3 way fridge sizes

All,

After having an 85L 12v fridge and having the pain of batteries I now want to swap for the pain of gas. I have researched the downsides and know the differences.

My question is sizing. The biggest I can find is 55L unless I go into the RV type fridges to get 90L. Are there other options and will the RV type fridges be suitable in a car and camping?

Thanks in advance...
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Reply By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 20:57

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 20:57
I can't answer you question specifically but would ask do you need to have such a big 12v fridge to start with?

I have a 60lt fridge which does my family just fine. We also have a firbreglass esky that we use and between the two we have ample capacity.

So if you want to go with three way is 55litre big enough? I would think yes but only you can answer that question.
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Follow Up By: Coolman - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 23:08

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 23:08
Cram,

We always filled the 85L... but I also asked the wife the same questions. The response was pretty clear :-)
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Reply By: ozwasp - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 00:41

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 00:41
Buy 2 - Get a 40L Chescold F400 ($900 new) and use it as a freezer and buy a cheap gasmate/repco 3way for a fridge ($300 new)
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 06:25

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 06:25
As an owner of a 12v 80L fridge I understand your problem. To be able to go bush for a week (just two of us) we need the 80 to take the stuff we like to take.

The largest decent 3 way that I am aware of is the Chescold RC 1180, at 55 litres.

When the time comes, the 80 Waeco will get the Tijuana Brass and I'll get the 1180 for Camp and a small 12 volt (approx 30L) for the car. This will give us greater versatility and keeping power up to a 30L should be a doddle with our solar panel. The generator will then get retired as well.

Cheers,

Jim.

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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 06:33

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 06:33
Sorry, that didn't really answer your question.

Yes you can fit an upright 3 way as long as you have room, as is done in many Motorhomes. But it does require specialised fitting, with a seperate sealed compartment for the gas bottle with an external opening door.

It would require significant modification to your vehicle and would not be cheap.



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Reply By: Coolman - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 08:22

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 08:22
Thanks to all so far. Primus does have a 70L so that may be a good comprimise along with the a cheaper repco one as a backup.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 23:47

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 23:47
If you get a caravan type fridge you will probably have to build a cabinet for it. Every one I know of is built to be installed in a cabinet in a van.

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Reply By: harryopal - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 15:36

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 15:36
With a 3 way about 6o litre I am impressed the way it goes through a gas bottle. Given the cost of refills I can't wonder if we wouldn't be better off with a Coolgardie safe. Anyone still using one? And the old canvas water bottle may have leaked but they did give a nice gool drink hung up in a tree.
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