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15 Jan 2019 @ 12:36:18 pm
Marianne78
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Hi All

 

We are looking for an upright firdge freezer combo that we can replace our caravan fridge with. it needs to run on 12v and 220v. we want to be able to keep it running while we are travelling so everything stays cold. We have a box type fridge freezer that are used in 4x4's etc but we want an upright one for the caravan. 

 

does anyone know where we can get one of these?

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15 Jan 2019 @ 19:19:45 pm
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Marianne, I stand corrected, but I doubt whether you're going find what ytou're looking for. 

I hope you do, and if so, please post your findings up here as I wouldn't mind doing that conversion myself for the van, although we do have an Engel and a Waeco in the back of the vehicle.

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15 Jan 2019 @ 21:00:31 pm
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Ek ook my yskas uit gegooi en vervang met gewone yskas. 

Ek laai my yskas n aand voor ek vertrek. Volgende oggend is my vleis gevries. Van Johannesburg noord kus toe en met aankoms alles nog net so gevries. Net seker maak yskas deure bly toe. Dink nie dit is nodig om yskas te laat werk terwyl jy sleep. As daar krag in jou wa is wat werk en daar kom n kort sluiting kan n brand onstaan. Net my opinie maar ek's liewer versigtig.

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15 Jan 2019 @ 21:10:06 pm
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Marianne,

I have the standard Penta 220V fridge.

I have a 12 to 220V inverter that plug into my cars secondary battery. We drive and the fridge stays on stuff nice and cold all the time. You don't need a 12V fridge only a 220V fridge with and good quality inverter. 

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16 Jan 2019 @ 07:05:49 am
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You can contact OKTO caravans.  The new OKTO Villa caravan has such a fridge if I remember correctly.

Then what was said above is very much valid.

If you pack a normal fridge and unplug the caravan just before you set off on your trip, The fridge should still be okay by the evening.  I have only a 220V fridge in my Maia and had no trouble with it when we traveled to Plettenbergbay from Pretoria in Dec of 2016.

Then another way to go is probably the inverter powering the fridge from an extra battery.  This option could set you back the same amount as the fridge used in the OKTO caravan.

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16 Jan 2019 @ 07:27:13 am
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Ek ook my yskas uit gegooi en vervang met gewone yskas. 

Ek laai my yskas n aand voor ek vertrek. Volgende oggend is my vleis gevries. Van Johannesburg noord kus toe en met aankoms alles nog net so gevries. Net seker maak yskas deure bly toe. Dink nie dit is nodig om yskas te laat werk terwyl jy sleep. As daar krag in jou wa is wat werk en daar kom n kort sluiting kan n brand onstaan. Net my opinie maar ek's liewer versigtig.

Ek wil saam met jou stem. Ons pak vleis wat gevries is in 'n cooler box en wanneer ons by ons bestemming aankom is dit nog kliphard gevries. Soos jy sê die risiko is baie groter dat daar 'n probleem kan wees soos 'n kortsluiting teenoor die risiko dat die vleis gaan af gaan.

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16 Jan 2019 @ 08:28:27 am
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thank you to everyone for your assistance. We were looking for something different as the one in the caravan currently gets cold but not enough. the milk and colddrinks were cool but the cheese and butter that was in there as well was always soft. nothing was ever very cold even when we got to camp and plugged it into mains power. we are going to take it out and see if we can have it looked at maybe there is something wrong with it. If not then we have a fridge freezer combo that we used before we had the caravan that we will then just use. If anyone knows of the best place to take the fridge to on the westrand I would appreciate your assistance. thank you everyone

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16 Jan 2019 @ 09:52:36 am
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Your fridge probily just needs regassing 

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16 Jan 2019 @ 10:05:01 am
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Remember, that if the gas has leaked out, it will continue to do so,                          which will become an expensive programme, to keep re-gassing.

If the leak is somewhere inside the fridge walls, it will not be fixed.                            If it is on the outside, where the technition can get to it. It is a quick fix; and can still last many years.

I would advise against re-gassing, if the leak is not found...

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16 Jan 2019 @ 10:56:05 am
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I bought a fridge from Marko.. A+ energy rated.. Uses LESS than a 12V camping fridge on average and with an inverter connected to it runs while driving, thus keeping everything as it should be unitl you arrive and you start off with a cold drink ;-)

Was about R2000 for the fridge and there are quite a few to look at. The inverter route works well at this stage and I am keeping to that as the fridge is very very economical. I can now stand almost 60 hours on a single battery if I just connect the fridge.

 

If you do not have to have a battery supply for off-grid camping I can suggest having a power cable connected from the car while driving. So just when the engine is on your fridge is running - There are negatives to this as well when not having a battery. It is the same effect load shedding does to some fridge motors, so a battery would be recommended but that is your choice. 

Good luck. 


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16 Jan 2019 @ 17:08:02 pm
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I tried for a 12v upright fridge/freezer for the Penta in 2017 as I wanted to be able to camp off grid with solar.

The best the dealership could get was R32,000 then.

So I rather settled for an extra battery and inverter in the van with a standard Dometic 220v fridge with freezer compartment.

I run it off the inverter when travelling. On its own circuit off the inverter. Tow vehicle fitted with  National Luna split charger system.

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16 Jan 2019 @ 20:42:03 pm
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thank you everyone. can anyone tell me what inverter we should get and more or less what the cost is of one? thank you

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16 Jan 2019 @ 23:08:49 pm
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I will settle for a 1000W pure sine wave inverter running from 12V. A make like Vitron could be about R5500 and their 800VA would also work well. Meanwell and Cotek are other brands to look at but in 1000W size. The best would be to google for deals. Makro has the Ellies 1000W on special now for R2799. It is only available via on line shopping as they need to order it. You can also try Ellies directly. This price would be hard to beat.

Just beware as some places advertise the peak power and you need a continues 1000W with a peak power of about 2000W for a house type of fridge.

One can always wire the AUX point on the 7pin plug to charge the van battery while driving. Just ensure it is wired with 4 sq mm wire from the car right to the caravan battery and it is only powered while the car is switched on. Then one can power the inverter with short thick wire from the van battery. Rather use a extension on the 230V side to the fridge power plug than long 12V wires from the van battery.

Although I have an inverter going with me on some camps I never power my fridge/freezer and always find our cold stuff still cold after a day's drive. I have to say we hardly open the fridge en-route as we have cold drinks in a cooler box packed with some frozen 1.5L coke bottles.

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17 Jan 2019 @ 02:11:46 am
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I could not confirm that the Makro Ellies 1000W inverter is 12V as Makro give very limited information or specs. Builders Warehouse also lists the same inverter at R3450 but again no mention is made if it is 12 or 24V.

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17 Jan 2019 @ 05:50:45 am
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Fact is that if you would like to keep your fridge running while you are driving its gona cost you a fair amount of money.

To me the trade off is if the amount of drop in fridge temperature while driving during the day realy need the amount of money to be spend to prevent that drop in temperature.

With the experience I have gained from traveling to the coast once a year and never having a problem with a fridge being cold at the time of arrival at our destination...................... I would not spend that money or even go to all that trouble.

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17 Jan 2019 @ 12:27:32 pm
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The approriate solution to this question depends on the required application.

I want to be able to camp off-grid, and had my caravan fridge converted from 220 volt to 12 / 220 volt. It entailed replacing the 220 volt compressor with a 12 volt one, with the required electronics that goes with. The total cost for the convertion was much less than R 3000. The nicest improvement is the digital thermostat display, showing all the time how cold the fridge is.

Having a 12 volt fridge is all very well if you want to go off-grid, but before deciding to do so one should research the cost of solar panels, a decent regulator and appropriate batteries .

We run two 12 volt fridges off our setup using 3 batteries and solar.

Being able to go off the grid is a requirement when visiting the remote parts.

Solar is user and neighbour friendly, unlike generators which must be, next to throwing braaivleis bones in the embers, be the pet hate amongst campers seeking tranquility.

 

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01 May 2019 @ 08:25:26 am
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08 Jul 2019 @ 22:14:44 pm
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Ons moet net versigtig wees met die 12V yskaste. Die afgelope paar maande het ons dit bespreek en van Defy se 12V yskaste gebruik tot 3 maal meer Wh as wat 220V yskaste nodig het. Dus kom die gerief teen 'n prys en mens het groot batterye nodig selfs om net deur die nag te kom as mens solar gebruik. 

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09 Jul 2019 @ 00:00:10 am
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Daai Defy yskas is baie swaar op krag........ Gemeet teenoor die ander wat baie meer effektief is....

 

As hulle praat van 1200Wh per dag en duimsuig sommetjie is dit 100Ah vanaf 12V per dag!!! Dis woes.. 

 

My Hisense het ek gemeet loop skaars 45Ah per dag.... AS dit goeie ventilasie gaan kry met klein waaiertjie sal ek weer toets. Als hangmaar van hitte af, maar gemiddeld gaan jy daai 1 battery pap maak in 1 dag...... Selfs 2 batterye is risiko.. 


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09 Jul 2019 @ 11:54:38 am
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Dometic does make a 12V/220V fridge, but it is horribly expensive.

2 Years back they were going for something like R25k!!!

Getting a normal fridge to fit in the old fridge space and through the caravan door is also an issue.

Also a normal fridge is not build to withstand the road vibrations, but some does survive.

Another issue could be air ventilation. If your fridge does not get cool air, it will also not work properly.

 

With all of the above I went with chest camping fridges.

Works on 12V and 220V. Portable and easy to fix/replace if they fail. Can also be set for either fridge or freezer.

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09 Jul 2019 @ 12:04:59 pm
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Dometic does make a 12V/220V fridge, but it is horribly expensive.

2 Years back they were going for something like R25k!!!

Getting a normal fridge to fit in the old fridge space and through the caravan door is also an issue.

Also a normal fridge is not build to withstand the road vibrations, but some does survive.

Another issue could be air ventilation. If your fridge does not get cool air, it will also not work properly.

 

With all of the above I went with chest camping fridges.

Works on 12V and 220V. Portable and easy to fix/replace if they fail. Can also be set for either fridge or freezer.

Yes if you have the space, 100%.. I opted for something that would fit in the space provided and still have the necessary design as required. 

The vibration is an issue on caravans........ Especially for the fridge...


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14 Oct 2019 @ 21:36:28 pm
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We also freeze meat etc in the house freezer, leave the van fridge on overnight with a couple of bottles of water inside. This works well and all goods remain frozen for an 8 hour trip.

In the days that we camped in a tent with no fridges no electricity, we used a cooler box with dry ice wrapped in news paper. This gave us frozen meat for up to four days.

There is  usually somewhere within a reasonable distance from the caravan park  that one can buy fresh meat and so on, so we don't stress to much about this.

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