1. Welcome to Tundras.com!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tundra discussion topics
    • Transfer over your build thread from a different forum to this one
    • Communicate privately with other Tundra owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Camping Fridge/Freezer Setups

Discussion in 'Outdoors' started by Krezz, Mar 25, 2019.

  1. Mar 25, 2019 at 10:09 AM
    #1
    Krezz

    Krezz [OP] Doesn't want to be new member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2016
    Member:
    #4132
    Messages:
    2,167
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    Southern Ontario, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Tundra Crewmax Platinum
    See Build Thread or Website
    Who's running a fridge/freezer setup for their camping/overlanding/expedition style trips?

    Family of 4 here and we're more and more beginning to plan for 3 - 7 day long trips and I can see quickly wanting to move into a fridge/freezer setup and leaving the cooler behind.

    Looking for brands to research out.

    thanks!
     
    Mr. Moto likes this.
  2. Mar 25, 2019 at 10:15 AM
    #2
    Black Wolf

    Black Wolf METROLOGIST....morning news is for weather report

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2014
    Member:
    #378
    Messages:
    28,971
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Aurora CO
    Vehicle:
    2014 Attitude Blaaaaack,5.7L DC Limited TRD 4X4
    RC steps, Zone UCA's, Fat Bob Vated coilovers, Pro Form Fab shackles, Patagonia M/T's, Ranch Hand Grill Guard, ToyTec diff breather kit, SDHQ AIP relocation kit
    4x4_Angel likes this.
  3. Mar 25, 2019 at 10:25 AM
    #3
    n2deep

    n2deep Pavement Princess

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2016
    Member:
    #4910
    Messages:
    1,157
    Gender:
    Male
    Dometic or ARB are the best IMO. But decide where you want to install it because the tops open different and check dimensions. I use an 85qt Wyntner because it's the only one that fits in the spot I have for a fridge and the top opens the way I want it to. My compressor died on it in 2ys but replaced with a Danfoss about 2yrs ago and still running good.
     
  4. Mar 25, 2019 at 10:26 AM
    #4
    Bailey

    Bailey Enjoy Every Sandwich

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2017
    Member:
    #10974
    Messages:
    1,291
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bailey
    Vehicle:
    2011 DCSB Limited 4x4 “Clifford”
    Running a Dometic CFX65W in my Four Wheel Camper. I love it.

    [​IMG]

    It holds plenty of food and snacks while not consuming a crazy amount of power. They have a CFX75DZW and CFX95DZW which are Dual Zone and feature a freezer compartment. This is nice for ice cream and other frozen items the kids might want
     
  5. Mar 25, 2019 at 10:29 AM
    #5
    Bailey

    Bailey Enjoy Every Sandwich

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2017
    Member:
    #10974
    Messages:
    1,291
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bailey
    Vehicle:
    2011 DCSB Limited 4x4 “Clifford”
    FWIW

    Dometic makes the compressors for the ARB fridges. They are pretty much identical but the Dometic CFX series fridges see a slightly nicer unit.
     
    Black Wolf and Krezz [OP] like this.
  6. Mar 25, 2019 at 10:49 AM
    #6
    Krezz

    Krezz [OP] Doesn't want to be new member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2016
    Member:
    #4132
    Messages:
    2,167
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    Southern Ontario, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Tundra Crewmax Platinum
    See Build Thread or Website
    Thanks for the mentions so far! Going to check into these.
     
  7. Mar 25, 2019 at 10:58 AM
    #7
    n2deep

    n2deep Pavement Princess

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2016
    Member:
    #4910
    Messages:
    1,157
    Gender:
    Male
    I know ARB and Dometic use the Danfoss compressor - those are what you want as they use less power. The lids open differently so depending on what way you want it to open. I don't care for the ARB since the lids open long ways and not like a chest but it works for some that way depending on location
     
    831Tun likes this.
  8. Mar 25, 2019 at 11:12 AM
    #8
    smslavin

    smslavin On a plane...

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2017
    Member:
    #8578
    Messages:
    6,494
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Sean
    Denver, CO
    Vehicle:
    2016 Tundra CrewMax SR5
    dometic cfx95 is what i grabbed. should be arriving while i’m on the road this week. bec will love that.
     
    Black Wolf and Krezz [OP] like this.
  9. Mar 26, 2019 at 9:55 PM
    #9
    TexasTundra27

    TexasTundra27 Moby Dick

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2017
    Member:
    #6561
    Messages:
    365
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mark
    Texas
    Vehicle:
    2011 Tundra CM 4x4 5.7
    Icon stage 3, TC UCAs and Cam tab gussets, Auburn LSD, Coachbuilder +2s and shims, SABM, BHLM, Rago fab ditch light brackets and bed stiffeners, Rago Fabrication sliders, ARE camper, 17x9 XDs and 35/12.5/17 General Grabber X3s, DT long tubes, xpipe with dual magnaflow 10436 mufflers.
    I recently scooped up a used ARB 63qt for $500, not sure what all you have done but having the fridge now means I get to upgrade to a group 31 battery also so keep that in mind also. Anyone have theirs mounted in the bed? Not sure I want to spend $300+ on a slide for it so looking for mounting options.

    FBE9281C-B595-489B-A657-1DDBE9BF5D69.jpg
     
    Skey44 and aperezsh like this.
  10. Mar 26, 2019 at 10:18 PM
    #10
    Krezz

    Krezz [OP] Doesn't want to be new member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2016
    Member:
    #4132
    Messages:
    2,167
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    Southern Ontario, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Tundra Crewmax Platinum
    See Build Thread or Website
    Ended up getting an ARB Element, along with the slider and wiring loom.
    Going to mount into the bed and keep it removable when needed.
     
    Black Wolf likes this.
  11. Apr 11, 2019 at 9:23 PM
    #11
    Levidale08

    Levidale08 New Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2018
    Member:
    #15272
    Messages:
    101
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    Gardendale,Tx
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD PRO
    Homemade bed rack with extra spare with Rhino rack,two jerry cans mounted in the bed
    I have a Dometic fridge in the bed of the truck hooked up to a 150 watt solar panel mounted to the roof. And a 100amp hr battery mounted in the tool box. Works perfectly best investment ever.
     
    myt1, Willy224 and Krezz [OP] like this.
  12. Apr 11, 2019 at 9:36 PM
    #12
    Levidale08

    Levidale08 New Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2018
    Member:
    #15272
    Messages:
    101
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    Gardendale,Tx
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD PRO
    Homemade bed rack with extra spare with Rhino rack,two jerry cans mounted in the bed
  13. Apr 29, 2019 at 6:01 PM
    #13
    kthomas

    kthomas New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2019
    Member:
    #29802
    Messages:
    1
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2004 tundra limited,trd
    Nice setup!
     
  14. Apr 29, 2019 at 6:26 PM
    #14
    Fishin RGV-Trd Pro

    Fishin RGV-Trd Pro White is faster

    Joined:
    May 30, 2016
    Member:
    #3486
    Messages:
    446
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Alex
    RGV Texas
    Vehicle:
    2011 White Toyota Tundra Limited
    Looking good. Don’t need to worry about ice.

    :thumbsup: :hattip:
     
  15. Aug 23, 2019 at 10:36 AM
    #15
    Grendel

    Grendel New Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2017
    Member:
    #7663
    Messages:
    246
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2016 Quicksand TRD PRO
    I'm looking to add a dometic fridge/slider to the back of my rig. The fridge will only be used when we are camping, the truck is my daily driver. I have a switch pro with 2 open switches 35a and am wondering if I can wire this to the bed https://www.genesisoffroad.com/12vpoweroutlet-p/171-12v.htm
    20a fuse through the switch pro. then plug 7.9a fridge in?

    Less complicated explanation can I wire the 20a plug to the 35a switchpro to power the 7.5 a fridge with out blowing things up?

    Eventually I want to add a second battery but that will be some time before that happens.
     
  16. Aug 23, 2019 at 11:04 AM
    #16
    Levidale08

    Levidale08 New Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2018
    Member:
    #15272
    Messages:
    101
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    Gardendale,Tx
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD PRO
    Homemade bed rack with extra spare with Rhino rack,two jerry cans mounted in the bed
    That would work but it would be better to run your own gage of wire. On my first set up used just the truck battery and ran the power to the bed. Cllena Dual USB Socket Charger 2.1A&2.1A + LED Voltmeter + 12V Power Outlet + ON-Off Toggle Switch Four Functions Panel for Car Boat Marine RV Truck Camper Vehicles GPS Mobiles (Green) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072LN19K8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_ZNcyDbK0GHX7A
     
    SprinterAE86 and Grendel like this.
  17. Aug 23, 2019 at 11:08 AM
    #17
    Levidale08

    Levidale08 New Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2018
    Member:
    #15272
    Messages:
    101
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    Gardendale,Tx
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD PRO
    Homemade bed rack with extra spare with Rhino rack,two jerry cans mounted in the bed
    I think I used 8 gage wire because you lose voltage the farther you go. You’ll like the usb to charge stuff in the bed. I’ve gone Lithium ion Battery for my fridge battery with the solar panel since then. The battery is much lighter and the fridge doesn’t take much off the battery
     
    Sunnier and Broncobroke like this.
  18. Aug 23, 2019 at 11:34 AM
    #18
    gladecreekwy

    gladecreekwy Wyoming

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2017
    Member:
    #7463
    Messages:
    412
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    J
    Jackson Wyoming
    Vehicle:
    2014 trd silver tundra
    6" lift, bumper and winch.
    Can you drive with the panel on the roof? How is it mounted?
     
    Luckydog likes this.
  19. Aug 23, 2019 at 11:38 AM
    #19
    Levidale08

    Levidale08 New Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2018
    Member:
    #15272
    Messages:
    101
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    Gardendale,Tx
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD PRO
    Homemade bed rack with extra spare with Rhino rack,two jerry cans mounted in the bed
    Yes, 3m double sided mounting tape. Probably going to be a mo fo to get off.
     
    gladecreekwy likes this.
  20. Aug 23, 2019 at 1:10 PM
    #20
    Justin Case

    Justin Case New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2019
    Member:
    #32636
    Messages:
    44
    TX
    Brand of solar panel?
     
  21. Aug 23, 2019 at 2:19 PM
    #21
    Levidale08

    Levidale08 New Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2018
    Member:
    #15272
    Messages:
    101
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    Gardendale,Tx
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD PRO
    Homemade bed rack with extra spare with Rhino rack,two jerry cans mounted in the bed
    Renogy
     
  22. Aug 23, 2019 at 2:34 PM
    #22
    15whtrd

    15whtrd Mr. Blonde

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Member:
    #1829
    Messages:
    8,824
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Sean
    SoCal
    Vehicle:
    White 2015 Tundra DC SR5 TRD 4x4 5.7L, White 2003 Sequoia 2WD
    TRD Pro suspension, +2 Coachbuilder shackles, 2015 TRD Pro headlights, 20% ceramic tinted windows, charcoal filter delete, aFe drop in pro s dry air filter, TRD airflow accelerator, TRD oil fill cap, TRD 18 psi radiator cap, BDX Bullydog tuner, Weathertech floor mats front and rear, rear seat fold down mod, Tyger soft tonneau cover, Linex with uv protection, TRD swaybar, TRD center caps, TRD Pro grille insert, aluminum oil filter canister, Real truck tailgate seal, Pop-n-lock tailgate lock actuator, rear diff breather relocate, RCI front skid plate.
    Challenger1 likes this.
  23. Aug 23, 2019 at 2:36 PM
    #23
    15whtrd

    15whtrd Mr. Blonde

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Member:
    #1829
    Messages:
    8,824
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Sean
    SoCal
    Vehicle:
    White 2015 Tundra DC SR5 TRD 4x4 5.7L, White 2003 Sequoia 2WD
    TRD Pro suspension, +2 Coachbuilder shackles, 2015 TRD Pro headlights, 20% ceramic tinted windows, charcoal filter delete, aFe drop in pro s dry air filter, TRD airflow accelerator, TRD oil fill cap, TRD 18 psi radiator cap, BDX Bullydog tuner, Weathertech floor mats front and rear, rear seat fold down mod, Tyger soft tonneau cover, Linex with uv protection, TRD swaybar, TRD center caps, TRD Pro grille insert, aluminum oil filter canister, Real truck tailgate seal, Pop-n-lock tailgate lock actuator, rear diff breather relocate, RCI front skid plate.
    I’m jelly. That’s a really nice set up!
     
    Levidale08 likes this.
  24. Aug 29, 2019 at 9:27 AM
    #24
    Grendel

    Grendel New Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2017
    Member:
    #7663
    Messages:
    246
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2016 Quicksand TRD PRO

    Thanks for the advice and link. What type of lithium battery did you use? Did you build a portable battery box or mount it on vehicle? Thanks for your advice.
     
  25. Aug 29, 2019 at 11:01 AM
    #25
    Levidale08

    Levidale08 New Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2018
    Member:
    #15272
    Messages:
    101
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    Gardendale,Tx
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD PRO
    Homemade bed rack with extra spare with Rhino rack,two jerry cans mounted in the bed
    Renogy Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery 12 Volt 170 Amp Hour https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FDHRP45/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_9ibADbN0S7WEG
    I used a battery box from Academy cut the holes for the usb and 12 volt cigarette socket to plug the fridge in. And I mounted the battery box with self tap screws and it’s strapped down with d rings.
     
  26. Sep 7, 2019 at 1:38 PM
    #26
    fundra_goes_west

    fundra_goes_west I’m just a guy with a girl

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2018
    Member:
    #12381
    Messages:
    756
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Evan
    Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2016 SR5
    I will be doing a fridge freezer for next year as well. Nuthouse engineering makes a sweet slide I saw at the overland rally the year. Just need to add a portable water heater to it and it got everything.
     
  27. Oct 16, 2019 at 7:44 PM
    #27
    Flyinryank

    Flyinryank New Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2017
    Member:
    #7635
    Messages:
    784
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ryan
    Las Vegas, NV
    Vehicle:
    White 2015 CM 4x4
    AFE Dry S Drop-In Filter TRD Air Accelerator TRD Radiator Cap TRD Fuel Cap TRD Pro Grill/Hood Body Mount Chop Bilstein 6112s CB Shim on Driver Side Bilstein 5160s ICON Rear Spring Pack Factory Painted Door Handles BFG KO2s 305/65R18 Method NV 18x9 +25 NFAB RKR Rails SDHQ ABS Guards SDHQ Ditch Light Brackets Baja Designs Squadron Pros
    I swear I’ve seen a dropping fridge slide that put it passed the tailgate before being able to lower it. Anyone know of one?
     
  28. Oct 25, 2019 at 7:07 AM
    #28
    NoRcptn

    NoRcptn Mediocre Poster

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2018
    Member:
    #19520
    Messages:
    382
    Gender:
    Male
    NorCal
    Vehicle:
    2017 Platty crewmax
    ARE HD, SwitchPro9100, ARB compressor, Firestone RideRite F3 Wireless airbags, Method w/305's
    FYI Costco has a 41qt. BLizzardBox on sale for 549.00 Usually 699.00

    https://www.costco.com/Blizzard-Box-12V110V-41-quart-Portable-Cooler.product.100505019.html

    Product Specifications:
    Capacity: 41 Quart (38.80L)
    Dimension:
    (Including Handles) 29.6” × 16.1” × 16.1”(38.80L)
    (752mm × 410mm x 410mm)
    USB charging port output: 5 V / 1.5A rating
    Climate class: 50ºF ~ 109ºF (10ºC ~ 43ºC)
    (SN/N/ST/T)
    Compressor: SECOP/Danfoss PBC-2.0
    Cooling Performance: 0ºF ~ 50ºF (-18ºC ~10ºC)
    Refrigerant: R134a (60g)
    Insulation: CFC-free PU foam
    Power consumption: 55W (as needed)
     
  29. Nov 18, 2019 at 10:27 PM
    #29
    crazydive

    crazydive New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2019
    Member:
    #38833
    Messages:
    2
    Gender:
    Male
    San Diego
    Hi,
    Does anyone has real experience with those? Because of Costco return policy I decided to buy it and so far I tested it at home. I'm not impressed. It is not showing the correct temperature and the compressor kicks in a lot. At ambient temperature around 75 it took 1 full day to freeze two small water bottles inside. When I turn it off temperature from 32 raises to 60 in matter of 1-1.5hr.

    Since I'm planing to build my fridge/battery/solar set I would like to know how much does it take energy when running on 12V in hot conditions (85F-100F) Most interesting for me would be total amp or Watt consumed in 24hrs. Sticker shows 4.2Amp at 12V what is actually 2x what ARB or Dometic is consuming, however this is just a general number describing max momentarily consumption.
     
  30. Nov 18, 2019 at 10:45 PM
    #30
    Challenger1

    Challenger1 Gramping

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2018
    Member:
    #14678
    Messages:
    780
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Andy
    Southern California /Tustin
    I got the Arb element. Its weather proof and can be in mounted in the bed uncovered.
    Lots of great reviews. the stainless steel looks nice too.
    @osidepunker has an Arb 83qt he uses
     
    osidepunker likes this.

Products Discussed in

To Top