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Bushman Original SC35-52

Bushman Original SC35-52 Questions & Answers

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55 questions from our users

Jen

Jenasked

I have a bushman 35L fridge. I am unable to change settings on control panel. Reset not working. What is the cost to replace or fix? thanks

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Paul - Bushman FridgesBushman Fridges

Hi Jen. First check to see if there is a AA battery compartment above the LCD screen - only much older models had this. If not, please call us on 03 9437 0737 so we can talk you through a few tests and options. Thanks - Tom.


Scottf

Scottfasked

Hi guys I have a brand new 130 litre caravan bushland fridge and the compressor keeps running any ideas
Cheers
Scott

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Paul - Bushman FridgesBushman Fridges

Hi Scott. We've answered your question on the DC130-X listing. Cheers.


Ian r

Ian rasked

My bushman fridge won’t hold set temp consistently and continues down to -18 the toggle switch is in the off position, any ideas. Thanks Ian

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Paul - Bushman FridgesBushman Fridges

Hi Ian,

if it is avery old fridge, 15 years or so then the default setting was -18, all later models had a -2 default setting. Sounds a bit like a thermostat failure
if so we can forward you one and you can simply fit it yourself.
might be a good idea to give us a call and we can run through it with you so we can be sure of the problem and get it resolved as soon as possible

Ian r
Ian r

Hi thanks for your reply, the fridge would only be about 4 years old. I can set the temp and it will cool to its setting and the compressor will stop but i can come back later and the temp keeps going down

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Paul - Bushman FridgesBushman Fridges

Hi Ian, sounds like it could be a thermostat issue. We can fix this for you quickly. Please cal us on 03 9437 0737. Thanks, Tom.


Jason W.

Jason W.asked

I just bought a second hand bushman sc35-42 and it freezes. It won't stop running, any help would be great. Jason

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Paul - Bushman FridgesBushman Fridges

Hi Jason. First check under the control panel. There is a toggle switch which should be in the OFF position. Take the top off the compressor compartment to get to it. If you’re still stuck, call us on 03 9437 0737 when you are with your fridge a we’ll talk you through some tests. Cheers. Tom.


Mark

Markasked

I would be operating on a boat with 12 V DC and 240V AC. In DC, how many amps will it draw in freezer mode?

Regards Mark

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Paul - Bushman FridgesBushman Fridges

Hi Mark, the average consumption in 35L as a deep freezer (-18º) will be between around 1.5 Amps per hour average.


Alexander D.

Alexander D.asked

Hi
Just purchased a secondhand sc35 can't see anything on the online owners manual should the power light be red once at temperature
Cheers

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Brian I
Brian I

Yes -the redlight shows its working. Green light shows its at temperature. Try "Set' the temp down to say - 10 . The fridge should start showing the red light. Then raise the set temp to say + 3 and the fridge should stop and the red and green lights come on. Hope this helps.


James M

James Masked

Not a question but a solution. I found that the problem with my fridge not working, (Was running OK for about 3 years on my car's aux battery but now will only run above 13V, engine running, 240V or on a solar panel during the day) was that part of the plastic casing holding one of the 12v pins had broken away allowing the pin to be pushed back when inserting the plug. This resulted in very little contact only allowing the higher voltage (above 12.9v or so to kick start the motor) I resolved this problem by removing the plastic block holding the pins, taping around the base (wire side up) with a few millimetres of tape protruding above it, replacing the broken bit with the pin and wire still attached and filling it up with epoxy resin, Araldite or similar. Best to keep the plug connected to ensure the broken pin is properly aligned and held in place. Leave it for a few days until fully cured. This fix means it's better than new. When you're constantly pulling the plug in and out it compromises the thin plastic pin holder and it may eventually break.

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Paul - Bushman FridgesBushman Fridges

Hi James, thanks for the detailed info you have well and truly sorted that out. Sometimes we get customers to file down the plastic ridges on the oustside of the plastic 2-pin plug. The allows the plug to be inserted and unplugged without wiggling - this is mostly helpful only if you need to plug and unplug often, as the ridges are designed to stop the plug vibrating out. Cheers, Tom.

James M
James M

Thanks Paul, I'll have to try that as I use it for camping and also at home (240v) Fridge still going strong.


Steve w.

Steve w.asked

Hi. I have an old bushman sc 35 that needs a new control panel. However the wiring is soldered onto the curcuit board. No plugs. Is this a job for a technition or how can I do it myself at home

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RonL
RonL

Hi Steve

Best thing to do is contact Bushman at their Melbourne phone number and the Tecs there will explain to you how you can connect a new control board.

RonL

Steve w.
Steve w.

Thanks Ron I will call on Monday. Hopefully its an easy fix

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Paul - Bushman FridgesBushman Fridges

Hi Steve, it’s an easy fix. We supply spade connectors with a new control panel ($133) and all the instructions you will need to swap them over. No soldering needed. Cheers.


Colleen H

Colleen Hasked

My fridge is about 6 years old, switch not working, Removed cover, turned fan on, it's working.
Any suggestions please to fix it?

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RonL
RonL

Hi Colleen

It sounds like a control panel problem.
Contact Bushman at their Melbourne address and explain the problem, and you will be able to get technical advice and they can supply a new control panel if you need one.
Contact phone number I recall was 03 9437 0737, I found them extremely helpful.

RonL11

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Paul - Bushman FridgesBushman Fridges

Hi Colleen,
It could be a problem with the rocker switch.
Feel free to call us at head office and we'll sort it out for you.
03 9437 0737
Thanks, Tom.

Colleen H
Colleen H

Rang Bushmans, confirmed that the control panel needed replacing, ordered a new one, it arrived the next day .It is working .Excellent service.


Brad

Bradasked

Hi Bushmans, just wondering how long the Anderson plug you sell for the 35/52l unit is? Cheers

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Paul - Bushman FridgesBushman Fridges

Hi Brad,
The HD Anderson lead is 2m long.
Then the extension piece which has an Anderson on one end and a cigarette lighter plug on the other is another 30cm long.
Cheers,
Tom


MichaelF

MichaelFasked

I have an SC35-52L, the CIG connector on the power cable has given up the ghost. I would like to change to an Anderson plug connection. My question, is the power cable polarity sensitive, and if so, how can I determine which is the positive side of the twin core cable? BTW: Had the fridge since 2013, dragged it all over the roughest parts of northern Australia as well as many other places throughout QLD, NSW & Vic, never had a spot of bother with it and never run out of cold beer/wine or lost any food along the way... wouldn't consider any other brand in the future...... :))

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Paul - Bushman FridgesBushman Fridges

Hi,
The wire with the writing on it is the positive :)


Roo

Rooasked

Hi there, my Bushman runs fine until it cycles off and then won't restart. Battery is fully charged. Could it be thermostat issue?
Any clues?
Cheers Roo

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tom.redcama
tom.redcama

Suggest you contact Bushman. They are very helpful.

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Paul - Bushman FridgesBushman Fridges

Sounds as though it is hitting low voltage cut out. This could be in the fridge or your wiring. there are a few things to check but best you give us a call and we will run you through procedures to try and idetify the problem.


Garry

Garryasked

Is it possible to buy a new control board for my bushman??

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Bushman Fridges
Paul - Bushman FridgesBushman Fridges

Sure can, just ring head office in Melbourne.


Mikey

Mikeyasked

Hi all

I have a bushman 3 way XD70. Never been used on gas. Lights fine, but the flame dies once the manual button is released. Any ideas?

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Paul - Bushman FridgesBushman Fridges

Could be a couple of things, faulty thermocouple, rotary switch pins not making proper contact, fluff in the burner etc. Best give head office a call and can run through a few things to try.

Mikey
Mikey

Thanks for that. So in frustration, with a sore thumb from trying about 20 times, I pulled the line off the gas bottle to pack it up. Then decided to try again. Worked first time. Left it on for 2 hours. Fridge got cold and the flame kept burning. No idea why, or why not. Maybe just the almighty having some fun.

Cheers

Mike


Duane.C

Duane.Casked

My bushman starts for a couple of seconds on 12v then turns off when I leave it I can hear it want to run but turns of again could the condenser be dirty?

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John L
John L

A previous post asked your same question.Bushman replied with "In the scenario you explain it sounds like the fridge is sensing a low current after it has been running on your battery for a few hours, so when it senses the low current it stops running to protect your battery from further discharge. There could be many different reasons why the compressor is sensing low current and hitting low current cut-out. We are more than happy to look at the fridge for you and the setup in your car to diagnose the issue. Please contact us at head office in Research, VIC on 03 9437 0737. Cheers, BUSHMAN."

derick
derick

Thesr’s a built in low battery voltage protector that stops the fridge running if the voltage is below 10 point something. Mine does the same. Try charging the battery. DERICK


Pat

Patasked

giday I've got an old bushman its an over-lander just scored it from a mate, took the plug of my other one and it works but the temp control will not change setting so it just goes right down. It has no reset so it there a way of correcting this? Cheers

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Paul - Bushman FridgesBushman Fridges

Hi. Wow an overlander, that's a really old fridge! Must be about 25 years old. Please call us at head office 03 9437 0737 and we'll see what we can do for you.


Murf

Murfasked

I accidently broke my 12v socket to the ciggie lighter, thought it was easy to replace with a narva 12v plug but the wires are too thick to close the covers..so do i need to buy a genuine part with a new lead ect thanks murf

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Paul - Bushman FridgesBushman Fridges

Hi Murf. Did you break the socket or the plug? On the 12V lead or on the transformer? You should be able to put another socket or plug on the existing wires. When you say you can't close the covers, which covers are you referring to? Cheers, Tom. BUSHMAN.

Pat
Pat

hey mate i did the same but i joined the wire back up from the plug


Ross

Rossasked

What is the price of the 45 lt ?
Do you have a Adelaide dealer?

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Paul - Bushman FridgesBushman Fridges

Hi Ross, When you buy The Original Bushman 35L - 52L, you get the full kit which enables you to use the fridge in 35L, 42L, 45L and 52L configuration. RRP $1295. We have a couple of dealers in Adelaide, check out the dealer map on our website bushman.com.au. All the Best. Tom, BUSHMAN.


Shellie

Shellieasked

Im a little worried about frezing my beer i have two collars with small lid making it 55 ltr. I would like to know what temp to set so the beer on the bottom doesn't freez?

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Dom
Dom

We have the 52L setup (collar and dome lid). In normal Brisbane weather ranging from 20 to 35 degrees, if I set ours at -2 the meat will stay frozen on the bottom and a few cans of soft drink can go down on the bottom and stay ice cold though might ice up over time. If you are only using the fridge for drinks, I think setting the controller to zero would be a good start. It might be something you have to experiment with a bit. Many factors will come into play - how long the beer will be in there, how often the lid opens, the ambient outside temps.

Shellie
Shellie

Thanks Dom but i want to freeze several meal size stews in the bottom then beer then fruit & vegies in the basket above i set it to -6 i just hope the beer wont freze. Does anyone know the right way to do this.

Dom
Dom

Hi again Shellie, when we set our fridge to -2 our meat stays frozen in the bottom, we have fruit, veggies and butter in the basket in the top. Milk, soft drink and beer go in the middle. At -2 the beer, milk and soft drinks will be very cold (a good thing). Hope this helps. The best people to speak to would be Bushman themselves, their customer service is excellent, they are in Melbourne phone 03 9437 0737.


Tackles

Tacklesasked

What temp do I set the fridge at for it to be only a freezer? Are there any special packing instructions i.e Can I stack the freezer to the lid level?

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Dom
Dom

I’d give Bushman a call directly, they will sort you out. Call 03 9437 0737

Bushman Fridges
Paul - Bushman FridgesBushman Fridges

Hi, You can use the Original Bushman fridges as a dedicated freezer in either 35L, 42L or 45L configuration. Usually I set my fridge on -8º to use it as a freezer. You can set it much lower, but if you are only freezing things for a week or two at a time, you really don't need to have the fridge at -18º. Enjoy!


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