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I am looking at installing Dometic 140 Litre upright fridge in the back but make it relatively easy to remove
It weighs 30kg
My thoughts are to put a flat panel across the floor mounted using the utility rail
Then mount a timber cage to that panel.
Slide the fridge in and fasten it off.
Plug the power into the 12vDC socket in the back
It shouldn't take more than 30 minutes to install or remove
Instead of pulling into a service centre and buying expensive junk food I can just walk around the back and get something much cheaper and healthier.
Also good when bringing groceries home on the 30-40 minute drive on 35 degree days

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I am looking at installing Dometic 140 Litre upright fridge in the back but make it relatively easy to remove
It weighs 30kg
My thoughts are to put a flat panel across the floor mounted using the utility rail
Then mount a timber cage to that panel.
Slide the fridge in and fasten it off.
Plug the power into the 12vDC socket in the back
It shouldn't take more than 30 minutes to install or remove
Instead of pulling into a service centre and buying expensive junk food I can just walk around the back and get something much cheaper and healthier.
Also good when bringing groceries home on the 30-40 minute drive on 35 degree days

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What is your use case?
That seems a crazy expensive solution.
But we do not have your sun and heat and we usually just take a Yeti passive coolbox and buy ice cubes every 2-3 days.
 

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What is your use case?
That seems a crazy expensive solution.
But we do not have your sun and heat and we usually just take a Yeti passive coolbox and buy ice cubes every 2-3 days.
I have several uses, keep in mind ambient temperatures in 30-40 degrees half the year and in a locked unattended vehicle double that.
  • Bringing home frozen and refrigerated groceries, it would mean we don't have to do the shopping and then rush home.
  • Buying fresh seafood from marina's and seafood specialists
  • For work I often drive out around the mines for 3-4 days at a time and there are very few places to get food & drink, the ones that are there are extremely expensive and have typical fried food.
  • Regular 5-6 hour drive I stop at least once for a break, coffee, drink and depending on time breakfast or lunch.
  • Long weekend trips we can take milk, wine, butter, cold meat, Ice, gin, scotch, beer, salad & lots of water (I drink 3-5 litres a day)
  • I am diabetic so need to keep insulin refrigerated
  • Cheap fridges are 40% cheaper but these ones are designed for use on boats so should be more robust.
  • Upright fridges are significantly more convenient than chest fridges and coolboxes with ice.
  • This one has a freezer large enough to be useful-
 

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On sale here, Dave. 🙂
Thanks
We have 5 large caravan, camping and 4WD shows coming up starting in March and they are usually good for specials also.
 

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Fridge is good, but 140 liters is four times the size I consider enough for my needs. I have bought a 35 liter Engel for 628 Euros. Lasts for decades and as a top loader is very economic since no cold "falls out" upon opening.

It is way smaller and thus easy to carry in the car. And because it is not carried upright the acceleration forces of driving have a much lower impact.
 

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I am looking at installing Dometic 140 Litre upright fridge in the back but make it relatively easy to remove
It weighs 30kg
My thoughts are to put a flat panel across the floor mounted using the utility rail
Then mount a timber cage to that panel.
Slide the fridge in and fasten it off.
Plug the power into the 12vDC socket in the back
It shouldn't take more than 30 minutes to install or remove
Instead of pulling into a service centre and buying expensive junk food I can just walk around the back and get something much cheaper and healthier.
Also good when bringing groceries home on the 30-40 minute drive on 35 degree days

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Why do you want upright? I have a Bushman Original 35-52lt fridge I have had for years great fridge unkillable, great service and very flexible, can add or remove lids and collars to be more compact or add extra capacity as needed. https://bushman.com.au/products/portable-fridges/
 

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Fridge is good, but 140 liters is four times the size I consider enough for my needs. I have bought a 35 liter Engel for 628 Euros. Lasts for decades and as a top loader is very economic since no cold "falls out" upon opening.

It is way smaller and thus easy to carry in the car. And because it is not carried upright the acceleration forces of driving have a much lower impact.
Yes they are fantastic, but very large, and my wife would never be able to see inside of it.
I have used them before and been very happy with them
The main issues with the Grenadier is not much floor area in the back but plenty of height and nice square opening
The Engel 35 (32L) is 750 deep x 370 wide x 400 high
The Dometic 140 (135L) is 619 deep x 525 Wide x 815 high
The rear of the Grenadier is only 800mm deep so an Engel type would only just fit whereas the Dometic would fit comfortably
The width between the wheel arches is 1,064 so even though the Dometic is 150mm wider it is still only taking up half (49.3%) of the width.
The Engel is 21kg compared to 30.6 almost 70% of the weight for less than 24% of the capacity.

The cold air falling out is correct but as access is easier you have the door open for less time. Particularly if you take something out and everything else fills the hole in the Engel.

The real problem you have nailed is that things fall over easily and extra care needs to be taken but there are accessories for this.
The same can happen in the Engel if it is only half full.

It draws 7.7A max which is a concern but I have gone for the auxiliary battery and Ineos have conveniently supplied a roof switch allowing the auxiliary outlets to be left on when the engine is running.

I could always go for smaller versions of the Dometic but I would rather have more space than I need rather than need more space than I have.
As there is only my wife and myself typically there is plenty of other storage space in the back and with the back seats folded
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With the height of the Grenadier's floor, even before a fridge is mounted on top of drawers, an upright frige gives easier access without having to use a drop down slide. Especially for the vertically challenged.
 

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With the height of the Grenadier's floor, even before a fridge is mounted on top of drawers, an upright frige gives easier access without having to use a drop down slide. Especially for the vertically challenged.
My wife is just under 5 foot tall, probably a bit shorter than Vera, so she would never see into a chest type fridge

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Why do you want upright? I have a Bushman Original 35-52lt fridge I have had for years great fridge unkillable, great service and very flexible, can add or remove lids and collars to be more compact or add extra capacity as needed. https://bushman.com.au/products/portable-fridges/
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Your Bushman looks good but wouldn't suit my needs
Maybe if I put one of these on the back when not offroad
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Have a look at this video
 

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Nice video. That fridge has tons of space but he’s right that things must fly around inside of it and will thus fall out when the door opens. That mounting cage seems like a must too.
 

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My wife is just under 5 foot tall, probably a bit shorter than Vera, so she would never see into a chest type fridge
With my wife's folding step she can be as tall as the average male :D
We have our Bushman on an XTM drawer with sliding top. Plan to keep that with the Ineos.
 

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Nice video. That fridge has tons of space but he’s right that things must fly around inside of it and will thus fall out when the door opens. That mounting cage seems like a must too.
Like everything packed in a vehicle it needs to be fastened down.
Chest type are often put on a pull out or drop down slide.
If not they could roll over or worse travel around the inside of the vehicle in an accident.
Positives and negatives to everything.
I think he had his Engel for over 10 years and was very happy with it, but also willing to embrace new technology
H ealso changed from a specialist oven to an airfryer
 
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