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ARB Fridge Freezer Travel Cooler

Posted in How To: Electrical on December 1, 2009
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When the folks at ARB set out to build a better trail refrigerator, their goal was simple: One-up the quarter-century-old design they already offered. The revamp would require inclusion of a whole assortment of up-to-date techno-gadgetry, along with a sleek redesigned exterior. The intent was to improve usability while also adding function and efficiency. The new design also needed to be lighter in weight while adding additional carrying capacity at the same time. To achieve this goal ARB worked with Danfoss Refrigeration, known globally as a leading supplier of compressors and automated solutions to the refrigeration and air conditioning industry. The result of this partnership netted ARB one of the most efficient and quiet compressor units available today. We tested a 50-quart version recently and are pleased to report outstanding results.

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Final thoughts
We must admit we were impressed from the start with ARB's execution on this one. The new and improved Fridge Freezer is literally light years ahead of the old model it replaces. It may be slightly more expensive than comparable units, but you really do get what you pay for in this case. We love the fact that it'll continue running at extreme angles of up to 30 degrees, and that it won't run your battery down when you forget and leave it running in the back of your rig. Its no-ice operation means you don't have to worry about how cold it gets at night; you will always be able to reach in and grab whatever you're after, and the easy-to-configure interior simply rocks. We found no problem packing enough 12-ounce soft drinks to hydrate a family of three for a two-day-long trail ride and campout. All in all, ARB has produced a user-friendly product that is sure to last another quarter century. We love it so much, we find ourselves plugging it in as extra cold storage for social gatherings and parties, too.

ARB sent us the optional Roller Slide mounting system to make accessing the unit much easier when out on the trail. This well thought-out part features a roll-out tray that locks in both the open and closed positions. The sliding tray glides on sealed roller bearings for smooth operation and the bearings are even adjustable to prevent rattling and to compensate for the inevitable wear and tear from years of heavy use. The Fridge Roller Slide measures 29 x 20 inches, and the tray is pre-drilled for the foot patterns of the ARB Fridge Freezer.

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