Best product ever.
Has run nonstop for approx 12 years. Only minor issue 12years later was having to replace latches. Eva Kool shipped replacement same day.
Unit lives in the back of a 4x4 in the north of South Australia. Still holds -20°c without fail.
Australian made at its best.
If this fridge ever dies it will be replaced with another Everkool!
Had my rf60 for four years now and dragged it half away around the country, hasn’t missed a beat and it’s energy useage is outstanding as it uses much less power then our other big named fridge we also have. Would definitely buy another evakool again and would recommend to others
I’ve had my RF60 for 18 years now. Been to WA, SA multiple times, extended trips Cape York twice, across the top and 5 months in Darwin. I teach canoe and kayaking and use the fridge every second weekend, all school Holliday’s and often during the week. Fridge has never been out of the car since I purchased it and has never failed.
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Great Fridge, shocking Customer Service!!!!
My wife and I went to Sydney camping show 2 years ago, and after myself doing months of research, decided on Evakool because of being Aussie and also supposedly great after sales service etc. We bought an RF60 in custom grey colour and end opening, and was delivered. Worked at home on mains for 3 months no issues. We then went to Fraser Island and had id tied down in back of 4wd, I even put foam mat underneath to protect from vibrations. Day 2 on Fraser (we only got off Ferry at Kingfisher and drove to campsite at Govi ) - suddenly fridge would...n't cool, and showed temp of 5c, then wouldn't cool at all. No crazy driving, nothing. We had over $400 of cryovac meat etc in it - all ruined. I researched fault codes/troubleshooting etc but no joy. As I got mobile reception there, I emailed Evakool, and basically got no help whatsoever. Fridge was useless for 4 weeks. Got back to Sydney, and was told to take to "Evakool" service center - 180km round trip. Dropped off, and 2 weeks later told there was nothing wrong with it, and was tested OK. Also was asked to pay around $70 for "testing" fee. Took it back and still intermittently worked, but 90% didn't cool. Called Evakool, and was harrassed by warranties guy, and I said as it was brand new, I deserve either a replacement or refund - I wanted replacement. Finally after MUCH haggling, the aggressive and rude person that deals with warranties said " OK I will give you a new fridge" - so I had to do a 3rd 180km round trip to get it. On arrival, they had sent the white model and side opening - not the grey and end opening with locking open lid. I said I was not coming back a 4th time, so took it. since then, it has worked fine, although the digital temp and me placing a mercury thermometer in the fridge show varying temps. Would I buy another one from Evakool???- probably not, because they showed extremely lousy customer service (I work in customer service for one of Australia's biggest outdoor companies, and would never treat a customer like I was treated). My next fridge, I will save up and buy either a National Luna or a Trailblazer.
I've had the RF47 for 7yrs one thermostat was replaced free of charge and just out of warantee too , 3ys ago I purchased an RF60 also for extended trips to Fraser Is. Both work very well keeps food and beer cold.I have a mate who takes a Waeco , the evakool's cycle on less often which I put down to being fiberglass rather than a poly/plastic case .
Unsatisfactory Warranty - Post Sales Service
Upon taking the fridge out on our first camping trip in our camper trailer, one latch snapped off. Two trips later (less than 2 months) the second latch broke off. I contacted BCF (where I purchased it) and they advised that they wouldn't fix it and I needed to contact Evakool. I contacted Evakool and they sent a pack of two new latches and advised I needed to drill the rivets out of the fridge and replace them myself. When I contacted them again today to ask if there was a service centre in Sydney that could replace them, they advised that the...latches "aren't covered by warranty". Living on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, they said if I wanted to drive to Liverpool, the service centre there may replace them, but would probably charge. Pretty unimpressed with the after sales service.
Terrible after sales service
After less than a years use the fridge wouldn't hold temperature (it was a faulty thermostat or compressor). We couldn't establish whether it was the power source or the fridge. Evakool would only inspect the fridge at their premises leaving me liable for shipping costs etc. They could of easily inspected the fridge at my home.
Absolutley Awsome Fridge
I have had my Evakool RF60 for 7 years, it's been very well used and has been left out in the rain on occasion and covered in mud on 1 occasion its travelled an estimated 50,000km around this great land. She's travelled Fraser twice, Moreton twice, and countless long weekends away out bush, it has never let me down and keeps everything cold even when the temperature starts approaching the mid 40s, and when its at home it keeps my beer icy cold. I have only had a couple of minor faults with it, the thermostat gave out about 4 years in, rang Evak...ool they explained that within my serial numbered fridge they had a dud batch of thermostats. They had it replaced under warranty by my local fridgy same day absolutely awesome service! Most recently the running LED indicator died (probably from its previous drenching's) no big deal, replaced it myself in 10 minutes for a cost of about $5. It is very efficient on all setting's and quiet happily runs without issue off my 120 watt solar panel and 100 amp hr battery non stop. I am in the market for a smaller fridge to use as a dedicated freezer now for my next expedition, needless to say I will by buying another Evakool.
We bought the EvaKool RF60 to replace our Waeco CF40 that was too small for our growing family. I really liked the simplicity of a mechanical thermostat over electronic controls after a couple of thermistor failures in the Waeco. Also being Aussie made was a plus for us. Our first test of the EvaKool was two weeks of camping running off a 105 amp hour lead acid battery and a 120 watt solar panel setup. The fridge ran flawlessly as a fridge with the thermostat set on 3 economy. I'd added a remote sensing thermometer so I could monitor internal t...emperatures and the fridge sat on 1.5-2 degrees and we found that we could turn the fridge off at night when we went to bed to save the battery due to the quality of insulation used in the fridge. The temp only rose to 4 degrees by the morning and the battery never fell below 12.2 volts when running as a fridge. We managed to catch a few Snapper and wanted to freeze them so we turned the dial up to 9 normal. This dropped the cabinet temps to -16 degrees which was plenty cold enough to freeze the fish overnight. The temperature will go colder at the expense of higher power consumption if run at the max setting. When run as a freezer the fridge did use more amps per day but our solar panels kept up no problem. My only complaint, which is not a big issue, is that the condenser fan is noticeably louder than the one on the Waeco. The fan certainly draws a large amount of air through the condenser which would help efficiency. As the fridge/freezer is setup inside our camper trailer the fan kept me awake the first night when run as a freezer as we didn't turn the fridge off so the fish would freeze and the EvaKool didn't cycle off until it was down to temp. I'm considering adding an external switch to be able to turn the fan off at night. The fan noise was made worse due to our remote location which was very quiet. Another factor that swayed us was the low overall height of the fridge compared to a Waeco or Engel of similar capacity. We also got the fridge on sale for $700 which sealed the deal. Overall we're very pleased with our purchase.
I Bought the EvaKool RF60 3 years ago and is still going strong, its easy to clean & i love the option of fridge or freezer or both. being 50mm fiber glass IMO it has much better insulating properties then other fridges out there.
I also love that its 100% Australian owned, lets support out Australian economy
Evakool 60L Fridge Freezer - Excellent fridge! Bought it just over a year ago and hasn't missed a beat. Worked in some severe temperatures. Great service from the warranty department too. Had a fault with the 240V power pack and they swapped it over with no dramas. Would recommend the fridge and the company anytime!
Questions & Answers
Why does the fridge basket have tappered sides you lose so much space with these baskets?
Has anyone had issues with lack of power through 12v lead to fridge. Even when starionary the lead seems to be hit and miss with nothing touching it. Currently have tem taped together with duck tape, still turning itself off, or rather not getting power through intermittently. Has anyone the same issues and how did you fix it?
if you put your evakool in fridge/freezer mode @ say -15 , how do you know what temp the fridge section will be?
First of all I would not recommend that you run your fridge/freezer at -15. To answer question at -15 you could almost be sure that what you put in your fridge will freeze. If you must run your freezer so cold block off all the holes in the divider and buy a wireless fridge thermometer that way you can monitor your fridge temperature.
I have a wired lcd thermometer that I fitted myself and mounted on the compressor cover to monitor temps. A wireless thermometer will do the same, with the advantage of being able to be mounted in the cabin of the vehicle so temps can be checked on the run. When I run the fridge as a dual zone using 240 volts, I set the thermostat dial to 7 with the Normal/Economy switch on Normal which gives a freezer temperature around -10 to -12 degrees celcius and the fridge section cools to around +3-+5 degrees on average. I put my beer and meat closest to the divider and vegies at the other end. I raise or lower the divider a couple of millimeters to regulate the fridge section temperaturer rather than adjusting the dial. If I'm running off battery and solar, I increase the freezer section temperature to around -5 degrees to reduce power consumption which translates to around 5 on the dial and the switch on economy.
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