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Fridges & batteries

 
 
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Landy Andy
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 6:00 pm    Post subject: Fridges & batteries Reply with quote

When using a fridge (Waeco, Engel) do you definitely need 2nd battery?

Am going on trip, France, Belg, Lux, Germ, Aust, Italy, Slov, Croatia. 3 and a bit weeks, stopping nights and driving every day. So would good single battery be enough?

And jump leads!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks in advance Andy
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mmgemini
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If IF you are driving all and every day you should get away with one battery. Especially if you switch the fridge off at night or raise the temperature to about 0 deg.

If not a good battery and split charge system.

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Landy Andy
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mike

What split charge system are you running?


Andy
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just got back from 3 weeks to Portugal and Spain

Have and Engel 40L fridge that ran at 1degree most of the time. longest i left the fridge on for was 2.5days without starting the car. Battery didn't seem to be discharged at all when i started the vehicle.
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Landy Andy
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi pugwash

Was that on a single engine battery?

Andy
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VentureOverland
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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends on what fridge and what battery your using, and of course what temperatures you need to keep in what ambient temps.

For example, in the UK with an Engel and an Odyssey, you'll be OK if using the Engel as a fridge for the whole weekend.

In Europe in the summer you'll need to keep the temp up at around 2 or 3 degrees and still have a good battery. Although you'd probably be OK overnight.

As Mike says, better to use a split charge system and make sure you can start the car in the morning!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

one battery , one Engel, not turned off , truck starts on the button every morning
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VentureOverland
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andy,
Will you be travelling with others? How long do you expect to be stationary and how old is your current battery?

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Landy Andy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jon

my current battery I would assume to be original (04), we are planning to travel every day, so just stationary each night but you never know so would like the ability to stay two nights without moving as an option.

For the major part of the journey we will be traveling alone, we meet up with others for some offroading in Croatia.

Waeco compressor fridge.

Thanks Andy
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andy,
email sent.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1 engle 40l, 1 battery in the 90, left the fridge on at vaccine carry temps (2-8C) for 6 days by mistake and it still started!

I really like my Engel.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Waeco Cf 50 one battery running overnight max but standby Honda EU 20 Generator.
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