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Old November 8th, 2013, 09:12 PM
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Engels and ARB fridges.

I've finally been convinced about these fridges and just want to get a handle on their long term reliability since there seem lots of used units out there. Often many several years old yet with limited usage.
Appreciate any advice and your experience.
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Old November 8th, 2013, 09:16 PM
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love my arb. have had it for about 3 years. I recently had to replace the thermistor probe in it due to failure. ARB sent me a kit to do it for free even though it was out of warranty. required cutting into the bottom of the fridge with a hole saw, but the kit included a metal cape to replace it. the newer models have replaceable probes.
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Old November 8th, 2013, 09:21 PM
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you probably already know, for a very long time the ARB was made by Engel, they even shared the same model designations. The new ARB I'm not sure who makes. I know several people who have 10 yr old Engels. I have mine, bought used, in the shop as the beer fridge and its in use constantly.
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I have a newer ARB with zero complaints. Bought it thru Amazon Prime so no tax and no shipping.
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Old November 8th, 2013, 10:13 PM
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I bought an Engel35 in 2003 from EE.
Use it all the time; year round on all kinds of trips.
Still going strong today.

Also had an Edgestar 45 for a few years; didn't hold temp as consistently as the Engel on DC power but rock solid in the house on AC power. Gave it to my sister when....

Got the Ironman 50 from Justin/Lucky8 in 2012 and I like the inside config the best and it has an LED light built in. Time will tell but so far it has been good.

We can't seem to function with less than 2 car fridges in this household and if I stumble across a good deal on another Engel or an ARB, I might just get it.

Got to keep my Kombucha cold.
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Old November 8th, 2013, 10:20 PM
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Bought my Engel 45 from EE some years back. It's my very favorite piece of kit in my truck. Engels are tough as nails and easy on the battery. There's nothing like having ice cold sodas on ten-day trips and being able to keep things like steaks without them winding up in a swampy mess of ice.
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I have a new Ironman 50L for $699 if anyone wants it.
Still in the box unopened.
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I've got an Engel, very happy with it. It gets used on the annual camping trip, draws very little current, it's wired into an aux. battery and seems to run forever, brilliant piece of kit.
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You forgot to look into the Ironman 4x4 fridges.
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You forgot to look into the Ironman 4x4 fridges.
Never heard of that one before!
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I don't know about the brakes, only their unreliability.
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Old November 9th, 2013, 09:21 AM
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I have had a norcold 60 (same as the engel/arb) for 8 years and a engel 15 for 7 years, they are excellent.
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