Portable Fridge for Camping

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  1. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Who has a portable fridge for camping?

    Something that keeps some milk, 2 six packs and a few sausages cold

    Just want something that sits on the floor behind the drivers seat in my T3
    Battery is right there.

    Best brand?

    What do you do when you have parked with no power?
    2nd battery set up?
    Solar?

    Thanks
     
  2. David H

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    2 batteries & gas & the original fridge. Keeps ice blocks frozen for the kids & beer cold for the older ones:p.
    Cheers
     
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  3. twincabay

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    Barry a 3 way isnt a bad option they work great. A gas bottle when you overnight lasts forever 12v draw is high so 12v whilst on the road then gas when you stop. As with all fridges get them cold before you leave on 240 v and as you would know air is the hardest thing to cool so get the smallest fridge you need and fill it with cold water or and ice in bottles to ill the void. Or buy a 30 lt engel (they are much more efficient than a 3 way on 12 v) and get a second battery under the drivers seat but going down this road will cost $$$ I scored a 3 way for $75 its a ripper. Everyone is obsessed with AGM batteries and solar so 3 ways are cheap.
     
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  4. Barry

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    Thanks Mitch
     
  5. Weekender

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    Barry - just remember if you plan a 3 way fridge that the gas fitting, gas bottle location and ventilation would need to comply with the state's compliance laws, a 3 way fridge also has to be completely level to operate. A 12v compressor style fridge (such as a Engel) doesn't have those issues, but as noted above you will need some more 12v batteries to run it - perhaps some solar might help too.





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  6. nils

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    I have an 55L metal body evacool glacier.
    It had the smallest footprint for its internal capacity without going built in.
    12/240V super quite, danfoss compressor, parts/repair avaliable in australia, comes wit a cover that matches my interior all for under $800.

    I don't think you will get away with many fridges that won't require a second battery (maybe if you are only daytripping?)
     
  7. Barry

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    Nils
    Is this the one you have?
    https://www.evakool.com/55-litre-evakool-glacier-metal-fridge-freezer

    Did you get the solar panel?
    or do you just have a second battery?
    If I just had a 2nd battery fully charged - how long would that last?
    Does the cover make a difference? is it insulated?

    Most of our camping is 3-4 night stuff
    With the occasional 2 weeker
     
  8. Barry

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  9. Kai

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    I use a Waeco Cf25 but it is only a 23L fridge and only holds 6 1.25L bottles. Its perfect for day trips or weekends away but for longer trips I think a 55-60L would be more suited.

    It fits perfectly in the walkthrough of my baywindow. Ran it constantly while off site camping for 5 days with 2nd 100ah AGM battery and dual battery isolator/charger and 120amp folding solar panels. Never went flat. I also used the same battery for my stereo, lights and phone charger.
     
  10. jjdz

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    we got a Bushman it has add on pieces which means you can have 4 different sizes ranging from 35L to 52L had it a few years very happy a friend has a Engel fridge they are happy with it except for how loud it is in small spaces
     
  11. Poptop

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    National Luna - fridge porn!
     
  12. Blunderbus

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    About the smallest compressor fridge available is a Waeco 21 litre, they come up on gumtree and ebay occasionally , i have a 50ltr dual zone Waeco which works for us.
    Just beware of the metal cased fridges, heavy and easily dented. The metal evakool range is made in china and is often found under different brand names for less the evakool branded ones.
     
  13. twincabay

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  14. Gerry and Robyn

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    Thanks twincabay for drawing attention to our very reliable fridge.
    Well spotted.
    Gerry
     
  15. Barry

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  16. Kai

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    i use a 100ah agm deep cycle battery. worth around $300 but you need it car battery wont stand the constant discharge/recharge.
     
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  17. cbus

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    Pays to have a deep cycle 'house' battery.
    They are designed to take long slow discharges down to low level( 30%).

    Starter batteries give high current but dislike being heavily drained.

    Proper use and recharging asap will give longer life.

    Plus a separate' house' battery means less chance of non starting after camping.

    Off road mags quite owners as using 1 amp per hr averaged over 24 hrs for the likes if a 45l waeco.
    That would be best case scenario.

    Obviously its highly dependent on external temps and how you use it.

    Getting cold prior to trip and having frozen objects packed helps considerably

    Batteries have a limited number of cycles before deteriorating below given specs so the more you keep it charged the longer its life.
     
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  18. AC-T3

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    Guess you have to do the sums. Col and Kai are on the money. How big a fridge and what do you want to keep cold? And how cold do you want to keep it (freezer style or just chilled)? Other considerations but these are good starters. Then how much current draw from your chosen fridge? Any other current draw while camping? LED lights, disco DJ light and sound systems, TV, internet, etc. Reckon you're looking at 24 amp hours minimum per 24 hours for a new era fridge (not freezer - if so then go 4 amps per hour) then add other consumption. 25 - 30 amps per 24 hours will be minimum so now work on the power source. Definitely don't use your cranking battery so how big for a house battery and where to put it. The T3 second battery space under the passenger seat will take a 100 amp hour (plus) AGM lying on its side and is an easy wire up to the canker, isolating switch, secondary fuse block and bits. Now an AGM should not be fully discharged to maximise life cycle, so work 0n 50% discharge before recharge = 100ah gives 2 days use before recharge. Phew, nearly there. Oh, and the advantage of new era chest fridges is unlike the vertical doored models they don't dump all that cold air each time you open the door. Makes them more efficient.

    Well, thats my take on it.
     
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  19. Barry

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    yeah...............well, started with a simple idea that is starting to hurt my head

    At least I have a better idea now on what i want

    I can borrow my mates set up when I go camping at the end of the month
    He has a steel bodied Engle 32L with solar panel and 130 A hr battery

    Will see how i like that set up and go from there
     
  20. chris taylor

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    Thats the way to do it ,try before you buy, then you will know exactly what you want or what suits ,or does not suit you.
     

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