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Old 05-10-2019, 06:40 PM
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I Want to Get a Fridge for my Jeep

What do you guys run and recommend?


This will be going in a stock JKU. I'd like one that has AC and DC connections as I may use this double duty in the garage when I'm not on the trails/camping. I was looking at the Dometic CFX45 (or was it the 40?), but seems those may be too tall as the lid hit the roll bar in a video I saw here.



I'm not looking for a huge mobile chest freezer, but I do want some space. This will mainly be for the wife, my two kids, and me on a day trip or myself and one other if on a trail and/or camping. About 75% of the time, it's going to be in the garage keeping my beer cold.


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ARB
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Are the 2 main options.

I was also looking @ the CFX 35 and the ARB 37 today.

Camping World sells the Dometic and in my area they will match Northridge4x4.
I have a single 4x4 dealer that sells the ARB and they will also match Northridge4x4.

The one thing that bothers me about the Dometic (model CFX 35) are the plastic tabs that serve as the locking mechanism.

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It looks like they will break over the long haul.

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I have an ARB 37. It’s been great. Definitely large enough for what you describe. The 50 is only a little more expensive, but about 5 inches taller.

All of these things are pretty large. I suggest you check the dimensions and then make a mock up from cardboard. That will help you figure out what’s realistic to carry in your Jeep in a secured fashion.
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After seeing both today i preferred the ARB 37 and it's locking mechanism.
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Old 05-11-2019, 12:37 AM   #5
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Fridge/Freezer

I LOVE my ARB fridge/freezer! COLD drinks on the trail are great! No more soggy sandwiches! It uses very little power and is reliable.


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I have an ARB 50 in the back of my JKU. Built a slide for it and leaves about 20 inches on the left side to stack storage boxes full of camping gear.
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I love my ARB 50. same footprint as the 37 but holds more.
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These are the known and reputable brands:

ARB
Dometic
Engel

Amazon has quite a few if you are willing to take a little risk... I've been looking at the Alpicool CF45.

https://www.amazon.com/Alpicool-Port...ateway&sr=8-19

And also the COSTWAY 44... They look like the same cooler and pretty inexpensive in the $350 range.

https://www.amazon.com/COSTWAY-Compr...ateway&sr=8-26
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Thanks guys. Did any of you all who have the Dometics and ARBs, looks at some of the lower priced ones on Amazon? If so, what made you stay or pony up for the big name brands?

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Good idea on doing a mock up. I may do that. I can't remember the WF member that posted the video, but he has the cfx 40 and complained about the lid hitting the roll bar. That's one reason I think I may drop down to the cfx 35 and also look at the ARB37.


Can you guys post some pics of your fridges in your Jeeps? Thanks again!
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These are the known and reputable brands:

ARB
Dometic
Engel

Amazon has quite a few if you are willing to take a little risk... I've been looking at the Alpicool CF45.

https://www.amazon.com/Alpicool-Port...ateway&sr=8-19

And also the COSTWAY 44... They look like the same cooler and pretty inexpensive in the $350 range.

https://www.amazon.com/COSTWAY-Compr...ateway&sr=8-26



I was looking at those too. Take the decals off, and I can't tell the difference. I love the price, but I don't mind ponying up to get something that's proven reliable.
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Thanks guys. Did any of you all who have the Dometics and ARBs, looks at some of the lower priced ones on Amazon? If so, what made you stay or pony up for the big name brands?

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Good idea on doing a mock up. I may do that. I can't remember the WF member that posted the video, but he has the cfx 40 and complained about the lid hitting the roll bar. That's one reason I think I may drop down to the cfx 35 and also look at the ARB37.


Can you guys post some pics of your fridges in your Jeeps? Thanks again!
I did but experience has shown me spend once cry once. Over the years I have found that when I buy name brand top rated items those items are still working for years down the road. If I buy something off brand item it is usually replaced with a name brand top rated item shortly there after so I now I just bite the bullet. Been that way for camping gear, tools, car parts you name it. Some have good luck with knock offs I have not. That is not saying one of these fridges won't work great and might even have the same internal parts ie compressor as an ARB. For me tho once the money is spent a year down the road I won't be thinking of the extra money I spent on getting the one I wanted.
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I was looking at those too. Take the decals off, and I can't tell the difference. I love the price, but I don't mind ponying up to get something that's proven reliable.
The Costway really has pretty good reviews, but not a ton of them... And of course with Amazon you can return almost anything, for any reason. Again, it's a bit of a risk, but could be worth it.

The Engel is the Mercedes, the ARB is the Lexus and the Dometic is the Chevrolet... All known commodities.
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Good idea on doing a mock up. I may do that. I can't remember the WF member that posted the video, but he has the cfx 40 and complained about the lid hitting the roll bar. That's one reason I think I may drop down to the cfx 35 and also look at the ARB37.
I have a Tuffy security deck in the back of my JKU. All of the fridges are too tall to fit underneath so I wanted to have it on the deck. The ARB 50 would be too tall to get into and it probably would hit the toll bar unless mounted sideways, which I didn’t want to do. So after doing the cardboard mockups I described, I narrowed it down to the 37 and a comparably sized Dometic.

What sold me on the ARB was the ability to remove the top in two ways. You can hinge it up, but you can also remove the whole top with a kind of sideways tearing motion. Makes it easier to access in tight quarters, which I have. The ARB and Dometic seemed equally good, but the dimensions of the ARB worked better for me.

I was skeptical of spending so much, but I have to say it’s been great. No more soggy sandwiches, ruined food, gross slimy water, having to buy ice, etc.
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Re budget brands...

I have a Whynter slim 45, this is a great size for our jeep if you want to maximize your cargo space. It is a budget brand, and appears to be the cheap version of snomaster. Whynter has a nice steel body, hinges and all so i have no issues banging it up. Snomaster has the nice stainless body, other than that it seems speced/built similarly, one old post i saw even showed internals to be the same. But my point is snomasters get high marks and my Whynter is just that, great performance and proven to withstand rough conditions i put it thru.

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I just got the Dometic CFX 40 and got it installed in my JKU. I don't have any long term experience to give you yet. But it fits perfect. In fact, much bigger and I would have to put the rear seat down. I can't wait to get this thing out and use it.

It comes with both AC and DC power cords. It did run off the rear cargo power port but I just ordered the stuff to make a power port that runs directly to the battery.

I tow my Jeep behind my RV so I am also getting a battery charger so the RV can keep the Jeep battery charged while towing. At camp I will plug into AC power over night to keep the Jeep battery topped off.
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I am going with SnoMaster after much consideration.
ARB was my second choice primarily because of the lid and latching mechanism.
However if I find a deal on any of the 3 I will probably go with that one.
  • ARB
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  • SnoMaster

    After you add the transit bag and monitor to the ARB 50 you are about the same price as the SnoMaster.
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Wagan EL6224 24 Liter Electric Car Cooler and Warmer
$62 bucks and works great. I put it behind the drivers seat.
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I picked up a 55qt Mobicool chiller, it was about 200 bucks Canadian and keeps things 40 degress below ambient temperature. I would love an ARB or Dometic but just can't justify it unless I am camping on a very regular basis.
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110% satisfied with my ARB-50. BUT, If we out grow it, I will replace it with the ARB Elements Fridge. I just like the look of the stainless steel better than the plastic but it came out AFTER we bought the 50qt.
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I have a Black Forest which is a webasto fridge. Love it. Will never go back to a cooler.
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I have a Black Forest which is a webasto fridge. Love it. Will never go back to a cooler.
X2, the wife loves that we can take cold stuff with us on trips and not worry about stuff spoiling.

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I have the Dometic 35, works great, if I need more food , I use a regular cooler for drinks and use the ice melt as an extra water supply, and the Dometic for food only. I even use the Dometic as my beer fridge in my Man Cave when not being used on a outing ..
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$62 bucks and works great. I put it behind the drivers seat.
I have been looking at this for day trips on the trail. Might have to get it after all.
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I have been looking at this for day trips on the trail. Might have to get it after all.
It is a little loud. I just turn up the music. I love it. No ice to make a mess and leak everywhere. I have it when I grab a gatoraid and I get water everywhere. I am happy with it. I use it for day trips to rock crawl.
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"Cooling- 36°F / 20°C below ambient temperature." 100* in vehicle gets you 64* food and beverages.
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The Engel is the Mercedes, the ARB is the Lexus and the Dometic is the Chevrolet... All known commodities.

Looking at the Engel they have good specs and look nice. Curious why I don’t recall ever seeing one on this forum. Are they are boutique brand? Also wondering if the ARB coolers are actually made by ARB or another company.
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Dometic CFX series are made for 4x4

https://www.dometic.com/en-us/us/pro...ectric-coolers

I would think carefully about the size and external dimensions. I mocked up one with old boxes before deciding. There is a point around the 45 litre mark where the fridge gets too big to fit any other storage boxes in the back. So think about if you really need 24 cans of drink in the fridge the whole time. Also some fridges are split and you can freeze one side in advance for a long trip and let it thaw out over a couple of days.

CFX28 uses 15 amp hours per 24 hours so you can run it for 36 hours without taking the battery down much at all.
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The Engel is the Mercedes, the ARB is the Lexus and the Dometic is the Chevrolet... All known commodities.

Looking at the Engel they have good specs and look nice. Curious why I don’t recall ever seeing one on this forum. Are they are boutique brand? Also wondering if the ARB coolers are actually made by ARB or another company.
ARBs are made in China.
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Looking at the Engel they have good specs and look nice. Curious why I don’t recall ever seeing one on this forum. Are they are boutique brand? Also wondering if the ARB coolers are actually made by ARB or another company.
The Engel's are premium... You'll see them at places like Overland Expo on $100k+ rigs, etc. Jeepers are often a little frugal for the Engel's.... The Engel 45 is usually around $1100.

I think the Engel's are made in Thailand.

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