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Old 10-13-2014, 01:35 PM   #11
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and even an expansion unit that increases the size by about 30%.

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I know I'm blind sometimes but I didn't see the expansion unit on their web site. How does it work?

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Old 10-13-2014, 03:20 PM   #12
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Just kills me to spend $900 for another ice chest when I already have one (useless as it is) in the trailer. I can buy a lot of ice for $900. Color me cheap...even though I did spend $30 K for the trailer.
Greg makes a good point here -- If we got the Engel we would use it for a lot more than just camping -- tailgating, parties, reunions, summer BBQs, outdoor bar, road trips in the car, you name it. Anytime and anywhere you would use an ice chest you could use this instead and no more trips to the store for bag ice. The portability helps justify the cost. But, there's nothing wrong with being cheap.
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Old 10-13-2014, 07:49 PM   #13
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I found a couple other makers, ARN and Edgestar. Engel seems the best. Buddy has one and loves it.

BTW, I was wrong about the expansion unit. I misunderstood the compressor drop in unit.

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OOPS, that was ARB and Edgestar.
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OOPS, that was ARB and Edgestar.
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Have been admiring the Engel for awhile now. We use a little Igloo brand ac/dc cooler from Costco, which does a great job, but draws more power. It was just under $100.00. The solar can keep it going in direct sun, but not in clouds, so we turn it on and off when off the grid.
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Greg makes a good point here -- If we got the Engel we would use it for a lot more than just camping -- tailgating, parties, reunions, summer BBQs, outdoor bar, road trips in the car, you name it. Anytime and anywhere you would use an ice chest you could use this instead and no more trips to the store for bag ice. The portability helps justify the cost. But, there's nothing wrong with being cheap.
We have a Yeti, keeps ice for at least 3 days, the most expensive cooler out there but still 1/3 the cost of an Engel. We use it on the first day of a trip, as our 4.3 fridge takes 12 hours to reach acceptable temps, after which we eat ice cream every night, maybe we got lucky with our fridge.
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Try running a fan on the coils when you cool down your refrig. Bet you can cut that 12 hours down to a couple.

Honestly, an Engel/ARB/Edgestar/Novacool might not be the most practical and easy to justify for camping. Heavy and sort of redundant to a working refrig. It will certainly have it's place but I have other plans for my Engel but they are truly amazing pieces of machinery. Cool down in a couple hours and run at less than 30 amps/24 hours! Mine's going into a shed to team up with a solar panel, a couple batteries and work forever! Should come in handy here in LaLa Land when the big one comes too!
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Try running a fan on the coils when you cool down your refrig. Bet you can cut that 12 hours down to a couple.

Honestly, an Engel/ARB/Edgestar/Novacool might not be the most practical and easy to justify for camping. Heavy and sort of redundant to a working refrig. It will certainly have it's place but I have other plans for my Engel but they are truly amazing pieces of machinery. Cool down in a couple hours and run at less than 30 amps/24 hours! Mine's going into a shed to team up with a solar panel, a couple batteries and work forever! Should come in handy here in LaLa Land when the big one comes too!
...and it's coming next month!...
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