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Postby Cheiffy » Fri Apr 07, 2006 9:05 pm

Hi all,

I am no auto elec but I would suggest that running a fridge off your cranking battery and running the car for 15 minutes would simply shorten the life of the battery dramatically. Batteries dont like running under 50% of their capacity and the last 20% of the charge up time takes just as long, if not longer than the first 80%. Take your car for a drive if you want to charge them up, this way your alternator should be putting more amps out and you can enjopy the scenery as well. I reckon a car just idling is nothing more than an over sized generator anyway.
I have just gone through this exercise due to the fact that my 55amp deep cycle doesnt have the kahunas to run the fridge for any real length of time. I compared using generators, solar and dumping another 2 deep cycle batteries and it was the later option I have settled on. I am going to use my existing battery isolater connected to 2 AGM deep cycle batteries and the 55amp will be disconnected from the system altogether. I will charge this one from the mains before I leave home and use it to run my camping lights only.
Scols, the only thing I would suggest is to go straight to an reputable auto elec and not one of the main stream 4wd shops. If you decide on a battery system, have them work out your usage on a worst case scenario. At least this way, you know you'll have plenty in reserve.

Check out http://www.fridge-and-solar.net/ this website is easy to read and understand. Hope it helps.

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Postby Scolers » Fri Apr 07, 2006 9:10 pm

Thanks Cheiffy,

Oddly enough I was going to go to an auto elec in our neighbourhood ... those 4wd places cost too darn much.

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Postby Ozzycamperboy » Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:19 am

Cheiffy wrote:Hi all,


Scols, the only thing I would suggest is to go straight to an reputable auto elec and not one of the main stream 4wd shops. If you decide on a battery system, have them work out your usage on a worst case scenario. At least this way, you know you'll have plenty in reserve.

Cheers

Cheiffy


Golden advice 8) 4x4 Stores will tack on about 500%, and then charge you double for labour :roll: YMMV but thats been my experience.


Scolers, I thought you just going to use the bar fridge you got for $85, instead of forkin out the $$$ for a waeco?
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Postby Scolers » Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:18 pm

I was OZzy ... but as you pointed out the type of gen set I was going to buy was going to cost me the equivalent of a WAECO. I can get by without both for the time being so what I mght do is get the deep cycle installed in 12 months or so and get a cheapie camper fridge and run it from the deep cycle until I can get a new WAECO (80litre). I'd still use the bar fridge for caravan parks and use the WAECO in non powered camping areas.

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Postby Kramer » Mon Apr 10, 2006 9:41 am

Scolers I bought a fridge from these guys - http://www.refrigerationresearch.com.au/. Has been a mainstay in my house and car for nearly three years now, never has missed a beat. A whole heap cheaper than a waceo, my 100 ltr which is actually 100 litres inside only cost me $999.

Give them a call to see if you have a local distributer, they don't have thier full range on the website, and I can't remember which range of fridges I got mine from.
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