Frig options - if there are any!

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Hi In another thread Collyn indicated his recommendation of a Climate Class T fridge. What is it, will it work with the BT, how does the cost compare to what BT installs (we are considering the 190lt), are others using this type of frig, and if not why not? Enough questions Thanks, tgintl
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:19

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:19
The Climate Class T fridge (T) being for Tropical Climates is a 3 way Gas, 12volt and 240 volt absorbtion fridge. These are mainly only used by caravans that don't have solar panels and batteries. They work well on LPG and 240 power but draw too much 12 volt power to be left on 12 volt for any period of time when the engine is not running. While travelling you have to run on 12 volt and then when you stop change it over to 240 in a caravan park or light the gas if not. For convenience, ease of use and efficiency, I don't think you can beat the compressor type fridges. Brian
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Reply By: Luvntravln - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:20

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:20
Thanks Brian. I know you or one of the other Boggers would have the answer! No need to reinvent the wheel, and I do like - and am willing to subsidize - my elecrical/electronic conveniences! tgintl
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Reply By: Deleted User - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:21

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:21
Brian I always emphasize that the choice of three-way versus all-electric fridges is primarily personal and also a matter of economics. It's really not a big issue with smaller fridges but it does become one with larger ones. It's also a major issue with people on low budgets. A lot of caravaners are put off three-way units following unhappy experiences with earlier such fridges that were rated for maximum ambient temperatures of 32 degrees C. Many of these were badly installed and as a result rarely worked well above 26 or so degrees. But the T-rated units are a different matter altogether. I have met many people who have switched to these fridges and have yet to meet a single user who is other delighted with them. Their only downside is the need to change a gas bottle more often. A possibly unexpected bonus is that they are totally silent in operation. You may possibly not be aware that these fridges are in fact fitted as standard to many Winnebago motorhomes. My personal preference would be an efficient compressor 12- volt electric fridge up to about 140 -150 litres, but a three-way if I needed one larger than that. Do be aware that once over 170 litres you need to generate over 1000-1200 watt/hours/day for the fridge alone - which is a lot of solar capacity and batteries - and getting past the capacity of even a big BT to carry. Collyn Rivers
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Reply By: Deleted User - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:22

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:22
Another valid reason is that the 3 ways wont take the punishment of corrugations. The gas side of the 3 ways needs servicing regularly to maintain its performance. Anthony Explore this Great Land ...Do it Easy ...Tow a Bushtracker
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Reply By: Deleted User - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:23

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:23
3ways run silently..... so sleep time is soooo peaceful :-))))
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:24

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:24
Obviously Graham & Ann haven't slept next to a modern 12 volt fridge, Ours is nxt to the bed and is hard to hear it operating. During the day you only know it is operating by looking at the amount of power being used. If it is showing up around the 5amps, then you know that the fridge must be on. Don't let anyone frighten you about the noise from the 12 volt fridges that Bushtracker fit. They are very quiet. Brian
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Reply By: Deleted User - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:25

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:25
Your right Brian, we haven't slept next to a late model 12v for a while,
Yes some are very quite when newish, but most Iv'e seem to get a little
noisier as they get older. But I'm sure that quality is getting better
and better...
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Reply By: Deleted User - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:26

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:26
Anthony That's why you need shock absorbers! Collyn
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Reply By: Deleted User - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:27

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 10:27
Collyn, Shock absorbers .... Why let logic and sound design get between you and a corrugation !!! [dampenedSmile] Anthony Explore this Great Land ...Do it easy ...Tow a Bushtracker
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