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Message posted by shaunwilliams on 20/7/2017 at 5:54pm
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Just bought a really nice 3 way fridge only to find that it will fit in the boot space but I can't get it in there as the opening to the boot is too narrow :-(

Has anyone had any success of running one on the back seats of a car. Are there any tips on what to use underneath to get it to be level (which I believe is a requirement for it to work properly)?

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If you have split rear seats, drop one side and it should sit nicely on the back. We always use ours like that and it's always been fine, plus it means you can have cold drinks and snacks on the journey.

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In the VW Golf, we remove the rear bench seat, when going of for our 3 weeks in France, removing the rear bench allows the seat uprights to drop down more flat.

This makes the rear of the car much better for carrying stuff, of course only the two of us so we don't need the rear seating.

Although I can't say our Son agreed, when we went to pick him up from Nice airport!


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The keeping-it-level thing relates to when you're running it on gas. It'll be fine on 12 volt or 240, just chill it down overnight before packing and putting it in the car and stock it with pre-chilled foods (and a bottle of frozen milk or water helps, too).

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Strange, ours wouldn't work whilst sitting at a jaunty angle on the back seat when connected to the mains, had to prop up with some rolled up t-shirts.

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Probably best not to run it on gas in the car.

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plug it in overnight before you set off, they dont get that cold over 12v car supply.

i wouldn't have thought they need to be that level if they are the absorbtion type as opposed to the compressor type?


is it posssible to fold the seat up and flip forward? might make more space that is level.

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Thanks for all the replies. I think i will have to do the t-shirt trick on the back seat and the fridge on top to level it up. Unfortunately the seats do not move at all in my car so I am a bit stuck. I always put my tent and other gear on the back seats but ill have to have a juggle about and put the tent in the boots now (if it fits in there, fingers crossed).

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It would be advisable to secure it,in the event of an accident just imagine the injury it could cause.
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Quote: Originally posted by lidds0 on 21/7/2017
The keeping-it-level thing relates to when you're running it on gas. It'll be fine on 12 volt or 240, just chill it down overnight before packing and putting it in the car and stock it with pre-chilled foods (and a bottle of frozen milk or water helps, too).



According to Dometic they need to be flat at all times in order to work properly, regardless of power source. It's to do with the liquid coolant inside, apparently. Even a slight tilt can stop them working (which I think is poor design for a portable camping fridge!).

Mine stopped working when on 12v and then didnt work at all. Dometic told me that I should turn it upside down, leave it for 12 hours (obviously the food had all gone off by then) and then turn it back up, level it and switch it on. Though I was very sceptical of this advice it did actually work and the fridge has been fine ever since. Obviously a bad design fault on this type of fridge.

In terms of carriage - I wanted to put it on one of the folded rear seats (the 40 of the 40/60 split) but unfortunately it is actually too large to fit through the back door of my Ford Focus Estate.

This means it would have to be put in from the back then dragged up the car and of course that means the rest of the car would need to be emptied out so instead mine now goes in right at the back of the car and I have a 10amp extension lead to get to the 12v power socket as the supplied lead isnt long enough.

When using my van I just sit it next to the bulkhead and have drilled a hole large enough for the 12v plug to go through so it can be plugged into the dashboard.

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