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Weaco Fridge

Postby Pauly » Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:51 pm

Hi All
We have decided to bite the bullet and get a Weaco no idea if an 80 will be big enough.

My question is can you put heaps of food in them or do you need to lightly pack them allowing air space.

We plan to freeze and cryovac our meat so can we just put all the meat in the freezer section on top of each other or does it need air flow?
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Re: Weaco Fridge

Postby Redback » Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:21 pm

The more you have in the fridge the better it works, do you have a dual battery system or second battery to run the fridge??

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Re: Weaco Fridge

Postby Pauly » Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:00 pm

The dual battery is next on the mod list, just researching how I want to run it, either switchable or solenoid. Not sure how I will go with a deep cycle in the car and camper. I am thinking of doing a manual switch like I have in the boat, as I say unsure yet
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Re: Weaco Fridge

Postby CampGrrlz » Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:07 pm

Pauly wrote:... Weaco no idea if an 80 will be big enough. ...We plan to freeze and cryovac our meat so can we just put all the meat in the freezer section on top of each other or does it need air flow?

For the two of us and not big meat eaters nor are we beer drinkers, 80L was w-a-y too big. It is truly astonishing how much food can be crammed into that space! I was struggling to stop it from freezing everything even running on number 2. I ended up putting wads of newspaper on the bottom which stopped the freezing. Or you could put the frozen stuff on the bottom and if it's still too cold, pack newspaper or similar between the frozen and not-to-be frozen food.

No, it does not need any air flow - there's no fan inside so no air flow. The bottom freezes (unless you get one with 2 separate compartments) or mine did, anyway ... it was bought as a demonstrator in 2001 so maybe things have changed a bit.

Once you get the electrics right, it goes without a hitch - we had some overpaid amateurs at Battery World mess ours up but finally got it sorted out by a specialist fridge guy in Strathpine. It ran off deep cycles built into the back of the Rodeo. I mention this because we had some hitches with it and it took a while to sort out - or rather, to find someone who actually knew what he was doing.

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Re: Weaco Fridge

Postby xmasbaby67 » Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:39 pm

We have just bought a 40L Primus fridge/freezer that runs off the dual battery we had installed in the back of the Prado.
We had two weeks away with it (mostly powered sites) and it went really well. We feed a family of five from it and had no probs fitting all the stuff in. Any bigger would have been just too big for us to lug around. We also have a big esky on the front of the CT for all beverages so the fridge/freezer is for food, milk, cheese etc...
We only ran it as a fridge as any meat, casseroles,bolognaise etc we took were frozen in containers and kept in the bottom of the esky until needed and they also kept the beer/wine cold while sitting there(saved packing frozen bottles of water as ice therefore less to take) waiting to be eaten. :***
It was full most of the time and didnt freeze up like the other couple we went with, their Waeco kept freezing everything (lost count of the amount of lettuce lost) :lol: but they thought their Waeco was due for a service as it was a fair age.
Overall we have been really impressed with our Primus.
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Re: Weaco Fridge

Postby Pauly » Tue Jan 20, 2009 5:09 pm

Thanks guys. Im taking my wife to look at them this arvo, from the sounds of it the 80l will be big enough
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Re: Weaco Fridge

Postby Derek Bullock » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:26 pm

Pauly wrote:The dual battery is next on the mod list, just researching how I want to run it, either switchable or solenoid. Not sure how I will go with a deep cycle in the car and camper. I am thinking of doing a manual switch like I have in the boat, as I say unsure yet


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I bought a charger kit from Sidewinder for the battery on my camper. Easy to fit yourself and works a treat.

http://www.sidewinder.com.au/page123.html

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Re: Weaco Fridge

Postby Pauly » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:30 pm

My problem isnt setting up 2 batterys I would just run a solonoid but when you bring the third battery into it gets confusing. I like the idea that a solonoid cuts out when the battery volts drop to a certain level but I wont to dictate which battery gets charged. Lets say we have been camping for a week and I want to charge the camper and not the vehicles 2nd battery, hense switching it.

I could look into an inverter then use the cars deep cycle to power a 240v battery charger maybe, wonder if that will work.
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Re: Weaco Fridge

Postby Derek Bullock » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:33 pm

Three battery setup

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Re: Weaco Fridge

Postby Blue Bravo » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:49 pm

I run a 50 litre Waeco on a dual battery system. The main issue has been with the cigarette lighter style plug, especially over corrugated roads, where it could lose contact and set up an error. I suugest that when you have a second battery installed you have 2 outlets put in and make one an Anderson Plug and have a female plug for the Waeco. This is a locking style plug and much more robust. Certainly made it trouble free after I did this.
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Re: Weaco Fridge

Postby Pauly » Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:41 am

Correct me if I wrong but thats a standard 3 way set up yes.

Both Auxilary batterys are charged at the same time, would a car alternator be able to charge 2 deep cycle batteries in an hour or 2?


I hadnt thought of and anderson plug in the car. The hase an outlet at the back just need to check the wires to see if heavy enough or I will run seperate ones back.
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Re: Weaco Fridge

Postby Redback » Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:15 am

Pauly wrote:The dual battery is next on the mod list, just researching how I want to run it, either switchable or solenoid. Not sure how I will go with a deep cycle in the car and camper. I am thinking of doing a manual switch like I have in the boat, as I say unsure yet


Set and forget dual battery systems are the best, takes the hassle out of it, no forgetting to switch over and having a flat battery, any of the major players will do the job, Piranah, ARB, Redarc, Traxide (cheapest but very good quality) solinodes are good and cheaper but the set and forget systems are worth the weight in gold.

Mine set and forget system (Traxide) has been in the Disco for over 3 1/2yrs, looking after my auxillary battery for around the same time, (I KILLED MY FIRST BATTERY, had a switch and kept forgetting to switch it over)in the camper i have an Arrid twin charger which is only charging the camper battery, when the ignition in the car is on, it's been there for coming on 5 yrs, along with the original battery, if you look after your battery with the right stuff it will last a long time.

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Re: Weaco Fridge

Postby Redback » Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:28 am

Here's the multi battery kit, there is nothing to buy all the gear is in the kits along with complete instruction to install it yourself
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With winch
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More info here, including prices for all the kits.
http://www.traxide.com.au/DBS.html

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Re: Weaco Fridge

Postby Troyk » Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:22 am

I have a Prihana controller in my car to charge CT batteries. ARB only charged me $80 for installation, so if you are not comfortable with installing maybe an option.
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Re: Weaco Fridge

Postby oldtrack123 » Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:45 am

arge Hi Pauly
"Both Auxilary batterys are charged at the same time, would a car alternator be able to charge 2 deep cycle batteries in an hour or 2?"

Fully charge??The quick answer is NO , not if they have been discharged.
Time to fully charge is dependent on=- AVAILABLE ALTERNATOR AMP OUTPUT, which decreases as batts voltage rises, DEPTH OF DISCHARGE OF ALL THE BATTS. ie amphours to be replaced plus effiency losses, you have to put in more than you take out.
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