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    Default Re: Is bigger BETTER? Camping fridge!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by bigboy529 View Post
    This is a very important point to consider. Before my parents had their caravan and the fridge had to go in the back of the bakkie I always had to go load the 90l NL for them since they couldn't do it alone, the big weight plus steps in the house plus a bad back.
    Now with the fridge permanently in the caravan this is of course no longer a problem. I have a 30l which they sometimes also use which my dad can handle on his own.
    We used to have to Lug the 90 L Freezer / Fridge combo in and out of Bakkie to tent at every camp or pack up. We just used toi take the heavily laden baskets out which made it easier on us 2 x 70 yr olds ..Now its in the New Trailer >> JUST fits in the Freezer compartment >> works like a charm

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    Default Re: Is bigger BETTER? Camping fridge!!!!

    yes, bigger is better.

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    Default Re: Is bigger BETTER? Camping fridge!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Man View Post
    Well the 72l sold it to me because of the 2 bin sizes.
    Call the supplier today and they offered me an dual 85l for R1562 extra, lo looked at the outer sizes and saw it will still be a good size!
    So the 72l were R12134 transport included
    and they give the 85l for R13695 transport included!
    Good decision. You won't regret.
    Is it Snomaster or National Luna? Just curious.

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    Default Re: Is bigger BETTER? Camping fridge!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Teryos View Post
    Good decision. You won't regret.
    Is it Snomaster or National Luna? Just curious.
    I intentionally did not mentioned the brand from the beginning because I know this will be a whole different debate 😂

    Iíve went the Snomaster route, not that there is anything wrong with National Luna!

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    Default Re: Is bigger BETTER? Camping fridge!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Man View Post
    I intentionally did not mentioned the brand from the beginning because I know this will be a whole different debate 😂

    Iíve went the Snomaster route, not that there is anything wrong with National Luna!
    I own a SM. Nothing wrong with going with one brand over other. Well you can't really buy multiple brands for a single need.
    Not need to justify your choice of brand as to why this and why not that etc.

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    Default Re: Is bigger BETTER? Camping fridge!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by BarnieH View Post
    Very tempting indeed. But would like to know the compressor used and its efficiency. Makro's spec sheet is so vague as always.
    Last edited by Teryos; 2021/04/23 at 08:49 AM.

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    Default Re: Is bigger BETTER? Camping fridge!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Teryos View Post
    Very tempting indeed. But would like to know the compressor used and its efficiency. Makro's spec sheet is so vague as always.
    on website

    • 2 Speed- Max & Eco Settings
    • 55W Secob Compressor
    • Blue Internal Fridge Light
    • Cyclopentane Insulation
    • Digital Temperature Control
    • Durable & Improved Handles
    • Internal Power Supply For AC & DC

    they back their stuff. 3 year outer and 7 on compressor


    One thing to look into, between their ranges. If you overland more often than weekend warrior you would probably want to get the unit with the thickest insulation ie - expedition range from snomaster

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    Default Re: Is bigger BETTER? Camping fridge!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne P View Post
    on website

    • 2 Speed- Max & Eco Settings
    • 55W Secob Compressor
    • Blue Internal Fridge Light
    • Cyclopentane Insulation
    • Digital Temperature Control
    • Durable & Improved Handles
    • Internal Power Supply For AC & DC

    they back their stuff. 3 year outer and 7 on compressor


    One thing to look into, between their ranges. If you overland more often than weekend warrior you would probably want to get the unit with the thickest insulation ie - expedition range from snomaster
    Is that not an old compressor? Also they not clear about the remote control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teryos View Post
    Is that not an old compressor? Also they not clear about the remote control.
    I cannot comment on whether/which is new or old

    What I can say is that the Expedition I have and solar remote is very nice and works like a dream

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    Default Re: Is bigger BETTER? Camping fridge!!!!

    My sixpence of thought, if you have a big fridge/freezer and it breaks for some or other reason, you sit with a big storage box. Thus if you get 2 x smaller fridge/freezers and if one breaks, you still have one to keep your beers cold.
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    Default Re: Is bigger BETTER? Camping fridge!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Man View Post
    Morning friends

    I'm upgrading my camping fridge, and want to go for the dual compartment. Coming from a 40l I'm looking at something bigger. Space is not a big issue, and looking at the price difference between 40l, 56l, 66l, and 72l I'm really considering the 72l.

    40l - +/- R10K
    56l - +/- R12K
    66l - +/- R13,5K
    72l - +/- R13,2K

    So for just over R3k I can get 32l extra! But is it worth it? Rand per liter is makes sense ;-)

    What is the campers opinions looing at keeping the families food and drinks cold on a overland trip!!

    Groete

    My wife will tell you that she case she is of the school of smaller, lighter and less. So far she was proven right. Unless you remain stationary for a long time and have caravan/ trailer, I suggest sticking with smaller. If you need bigger and have space, then irrespective of cost, you buy and then you make sure you go camping a lot.

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    Question Re: Is bigger BETTER? Camping fridge!!!!

    Interesting thread, thanks. Gonna hijack it a bit.

    Does anyone have any experience with the more expensive thermoelectric fridges?

    My Landy came equipped with an old 40l Engel between the two rear seats which works brilliantly, and I already had a cheap thermoelectric which I used to use for camping. It is fine for coolish weather, but it doesn't do very well in the vehicle on a hot day. I have been contemplating either buying a second hand compressor fridge/freezer off Gumtree, or getting a more expensive thermoelectric.

    I imagine the more expensive units have better insulation, but they might also include larger, more efficient or effective peltier pads.

    Thoughts on this?
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    Default Re: Is bigger BETTER? Camping fridge!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by CraigWatt View Post
    Interesting thread, thanks. Gonna hijack it a bit.

    Does anyone have any experience with the more expensive thermoelectric fridges?

    My Landy came equipped with an old 40l Engel between the two rear seats which works brilliantly, and I already had a cheap thermoelectric which I used to use for camping. It is fine for coolish weather, but it doesn't do very well in the vehicle on a hot day. I have been contemplating either buying a second hand compressor fridge/freezer off Gumtree, or getting a more expensive thermoelectric.

    I imagine the more expensive units have better insulation, but they might also include larger, more efficient or effective peltier pads.

    Thoughts on this?
    I don't think you will find a peltier that will do better than 20deg C below ambient regardless of size.

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    Default Re: Is bigger BETTER? Camping fridge!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by CraigWatt View Post
    Interesting thread, thanks. Gonna hijack it a bit.

    Does anyone have any experience with the more expensive thermoelectric fridges?

    My Landy came equipped with an old 40l Engel between the two rear seats which works brilliantly, and I already had a cheap thermoelectric which I used to use for camping. It is fine for coolish weather, but it doesn't do very well in the vehicle on a hot day. I have been contemplating either buying a second hand compressor fridge/freezer off Gumtree, or getting a more expensive thermoelectric.

    I imagine the more expensive units have better insulation, but they might also include larger, more efficient or effective peltier pads.

    Thoughts on this?
    Thermometric should be banned. Had one, never again.

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    Default Re: Is bigger BETTER? Camping fridge!!!!

    Pretty much what Teryos just said. Rather spend a few ZAR more and get a proper fridge. Thermoelectrics are useless... :|
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    Default Re: Is bigger BETTER? Camping fridge!!!!

    It depends on how you intend using it. Is weight a big thing in your traveling plan or not? Do you have to move it around or is it fixed? In my mid 60's, I find that I can still handle the 40l unit moving it, but my 62l dual is too much, and it must stay fixed. With our set up I would put a big dual unit in the caravan (fixed) and not go bigger than 40l in the vehicle-ever, no matter whether we have the caravan with us or not.

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    Default Re: Is bigger BETTER? Camping fridge!!!!

    After camping with two small fridges ( one as a fridge and the other as a freezer) i decided to bite the bullet and invest in a 90lit Nat/Luna twin. never regretted it yet. Enough space and works like a dream, on or off the grid. Don't hesitate. do it.
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    Default Re: Is bigger BETTER? Camping fridge!!!!

    If you have the space in the truck, rather buy a bigger fridge and keep the one that you have. On short trips one will do bur on long trips the second one is a must. My experience with the fridge in the vehicle is if it is not properly tie down the vibration can damage / brake the gas lines. Then the fridge is useless. Open and close the fridge during the day you loos temp that is hard to get cold again. The second one I use as a cooler for drinks and salad stuff. If you take frozen meat out and put it in the second one it help with cooling.

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    Default Re: Is bigger BETTER? Camping fridge!!!!

    had the 60lt kellerman ,what a work horse that fridge was ,,then it had a internal leak and got the 92lt low profile ,never looked back ,i had sarel of blinkgat products fit it at the back of the camper.
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