ARB Fridge Freezer Travel Cooler
The Australian Way To Beat The Heat
By Robin Stover, Photography by Robin Stover
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.
The first observation we made upon opening our new ARB Fridge Freezer unit was the new use
The second thing we observed about the new ARB Fridge Freezer was the lightweight two-piec
One smart feature of the optional transit bag is the Velcro pocket pouch designed to keep
We compared the internal volume of the old ARB fridge unit to the new one and found that t
The back of the Fridge Freezer incorporates low-profile power plugs to make packing easier
Perhaps our favorite feature of the new ARB Fridge Freezer is the new interior LED cabinet
The removable internal divider basket helps aid organization of food and beverages.
Another option we like about the new ARB Fridge Freezer is the durable transit bag that he
We mocked up the new Roller Slide mounting system in the back of a Jeep Scrambler to get a
ARB sent us the optional Roller Slide mounting system to make accessing the unit much easi
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.
By Robin Stover
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