to Waeco or not to Waeco

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 18:09
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Good Evening All I am travelling to the tip soon. I have a Waeco C35 Fridge/Freezer. I do not think it will be brave enough to hold all the supplies I would need. I have two GIG outlets plus an two Anderson plugs. one for the inverter and one for the second battery on the trailer. For those who have done the trip. I would appreciate some advice. Cheers Steve

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Reply By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 18:32

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 18:32
How soon? Tip still officially closed from Laura up as of Tuesday. Cheers Tony
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Follow Up By: Member - esarby (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 19:12

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 19:12
Hi Peter. Not leaving Sydney until mid May. Cruising up to Cairns for a few weeks. Staying around the area until the weather permits. It's a Big Country - Must see as much as I can before it's all gone. Cheers. Steve - President Elect 2009 -Sydney " Tvan Canning " Adventurers Inc.

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Reply By: On Patrol & TONI - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 19:53

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 19:53
esarby
The waeco will be fine for the food and a good eski (Tropicool etc) for the drinks etc will do the job just fine.

Ice is available from most roadhouses at that time of year and you will not be more than 2 days from a supplier unless you spend long periods of several days at remote locations.

If you go the eski route then block ice will outlast party ice by 2-3 days
Cheers, Colin.
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Reply By: Member - Netnut (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 20:13

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 20:13
G'day Steve,
The 35L fridge should be adequate for up to 2 people, even more if you take food that doesn't need refridgeration.

My wife and I went to the tip of Cape York and back in 2007 with a 40L fridge and it proved to be more than adequate. Some of the things we did:
1) We bought some cryo-packed meat, fresh vegies, fruit etc in Cairns and replensihed our fridge and larder in Bamaga before the return journey.
2) We took some long life and some powdered milk to save on fridge space. Only one carton of milk was in the fridge at any time.
3) We drank mostly fresh water - which was readily available from the rivers and/or homesteads - often as tea.
4) We carried only enough grog to last us a cuppla days as carrying full strength alcohol beyond the Jardine River is prohibited.
5) We bought some takeaway food along the way at homesteads: Musgrave, Archer River, Bramwell Station and Weipa.
6) We visited Weipa where almost anything we needed was available.
7) Our vegies were wrapped and stored so as to not require refrigeration.
8) We bought soy & linseed wholemeal bread which with care stays fresh for 3-4 days. We carried supplies for damper as a back up.
9) Most of all, we travelled in a manner which meant we wouldn't suffer too much if our refrigeration failed.

Enjoy the trip.
Netnut


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Reply By: Member - Porl - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 20:40

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 20:40
Well its truly horses for courses, if you are a ravenous carnivore with a penchant for chocolate milk and cheese sandwhiches and a 6 pack of beer for lunch and then in the evening, then a 30L fridge is not gonna go far.

Of course if you prefer lentil curries made with cous cous, vegetables and lentils stored in cardboard boxes, and grow sprouts in jars that you wrap in mountain wraps with grated carrot and canned spam, well you might last the entire trip without a fridge.
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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . .- Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 09:06

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 09:06
Think of all of the weight loss :-))
not just for the vehicle
but the driver too !!

Naahhh, get yerself a bigger fridge, life's much too short for missing out on all the usual good food an wine when away travelling.

Mainey . . .
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Reply By: Member - Ingo57 (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 21:23

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 21:23
Trade your 35 Wanko in on a 40lt Engel, then youll be fine!!!!!!!!!!

Ingo
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Follow Up By: Hooroo WA - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 21:51

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 21:51
So what should he do????????????? Trade in the 35lt Wanko on a 40lt Ego???????????????

Ha ha, couldnt resist.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ingo57 (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 22:07

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 22:07
hahaha I couldnt resist either
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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 04:44

Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 04:44
I was waiting for it

love it
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 07:12

Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 07:12
Well the original poster did say he was taking the Waeco to the Tip............................. he is just going to buy an Engel instead hahaha


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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . .- Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 09:15

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 09:15
Me thinks it would be easier to just leave it on the verge (footpath) for a council clean-up, would save the travelling to the 'tip' with it.

No-one would pinch it, so would look a bit outa place for a while, maybe add an engel badge an it would be removed much quicker :-))
(this is a late fryday funnies - isn't it ??)

Mainey . . .
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Reply By: pling - Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 17:29

Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 17:29
I would get rid of the Waeco 35 and go back to the original Engel 40 you had.

You can fit more beer and food in it.

We did that trip with no hassles for two people using an Engel 40.

Cryvac your meat, one litre of milk at a time, limit 3 cans a day in fridge plus all the food needed for three weeks.

No problem Steve, enjoy the trip.
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Reply By: johannagoanna - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 20:00

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 20:00
I did the trip two years ago, with my two kids and myself with the same fridge, no problems at all!!!

You just need to be able to pack well, and when you take a cold beer out, you put in one to take it's place. Since I was the only adult I only had 2 beers in my fridge at any one time! Worked a treat........after all, isn't it about keeping the beer cold??

Jo
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