What Fridge for a D1?

jymmiejamz

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I bought a D1 and want to get a fridge for it. My ARB 37qt is too long to fit with the seats up. I'm thinking the Engel MT35 should be a good option. Can anyone confirm this actually fits? It seems very close based on a quick measurement.
 

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I have a 37 qt in mine. If you ditch the door pocket it fits with the seats up.



I don't remember why the interior is completely disassembled in this pic, but it fits with everything in place other than that cargo door pocket.

Engel mt35 also fits well

 

Rocky

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Mt35 is the way to go. You can power it using the unused RV power wire located by the rear passenger tail light.
 
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fishEH

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A damned blender!?
I have a 37 qt in mine. If you ditch the door pocket it fits with the seats up.



I don't remember why the interior is completely disassembled in this pic, but it fits with everything in place other than that cargo door pocket.

Engel mt35 also fits well

 

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I'm running a Wynter FM-45G in the back of mine. No issues with having it in with the back seats up.


I have it on a slide, but it will fit without a slide as well.

I've taken it across country and across some really terrible washboard roads.
Low temps and high temps, preforms great.
 

Jeff Blake

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I have a dometic CFX-65, 65 quart, fits good in my D2. I'm designing a cage for it right now, out of 80/20 extruded aluminum. The cubby in the pic attached (fridge sits on top of) weighs around 35 pounds, I think I can do it in 80/20 at around 15 pounds, and move the cubbies above the fridge to improve center of gravity and easier access to the fridge

I have since gotten rid of all the roof rack crap
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Thinking about converting the hand brake to a pedal so I can delete the center console and put in a Dometic CDF-11 center console fridge....
 
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Vegas99D1

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I have a dometic CFX-65, 65 quart, fits good in my D2. I'm designing a cage for it right now, out of 80/20 extruded aluminum. The cubby in the pic attached (fridge sits on top of) weighs around 35 pounds, I think I can do it in 80/20 at around 15 pounds, and move the cubbies above the fridge to improve center of gravity and easier access to the fridge

I have since gotten rid of all the roof rack crap
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Thinking about converting the hand brake to a pedal so I can delete the center console and put in a Dometic CDF-11 center console fridge....
Jeff, Any pics of your setup without all your equipment? I'm curious where you got the window guards from as well??

Thanks!
 

Jeff Blake

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I don't have many of those, I keep it loaded all the time. Found a couple from early last year.

Window guards are all from Mantec in the UK, but they're no longer in business

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I tossed the rear bench seat, but I keep the single rear seat and swap it in when needed
 

jymmiejamz

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Jimmy, how are you liking the Engel? I was measuring my cargo area yesterday and it looks like a Dometic CFX 40 would fit back there too. May have to remove the handle on the side against the seat.
I love it. It is so much nicer feeling than the ARB fridge in my D90 and it isn't the FJ Cruiser of refrigerators.

I will say that I like a lot of things about the interior layout of the ARB more. My one complaint with the Engel is that on our last trip we kept bumping the temperature knob when moving things around in the car. We ended up freezing some veggies as a result.
 

Vegas99D1

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I don't have many of those, I keep it loaded all the time. Found a couple from early last year.

Window guards are all from Mantec in the UK, but they're no longer in business

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I tossed the rear bench seat, but I keep the single rear seat and swap it in when needed
Thanks for the pics! How did you do the flooring? What is all that in the back left side? I'm loving your setup!
 

BDM

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I love it. It is so much nicer feeling than the ARB fridge in my D90 and it isn't the FJ Cruiser of refrigerators.

I will say that I like a lot of things about the interior layout of the ARB more. My one complaint with the Engel is that on our last trip we kept bumping the temperature knob when moving things around in the car. We ended up freezing some veggies as a result.
What was the price difference b/t the two?

Mt35 is the way to go. You can power it using the unused RV power wire located by the rear passenger tail light.
Rocky, you have any more info/pics on how you did that?
 

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I ordered an Engel MT45F-U1.
I think the 45 is the way to go. It takes up the same footprint as the 35 but is taller to hold more junk. Plus I'm not sure something like a wine bottle will stand up in the 35.

The only downside to the 45 is if you wanted to utilize a load-space cover in something like the RRC or D1. Not sure about the D3 or MK3+.

As far as I'm concerned the Engle is the only way to fly. I've had mine for something like 16 years. It's on the second compressor which was a simple fix. The Ironman and Edgestar are not fixable once they shit the bed, not to mention the customer service at Ironman is the worlds worst. The features such as temp and light on the ARB are really nice, it just seems so plastic'ee....
 

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The features such as temp and light on the ARB are really nice, it just seems so plastic'ee....
One of my favorite things about the ARB is the internal shelf over the compressor. You can turn the basket around to block off this area for things that don't need to be super cold like cheese and eggs.

I think our Engel has a light inside.
 

Rocky

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By the trailer wire connector on the right (passenger side) there is also a "loose" wire... Its been covered here ever since the D1 was introduced to the US.