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Old July 3rd, 2014, 10:15 AM
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What fits in an Engel 45

Until I actually got my paws on the fridge I had no idea what I could fit. Kept thinking the 45 would be too small, but again it was hard for me to conceptualize based on Cubic Inches what I could actually fit. Maybe this will help someone thinking of making a purchase.

Couple half gallons of Milk for the rugrats. Beers. Three days worth of Brats. Stuff for nachos (guac, salsa, cheese dip and a thing of potatoe salad) sour cream, big ole bag of shredded cheddar. It's well packed but I still have close to a third free space. EDIT; made room for more yogurt for the kids and a fresh strawberry pie!

Anyway maybe this will give some on an idea of what amount of stuff they can fit for a few days camping or road tripping etc. Pics to follow FWIW.
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 10:16 AM
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How many 12oz cans will it fit? Of soda
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 10:18 AM
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How many 12oz cans will it fit? Of soda
I didn't think heady toppers came in 12oz cans lol
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 10:23 AM
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Zack I think the number is 50 something. I usually end up with a mix of cans water bottles and beer bottles in mine and the differences eat up a good bit of space
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Zack I think the number is 50 something. I usually end up with a mix of cans water bottles and beer bottles in mine and the differences eat up a good bit of space
The mass quantity of beers go in the Yeti 150

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Isn't that what the Yeti's are for? Mass beer storage?
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Josh- You're packin the good food! That's the same Engel I have and I love it!
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Josh- You're packin the good food! That's the same Engel I have and I love it!
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We use our fridge (same one with and ARB sticker) all the time for grocery shopping, so don't limit it's use for just trips. -Jeff
Very smart. Just wish the unit wasn't so damn heavy. No way the wifey can move it around even empty. Oh well, guess it has to stay in my truck
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fwiw picking up the fridge loaded is seemingly lighter than picking up a cooler with ice and ice melt in it and the same stuff inside.

I like that the engels have beefy steel handles that others don't.
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fwiw picking up the fridge loaded is seemingly lighter than picking up a cooler with ice and ice melt in it and the same stuff inside. I like that the engels have beefy steel handles that others don't.
Good points and spot on, uncle. The big Yeti's empty are almost impossible to manhandle alone too let alone filled with dry ice and 5 days worth of booty

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My wife can't move it by herself either. That is what the boys and I are for. The insulating bag/cover helps keep thing colder/uses less energy to keep cold. -Jeff
I had thought the bag/cover was a gimmick so good to hear its actually useful!
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One thing about the fridges is that you don't need to put an entire weekend's worth of beer in there all at once. You can stock it up as needed and it will get cold. As you eat up the food you can increase the beverage supply
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The fuller it is with cold items the more efficient it runs.
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Yes. Also true with the home fridge. -Jeff
Here is my excuse to buy more beer!
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We use our fridge (same one with and ARB sticker) all the time for grocery shopping, so don't limit it's use for just trips.

-Jeff
I've got the same ARB badged 45. It lives in my DD getting plugged in to 110 overnight.
No bag on it. Usually used for waters (sports crazy here) during the week. Looking forward to putting it into Nigel for a camping trip
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I've got the same ARB badged 45. It lives in my DD getting plugged in to 110 overnight. No bag on it. Usually used for waters (sports crazy here) during the week. Looking forward to putting it into Nigel for a camping trip
So you run it basically all the time? Held up well?
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My Ironman will drop off due to low 12v battery voltage in a relatively short dormant time. Any frail consumables are immediately lost. If empty, I just unplug it. I'm considering installing a 110v trailer receptacle and a 110v outlet in the rear to keep the fridge cool most of the time. The only issue would be remembering to disconnect before leaving the driveway. Maybe a bright red flashing LED in the dash as a reminder would be helpful.
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I had issues with the lighter plug set up. Each truck now has a direct hot line. I can let the truck set for two days before i have to worry about low volts now.
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So you run it basically all the time? Held up well?
Bought it used last year off CL. Runs perfect. Only use it summer time.
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I run mine 24/7. Either in the shop or in the truck. Bought it used last summer. If you turn it down to the 2 setting it starts freezing things that don't contain alcohol.
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