4Chescold RC1180

Chescold RC1180

4Chescold RC1180
4.1

35 reviews

PositivevsNegative
77% · 275 · 14%

Build Quality
4.6
Value for Money
4.5
Ease of Use
4.5
Cleaning & Maintenance
4.3
This 3-way fridge can run on LPG
Very efficient on LPG (lasts for about four days on a 4kg bottle)
Silent running
Need to buy gas cord and regulator separately
Reviewers often mention the need to replace their element
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Reviews

35 reviews
Andrew M.
Andrew M.
 

amazing fridge

i bough one of the green chestcold 39 litre fridges in around 1995 i have had it plugged into 240 volts or gas when the power goes out and it has been running non stop for that time i have never had even one issue with the fridge i think people are a bit harsh on the reviews on these fridges i can recommend to do four things to have trouble free operation of them 1 level them 2 keep the back clean so they can breath 3 start them up on gas get the element hot before turning on to 240 volts 4 remember they are gas fridges with no compressor with a 12 volt and 240 option not the other way around they are good quality awesome fridges when used the right way. Show details
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W Green
W GreenMid North Coast, NSW2 posts
 

Tops any Gas operated fridge

Having owned an RC1180 since 2006, this box has continued to defy all challenges..admittedly it has been strictly utilised as a gas fridge.. thus, I highly recommend it… Show details
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David B.
David B.South East Queensland, QLD17 posts
 

25 years + and still going strong!!

Purchased in the late 1990's and serviced once in that time ($150), this (Chescold grey) unit is a throwback to when camping gear was made to last.
Runs on gas, 240v and 12v and whilst uses a bit too high amps on 12v, its performance on gas a
makes it the best camping fridge ever owned.
My Evakool TMDZ-50 and G75 Glacier cost similar $$ comparatively but their quality is poor and backup service non-existent. Show details
nevereveragain
nevereveragainbrisbane27 posts
 

Bullet Proof Fridge

i have owned my fridge for 15 years and only had gas issues ,never swap and go ,always refill and shake your bottle upside down before using ,a real shame they stopped making them as i,d buy another .bullet proof never have to chase the sun ,just set and forget Show details
S.Hauck
S.HauckCentral Highlands and Goldfields, VIC
 
Gryphus
GryphusSouth East Queensland, QLD3 posts
 
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Rob
Rob
 

Great fridges

I am now on my third fridge and have never had any issues. Definitely agree they are not a touring fridge but great when you set up camp for several days. I will have cold on 240v before the trip then run on 12v in the car (swapped out the Hungarian plug for an Anderson) & then gas when camping. Tough units which have coped with barge trips to Nth Qld islands and rough 4wd'ing. A service after several years keeps them running like new. Show details
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maxwell42
maxwell423 posts
 

Problems with 12v

I have a Chescold RC1180. Works fine on gas and 240v, but not on 12v. It’s in a camper trailer, Anderson plug connection. Power is getting through to our trailer as our 12v powered lights operate well. . A battery charges the separate battery in the trailer. The fridge top seems warm when we open up, but this may be just be the heat travelling through the trailer. The fridge was fully serviced 6 months ago by an expert, with no problems.
Anyone got some advice?
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Andrew
AndrewSouth East Queensland, QLD20 posts
 

Perfect for Off-Grid Camping

We have had one and it works perfectly on 240v and gas, less so on 12v. Very frugal on gas - I’ve heard tell of a month on a 9kg bottle! Silent and easy to light and set up. Had to buy an aaptor separately for 12v and it basically is of use only travelling from A to B.

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Gary B
Gary BSouth East Queensland, QLD10 posts
 

240V replacement element

I recently had the element replaced as cooling on 240V had stopped suddenly. On gas & 12V it was still ok. I live at the Gold Coast & purchased the replacement element from Dometic at Varsity Lakes. I tried to install the new element myself but that was more of a challenge than I expected so I asked an electrician friend of mine to do the work. I now have cooling again on 240V which is great!

The date purchased below is for the element. The fridge must be at least 10 years old & has been many trips including the longer outback trips.

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Shane
ShaneGold Coast48 posts
 
Angwilbuf
AngwilbufAU6 posts
 

Love it...would never go back to dry ice!

Have only used it once on a 6 day camping trip but it worked a treat, no issues at all. We run it for a week on 240v prior to camping to make sure all was good And for a couple of hours on gas (side note - you need to buy the gas cord and regulator separately, they don't come with the unit)

We ran it for 6 days and it didn't even use half a 9L gas bottle in temperatures of 30'c +. It kept everything frozen and even froze the milk in the fridge, we just turned it down to low and the food in the fridge stopped freezing but remained icy cold.

Would highly recommend it.

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Gary
GaryPerth, WA10 posts
 
I J
I JGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC14 posts
 
Ralphy
RalphyBendigo6 posts
 

Questions & Answers

Jacob M.
Jacob M.

Hey guys the father in-laws Dometic RC1180 3-way fridge freezer is still not working on gas it has a flame and awesome heat works well on 240 but just won't cool down on or freeze on gas.
So we have done the high pressure air down the exhaust pulled the back off cleaned it all turned it upside down for several hours.
We are completely lost on why it's still not working on gas.

David B.
David B.  

It may need a thermostat replaced. Service isn't expensive on these.

Jacob M.
Jacob M.  

We replaced the 240/12volt thermostat about a year ago.
Is there another one for the gas??

Jacob M.
Jacob M.  

If it was the thermostat would it still work on 240

Jacob M.
Jacob M.

Hey guys I have a 50l chescold RC1180 and I'm wondering can these get re-gased or get the ammonia topped up?

David B.
David B.  

I presume so, have you tried upending it for 24 hours. It gets bubbles and stops cooling but it's a sealed system so should not leak. Ours is still going after nearly 30 years with one service to fix the electric plug and temp sensor

Jacob M.
Jacob M.  

Thank you seems to be working now appreciate it

michael b.
michael b.

How many litres

W Green
W Green  

50L

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Details

The Chescold R1180 is a dedicated fridge and freezer combo, able to be operated on 12V battery, mains electricity, or an LPG canister. It is energy efficient, particularly when run on LPG, and works in all weather conditions. It is highly portable and easy to handle. Reviewers like the Chescold R1180's tough construction and durability. People say this fridge is best for long stays, where you can set up and let it run efficiently on LPG, as its less effective on 12V.

This products 12 month warranty is comparatively less than other portable fridge/freezers.

CategoryPortable Fridges / Freezers
Price (RRP) $999
Type Dedicated Fridge + Freezer Combo
Capacity50L
Power SourceCar (Cigarette Lighter), Gas and Wall Outlet
FeaturesRemovable compartment divider
Manufacturer Warranty1 year(s)
Construction MaterialPlastic

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