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wombat 8th February 2012 10:00 PM

Camp fridges
 
Hi all, i have the opportunity to pick up this fridge for $250:
http://www.bcf.com.au/online-store/p...20#Description
Was just wondering if anyone has had any experience with asorption cooler fridges before and if i would be wasting my money on one, i can't justify spending $1000 on a decent sized one with a compressor.

I would only be using it for camping trips on the coast, so no extreme temps or climates.

Opinions?

stilson 9th February 2012 07:41 AM

G'day wombat I'm a Fridgie by trade and to be honest I wouldn't waste my time with them. I have no specific knowledge of the BCf one however I suggest you buy a good esky and ice or lay out the hard earned on a unit with a danfoss comp or splurge on an engle. Gum tree will find you a second hand waeco for $350 odd and maybe $600 for a near new engle.

It's important to check the lid will open in the back of your car. The engle eclipse lid opens along the long edge meaning you can open it in the back of a fox. My 32l won't but that is my only gripe with it.

An esky with ice can last almost a week and it will never flatten your battery!

Kevin 9th February 2012 05:20 PM

Yep, good advice stilson! Until I started doing extended trips I got by with an Evakool 60L ice box; then purchased an Evakool fridge (danfoss). That was 2005 and it's been great.

wombat 9th February 2012 06:09 PM

Yeah i've got an 80L Techni Ice icebox, cost me $300, it does a great job, ice lasts a few days with frequent beer retrieval openings.
I wouldn't be using the fridge from inside the car i sleep in the back of it, the fridge would be running on gas at the campsite, but i think i'll head your advice and stay away from the cheap absorption fridge and keep my icebox until i plan on going somewhere extended, thanks:)

El_Freddo 10th February 2012 08:59 AM

I've got one of those little engel thermo 8's. Great for travelling with to keep your drinks cold etc. Problems are:

1) what ever you're putting in this type of fridge it needs to already be cold otherwise it can take up to three hours to cool a couple of cans from room temp.

2) They'll only cool to a certain temp below ambient

3) There's a warning on the packaging saying that the unit should not be run for more than 10 hours as damage could result - as in it could possibly over cool or something, I don't know really but I've never driven for long enough to find out anyway!

Cheers

Bennie

silver 29th February 2012 10:03 PM

I could add....DON"T BUY ONE!!!!!!
As said, save your money and get a compressor portable. These things are good with gas (as in...they work good on gas but will chew it up) but will kill a battery in no time flat. Once they get cold they are ok but really are not much chop otherwise.
You will always get the never ending argument...Engel vs Waeco vs something else but i will add my two bobs worth.
I have had 2 Waeco 50ltr fridges over the last 6 years and have had no problems whatsoever. I used one up north for 3 months non stop as a house fridge and the latest (digital) one was 2 1/2 months on my last trip.
I went to a boat show up here and Waeco usually have a stand and i got the CF50 for $900 with a cover and a 55ltr ice box which i sold for $150.
So all up $750 for a new CF50 with cover. The CF50 has 2 cords,one for 12v and one for 240v and is digital.
The weak point is the lid hinges. Be careful with opening the lid.

wombat 25th March 2012 05:22 AM

I bit the bullet and bought a Finch Fridge, $200 secondhand:
http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/taree...idge/340427483
Read alot of reviews on google and they seem to get alot of praise, compared to other absorption coolers they work good, get a month out of it on a bottle of gas too, sticking a fridge on the back works wonders apparently:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/260959510...84.m1423.l2649

Dulagarl 25th March 2012 10:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wombat (Post 39194)
I bit the bullet and bought a Finch Fridge, $200 secondhand:
http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/taree...idge/340427483
Read alot of reviews on google and they seem to get alot of praise, compared to other absorption coolers they work good, get a month out of it on a bottle of gas too, sticking a fridge on the back works wonders apparently:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/260959510...84.m1423.l2649

They're not bad: excellent on gas, pretty good on 240V, OK on 12 v. Really on 12 V all they do is keep it cool, but not actually drop the temperature.

The fan might help, But I don't think you'll need it when its running on gas.

Whatever you do, DO NOT run it on gas when inside the vehicle. A vehicle caught fire and was destroyed when on the way home from an ORS trip a few years ago, and this was the most likely cause.

I do think you got a very good price.

wombat 26th March 2012 01:50 AM

Yeah ive been reading up on them, stuck a bullseye spirit level on the top to get it level for gas etc, turned it on about 3 hours ago its starting to build up frost on the bar inside it, at least it works:P

wombat 26th March 2012 10:11 PM

Hooray put a cup of room temperature water in it last night and just drunk it then it was pretty dang cold, at least it works:)


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