This 3-way fridge can run on LPG
Very efficient on LPG (lasts for about four days on a 4kg bottle)
Need to buy gas cord and regulator separately
Reviewers often mention the need to replace their element
Replaced 3 elements in 12 months
I bought the 39 litre fridge freezer with my land cruiser the heating element burnt out 3 times in 12 months . I spent 400 bucks on replacing elements .i sold it on eBay for 50 bucks as is until chescold can get an element that lasts I would not recommend this fridge freezer .it would be a good fridge if the elements would last
Was able to run on gas
Burning out elements
Purchased a Chescold 3 way fridge in 1995 (ours is the old grey model) that is virtually identical to this model (except colour and handles). After a trip to Stradbroke Island (QLD) in summer that necessitated daily (at least) trips to the store to buy ice for the esky
Purchased the 3 way on recommendation from salesman and haven't looked back.
Keeps food as cold as needed and will keep ice and food frozen if divider is used.
Gas operation is fantastic for camping in one place for a day or more and will use less than 1kg of gas a week. 12v ...
Great fridge, not well looked after, yet goes great whenever needed to. Out does other fridges that friends have. Great seat. Worst part is the handles make it difficult to lift.
Purchased unit second hand 10 years ago. Never had a problem. Good sturdy and can take a knock. Camped for 2 weeks at a time on 240v and never had a problem. (Hope this doesn't jinx it. Gas is best provided it is level.
12 volt is not worth using. Heavy and hard to lift when full.
If you are looking for a camping fridge you need to consider the type of fridge that suits your needs. If you are on the move all the time you need a 12v/240v compressor type fridge as these will tolerate vibration and being out of level a lot better than a 3-way fridge and your batteries are likely to maintain their charge. If however to tend to relocate to another place stay for a few days or weeks in one spot then return home then a gas fridge is a lot easier and cheaper to run, you wont need to run your car or a generator to charge batter...ies, Just remember to turn upside down for a few hours before using, turn over and switch on and let cool down before going away great for camping where you relocate to another place set up camp and stay for a while excellent operation on gas and 240v needs to be set up as level as possible, won't work in a car when traveling (needs to be set up level}, 12v volt needs to have heavy wiring to avoid voltage drop,12v uses as much current as headlights so battery goes flat quickly
wouldn,t buy waceo or engel and have to worry about charging batteries.Could not find a better fridgein 3 way design
able to stay in one place with out having to worry about batteries.1 4.5kg gas bottle runs for exactly 10 days.No problems on 12 volt if wired correctly.
freezes up fridge area even with divider in
This fridge has put the compressor eqivs to shame. particularly when staying in the one spot for a while. runs very well on gas just be sure and change over once you are set up.
Purchased new in 2001. I have found this a magnificent bit of gear.lots of space and can freeze the who thing with ease.love to 3 way option never been stuck for a coldy
Make sure that you put an isloation unit in if you hard wire to vehilcle batery.just to make sure that you dont end up with a flat.
the company repaired it 3 times under warranty and then refused as it was out of the warranty period by the time we got back from the trip.we now use a waeco no problems no spirit level
the principle is great and when it worked it was brilliant
the unit burned out after 3 days into 1st trip then told had to level it with a spirit level all the time .burned out every trip whole unit 3 times 12v coil once
Overall like the flexibility that the unit offers. Construction, sturdiness, efficiency, size all very good. Could improve the 240V element durability.
Have had a Chescold RC1180 since 2002. Used whilst camping many times. Lasted a 6 month trip around Australia! Works particularly well on gas, efficient on 240V, never used 12V power source however. Great size, efficient cooling and/or freezing of food, sturdy construction. Works well as a seat also! Great to have the ability to make it a fridge/freezer or just a fridge with the partition.
All around it is pretty good to have. Keeps really cold on gas, put a bag off ice in it when trav on 12volt to help maintain.
Runs great on gas, easy to clean, goood size compartmet. you can put it anywhere around the camp site & also use it as a seat.
It draws 9 amps on 12 volt so you won`t want to leave it on this setting if the vehickle is not running. Burnt 3 240volt elements out so far @ $115 each.
Adequate when camped but of no use when whilst on the road. Arrive at destination with a warm fridge and low battery, which means no lights at an unpowered campsite.
My Electrolux Chescold RC1180 was standard in my 2001 model Campertrailer. and operates really well on gas and 240v. good solid construction which allows me to stand on when erecting my campertrailer.
I have have paid a lot to Auto Electricians trying to get operation on 12V deep Cycle battery, with no success!! I'm continually told I should replace with new fridge. Need to remove divider to get sufficient coldness on non-freezer side.
Questions & Answers
Got a chescold 60l just checked it not working in any mode , have been running it on 240 for a while to keep it used , any insight from any one ? It's 20 odd years old , has it just run out of life ?
Gday Ian, check that there is not a strong smell of ammonia from the rear of the unit. If ammonia has leaked then the fridge will not work unless you replace the absorption unit (about half the cost of a new fridge) . It can only be a leaky absorption unit (as described) or that the refrigerant needs to be made to cycle properly. If your fridge has been not level then this may occur. Try turning your fridge upside down for 4 hours. Then right it , and vigorously shake both ways at 30 degree angle for a couple of minutes. Leave for 30 mins , then connect 240V and see how you go.
Best of luck,
Hi-I have recently been given a chescold f400 ,it has a red bung or plug at the bottom and when its removed it seams blocked inside ,is it some sort of drain.Im trying to get the gas funtion to work and wondered if there may be a connection.The gas flame is good and the flue is clean but no cold at all,works fine on 240v.
Final question,should the gas flame increase and decrease when you adjust the thermostat or does it remain the same,Thanks Trevor
What gas can I use on this propane or lpg
I think LPG 9kg gas cylinder normally or 240 volt / 12 volt. this is why it is called a three way fridge. They work best on 240 V and gas. A two week camp trip would use one and a half 9kg cylinders at most if running well. The injector must be kept clean, a bit of a job to replace. It runs on amonia, so A three week trip between 2 and 2.5 cylinders. If not working well more. The The plug for car will keep contents frozen though most likely would not freeze anything from scratch. We take separator out and place frozen stuff on the bottom of the fridge. The alternative is solar and cart solar panels around, and a heavy deep cycle battery. refrigerant almost never is replaced. If refrigerant is gone, the fridge is most likely Cactus. Will get 10 to 16 years out of the fridge if it is washed with fresh water after being near salt. When in storage cover gas inlet or mud wasps will nest there.
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