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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 6:58 am    Post subject: Re: fridge replacement projects - post here Reply with quote

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More details please! How was that fridge wired? It seems 12V only, is there an option for running the fridge off 110VAC?


Using a simple off the shelf AC to DC voltage convertor, it would be simple to run and 12 v DC item on AC shore power.

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Very true, but it seems it could also be ordered dual voltage? I like the look of that fridge.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:43 am    Post subject: Re: fridge replacement projects - post here Reply with quote

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Researched the heck out of the best option for a new fridge. Most said the Truckfridge TF49, but itís Chinese and sticks out a lot plus it only comes in black. There were new Dometics but they wouldnít fill in that huge empty space. Then I came across a lone post by ďowokieĒ on the Samba forum. He swore by the Vitrifrigo C50i. Said it was the best choice. Nobody listened to him. I did. Hunted a new one from CamperInteriors.co.uk in the UK because nobody sells this model Vitrifrigo in the USA. Itís Italian. Itís the perfect color. Itís the perfect size. Fits flush. Itís just PERFECT! This is THE BEST refrigerator for the Westfalia. Period. Installed in 20 minutes. Not too deep to require any cutting behind it.
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More details please! How was that fridge wired? It seems 12V only, is there an option for running the fridge off 110VAC?


Super easy to wire! I used Anderson Powerpole connectors I bought here https://www.acerracing.com/products/powerpole-connectors-10-pair
They are real silver plated copper and can handle 30amps continuous which is way more than is needed for this fridge which by the way uses 35% less energy than the TF49 (40amp/24 hours vs 25.8 amps/24hours) and that saves a lot of battery power. So I snipped off the original wires off the original connectors and just used these to make a very efficient connection. I used their special crimping tool so I didnít have to solder https://www.acerracing.com/products/ratcheting-crimper-for-use-with-15-30-45-amp-power-pole-contacts

Itís a 12v fridge but you can easily use a power inverter to go from 120v to 12v and the wires are in the cabinet next to the fridge so simply disconnect these Powerpole connectors and connect the inverter wires.

The Powerpole connectors are widely used in the camping world for these types of connections.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:16 am    Post subject: Re: fridge replacement projects - post here Reply with quote

That looks like a really clean and easy install.
I do see on their website the AC / DC option.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:46 am    Post subject: Re: fridge replacement projects - post here Reply with quote

Here is the link to Vitrifrigo's website for the C50i
https://www.vitrifrigo.com/ww/en/c50i_internal_cooling_unit

Since it is tall, it is not so deep that it will stick out like the other units. But the inner capacity is the same.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:09 am    Post subject: Re: fridge replacement projects - post here Reply with quote

I like those dimensions, where can I buy one?

thanks,
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Here is the link to Vitrifrigo's website for the C50i
https://www.vitrifrigo.com/ww/en/c50i_internal_cooling_unit

Since it is tall, it is not so deep that it will stick out like the other units. But the inner capacity is the same.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:22 am    Post subject: Re: fridge replacement projects - post here Reply with quote

crazyvwvanman wrote:
I like those dimensions, where can I buy one?

thanks,
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therastavan wrote:
Here is the link to Vitrifrigo's website for the C50i
https://www.vitrifrigo.com/ww/en/c50i_internal_cooling_unit

Since it is tall, it is not so deep that it will stick out like the other units. But the inner capacity is the same.

Link to buy the refrigerator:
https://us-camperinteriors.glopalstore.com/collect...ge-12v-24v
Also, I used the optional fitting frame:
https://us-camperinteriors.glopalstore.com/collect...ting-frame
Link for the connectors I used to easily connect the wires to the Westfalia wiring:
https://www.acerracing.com/collections/powerpole-connectors/products/powerpole-connectors-10-pair
And the crimping tool for the connectors:
https://www.acerracing.com/collections/powerpole-c...e-contacts
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 2:12 pm    Post subject: Re: fridge replacement projects - post here Reply with quote

About $250 for shipping by air from that UK source.
I was hoping for a US source but didn't find one yet.

Mark



therastavan wrote:
crazyvwvanman wrote:
I like those dimensions, where can I buy one?

thanks,
Mark

Link to buy the refrigerator:
https://us-camperinteriors.glopalstore.com/collect...ge-12v-24v
Also, I used the optional fitting frame:
https://us-camperinteriors.glopalstore.com/collect...rame......
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 2:36 pm    Post subject: Re: fridge replacement projects - post here Reply with quote

crazyvwvanman wrote:
About $250 for shipping by air from that UK source.
I was hoping for a US source but didn't find one yet.

Mark



therastavan wrote:
crazyvwvanman wrote:
I like those dimensions, where can I buy one?

thanks,
Mark

Link to buy the refrigerator:
https://us-camperinteriors.glopalstore.com/collect...ge-12v-24v
Also, I used the optional fitting frame:
https://us-camperinteriors.glopalstore.com/collect...rame......


Email them. Mine shipped for $75. Unless you're more resourceful than me, you won't find one in the states.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 2:37 pm    Post subject: Re: fridge replacement projects - post here Reply with quote

More details on their website......

https://www.vitrifrigo.com/ww/en/c50i_internal_cooling_unit

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 2:40 pm    Post subject: Re: fridge replacement projects - post here Reply with quote

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About $250 for shipping by air from that UK source.
I was hoping for a US source but didn't find one yet.

Mark



https://www.vitrifrigo.com/us/us/

according to this they have a office in florida. may be worth investigating. if this works well, i think i'd be game for one

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http://www.marinewarehouse.net/Vitrifrigo.html
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 2:44 pm    Post subject: Re: fridge replacement projects - post here Reply with quote

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crazyvwvanman wrote:
About $250 for shipping by air from that UK source.
I was hoping for a US source but didn't find one yet.

Mark



https://www.vitrifrigo.com/us/us/

according to this they have a office in florida. may be worth investigating. if this works well, i think i'd be game for one

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http://www.marinewarehouse.net/Vitrifrigo.html


The challenge is not finding a place that sells VFs, there are plenty. None of them import this model, at lease a year ago when I called the place you listed, Sure Marine, and every other vendor I could find. Only one offered to order one in, for more than I could get it shipped from the UK.

It works well.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2021 2:44 am    Post subject: Re: fridge replacement projects - post here Reply with quote

therastavan wrote:

How does the CRX50 fit so flush? The depth seems more than the Truckfridge.


Sorry, wasn't on here for quite a while.
I didn't cut anything at the back, but I removed the front insulation and door and fitted the inside to the old wooden Westfalia door. That makes up for quite a bit of space.
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