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Which is the best brand of refrigerator / freezer combo?


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I have a 60 liter Engel and im afraid i will never buy an engel product again. Got the call from the local engel repairer this morning saying that my cooling unit was buggered and needed replacing. $800 + AUD. The unit that was in it failed in under two years. Two different compressors before that. A total of two new cooling units and two different compressors. Total four compressors . Im at over $1600 spent on repairs. No more for me. Stick a fork in me caus im done.
 
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I have a 60 liter Engel and im afraid i will never buy an engel product again. Got the call from the local engel repairer this morning saying that my cooling unit was buggered and needed replacing. $800 + AUD. The unit that was in it failed in under two years. Two different compressors before that. A total of two new cooling units and two different compressors. Total four compressors . Im at over $1600 spent on repairs. No more for me. Stick a fork in me caus im done.
Just curious because I don't have a fridge yet.
How was it mounted?
Did it get some vibration resonance where it was mounted?
How was it wired?
Warranty?
 
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Just curious because I don't have a fridge yet.
How was it mounted?
Did it get some vibration resonance where it was mounted?
How was it wired?
Warranty?
It spent most of its life just tied in the back of the ute.
Wired on a dedicated circuit with 4mm2 cable.
When it first died it was out of warranty and even the engel rep could offer no help.
In the end I pulled it down myself and flushed the system out and each time a heap of small rubber particles came out. Something was failing within the system. I repeated this process about four times before i accidentally desoldered the wrong joint and could not get it back together again. I suspect this <2year old drop in unit has suffered the same fate. I am going to pick it up from the repair guy tomorrow and just ordered some charge valves from ebay. When i get a chance i will pull this one apart and flush the system to see if i get the same rubber particles out. I suspect they haveblocked the venturi tube.
 

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So, question on the ARB fridge. I just finished a long road trip with a traditional iced Igloo cooler, never doing that again. PITA dealing with ice and draining water.

I have a 200-series with the usual ARB drawers, one with a slider top. I'm looking at the 50 quart fridge (dark gray one). Question about the lid. Seems like dealing with the lid opening like this one does will be a pain, as I don't see how you could open the lid and have enough clearance for it to stay open without holding it with one hand. Wouldn't a side hinged fridge be better (Domenic)?

I wish I had a local vendor where I could go try the fitment before I buy.
 

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I have a side hinged Waeco mounted atop drawers and love it. The lid is easily and quickly removed, which is very handy especially when loading/unloading or digging something out from the bottom. And its reversible (hinge on the left or right). I also have a SnoMaster which also has a side mount hinge that is quick & easily removed, if needed as well as reversible.

Having said all that, I once entertained buying a newer ARB fridge with the end hinged lid. I prefer side hinge but the ARB's lid is easily and quickly removable to make getting things in/out of the fridge workable.
 

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I've got the "new" style plastic ARB with the end-hinge. Super easy to take the lid off, so it's not a concern holding the lid open.
 

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I've got the "new" style plastic ARB with the end-hinge. Super easy to take the lid off, so it's not a concern holding the lid open.
Ah, OK thanks. The ARB website doesn't really mention it that well, so I wasn't aware that it was so easy to remove.

But now there is a new model coming out from Dometic, the CFX3 line. The 55L model has a built in icemaker. Hmmm...

 
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