We don’t have room on board for a big fridge like you probably have at home. So yes it’s a little bit of a compromise to have a couple bar fridges and a portable camping fridge instead, but one we’re willing to put up with in order to live aboard.
Up until now our portable fridge was an 80L WAECO (CF80) fridge freezer. When WAECO introduced their newest addition to their range, it didn’t take long to make the decision to upgrade.
WAECO CF80L Fridge/Freezer
Don’t get me wrong, the 80L was a pretty good fridge. It has served us really well and is probably big enough. We bought it 2nd hand from a caravaning couple along with our Weber Baby Q just prior to our move on board 6 years ago. It’s been a great addition to our two large bar fridges, providing us with ample fridge and freezer space.
But it just wasn’t as pretty as the new one.
Our 80L WAECO has been really excellent and I can’t recommend it enough. (I don’t get anything for recommending them either.) It has a removable wall in the main compartment so you can make it all fridge if you like. There is also a small compartment on the right for items you maybe don’t want to keep as cold like butter and fruit.
One of the features that has always bothered me just a little is the inability to swap the fridge freezer compartments around. We crawl under the table to get access and the freezer is situated on the left. This means reaching over to get into the fridge on the far side. I know, small world problems. That’s why I’ve been satisfied with it for 6 years and haven’t looked at another one till they brought out this beauty.
The WAECO CFX95DZ2 Fridge/Freezer
The new 95L WAECO is even better if that’s possible. We now have two completely separate compartments which can be divided if you wish. They also have individual access so you don’t have to open the freezer to access the fridge which will help to keep it cooler. You can make either one a fridge or freezer (finally my freezer is on the right.) Alternatively you can also make it all fridge or all freezer! 95L Freezer on a boat???!!! Yes please. Think provisioning for long trips, frozen veggies, ICE etc, we are set! I like to make up lots of frozen meals when we cruise and the capacity here is much better than what we had before.
The new fridge also comes with it’s own WIFI app which will alert me if the temperature drops under a preset point. I can also adjust the temp from the app as well. It only works if I’m on board though and connected to it.
The other great thing about this new fridge is the power draw. It’s much more efficient at around 3-4 amps and if we lose 240v power it will automatically switch to 12v. It even has a USB charging outlet!
I love her.
We always say “you make your money going in”
I was so excited on the weekend when we finally decided to make the big purchase. We did some research on prices at local camping shops and found out BCF were having a sale so we headed over to take a look. My husband had also found out Anaconda have a price matching policy of beating any price you find by 10%. In the meantime we also found out that Tentworld had the WAECO even slightly cheaper again so we headed to Anaconda to take advantage of their price matching policy.
We spent a frustrating 1/2 hour in Anaconda trying to confirm the discount offered on their site. They tried everything. First they tried to tell us the code was wrong (Anaconda had actually missed a letter off the code themselves.) Then they told us Tentworld doesn’t have a store in NSW, a prerequisite of the policy. (It does.) Each time the store assistant pointed out a problem he had to go out the back to converse with the manager leaving us waiting and waiting and waiting…. He nearly wore us down as we had the girls with us and they don’t like spending Saturday’s in camping shops. (Reminds me of when my step dad used to take us to boat shows as a kid!) Finally the manager had given us the all clear to purchase our new fridge.
It took the girl at the counter quite a few minutes to work out the discounted price which I had already calculated on my phone. Finally after tapping away at the calculator for a few minutes she announced we had saved $5 and I couldn’t believe my ears. I questioned her maths and she told us the policy is that they offer 10% off the ‘difference’ between their price and a competitor. We pointed out that their policy had said 10% off period, not 10% off the difference. She advised us there was an *asterisk* next to the offer with the terms and conditions and we could check it for ourselves. Feeling pretty stunned and confused we told her we wouldn’t purchase the fridge from them after all and we walked out.
As we left I couldn’t get my head around what had just happened. It didn’t make sense that they tried SO hard to avoid the discount when it was only $5! I smelled a rat, something wasn’t right and someone must have made a mistake. Instead of leaving I decided to get out my phone and look for the asterisk on their website. By the time The Skipper returned asking me why I wasn’t leaving in disgust with him I was already on the phone to their head office. A LOVELY lady From Anaconda then assured me their policy was indeed 10% off the cheapest price we could find. She suggested I hand the phone to the store so she could confirm it with them for me.
In the end our perseverance paid off and we saved about $150 bucks off the SALE price. We’ve even sold the old one already. (It was a great fridge so I’m happy for the new owner.)
I must say I celebrated a little too hard that night; mango daiquiris with ice from my new freezer!
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