We replaced both fridges with one Snomaster Classic Fridge/Freezer BD/C-60D. Immediately I liked the look of the fridge, I was amazed by the thickness of the insulating walls, I was not too impressed by the loose fitting fridge cover. I then plugged the fridge in and gave it a while to cool. This ambitious creature was cold in minutes! I lifted the top cage, placed a warm six pack at the bottom and within ten minutes was having a cold beer with my new best friend. I used my remote control to adjust and monitor the temperature of each of the two compartments. I had another beer. I was a happy man.
Those divider cages create compartments which only an overlander of the highest order could have designed. Gone are the squashed tomatoes and mystery meats lurking at the bottom of the fridge. Gone are the days of having to unpack and repack the fridge to get to a can, waiting down there where cold airs naturally goes. You can open the compartments individually. You can crack a beer using the Snomaster bottle opener attached to the side of the fridge. I am happy, but more importantly the wife is happy. Happy wife, happy life.
This fridge has had an easy life so far, it has only travelled two continents and has not yet travelled beaten, undulating third world roads. I don’t doubt that she will be up to the task, though time will tell and I will tell you.
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We have been travelling for a long time now. You might have noticed that I am a fat man who loves beer and my family consumes more meat than even the most carnivorous Uruguayan. What do beer and meat have in common? Well, they both need to be kept cold, or at the very least cool. We have always used two fridges while overlanding, an old, second hand 40L Engel and a shop bought 40L Waeco fridge, and have found both to have their strengths and weaknesses.
The Engel is reliable but power hungry and will drain your battery if left unsupervised. Naughty Engel.
The Waeco can be as temperamental as an aging drag queen, needing a solid 110 volt current or it will refuse to perform.
That said, both fridges worked their asses off trying to keep up with my thirst and operating under extreme demands of heat, cold and altitude. When we eventually retired the fridges, battered and beaten after almost five years of constant use, both were still working well, particularly when plugged into the American power grid, the Engel, however, refused to be powered by the Defenders battery and Engel USA were not even remotely interested in helping us revive the old girl.