The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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I am thinking of buying a 12v fridge either a coolbox style, or a built in to replace my gas one. I am specifically looking at the Waeco ones as I can get a good deal. Has anyone got experience of them and how noisy they are? I like cold but don't like noise!
They are very quiet like most 12v fridges.
If on a budget get the Weaco but I have thrown two of them in the bin. They don't last if worked hard.
I now have an Engel 3-way (12v,240v & gas). Freeze on 240v at home then 12v when travelling and gas when camped.
The main problem for 12v only fridges is the battery drain (twin batteries help). I went through a few batteries before the light dawned and I paid a little more for a good 3-way fridge.
there are two types, absorbtion and compressor. The compressor type are noisier. The absorption type are near silent ,but they are a battery killer on 12v , so you use gas or mains when stopped. The compressor type are not that noisy but its a personal judgement thing, how close you are to unit, sound deadning, in vehicle etc .
Location: Leicestershire,UK, or in my Iveco Daily 4x4
i'd forget the absorption types for an overlander, they need to be level and will only reduce to around 25 degrees below ambient (check specs) so its compressor or swing motor (engel) ones you want to look at
hi i have found that by sitting our engel on foam rubber mats the type that clips to gether [aldi] it cut the noise/vibro down by 50%,,befor that i used to turn it off at night but stopped that as you would soon have 1cm of water in the bottom from condensation hope this helps
I'll second that opinion on absorbtion type fridges - huge power drain on 12v and still not very effective. I have an ancient engel compressor driven fridge in my Land Rover and it only wakes me up if I sleep with my head on it! Turning it down rather than off also allows you to get to sleep before it fires up while keeping things cool inside!
Make sure if you surround it with sound deadening that there is still ventilation to the heat exchanger area (point it away from where you're intending to sleep)
In terms of volume, I'd say Engels are no louder than a domestic fridge. Waeco I can't speak for.
I've got an old (1984) Electrolux absorbtion 3 way fridge, tropical rated, and its a little ripper. Use 240V when available to cool down before a trip, 12V whilst travelling, gas whilst stationary and travelling when I forget to switch it over. It freezes on gas and 240V, keeps cool but wont cool on 12V.
I think a lot of problems with absorbtion fridges come from camper/caravan builders who know so much more than the manufacturer when it comes to building the fridges in. I've seen a few fitted with 1/8" ply side insulation, no rear vents, no rear baffles to exit heat from the vehicle, a chimney not fitted - a killer!! But if you follow the fitting instructions you get a long lasting fridge with low running costs, can easily be used while parked for days/weeks as long as you have gas. Downsides are levelling, but we bought a set of levellers more for sleeping comfort than the fridge.
Our camper has a 12/24v Vitrifigo compressor front opening fridge which is really good.
The previous camper owners travelled for a solid 5 years with it, presumably on all the time, and its been on since Oct 08 for us. We have about 200W of solar and 2x255Ah batteries, sized to run a since removed microwave, and power has never been an issue.
I wouldn't want to sleep with my head next to it, but its a gentle noise so you could get used to it. There is no sound proofing between the bed and us and its never been loud enough to bother us.
I have heard that if a fridge gets noisy it possibly could do with recharging the gas system??
Thanks for all the replies, I have just ordered a waeco cr80. I have been lucky enough to get a very good deal on it and also 160w off solar panels. I will let everyone know how I get on, hopefully I will get it fitted in time for our 3 week trip to southern France.
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