poor trucker cant afford new freezers every year I need advice for a 12volt dc freezer.

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  1. Moneyhungrytrucker

    Moneyhungrytrucker Light Load Member

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    I cant afford $500-$600 freezers every year. I feel like any brand I buy is a gamble. I just want something that will last and allow me to get my moneys worth for 5 years or more.

    I had a whynter fm-45g, I spent $550 on the darn thing and after one year it died on me.
    I am now looking for another brand but every brand I look at I read truckers reviews and I find guys complaining because their freezer stopped working after a few months.

    Sure I see reviews from guys who only had theirs for a week raving about their new toy, those reviews mean nothing to me..... I am interested in guys who had freezers that have stood the test of TIME.

    When I read the reviews (search reviews for "truck") on amazon for I see complaints on all of them.

    ICECO VL45
    Domende 54qt
    Alpicool APLT60

    I need recommendations ... do I have to spend $1500 (engel and dometic) for a freezer that will last thru years of vibration abuse in my semi?
     
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  3. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    Why 12V?
    If you are limited to 12V and no inverter, why not a cooler instead of a freezer?

    Personally, I can get to a Walmart every couple days to keep fresh/unfrozen food in stock.
     
  4. 2CAN

    2CAN Medium Load Member

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    I also had a whynter that only lasted a year, bought a Dometic that was in the truck for 5 years and worked flawlessly.

    Only reason I don't use it still is new truck has one built in.

    I also had inverters running dorm style fridges and the Dometic was better all around, uses less power and lasts longer
     
  5. Magoo1968

    Magoo1968 Road Train Member

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    I just buy a 70 dollar Walmart fridge and plug into my inverter it uses LESS battery power overnight and most last me 3 to 5 years
     
  6. krupa530

    krupa530 Light Load Member

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    Thumbs up for Engel. Mines going on 7 years now. No problems.
     
  7. Lostmykey

    Lostmykey Medium Load Member

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    Had a $200 Amazon one, F40C4TMP, lasted 2 yrs; it’s one of those Chinese rebrands just like alpicool.
     
  8. Bean Jr.

    Bean Jr. Road Train Member

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    My alpicool is the only thing I've ever bought on Amazon. I use it at fridge temp, not freezer, and it hardly gets unplugged. I'm very happy with it
     
  9. haycarter

    haycarter Road Train Member

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    YES you Do...!!

    a Poor Man always pays Twice....!!
     
  10. 201

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    Poor persons cooler is the deck plate this time of year,,,
     
  11. slow pok

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    Rainey crome shop. Wildwood fl
     
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