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Fridges

Postby Michael » Wed May 23, 2018 9:50 pm

What are people using in their trucks?

We've had a Dometic CR110s in the Sprinter and it has worked well. For the truck we want to go bigger though. Slightly on the refrigeration and a good amount on the freezer.

I'm considering Vitrifrigo fridges as an option. Does anyone have any experience with these?

Thanks again everyone :)

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Re: Fridges

Postby NeilandPat » Thu May 24, 2018 3:43 am

We went and looked at the vitrifrigo at a place called Penguin Engineering or similar in the Portsmouth area. We actually went down there to buy one but discovered that the freezer compartments dodnt go low enough to freeze stuff. They recomended that items placed in the freezer should already be frozen and it shouls then stay frozen. Seriously unimpressed.
We haveca dometic cr 140. Its nothing special for the money and dometic have a well known thermostat problem and they are expensive
You dont have much choice.

However with your lithium battery bank you coild consider a normsl home appliance for half the money of the dometic andvrun it of an inverter

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Re: Fridges

Postby bromleyxphil » Thu May 24, 2018 5:31 am

Hi Michael
I also have one of these https://www.waecofridges.co.uk/crx140.htm and it works very well. I think the key to success is ventilation and so against the instructions with the unit I have vented it to outside. If you want the detail message me.

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Re: Fridges

Postby Ivan C » Thu May 24, 2018 7:39 am

Vitrifrigo dp150, works well, freezer currently -5*, thermostat at 1/2.
In the truck we are going for a domestic unit and inverter.
A few points about using domestic units - free standing usually have the cooling matrix in the sides, whereas integrated will have them on the rear, much easier to vent.
Most inverters will give issues with the start-up load of the compressor triggering the low voltage alarm, Victron seem to be among the best for this.
I'd also take a look at the compressor and piping mounts, sitting in a kitchen is less demanding than bouncing along in a truck!
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Re: Fridges

Postby crinklystarfish » Thu May 24, 2018 8:07 am

Have made several rants already about my Dometic Waeco CR110. I'm on my third thermostat pod and it too is now in the process of failing.

My installation has been inspected by a Dometic engineer and it exceeds their requirements for voltage supply and ventilation.

The Dometic engineer who last turned out was clueless as to why the thermostat pod keeps failing and Dometic themselves will not comment - they just keep sending me new ones (well after weeks of initially being ignored or fobbed off, that is).

They last about 10 weeks in use then keel over.

I know Brian Reynold's CR has exactly the same problem as mine.

The Dometic Waeco CR110 is the single worst thing that I ever fitted to my truck.

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Postby Brian-reynolds » Thu May 24, 2018 9:01 am

Yup, totally agree with Steve.... they are crap!

I sent Dometic loads of ignored emails, then I visited the NEC show and went to have a talk with the salesman, whom said he knew nothing about it, but he gave wrote down the email address for their service department.... when I got back home and looked at the address is something like dometic@mickeymouse.com..... I really should have looked at it before leaving....

Mine just turns on and off constantly, both on shore power and on battery.....

As for a domestic fridge, I thought they could not be used due to the angles of movement inside the truck?

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Re: Fridges

Postby nick disjunkt » Thu May 24, 2018 9:07 am

I've got a Vitrifrigo C115i in my truck and its been absolutely brilliant. It's quiet and efficient and has had no trouble keeping the fridge cold and the freezer frozen in temperatures well above 40 degrees. I'd buy another Vitrifrigo without any hesitation.

The freezer section does freeze stuff, but it takes a while. I've made ice cubes in mine.

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Re: Fridges

Postby Michael » Thu May 24, 2018 10:11 am

Thanks for all the useful (as ever) info guys.

As usual it's just an unknown with products I haven't used before, so everyone's collective experience is always appreciated, to avoid mistakes with purchases.

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Re: Fridges

Postby NeilandPat » Thu May 24, 2018 1:14 pm

This is possibly a useful link

https://www.caravanrvcamping.com.au/caravan-fridge-comparison-chart


None of them are great so its pick the best of a bad bunch , but as said earlier, factor in loads of extra ventilation and air space around it. Maybe a few extra fans to increase airflow in hot climates.

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Re: Fridges

Postby Rusape » Thu May 24, 2018 5:07 pm

None of the upright fridges do a good job IMHO. I have used several in different applications and the 2 that were the most robust were Indel-Webasto and an Engel.

If you're at early stage planning, I'd design for a chest fridge. Much more robust and made for the rigours of off roading.

I'm planning around a NL 110l twin door. Used several NL fridges over the years. Very robust fridges, excellent WW warranty, excellent manufacturer service.


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