camping fridges over 100L-rating

Submitted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 09:29
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Hi Tom ( this letter is addressed to me -tom)

With regards to Tropical rating.
There is no official climate class ratings within the Australian Gas Certification. Therefore no manufacturer can state their fridge is rated Tropical under Australian guide lines and no manufacturer can show you a certificate to say otherwise.
Climate class ratings are found in Europe. So if a fridge was tropical rated in another country, a manufacturer could say the same Australian models are comparable to one that does carry the T rating.
To pass the Australian Standard, fridges over 100 litre capacity have to perform at 38º.-
This report came from the industry It is on a letterhead and signed.
We have had two virtofrigo fridges - the 160l -2 door was excellent. BUT with three x 135 solar and 3 x 120 amp RITEK batteries -(on the 230L) we did run out of power sometiimes. We went to the Vitrofrigo as our older 3 way fridges - were either good or lousy.. We are now travelling with a Thetford (which is a NORCOLD - MADE IN THE USA)- 2 DOOR 184L - correctly fitted in a KEDRON - shrouded -and with the all important roof venting. It has been excellent over four months. Note -NORCOLD in the USA have no 12V for highway use - they run on GAS - 100% of the time. Our travelling friends had a dometic 2 door - and travelled to the top end of the kimberleys and also had no problems. our Norcold comes with a thermostatically controlled fan which we have never used. Read carefully- the manufacturers installation instructions and see if your fridge has been fitted correctly. And insist on a roof venting, works for us.

happy camping from not so sunny tewantin.
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Reply By: GT Campers - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 10:07

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 10:07
Um.... err.... ???
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 12:26

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 12:26
Beats me too???
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Follow Up By: Charlie B2 - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 13:21

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 13:21
Hi guys,

Perhaps Ferryman might be referring back to Thread 95725 (about page 7 of the Forum, using my particular "sort" function)?


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Reply By: Bigfish - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 18:02

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 18:02
So the fridge you have at present has no 12 volt power. How does it run whilst travelling. Inverter? Please dont tell me that it stays gas powered whilst travelling?
Just asking
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Follow Up By: ferryman1 - Friday, Jun 01, 2012 at 08:38

Friday, Jun 01, 2012 at 08:38
Hi, the fridge has 12volt. We were just noting that in the USA - where we used the Norcold .thetford ...all have to run on gas 100per cent of the time. We are currently at the Kedron caravan factory and david tells us that the fridge worked brilliantly on their trip up the telegraph track to cape York.
Happy travelling
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Reply By: Bigfish - Friday, Jun 01, 2012 at 14:27

Friday, Jun 01, 2012 at 14:27
All good mate. I had visions of the van happi;y travelling along with the fridge running on gas.!
Happy travels
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