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THE ARB fridge is a well-de­signed and thought-out fridge. The com­pact, rec­tan­gu­lar-sized, pow­der-coated steel cabi­net – with re­mov­able, end-open­ing, in­jec­tion-moulded lid – is clev­erly en­gi­neered with a spring-loaded de­tent sys­tem to eas­ily de­tach and re­place.

The over-cen­tre, cam-lock lid latch is easy to op­er­ate sin­gle-handed and pro­vides a good clos­ing pres­sure to seal the lid. The lid’s rub­ber hol­low sec­tion seal is re­cessed to pre­vent dam­age, while a raised lip on the cabi­net com­presses into it to pro­vide a good seal.

Just be­low the latch are solid, re­cessed, pow­der-coated me­tal carry han­dles that dou­ble as tie-down points. The mounted dig­i­tal read­out con­trol panel is well re­cessed to pre­vent knock­ing and can be eas­ily set.

In­side, the clev­erly de­signed bas­ket is re­versible to al­low for dif­fer­ent length loads, plus a sep­a­rate dairy sec­tion is pro­vided. The evap­o­ra­tor plate is integrated into the in­ter­nal wall, as is the LED light.

A drain plug is fit­ted into the base be­tween the mesh of the bas­ket to al­low for easy ac­cess. It seems ARB’S en­gi­neers/de­sign­ers took note of drink can di­men­sions, as the in­ter­nal fridge di­men­sions – length and width – al­low for a num­ber of cans.

Clips in the rear ex­ter­nal wall help se­cure 12-, 24- and 240-volt leads. The fridge will au­to­mat­i­cally select to run on mains power when­ever it is avail­able (if both plugs are plugged in) but re­vert to bat­tery power if the mains go off.

The lat­est crop of ARB fridges in­clude a rear-mounted plug from which a re­mote wire­less temp sen­sor can pro­vide rel­e­vant fridge in­for­ma­tion to the driver.


IT COULD do with a bas­ket for the dairy sec­tion, and the re­mote tem­per­a­ture mon­i­tor could be in­cluded as stan­dard equip­ment. The evap­o­ra­tor plate could also ex­tend to the top of the in­ter­nal walls to help spread the cold more evenly. That’s nit-pick­ing, though, as it wouldn’t make a huge dif­fer­ence to the fridge’s op­er­a­tion.

Pow­der-coated me­tal carry han­dles sit be­low the latch. The fridge will run on mains power by de­fault. Re­versible bas­ket caters for loads of all sizes. Re­cessed temp con­trols are easy to use.

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