Vitrifrigo Fridge How Good are they?
Posted 27 April 2008 - 09:50 AM
We presently have a Dometic 3 Way Fridge fitted to our XC Van. We have had so much trouble with it when encountering hot weather, that we are looking at changing to a Vitrifrigo 150Litre fridge. I am after feedback from anybody who has the Vitrifrigo fitted. How good are they? Have you had any problems in hot weather? How many batteries & Solar panels have you got fitted to the van. We presently have one 80W panel, & a 130ah deep cycle battery (a replacement bought in Darwin last year).
Another option is a Waeco 12v fridge, but I would have to go a bit larger to get a 2 door model, which means modifying the area it will be fitted (more cost).
I will be contacting Kedron eventually, but would like some feedback first.
Thanks, & Happy travelling.
John & Lynelle :confused1: :helpsmilie:
Posted 27 April 2008 - 03:35 PM
it had no trouble with the Gibb River Road, or back roads in Kakadu. Once, in Clare SA one of the door hinges broke, and Val took it off, found someone with a welder which he borrowed and fixed it. And we have had to replace the door "handle" once. But the fridge keeps everything icy cold and that's its purpose of course. :thumbsup:
Posted 27 April 2008 - 05:29 PM
We have a 230l Vitrifrigo in our van, now 4 years old and I have nothing but praise for the way it has coped. We live in Darwin and have travelled in some very hot, 45C+, and very humid and the fridge and freezer (2 door) has coped with everything dished up. Would highly recommend it. Only problems we have had is the cental hinge holding the two doors together came apart, it is only spot welded and I have had a proper weld put on it now, and a door lock breaking, but this was after 3 and a half years so I can't complain too much.
My caravan has 4 solar panels and 3 batteries and it copes reasonably well, we have never had the fridge cut out due to lack of power, but the 230l would use more power than a 150l. However, I do think you would need to upgrade your system if you are doing independent camping.
Posted 27 April 2008 - 07:32 PM
We also have the 230l. Van is 5 years old in June this year, has been on the road permanently now for 4 years.
They only problem we have had, is loosing the little screw which holds the bottom of the door. A reminder to all to check they are tight occasionally Never broken anything else.
We have 3 batteries and 3 panels.
Posted 30 April 2008 - 10:01 AM
Regards & Happy Travelling,
John & Lynelle
Posted 04 May 2008 - 09:28 PM
Laurie & Helen
Posted 19 June 2008 - 03:12 PM
I've finally settled on, & fitted myself a Vitrofrigo 150lt fridge. A bit of mucking around as it is 75mm narrower than the Dometic. I turned it on at 12.15pm, & by 1.30pm it was 4deg in the fridge, & -13deg in the freezer. Very impressed, & it used only 37amps up to 10.00am next day. I still have to buy & fit another Solar panel (130W). I bought a CTEK XS25000 25amp battery charger on Ebay for $370 posted. That's a saving of $115 on one from a 12Volt shop.
Can't wait to get on the road to do a proper test.
John & Lynelle
Posted 08 August 2008 - 04:33 PM
John and Sandra
Posted 21 August 2008 - 09:40 PM
Crack no doubt due to too much stuff in the freezer on rough roads. In future, before going on corrugations, we'll transfer the bulk of the freezer stuff into the Waeco chest freezer.
Posted 22 August 2008 - 06:34 AM
They are certainly a premium PRICED product !!!
We chose a 190l Waeco Coolmatic for our 2004 XC mainly as it was a lot cheaper than a 150l Vitro and also larger than that sized Vitro.
We have had no problems with it and it doesn't frost up or require freezer to be half emptied on rough roads - it's done the Tanami, Plenty & Mereenie.
I did fit a small 12V in the fridge compartment to circulate the air around the fridge which also had the added benefit of being able to change the thermostat from 4 to 2.5 to maintain 0 - 4 C which means less on time for the compressor.
Some people don't like the white finish but I prefer function over form.
Posted 29 August 2008 - 07:26 PM
I ran the power from the 12V supply behind the fridge and brought it in through the door rubber. The fan runs the whole time but I did fit a on/off switch inside the fridge so i can actually turn it off.
#15 Guest_John & Cheryl_*
Posted 06 September 2008 - 06:24 PM
I will now go against the flow.
When I specified my new Kedron XC at the end of 2006, I had a choice of Electrolux 3 way fridge with one battery and no solar, the Electrolux with one battery and one 130watt Kyocera solar panel or the Vitrigo with THREE batteries and THREE solar panels. I chose the middle option because I have had a good run with Electrolux fridges for 30 years and I didn't want to pay THOUSANDS more for a compressor fridge along with ongoing high battery replacement costs.
After a round Australia trip, admittedly in Winter, I now know that I made the right decision. I do have a TROPICAL Electrolux fridge though and the Gall boys fitted it correctly with adequate ventilation. When camped at Ningaloo for a month, it was great not to have to worry about battery capacity!
When on the road, the absorption fridges do consume a lot of current and hence voltage drop is inevitable. Keeping the caravan battery fully topped up was not possible when the sky was overcast. Upon arriving home, I found that the culprit was the Toyota Prado D4D alternator settings as dictated by Toyota. This was rectified by a very clever new device called a RanOx battery booster.
Now, all is spot on for daily tripping or long term bush camping. The moral of the story is that Electrolux 3 way fridges aren't as bad as some make out when correctly installed.
I can talk more at Milmerran about this topic and the RanOx if anybody will listen to me :)
Cheers - John