp dial down at about 40%. Any higher and the beer froze. Ice crystals in the beer in the tropics was just majic. I have it running in the car via 6mm wire direct from vehicle battery through a relay to prevent flattening the batt. It runs fine in the car, bearing in mind its off when the ignitions off. Runs great on gas & 240V. Pilot can be blown out in windy conditions. I try to shield it then. I do try to place it level. Use it allot, even last weekend. Working fine. Never used it as a dedicated freezer. Must give it a go at home.
Regards: Grant.
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Reply By: Member - Greg A (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 08:01

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 08:01
RC1180 suits our style also. I found it was fairly mediocre on 12v until I installed 2 computer fans inside the back cover to circulate air over the fins. My wife also made up an insulating cover. Since these mods it now ices up nicely on 12v.

Greg..
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