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Engle Fridges

Postby SillySandra » Wed Nov 29, 2006 1:12 pm


i would like to buy my husband an Engel frdige for Christmas. Any ideas where the best prices are available for this in Melbourne (ne suburbs)? Would appreciate any advice. Thanks.
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Postby HGMonaro » Wed Nov 29, 2006 9:00 pm

sorry SillySandra, can't recommend anywhere but would like to say, what a wife!
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Postby Ozzycamperboy » Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:09 am

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I don't think engel's will vary too much with price from store to store, but always ask for less than the ticket price. At the worst alot of stores have a little camping 'club' that you can sign up to for about %10 off. Just means they send you advertising material.
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Postby SillySandra » Thu Nov 30, 2006 7:40 am

Thanks for your replies. I have spoken to one shop who now recommended the latest Wayco(sp?) instead of the Engel - too confusing. Has anyone got opinions on which is best - from service, reliability etc perspective. I think shops will recommend the one that they get the more $$ values out of at times.

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Postby 4800Patrol » Thu Nov 30, 2006 7:52 am

SillySandra,

In my opinion, you can not go past the Autofridge.

I have a 70 litre model that has not let me down over the last 6 years. They also come in other sizes.

They do use a little less power over a 24 hour period than most of the other major brands. But they will only work on 12 volts without the aid of a transformer

More confussed?
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Postby michaelc » Thu Nov 30, 2006 8:39 am

HI SillySandra,

I've just been thru the same exercise as you. I went to a store the other day to buy a Waeco CF-60 Adventure Package. I walked out with an Evakool 85 litre fridge freezer.

The Engels seemed like a good fridge, but were fairly pricey. When I compared the same size Engel & Evakool, there were hundreds of dollars in difference. And, from what I read and was told, the Evakool seemed to be a pretty good product (they are great eskies, so imagine one with a big fridge motor on the side).

The Waeco's seem to be good value for money, but when I looked into construction, insulation, temperature retainment, toughness etc, I steered away from them. I'm definitely not saying they are a bad fridge, but am just saying the Evakool seemed to suit me/my camping needs better.

In the end, you probably can't go wrong with the Engel, but "horses for courses" and $$$ might be the weighing factors.

Just make sure you know which accessories each one comes with i.e. if it is only a 12 volt fridge, you will need a transformer to cool it down at home on 240v before leaving. These can be $100 or more.
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Postby Kramer » Thu Nov 30, 2006 9:26 am

All I can say is I have seen bad and good Waeco's I have 2 freiends with 2 different size Waeco fridges and they both died while another on the same trip kept up without a worry, I have a Reefer brand fridge its huge and really awesome reliability, its been up to the cape and about everywhere else in QLD I can't find my exact fridge on their website http://www.reefer.com.au but mine is in a range not featured on the site (I can't remember what it is now) but I found out about them at the Brisbane camping and van expo over 4 years ago.

Engels are a very good fridge but for what you get for the $$$ I would go another brand as they all use the same compressor.
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Postby Ozzycamperboy » Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:25 pm

michaelc wrote:Just make sure you know which accessories each one comes with i.e. if it is only a 12 volt fridge, you will need a transformer to cool it down at home on 240v before leaving. These can be $100 or more.
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I dont think they are that much :? If they are i'd better stick my spare one up on ebay :armsup

And if it's a half decent fridge/freezer you should be able to do without the converter. Just stick it on in the car an hour before you go. I use mine almost everyday for work, I turn it on when I leave and by morning tea the drinks are chilled.
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Postby 4800Patrol » Thu Nov 30, 2006 8:10 pm

Run them, "your fridges" on max when you are driving to your destination. I have found that this gives you cold beer when you arrive and will get you a couple of more days out of the battery - if you a camping for an extended period of time.

Aluminium cans, cool down quicker and when you crush them, they take up less garbage space.
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Postby Komodo » Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:36 pm

Tooheys Extra Dry doesnt come in a can that I've seen :)

Did you end up getting an Engel?

And yeah they are around the $100 mark for the Waeco 240V - 12V converter
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Postby double_d » Wed Jan 31, 2007 5:15 pm

i got a evakool fridge about an 80 litre
i think it is awsome
can have it as a fridge / freezer
or just fridge
i used it all last weekend had thermastat on half and it froze my coke into a slushy kept everything nice and cold
for the same price in engal i was looking at like a 40 litre or something
which was gonna be no good with 3 kids
glad i got a evakool
my first one was a zero 3 way didnt work the moment i turned it on
but my mate has had one for 5 years or so
like somone said before you can get good and bad in just about everything

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Postby sharee » Thu Feb 22, 2007 11:03 am

Kramer wrote:Engels are a very good fridge but for what you get for the $$$ I would go another brand as they all use the same compressor.


i've been told that the engels compressor is very different to the waeco/chescold which use a danfoss compressor - i don't know if that is the gospel truth though.
apparently this difference in compressors mean that the engel draws 0.5-3.5 amp compared to 6.5 for the chescold 3way. does anyone know what the waeco pulls?

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