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Vitrifrigo vs. TruckFridge Recommendation
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:02 pm    Post subject: Vitrifrigo vs. TruckFridge? Recommendations? Reply with quote

I'm in the middle of doing restoration and upgrade work on my 89 Westy. One of the key projects is installing a Aux. Batt. system (136ah) w/ 8 amp charger, a Solar charging system and new all-electric reefer. Karl (WestyVentures) has recommended Vitrifrigo in the past --- but now suggests the TruckFridge due to its lower cost.

http://www.vfamerica.com/eng/catalog.asp?id=1952&n=ocean

http://www.truckfridge.com/cr49.html

From what I've learned, both have about the same rating for power consumption, but the VF is $200-300 higher in price. CORRECTION: $50 HIGHER, NOT $200. The VF's interior space is only slightly larger (by 0.07 CuFt). The VF has a stainless steel door option, but I plan to get the model (either product) where I can replace the black mdf panel with a matching Westy cabinet laminate. I also plan to powder coat the reefer frame and door frame to match the stove faceplate (as well as the table bases, etc.).

I've seen several posts by Sambanistas who all love their VF reefers --- I have yet to see anyone provide feedback on the TF reefer.

Would appreciate any feedback or recommendations. I need to make the purchase this week.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer a portable 12 volt freezer & an ice chest. I can't camp without ice cream. The ice chest is used to keep non-frozen stuff cold by letting frozen foods thaw in it. Block ice also works.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Karl, seems knowledgeable about a lot of Vanagon stuff from reading his posts. In the end, I'd wonder about which is easier to install. Time can also be money. I am torn. My Dometic still works. While it won't keep ice cream, it does give you the option of running it on propane, 12v, or 110. I am not sure if I would miss that feature. If it dies, then I can decide. I do like the idea of a "real" refrigerator. We also carry an igloo cooler to float our drinks in. That seems to help the Dometic if we are not opening it everytime we are thirsty. My 82 has the door latch at the top. I like the idea of hinging the top of the Dometic door to access the controls without opening the door. This mod seems to be better suited for the doors with the latch in the middle. You may want to compare warranties and ease of service if there is a problem.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:19 pm    Post subject: TF Reply with quote

Just finished the truck fridge install with bottom cabinet

My goal is max floor space
I do not want to have to worry about ice
The spot for the portible 12v fridge is taken by my dog crate

Truck fridge is pretty dam big

Finishing the 130 w solar panel and 210 ahr batteries today

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The VF 51 and TF 49 are very close to identical in most every way except country of production. Both will fit the same, use the same compressor. A call to Andrew at Truckfridge / Commercial Products will help to find the differences first hand.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They look so similar I guess save the cash and put a shelf underneath.
I have had frozon food for a month in mine.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

westyventures wrote:
The VF 51 and TF 49 are very close to identical in most every way except country of production. Both will fit the same, use the same compressor. A call to Andrew at Truckfridge / Commercial Products will help to find the differences first hand.


Karl, on your website it says:


westyventures wrote:

UPDATE to the fridge! The Vitrifrigo dealer linked above is now selling their own model, it is a close copy of the VF. It carries a full 2-year warranty, and the best part is that it is LESS expensive! The AC-DC model is $499, slightly less if you want 12-volt only. The direct number to Truckfridge/Commercial products is 941.756.7225. Ask Andrew for the Truckfridge CR49 model.


I am wondering if the Truck Fridge model we are supposed to order is the CR49 or TF49 or are they the same model? I am ordering one soon, just want to clear that up. Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

woggs1 wrote:
westyventures wrote:
The VF 51 and TF 49 are very close to identical in most every way except country of production. Both will fit the same, use the same compressor. A call to Andrew at Truckfridge / Commercial Products will help to find the differences first hand.


Karl, on your website it says:


westyventures wrote:

UPDATE to the fridge! The Vitrifrigo dealer linked above is now selling their own model, it is a close copy of the VF. It carries a full 2-year warranty, and the best part is that it is LESS expensive! The AC-DC model is $499, slightly less if you want 12-volt only. The direct number to Truckfridge/Commercial products is 941.756.7225. Ask Andrew for the Truckfridge CR49 model.


I am wondering if the Truck Fridge model we are supposed to order is the CR49 or TF49 or are they the same model? I am ordering one soon, just want to clear that up. Thanks


The first is a typo - there is no CR49, it's a TF49 as you will see on their site:
http://www.truckfridge.com/models.html
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One quick question...

The Truckfridge TF-49 looks like it only comes in DC (12/24)
where as the Vitrifrigo C51iAC comes in AC/DC (115/230-12/24)

I didn't see any AC/DC option for the Truckfridge and I really want the AC option if I'm going to give up propane
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just received a new Truckfridge CR49 last week (I'm finishing the cabinet mods today), and it has both DC and AC options (11-240v). It's possible to get a DC version only, but thought having the AC option was really cool.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pnwkayaker wrote:
I've just received a new Truckfridge CR49 last week (I'm finishing the cabinet mods today), and it has both DC and AC options (11-240v). It's possible to get a DC version only, but thought having the AC option was really cool.


What was the price for the Truckfridge? How long did it take to get it?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quoting from memory, I think it was around 550 including shipping for the DC/AC model, and it took about 5 business days to arrive from FL to WA (I can check the actual amount tonight if you want)
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see there are two people from SF Bay Area looking at a fridge (rockfish and woggs1). I might be interested too, would it be worth looking into a purchase group and potentially save some bucks?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

have mine installed
but Wilson is still getting modded at the shop
will post when i get it
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

madspaniard wrote:
I see there are two people from SF Bay Area looking at a fridge (rockfish and woggs1). I might be interested too, would it be worth looking into a purchase group and potentially save some bucks?


It wouldn't hurt to ask. I am defiantly getting one before my two-week road trip in May. I will call tomorrow and see if they give quantity discounts.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill, I would love to see your set up when you get if finished. I have been lurking on doing the same set up as yours.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ohlott wrote:
Bill, I would love to see your set up when you get if finished. I have been lurking on doing the same set up as yours.
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looks like we both live in SC
would be glad to give you a Tour Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are located in Florida? About time something for my Vanagon is near me for a change. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

billwilson wrote:

Buddy
no worries
looks like we both live in SC
would be glad to give you a Tour Smile
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SC = South Carolina Wink
You meant SoCal?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Karl,
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