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Gidday HC

Is the CF25 a compressor type fridge/freezer?

What are the precise dimensions? Will it fit under the cargo blind?
Hi RB,
The CF25 is 425H 550D 260W. It is a compressor fridge.
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^ thanks, mate. Not sure if this model is still made. I will look - and check the measurements .
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My thoughts also. A 24 hour amp hour battery would be lucky to last half a day. Given that deep cycle batteries don`t like being discharged more than about 30%.
When camping I use a 13 yo 45 litre Waeco running on a 100 amp hour battery sitting on the floor behind the driver`s seat which is charged from the car when running and a double sided, ex (someone`s) space program, stand alone, 80 watt per side foldable solar panel, chained and padlocked to the car, when stopped and tent living.
I mostly use it these days at the Woodford Folk Festival, where I (did) volunteer and am camped there for about 5 weeks, damn hot, and the National in Canberra.
I used to use a roof mounted 45 watt then a 50 watt panel but these could not handle the heat at Woodford in the QLD summer.
The combination works extremely well, storing sufficient food and beer/wine supply without problems.
The deep cycle battery lasts only about 4 or 5 years as it doesn`t get used enough I suspect so these days it is connected permanently to my old 50 watt panel in the storage shed when not in use.
The battery is wired up such that it can also start the car if so required.
Overall a good system which works well.
Intend to traverse the Simpson next July with the SCC Adelaide but I shall not take the deep cycle battery, just the fridge running from the car only, for weight reasons Previous Simpson crossings I have taken the battery but it is too heavy. Car doesn`t need the extra 30 kgs. and nights will be cool enough to keep contents cool if not cold.
A mod I am contemplating making is to use a 12volt computer cooling fan blowing air through the fridge cooling ducts. Too slack to have done it yet.
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Ateday, if you can incorporate one of these fans in your fridge, I have found it helps immensely in situations where you are unable to avoid your fridge being in a hot spot (for example in car parks when sometimes your car or trailer is locked for a couple of hours).

http://caravansplus.com.au/catalog/p...oducts_id=3647

We have a very old Engel which I installed one of these permanently within the 'guts' of the fridge. The fan cools the fridge coils by the solar powered panels, so whenever the sun shines, the fan runs. I noticed a significant difference particularly on hot days of how often the fridge runs with a relatively simple modification that takes no stored power to run.

Back on topic... I bought a vacuum food sealer awhile ago. It has really enhanced our whole fridge/camping experience. With careful pre-freezing of our meat on house power before a trip of the meat we will need, I then switch to fridge only and put our day to day fridge supplies on top. We can manage about 9 days this way food wise with a combination of cooling via the car driving and solar panels when stationary.

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I recently purchased a vacuum unit for a lot more but wanted one that I knew had a good reputation and would also run on 12 volts for longer trips so I can reseal food.
I was originally looking at one like the dometic, but couldn't really think of a time I'd need to pack on the road. I've a small handheld one with reusable bags that I'd used hiking to reseal dehydrated foods in the past (runs on batteries), but I take fresh produce camping and 4wd or dried veg which lasts long enough for me.

Good thing too is hopefully this will cut down on non burnable rubbish.
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And I can always vacuum pack my rubbish if it gets on the nose !
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That's a good point! I'll have to wait and see how the quality turns out, if I get two trips out of it, it'll have paid for itself. Ultimately time will tell, I hope it lasts a while and the build would suggest that, but we'll see as I've found Chinese noname imports its the quality control that matters
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