ARB or Waeco

Hi guys,

I am currently in the process of purchasing another 12V fridge for my car. I have decided upon either a 50L Waeco or a 47L ARB fridge. I have heard some great reviews and some not so great about both fridges. I am still undecided and would grealty appreciate some information on these fridges from other keen campers. The fridge will be primarily used for long weekend's away and a longer trips where Ill be using another 32L Engel in conjunction as a freezer.

Cheers,

Hilux4me
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Reply By: Doddgey - Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 09:25

Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 09:25
I can only comment on the ARB fridges of which I have two. They have been fantastic, we normally use one as a fridge and the other as a freezer and they have not missed a beat since we bought them a year or so ago.
They have been through central Australia on a six week trip, two trips to Fraser and a punishing two days at Levuka where they copped a thumping in the back of the truck. I also keep one in the truck permanently whilst not away and on full time. They have a couple of clever design ideas which have been great, ie the lift off lid and their power draw has been very pleasing.
The only thing that they have not done thus far is prove themselves long term like the Engel, but time as always will tell.
Cheers

Doddgey
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Follow Up By: Member - Ray C1 (QLD) - Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 10:31

Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 10:31
Hi,

I will add my vote for a ARB fridge, VERY pleased with mine.

Ray
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Follow Up By: HiLux 4 me- Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 12:20

Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 12:20
Doddgey,

Looks like you have a good set up there. Do you have any more photos of your canopy and the set up you have for it. I'm currently making my own canopy and am chasing some ideas. Could you most up some more photos showing a bit more detail
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Follow Up By: Doddgey - Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 14:53

Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 14:53
No problems, I will see what I can find.

Cheers


Doddgey
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Reply By: Member - TonBon (NSW) - Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 11:11

Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 11:11
I too have been going through the pro's and con's of various fridges and recently discovered the Primus range as well. I am now seriously considering changing my choice to a primus. Might be worth considering. Just a thought incase you hadnt seen them.
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Follow Up By: trainslux - Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 20:21

Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 20:21
Whilst I was looking at the primus units, I had a chat to their rep who was there.
He couldnt tell me what type of compressor they ran.
Its my understanding, and correct me if im wrong, but there running the domus type whilch are not that good.

I would reccomend an evakool unit, either fiberglass, or poly depending on your size and shape available.

Trains
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Follow Up By: Member - TonBon (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 07:18

Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 07:18
Spent a little while this morning searching for the compressor type used as you got me thinking. Turns out, as far as i can gather that they use units built by a company called Cubigel who in 1988 was merged with Electrolux. Web site: http://www.cubigel.com/ The web site is an interesting read and seems to show a good solid background in compressor construction.
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Follow Up By: trainslux - Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 12:02

Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 12:02
Ahh, excellent.
I happily stand corrected, If the primus are using the low amp start up compressors, then that would be a real winner, like the ABR units that Derek has on offer, a very good fridge, and well thought out, similar to the primus in its box like dimentions.


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Reply By: HiLux 4 me- Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 12:04

Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 12:04
I hadn't seen the primus range before. They do look a very strong unit, being 60L they offer a good mid size fridge/freezer. Will continue to look and see how they compare against the ARB fridge.
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Reply By: Wilk0 - Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 16:24

Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 16:24
My vote is for the ARB. IMHO I like the exta strength in the shell compared to the Waeco.

Cheers Wilko

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Reply By: Member - Tezza Qld - Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 23:56

Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 23:56
To my knowledge ARB have never made a fridge
The old fridge marketed through ARB was as we all know was a Engel.
A bit ofgf a bun fight with Engel about pricing and ARB turn to Waceo.
So enter the New ARB fridge, a Waceo in a new body. Mark 2 soon to be released with a better lid lock.. Retail in Brisbane for $1170-00 including a transit bag.

Cheers Teza
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Follow Up By: wheeler - Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 07:33

Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 07:33
Not sure where you get your info from Tezza, but it is not right.

The new ARB fridge was fully designed in house by ARB. It is manufactured for them by Dometic. Nothing to do wiith waeco whatsoever.

The new catch was released some time ago as a running change. (mine was updated at no charge)

Don't think the price you quote is correct either. i think you will find that RRP is $1199.00 plus bag. (but you can probably get a deal)

I have had mine since they were release and it has run constantly in the back of my car with no issues. I didnt even have an issue with the old catch, but they offered to replace it at no charge anyway.
very happy with mine.

Test in a recent 4x4 monthly mag gave them a big wrap as well.

oh and just as an aside. Engel also do not manufacture fridges. They are made by sawafuji industries.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tezza Qld - Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 08:42

Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 08:42
Hi Wheeler

My apoligies ,I stand corrected.

Cheers Teza
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Follow Up By: Boobook2 - Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 14:51

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 14:51
Wheeler said
"It is manufactured for them by Dometic. Nothing to do wiith waeco whatsoever."

Nothing to do with it, APART from the fact that Waeco is 100% owned by Dometic and the division that does portable compressor fridges.



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Reply By: Best Off Road - Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 07:34

Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 07:34
Ironman are now doing there own fridge.

Looks very good and it's made in Germany.

Jim.

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Reply By: Member - greg S (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 09:28

Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 09:28
We have 2 waeco's, a 40L and a 50L. Had an issue with the 50L after a year or so but that was fixed by waeco at no charge and they also replaced the small lid strap at no charge.
Never had an issue with the 40L and both of them hold their temp reasonably well.
When camping the 50L usually resides in the butterfly box in the camper and the 40L in the back of the Patrol. I have modified the 12V power cable for the 50L and put an anderson plug on the end. I also made up a connector piece to go from the anderson plug back to a cig plug in case it is needed in another vehicle, but I have put an anderson plug in the back of the patrol for the 50L waeco especially for it. I will be doing the same to the cable for the 40L when the plug on the end melts like the 50L one did (not a big problem just replaced it with another cig plug). There is also an anderson plug in the butterfly box for the 50L.

BCF have had some good deals on waeco, engel and evacool fridges in the past and probably will continue to do so.

Cheers

Greg
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Follow Up By: Slugsta - Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 20:14

Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 20:14
G`Day , far as i know Waeco is part of the Dometic group of companies, so i reckon the ARB fridge could at the very least be called a close cousin to a Waeco fridge. Presume it has the Danfoss compressor and not the asian one.
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Reply By: Busy Bee - Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 23:27

Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 23:27
4WD Action issue #136 did a big fridge comparison of seven portable fridges around 40-50 litres, replicating climate extremes and measuring things like min, max and average temp., total power consumption, av consumption, max compressor on time, off time etc.
Also they took them on a 2500 km trip to test in the wild and ran them 72 hrs straight on clay pans, opening the lids for a minute at random intervals. Lots of data charts and graphs, you would have to read the article.
End result for the fridges most mentioned were ARB 47L best overall, Bushman 35/42L best value for money, Engel 40L most rugged and Waeco 50L runner up.
Course they had something nice to say about each of the seven.
Personally I had set my sights on ARB after seeing them in the shop, but couldn't resist the package Engel was offering last year with a host of goodies including the travel cover. But it looks like you should be happy with any of the top brands, just check them out to see which of the design details suit you best.
The only time I made a mistake was when I thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken.

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Follow Up By: trainslux - Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 14:17

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 14:17
Evakool had the lowest amp hr use over the test period, and lowest comp running time as well.

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