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
Hard to kill!
I have had my Dometic Fridge for 15 years or so, and take it on camping holidays where it gets salt spray. There was some rust. There is an annoying 12V connection on the back which should be recessed so it does not get damaged in transit. Works best on gas, but if you have a big 4WD it will remain cool on the 12V. Works well on 240 Volt, and I use it as a backup for parties. Will freeze overnight on 240 Volt. I have replaced the injector and this improved gas consumption after 10 years they get a bit clogged. If this does not fix it it may be ...time to get another chescold. It has ammonia not gas as the refrigerant, so this never needs replacing. Should be better instructions on how to replace injector as the first time this is done it takes longer. I would design the replacement more simply if I were to give advice as this is really the only thing that can be done to improve running after it is 4 or 5 years old. I always tape the gas inlet as several of the campers have had mud wasps make homes in the inlet when the fridge is stored. The plastic carcass, case is very robust. I rate this fridge very highly, and if you intend using a gas fridge for some time it is robust and reliable and from new you will get great value. MAny are shifting to solar which means you need to cart around huge panels which often get easily damaged for a 12V fridge. Not as efficient on 12V as some, however on the longer camps it has cooled the beer, kept the frozen stuff frozen, is easy to clean, could use a bung to clean the carcass out. Don;t always use fridge freezer separator. One of the best items I have bought which is now a family heirloom, and we have three.
Purchased in November 2006 at Gold Coast Camping Store for $990.00.
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.
Purchased in June 2014 at BCF Physical Store for $1,000.00.
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.
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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.
Questions & Answers
I have a rc1180 its doing nothing on 240v and gas, no heat at all from element on 240 and on gas it lights up but flame is very low and facing downward is this normal for gas. Is it ready for the tip or could it be thermostat problems I've had it upside down overnight and left it upright for another 8hrs before trying it, can't see any leaks or smell any ammonia from the heat transfer unit I'm stumped it just does nothing?
I have a dometic F400 portable fridge freezer which I want to run inside my caravan, I would prefer to have the bottle outside and underneath the side of the van but would need to use a longer hose between 1.5 and 2m long depending on what is available. will it work effienctly with the longer lead.
Gas won't start
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.
|Category||Portable Fridges / Freezers|
|Type||Dedicated Fridge + Freezer Combo|
|Power Source||Car (Cigarette Lighter), Gas and Wall Outlet|
|Features||Removable compartment divider|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)|
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