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Message posted by starr on 30/11/2013 at 12:14pm
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I'm planning a 4 week camping road trip around France with my tent next summer, and I'm wondering what people think is the best way of keeping food cool while camping. I've done several long camping trips before, but never anywhere seriously hot so I've always just used a coolbag with freezepacks and I suspect that's not going to be good enough for the south of France in August. What do other people prefer - a coolbag that plugs into the car? Something that plugs into an EHU on the site? What are the advantages/disadvantages of the various options? We're generally pretty basic campers and I've never bothered with EHU, so I'm a bit clueless about using anything electrical!

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If you want to keep things cheap then just an electric coolbox that plugs into car while you are travelling & use ehu when you pitch up. You will need mains adaptor for coolbox, a tent ehu unit & French 2pin adaptor in case site does not have UK type ehu socket although most now do. This is probably easiest best option if you are only stopping on sites for a short time & travelling light.

Limitation of cheap electric coolbox is that it only cools 18deg below ambient, so in really hot weather it might struggle but you can help it by loading it up at night & not adding anything during day.

If you want to spend serious money then get a Waeco Coolfreeze which is a proper portable 12v fridge that you can use same as coolbox as described above but it will keep stuff properly cold whatever ambient temp.

Worth pointing out though that some French campsites will charge as much as another 5 pn for ehu, not cheap. Good thing about France is that you are never far from a supermkt, they are signposted & often campsites have shops that sell cold drinks so it might work better to just do a bit of shopping as needed.

All sorts of little tips. ie when you leave campsite in morning stop at supermkt for six cans of beer & a bag of frozen paella or similar. Beer in coolbox with paella on top gives you 6 cans of ice cold beer to drink with your dinner once you have pitched up that evening.

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you can rent fridges on many sites - proper ones!

Message posted by som1 on 30/11/2013 at 6:35pm
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You can use also a cool-box that works on gas, like this one:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/DOMETIC-CombiCool-1200-30mbar-cool/dp/B0050OB5TG

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We go to the South of France each July for our 3 weeks holiday, and are on the main campsite for just over a fortnight.

Back in 2008 we bought a Waeco CoolFreeze CF25, a bargain at the time new in the box for 150.

A superb piece of kit, that has been great for in car use along the journey and for the main campsite save us hiring a fridge,  it runs of 12/24v and EHU and works just the same as a domestic fridge due to it being a compressor type.

At the start of this year we added a MobiCool C40 bought from Obelink in Holland, this is a EHU only compressor camping fridge that we will use on the main campsite.

At 40lt it is almost double the size of the Waeco CF25, at 139 including delivery to the UK the MobiCool C40 was a no brainer.

http://www.obelink.nl/kampeerartikelen/koelen/mobicool-c40.html  


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Depending how much room you have in your car, I have the Argos table top fridge which I bought in the sale for 59.95 and its been great. Goes very cold on the max setting and it's very quiet even though it has a proper compressor motor like your fridge freezer at home would have.

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Hi hankakampa.
                         Have you used your Argos fridge in Southern Europe during the summer when temps are often close to +40degC ?

It would be interesting to know as most domestic fridge's sold in the UK are rated for Northern Europe use.

Having said that I am sure a lot of these budget fridge's all pour out of the same factories in China and Russia etc, so they probably work fine anywhere.

The rating system probably just stops very cheap fridge's flooding the Northern European market.

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Two words.Compressor Fridge.

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Domestic table top fridge. Takes about as much room as a decent sized coolbox in your vehicle

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Quote: Originally posted by Francais on 01/12/2013
Hi hankakampa.
                         Have you used your Argos fridge in Southern Europe during the summer when temps are often close to +40degC ?

It would be interesting to know as most domestic fridge's sold in the UK are rated for Northern Europe use.

Having said that I am sure a lot of these budget fridge's all pour out of the same factories in China and Russia etc, so they probably work fine anywhere.

The rating system probably just stops very cheap fridge's flooding the Northern European market.




Hi there

No I haven't with my own one, but oddly enough I was in the Canary Islands last year in a self catering bungalow and it had the identical LOOKING fridge on the kitchenette area. Even the temp dial was in same place. I'm guessing it came out of same factory in china! It worked great and we had a bloomin heat wave for 3 days in April when it hit 40c and it was very cold inside.

It's got a compressor motor in the back but is very quiet. For 59.95 even if it lasted a few years I'd be very happy with it.


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Quote: Originally posted by hankakampa on 02/12/2013
Quote: Originally posted by Francais on 01/12/2013Hi hankakampa.
                         Have you used your Argos fridge in Southern Europe during the summer when temps are often close to +40degC ?

It would be interesting to know as most domestic fridge's sold in the UK are rated for Northern Europe use.

Having said that I am sure a lot of these budget fridge's all pour out of the same factories in China and Russia etc, so they probably work fine anywhere.

The rating system probably just stops very cheap fridge's flooding the Northern European market.




Hi there

No I haven't with my own one, but oddly enough I was in the Canary Islands last year in a self catering bungalow and it had the identical LOOKING fridge on the kitchenette area. Even the temp dial was in same place. I'm guessing it came out of same factory in china! It worked great and we had a bloomin heat wave for 3 days in April when it hit 40c and it was very cold inside.

It's got a compressor motor in the back but is very quiet. For 59.95 even if it lasted a few years I'd be very happy with it.




Sounds like the one we've got. We took it to the Tarn at the end of August and it far exceeded our expectations. We had hoped to plug it into the car but didn't manage to find the right kit to do that. So we put freezer blocks in the icebox while en route and they didn't defrost at all.

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Quote: Originally posted by Francais on 01/12/2013
Hi hankakampa.
                         Have you used your Argos fridge in Southern Europe during the summer when temps are often close to +40degC ?

It would be interesting to know as most domestic fridge's sold in the UK are rated for Northern Europe use.

Having said that I am sure a lot of these budget fridge's all pour out of the same factories in China and Russia etc, so they probably work fine anywhere.

The rating system probably just stops very cheap fridge's flooding the Northern European market.



Used ours on two occasions first in Ardeche in July for a week, we were on a very sunny pitch and the main part of the fridge was ok, kept things cool but not totally cold. Other than beer, wine, milk, some ham and butter I had no proper food in it so it was adequate. The freezer compartment was a failure.

This year we took same fridge to Martres Toulousane and were pitched on a much more shaded pitch, the fridge was brilliant, freezer worked brilliantly too, even well enough to buy ice cream for our tea and to freeze tiptops and jubblies for the kids.

Mightly relieved as we were there a fortnight.

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We usually go camping in France every summer and it does get very hot at times. We are a family of four and don't use EHU. It can be a bit difficult at times but we tend to drink red wine and manage with water kept in the shade! We buy food in tins, or fresh food every day or two. So it can be done without EHU. We did try a cool box one year but it just filled with ants and the ice melted!!

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