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    Hi All

    I see upright fridges are very popular in Aus and most if not all 79 series are fitted with them. Has anyone fitted one? Why are we not seeing more of them ?
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    Do you have a pic as an example to comment on
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    My fear is that stuff would shake around in there a lot. But it eliminates the need for sliding it out to get inside
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    I think it's because Saffers like to pack lots of meat and beer, so want lots of freezer space. The flat kind can be used as either freezer or fridge. The upright kind is only fridge. With a tiny freezer compartment that barely holds an icecube tray.

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    And when you open it the contents and the cold falls out. Thus you need to shop again and increase your battery capacity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmie L View Post
    I think it's because Saffers like to pack lots of meat and beer, so want lots of freezer space. The flat kind can be used as either freezer or fridge. The upright kind is only fridge. With a tiny freezer compartment that barely holds an icecube tray.
    Yip, I find those little bar fridges at B&Bs and self catering venues useless
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    This is not a bar fridge.

    The Aus market lead the overlanding space when it comes to equipment development. If you watch some of the videos of builds then you will see that no goods fall out. See below link.

    https://bushman.com.au/buying-guides...anopy-fridges/
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    Quote Originally Posted by pieter_fourie View Post
    This is not a bar fridge.

    The Aus market lead the overlanding space when it comes to equipment development. If you watch some of the videos of builds then you will see that no goods fall out. See below link.

    https://bushman.com.au/buying-guides...anopy-fridges/
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    Quote Originally Posted by pieter_fourie View Post
    This is not a bar fridge.

    The Aus market lead the overlanding space when it comes to equipment development. If you watch some of the videos of builds then you will see that no goods fall out. See below link.

    https://bushman.com.au/buying-guides...anopy-fridges/

    Maybe the reasons against those upright fridges are stated on the very site you posted?

    In general terms an upright fridge also requires more careful packing and more maintenance. By placing all your jars, bottles and cans in plastic tubs, you will stop them moving around during transit. And once a month or so, depending on use and weather conditions, you may need to defrost the freezer.
    And finally, the third main difference is the amount of ventilation they will require. For example, and 85L upright fridge will require proportionally more free air flow than a 45L chest fridge.
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    And, installing one of those I imagine would need to be a semi permanent fixture. Won't be easy to load / un load from the vehicle.

    I can see it working for short trips. A for me spoilt by using 2 fridges. 1 60L for drinks etc. 1 66L double for perishables and frozen stock I do not see it as an option.
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    I like the easy access part of that idea, but, everything else about it just does not work for me in my mind.
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    For overlanding vehicles/vans/rvs/caravans they are really convenient - especially if you can open it from both left and right side. These vehicles are less prone to drive shake their booty.

    I have not seen the uprights (obviously they may exist) in dedicated serious off-road vehicle. Those I think still go with the traditional fridges and rock and roll is part of the trip.
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    I have a SnoMaster 80 upright freezer in my camper. SnoMaster converted it to a 12V fridge. The drawers are very handy in that stuff stays where it's supposed to stay, and cold air loss is restricted when opening and close the fridge.

    I just had a look at their website and don't see it listed anymore.....

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    I also think you lose a lot less cool air when opening with the chest fridges we typically use vs a front opening upright fridge.

    I'm sure NL also made a front opening fridge at some stage which they specifically marketed more towards motor home type setups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calitzfamily View Post
    The pipes in the back need to be secured though if you take these fridges off road, especially on badly corrugated roads
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    Also been looking for something similar to the Bushmaster upright which has become so popular in Aus. Snomaster and Engel have similar options. Interested to know if you come right.
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    My father fitted the snowmaster last week. Doing the skeleton coast next week. Will let you know how it holds up. These Aussie tray back canopies are going to catch on in SA and I believe most will go for a upright option. Here are a few pics of his car with the frigde. Click image for larger version. 

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    So the space in front of the fridge is wasted.
    Or you have to move stuff before opening the fridge.
    Would like to see this in action.
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