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Message posted by ficklejade on 19/12/2018 at 12:41am
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We're looking for a small fridge for Mull First Aid's ex Openreach box trailer that is our mobile first aid base. We're currently using my wee dual power lecky car fridge that really doesn't take much more than a couple of 2l bottles but we need something a wee bit bigger but not fully van size fridge. We have a gas burner (propane as we can be called out in low temperatures in winter) but none of us have any idea if we can get a small propane gas fridge.

Sorry, this sounds a bit confused! We don't want to be committed to using electric, because this will have to be run off either a car/leisure battery which will limit our   radio coverage (and cost us individuals who provide the service as volunteers) or a genny and that's a big fund-raising exercise.

I ought to make it clear that the fridge will not contain drugs - but we can be called out to provide support to emergency services as a soup kitchen/triage/support area on long term searches or major incidents, which may take place over a couple of days, so the ability to keep food/milk etc. chilled is essential.

Any advice/suggestions would be appreciated.       

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Message posted by Greg M on 19/12/2018 at 6:13am
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Hi Jade,
Well I have had a good trawl through E Bay and the net and sadly can't find anything small gas powered, unless you want to pay big money.
I will ask around though and get back to you should I find anything.
I wish you and yours a merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
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as above..I would also consider trying a caravan breakers and looking for a three way fridge then have it professionally installed in your trailer. That way you can have it plugged in to the mans at Base/HQ then run it on gas when out in the wilderness..Our local Mountain Rescue has done the same...works a treat.

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Campers use what is called a "3 way fridge". These run off gas, mains elecric or from 12v but on 12v they tend to flattern the battery pretty quickly and are not as efficient. These are like a small chest fridge, usually 30 to 40 ltr in capacity.

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Quote: Originally posted by Cross Camping on 19/12/2018
Campers use what is called a "3 way fridge". These run off gas, mains elecric or from 12v but on 12v they tend to flattern the battery pretty quickly and are not as efficient. These are like a small chest fridge, usually 30 to 40 ltr in capacity.


On 12v, the fridge or cool box is intended to run only whilst "on the move" so that the car battery is being charged by the vehicle's alternator.

Once parked up on site, switch to mains or gas.

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A free long use coolbox can be obtained by ordering fish or meat online from places like Donald Russell. These are large capacity polystyrene insulated boxes that are waterproof and designed to keep the contents cold for 48 to 72 hrs at a time simply by using icepacks or packing with ice. They are really good and food hygiene approved.

I prefare to buy my meat locally, but have been given several of these boxes from my Dad who used to have a regular delivery. They are around 40ltr capacity, and do last a long time.

The blood transfusion and organ donation people use a very similar box for their donations in transit.

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Message posted by pnefan on 20/12/2018 at 12:14am
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Sounds like a three way portable camping fridge would fit your specification. It would run off the 12 volt car battery whilst on the move but also runs efficently on gas when stationary. You might be able to get one second hand or raise the cost new by fund raising.

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Quote: Originally posted by moorlander999 on 19/12/2018
as above..I would also consider trying a caravan breakers and looking for a three way fridge then have it professionally installed in your trailer. That way you can have it plugged in to the mans at Base/HQ then run it on gas when out in the wilderness..Our local Mountain Rescue has done the same...works a treat.




as above...Our Local MRT use an ''old'' caravan fridge in the feed trailer...Kept plugged into mains at HQ to ensure its cold if required on a call out and then on location it runs on propane calor cylinder .

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older vans had Electrolux 3 way fridges which last for years. As volunteers, you might get a caravan breaker to donate one that's perhaps a bit dated, from an old van?

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You can get something like this which should fit the bill if not the price.

Dometic fridge

Message posted by Francais on 26/12/2018 at 9:50am
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Maybe I have missed the point, but would a small compressor fridge like the Mobicool FR40 not be suitable, using a dedicated leisure battery, it would run for a couple of days or more.


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