There are a lot of fridges on the market these days. The majority are pretty much the
same moulded plastic using the same insulation and the same compressors. So when
ARB came out with their latest Elements fridge we were intrigued. This thing supposedly
was designed to be left outside a vehicle in the dust, mud, rain and sand and be able to
handle it with ease. Sounds kinda perfect for those of us with utes who take them off-
We decided to pick one up, mounted it in Dan’s Ranger’s tray, plugged it in and set off
on a 5000km trip that included hardcore wheeling, dirt-road driving, mud-plugging, rock
crawling, water crossings and sand, lots of sand.
Did we treat this fridge like a rented mule and abuse it way beyond its design
parameters? Absolutely. Did it do its job exceptionally well? Again, can’t say anything
other than yes.
We may or may not have forgot to tie it down while wheeling Glasshouse. Apart for a bit
of a dent in the metal casing it was unaffected by the airtime it got. We had it sitting in
direct sun on a 38*C day and it kept the food and drinks cooler than a polar bear’s nuts.
In fact, the only real question we had was why the hell aren’t more fridges made this
WHAT WE LIKED:
Stainless body and hinges and aluminium latches are stout as hell
Magnetic lock that can be set by user on the control pad
Gas-strut on the lid – seriously, every fridge should have this!
It is actually weatherproof. Short of putting it in a sand-blasting cabinet we threw every permutation of dust, mud, sand and water at it and nothing went wrong
60L capacity is about perfect for extended trips we reckon
Internal LED light is way more useful than you think it might be
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE:
At just over 30kg it ain’t light. But strength usually comes with weight
Having to pay for it. At $1699 (RRP) it wasn’t cheap, but it’s so far ahead of a $299
Alibaba special that it’s apples and oranges. Want something that’ll probably
outlast your vehicle (or six aftermarket cv joints), look no further.
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Disclaimer 1: ARB are not currently advertisers with us and we’re not big on cash for
comment anyway. This is legit our first-hand experience with this thing.
Disclaimer 2: Due to the rigours of shooting schedules, the tracks we drive and general
laziness we are generally hard on our gear. Like, harder than you’ll probably ever be.
Just so you don’t think we babied this fridge. It was left dented, beat-up and smelled like
a desert morgue because we forgot to take some meat out of it.