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Finally joined the fridge/freezer club! Costway 54qt

Discussion in 'Kitchen, Cooking, and Recipes' started by PolarExpress, Jan 18, 2019.

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  1. varano14

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    Thanks I appreciate it, interested to see the end result. I never thought of doing two I wonder if I could stuff two in a single battery box. Off to amazon I go...
     
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    Went with a Dometic CFX 75 dual zone...love it The solar is Four 6 volt 120 Ahr deep cycles giving me a total of 480 Ahr. I can run for four days before needing a recharge. PIC_1308.JPG
     
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  3. PolarExpress

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    I would be extremely happy with that setup too! You’ve got more money wrapped up in batteries than I have for my whole system. When I get a trailer, your system is what I want to do. Looks awesome man.
     
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    Thank you for posting the quick review of this fridge. I have been eyeing this model, but haven't found many real world reviews. Looking forward to watching your continued use of this unit.
     
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  5. PolarExpress

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    I’ll make sure to post updates, as buying a fridge for most of us is a huge deal. So far it’s been working well, however it’s also been colder than normal. I’m trying to figure out a budget slide for it, something like a Drifta kitchen. Using PTFE to let the drawer slide. I’ll post stuff on that too.
     
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    The floor mount in the cargo area of your JKU, is this DIY as well or did you buy it through a specific company?

    Love the look of it by the way!
     
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    All DIY IMG_20181023_205029.jpeg IMG_20181024_165049.jpeg IMG_20181108_134312.jpeg
     
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    That's nice!

    Is that using factory mounting points or did it require drilling into the tub?
     
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    No drilling at all,jku is a 2007,done my own brackets using original mounting point and for the rear seat i bought the 60% delete seat bracket and did a DIY floor like goosegear sell.The bracket was the only expensive part of the list. IMG_20181022_160115_674.jpeg IMG_20181029_093758.jpeg IMG_20181023_205217.jpeg IMG_20181019_200240.jpeg
     
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    Delete side floor IMG_20181023_212629.jpeg
     
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    nice. wish I had the space and the know-how to do this. Sucks living in an apartment.

    love the furry helper and the Tim Hortons cup!! LOL
     
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  13. TRD T4R

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    So..... Are there any links to some deals on fridges?I have a list of things I want to get and this is one of them. I also have a few questions. How much stuff can the 50 really hold, it will be the wife and 3 dogs going out so water will be needed and food for us,
     
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    I don’t think there are many deals on fridges, this one is pretty low already. My “54qt” can hold an 18 pack of beer on each side of the main compartment and two half gallon containers in the smaller section.

    If you need to refrigerate your dog food it would depend on how much you feed them each day. Water? Why would you put water in a fridge? Only perishable items should go in there.
     
  15. TRD T4R

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    I was thinking a few water bottles, eggs, and other things that need to be refrigerated, Dog food is dry. I have never had a fridge or even seen one to see or compare sizes.
     
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    Before buying my fridge I also was very unsure about sizes. Up front I ended up with a 50qt which is likely bigger then I will need in 90% of situations but the price jump from a 35-40 qt to 50 was not that significant so I opted on the side of more room. I found it helpful to use some of the regular coolers I and friends had lying around. Without any ice I could get an idea of how big the interior was.

    When determining size this was my order of considerations:

    1. Price, its a big purchase but hopefully will last many years. Also look at the prices for different sizes sometimes there is not much of a jump between sizes.
    2. What can fit in your vehicle/ where are you going to put it. Mine has ended up staying in there full time just turned off when I'm not using it. And the 50 fit perfectly fine where I wanted it(JKU) so the size jump wasn't a problem.
    3. Needs, how are you using it. long weekends, or full week/multi week trips. It is my opinion after using a 50qt that for two adults you could do a long weekend with 30-40qt without much difficulty. You might need to buy smaller condiment sizes and rotate in drinks but you would be fine with minimal pre planning. I did a 3 day two night trip solo and literally just chucked in whatever was in the home fridge with no concern for size. Quart of milk, dozen eggs etc. Now that being said if you have a family or could ever see yourself going on extended trips I would suggest a 50qt for two people and maybe bigger if its a family. I might do a week trip once a year so for that situation I wanted more capacity.

    The last thing I will say is once you have it you will use it more then you think. I am a grad student with a wacky schedule. Its great being able to get groceries in the morning before class and not have to worry about them sitting all day. Also if you are traveling to family events, tailgates etc its wonderful to have a mobile fridge.
     
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    I am trying to decide what I want to buy. I really want a slide for the back of the 4runner as the fridge will stay in the truck full time.

    I can’t decide on brand. I was sort of sold on biting the bullet and getting a national Luna but then I keep coming back to I could get a cheaper brand and a slide for the same or less money. Not a ton of reviews I can find so just not sure what to do.
     
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    I was all set going with a National Luna. I went to the Overland Expo East this year and talked with the owner of Hicker Trailers. He said he used them in his builds but keep having issues and change over to Dometic. In 1923, the inventors of the fridge started a company called Arctic. Electrolux, a growing appliance company, saw the potential of von Platen’s and Munter’s invention. In 1925, the company acquires Arctic. Dometic is a division of Electolux.. Given their history, dependability, and price, I went with the Dometic CFX 75. I love the idea I can have ice for my Scotch.
     
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  19. TRD T4R

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    I will say the reason I like the fridge idea so much is the 4 runner came with the sliding tray system from the dealer so that is one expense saved. I have no clue what makes all these brands so special (expensive and inexpensive).
     

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