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    Default Zero Fridge/freezer - is this a good buy?

    Hi all,

    I can get a Zero RV80 (75litre) with a transformer to work of 220V for R3000.
    Is this a good buy? Any problems with spares and backup service?

    Zero Fridge/freezer
    Power source: battery 12/24 volt and mains 220 volt
    Power consumption: 2,7 amps an hour
    Dimensions: 460mm x 500mm x 800mm
    Weight: 35 kg

    Please, I dont want he normal LR/Toy fight.
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    Cecil do a bit of a search. Very recently there was a discussion about 220v fridges not being built to handle working while being bumped about etc. Something to do with the type of compressor
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    I have a zero & I like the freezer, I also heard that they aren't built anymore (I can't find them on the net anymore either - but what about the one's in the caravans or have they now changed to something else). I'm however sure that any spare frigde/freezer spare would work (stand corrected) (I anyway get al my spares from Gaynors in JHB city for washing machines & fridge/freezer repairs - as I do it all my self)(exept regas)

    I however bought mine 2/3 years ago for that price - I think you're being ripped as it's been used.


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    quote:
    "Spike - Cecil do a bit of a search. Very recently there was a discussion about 220v fridges not being built to handle working while being bumped about etc. Something to do with the type of compressor "
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    Assume it is a 12V compressor model (don't know what the RV in RV80 means?), therefore it would be ideal for the vehicle and the compressor would not be damaged if runnig while vehicle is in motion. The compressor problem Spike refers to is for 220V domestic type compressors.

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    "Cecil ...............with a transformer to work of 220V for R3000."
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    This transformer is purely an AC-DC converter and they are not very expensive, perhaps a couple of hundred rands (uncertain)??

    Suppose if it is still fully functional and it is compresor driven, does not sound too expensive. If it is absorption type (no compressor) then it is very expensive!!

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    the zero's are absorption type freezers


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    Thanks guys,
    Yes it is second hand 12V unit. It has a 220/12V transformer to work of AC.
    Spike, I did a search on www and got only one hit.
    But I think that I would rather wait a while and get a new(known brand) smaller(40L) at a later stage.
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    This could be a Danfoss compressor 12V unit with power supply for 220V use. Zero also made them and a friend of mine is using one for many years now - had the gas re-filled the other day - and it works really well.
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    I saw in the campworld add book that the're selling a 40l absortion fridge for R1900.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bundu View Post
    the zero's are absorption type freezers
    No their RV range is compresson driven. The 35l is the 3way type.

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    what is RV

    My 70l is also 3-way & I'm sure the booklet I got with it says it's an absorbsion


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    If its 3 way it IS absorbtion.
    3 way = 1). 12v DC ; 2). 220v AC ; and 3). Gas
    Any Gas fridge CAN ONLY BE absorbtion!!
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    Ok cool - so my caravan also has an abortion fridge - I've had no problems with either (I have notted that they do take longer to get cold than a engel or NL but they last good)


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    Sorry guys - I misread the critical "3" - my mistake. Point I tried to make is that Zero also made 2-Way - and they are as good as most others
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bundu View Post
    I have a zero & I like the freezer, I also heard that they aren't built anymore (I can't find them on the net anymore either - but what about the one's in the caravans or have they now changed to something else). I'm however sure that any spare frigde/freezer spare would work (stand corrected) (I anyway get al my spares from Gaynors in JHB city for washing machines & fridge/freezer repairs - as I do it all my self)(exept regas)

    I however bought mine 2/3 years ago for that price - I think you're being ripped as it's been used.
    It seems that the Zero freezers are still being made, look at www.zeroappliances.co.za and www.hikersparadise.co.za

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    cool - I see they're only got big units on the web, might be that they dont make the 35 & 70 L units - anyone know


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bundu View Post
    cool - I see they're only got big units on the web, might be that they dont make the 35 & 70 L units - anyone know

    It seems that you are right, Hein. I phoned them, and they don't make the smaller units any more. Pity for me though, as I am looking for a 70 litre three-way or gas only.

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    Will see if I can get 1 for you
    Last edited by Bundu; 2007/06/13 at 11:52 AM.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecil View Post
    But I think that I would rather wait a while and get a new(known brand) smaller(40L) at a later stage.
    Cecil

    IMHO this is the best decision that you could take. Go for an Engel 40l. Space is always at a premium. I think it is a common mistake to go for fridges that are too large. Price normally around R4000.
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