View Poll Results: Which 12V to get in Namibia.

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  • ENGEL

    10 33.33%
  • SNOMASTER

    12 40.00%
  • NATIONAL LUNA

    12 40.00%
  • ARB

    1 3.33%
  • OTHER

    0 0%
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    Default Re: Namibians & their 12V Fridges: User Reviews, service etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by DC Polokwane View Post
    What size are you looking at?
    anything from 50 - 80l.
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    Default Re: Namibians & their 12V Fridges: User Reviews, service etc.

    My guess would be that any competent fridge techie should be able to fix any of these fridges (you have a few of those in Nam, don't you? ), the problem may be getting hold of spares.
    Fortunately, we live in the age of online orders, eft's, and fast courier services. Here in SA the service Snomaster provide is superb.

    Black Friday is coming up, have bought two fridges from them in the past at about 20 - 30% discount. But I am not sure if they will ship that.
    Or maybe they can transfer the discount to Cymots during that time?

    Sorry, not a Namibian by birth or by residence, but I have been there sufficient number of times to at least give half a comment?



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    Default Re: Namibians & their 12V Fridges: User Reviews, service etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Südwester View Post
    anything from 50 - 80l.
    Adding a fridge to your camping setup is an expensive exercise!

    Do your homework,

    shop around,

    check the available space in the vehicle so that the fridge will fit and open as planned,

    buy the biggest fridge you can fit and afford,

    consider a fridge slide for the convenience,

    like I said before check the insolation thickness of the different fridges, they differ a lot, thicker insulations helps your battery, especially in hot places like Nam,

    check the extras like baskets, covers and remote monitors, some are included and some you will need to buy which can be expensive.

    a duel compartment works better.

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    Default Re: Namibians & their 12V Fridges: User Reviews, service etc.

    Engel is the Toyota of 12v fridges.This is also the preferred brand of most car rental companies in Namibia.
    But, when looking at fridge/ freezer combi I may swing to National Luna.Both these brands are good.It is like the Hilux vs Ranger thing.
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    Default Re: Namibians & their 12V Fridges: User Reviews, service etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by JLK View Post
    Gaan bietjie op jou battery piepie, ek moes al 2 klein waeco's afskryf, en die 3e een was n nomaster.
    Moet my nie nou jinks nie asb.

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    Default Re: Namibians & their 12V Fridges: User Reviews, service etc.

    Ok, I will be the odd one out, I got two ARBs, 35L and a 60L. I must say, no problems so far and they took some abuse in the past. If I had to buy any other fridge today, I will go for NL.
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    Default Re: Namibians & their 12V Fridges: User Reviews, service etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Südwester View Post
    Thx Nick, may I ask which version and size SM you have & what did you pay?
    It is the 42L Traveller Series, fridge/freezer, not the dual compartment. I travel solo, so it is more than enough for me. R7524.00.

    I have to check, but I think it is a 3 year warranty on the unit and 7 or 8 years on the compressor.

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    Default Re: Namibians & their 12V Fridges: User Reviews, service etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nys View Post
    Hey, watchit - I still want to come and visit your farm



    My dad's NL (also a 90l combo) he bought second hand. Probably about 15 years old now. Still runs like a swiss clock.
    Just thinking.....

    I don't think that the 90lt is as old as 15 years. It was a 74lt double door and about 12 years ago they followed the "Weekender" route and made the 74lt with thinner sides, thinner separation wall between the 2 boxes and a single lid, giving the new capacity of 90lt in the same outside dimensions as the old 74lt unit.

    So maybe your dad has had his second hand unit for 10 yesrs......

    I bought my 90 on a launch special from ODW snd about 2 yesrs after that, sold the 74lt unit that I also bought on a launch special when the double door NL was first launched.
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    Default Re: Namibians & their 12V Fridges: User Reviews, service etc.

    I do not care about the name or cabinet, it is the heart of the thing that matters, that is why I trust fridges with Danfoss compressors. Silekan, the Danfoss look alike is my second choice when it comes to price.
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    Default Re: Namibians & their 12V Fridges: User Reviews, service etc.

    I still run 40l ENGEL from before the rinderpest. 1998 model. Has never missed a beat. Looks like it has been in a few fights, but it still freezes the hell out of anything you choose to put in it. Disappointed to see that AWH no longer stocking bits for it.

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    Default Re: Namibians & their 12V Fridges: User Reviews, service etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Südwester View Post
    13 years is an impressive time-frame, I see bunch of users mentioned the old Engels are the real GOATS.
    I have 2 Engel 40L which I use 1 as Freezer second one as fridge the one is 32 years old never had any work done on it the second one is 16 years old.

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    Default Re: Namibians & their 12V Fridges: User Reviews, service etc.

    Also running a 60l engel for about 10yrs now, thing has taken a beating and keeps on ticking.

    Nothing wrong with the NL, and parts are available.

    You will be fine with either one of them.
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    Default Re: Namibians & their 12V Fridges: User Reviews, service etc.

    Engel or National Luna?:
    I have both and they perform very well. The National Luna has a thicker insulation (check the wall thickness) and is less expensive. Hope it helps

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    Default Re: Namibians & their 12V Fridges: User Reviews, service etc.

    I have a 40 L Engel, still going strong after 9 years. Also a 66 L double door Snowmaster for a very good price, including blanket and remote usable from the front seat. Then nobody mention wall thickness on the Snowmaster, I think some of the thickest in the cooling setup and then their 7 year warrantee on the motor.
    I do not think any of the other brands have that.
    I used mine a lot of times in Kaokoveld and Botswana and it never missed a beat.The Engel I use only for foam heads and cooldrinks.

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    Thanks plenty for everyone's input. Appreciated!
    Also very interesting to look at the polls! Seems that even though the old Engels are the real MVP's, the NL & SM are equally as desirable.

    One might say the ancient Engels are: "oud maar nog steeds koud" badumm.. tsss..

    now the deal-hunting begins. If anyone knows of any deals please feel free to share them with me.
    My criteria : anything Engel or National Luna in a decent condition.
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    Default Re: Namibians & their 12V Fridges: User Reviews, service etc.

    I paid just over 8k incl vat for 2 52L NL at erongo auto electric in Walvis last year, it was a business expense for our bakkies

    I know bushwackers also have good pricing on their NL fridges.
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    Default Re: Namibians & their 12V Fridges: User Reviews, service etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nys View Post
    In Namibia, best value for money is National Luna.

    Engel is probably the “best” but massively expensive. Snowmaster is good (my dad has both NL and Snowmaster) but after sales in Nam is sketchy

    I have 2 NL’s. 52l weekender and a 90l combo. 52l now 8 years old and does duty in the car(s) and dis duty in the back of my Amarok for 3 years. They are not without their problems i.e I had to replace the controller box on my weekender, but even with that cost, it is still cheaper than the equivalent Engel

    Edit to add - the controller box was due to a surge while plugged in to 220v. Still worked fine on 12v
    This also happened to me, got quoted N$3 200 for a new controller, so I decided to get a 12v AC to DC power supply for under N$ 300 and have been using it since, no issues.

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    Default Re: Namibians & their 12V Fridges: User Reviews, service etc.

    Thanks plenty for everyone's input. Appreciated!
    Also very interesting to look at the polls! Seems that even though the old Engels are the real MVP's, the NL & SM are equally as desirable.

    One might say the ancient Engels are: "oud maar nog steeds koud" badumm.. tsss..

    now the deal-hunting begins. If anyone knows of any deals please feel free to share them with me.
    My criteria : anything Engel or National Luna in a decent condition.
    capacity: 50l -80l, budget: 9 - 10k



    The reason the words Engel, ancient and old are mentioned together, is testament to the fact that they last!!!
    I have had two Engel fridges for 28 years now. Wellllll..... the one for 15 and the other for 13 years . Still counts.
    Dont know how big the price differences in Namibia between brands are, but I will always go for an Engel. Bedsides a regas, no problems ever.
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