refrigerators - the best upgrade for your tired old 3-way fridge - enjoy cold
food and ice again!
Vitrifrigo C51i and C60i models are currently
available. We sell all Vitrifrigo models, as seen on their website at
, and can offer very competitive prices on any model listed, email for a quote.
NOTE that we do not ship these to Canada. However, there is a Truckfridge
distributor in Canada now:
Choose the fridge option you'd like from the
menu below. Shipping is
and included in the listed price within the lower 48 states, except on other models not
listed below. No shipping available to Hawaii or Alaska currently.
Note: when placing a fridge order, please
include your phone number for FedEx delivery.
All portables will remain unavailable until further
TF49 models are
currently out of stock until end of October. An update will be posted if this
These are the ultimate replacement refrigerators for the Vanagon Westfalia!
No more worries about propane or
keeping the old Dometic fridge lit, concerns of spoiled food (or warm sodas
or beer!). These modern fridges, the Truckfridge and Vitrifrigo (basically the
same fridge with different trim level) both use the excellent
German-made Danfoss compressor system, superior to and less vibration and noise
than the 'swing' compressor used by Norcold and other companies. The compressor operates
silently - the only
thing you hear is a small cooling fan when the fridge is running!
There is an interior light that automatically
turns on when the door is open; the fridge operates on 12 or 24 volts, 115 and 230 volt
with the optional AC function. Current draw on 12 volt is 2.5 amps
(average) with an average daily usage of 25 amp-hours. That means it will
normally run 2+ days on a 100-110 amp-hour deep-cycle battery. The fridge
section with a door to retain the contents. The main door is reversible and has a
squeeze-latch (TF) or
slide latch (VF) in addition to
a magnetic perimeter seal. The door easily allows matching laminate panels
to be installed in place of the supplied black panel. Also available are
stainless steel door and frame models from Vitrifrigo, for about $150 extra.
Two (2) year warranty
on cooling system defects, fan, electrical and 1 year on interior and trim.
Should your Truckfridge require service/warranty, you must call first for authorization at
Below are photos of a VF C51iSAC installation in a
customer's van. In this one, I reused the original door frame: Removed the plastic trim, then
trimmed the opening, using a saber saw with fine-tooth blade, 1/8" on each side
and at the top. I attached a support shelf, placing screws from the sides. I
also fabricated a small removable door, using the old fridge door and latch, to
cover the small compartment remaining below. The perfect spot for your Bentley
manual and some tools! Also, I moved the 110V outlet to the rear wall as it
would otherwise interfere with the backside of the new fridge.
A slightly different installation, a TF49, where I
fabricated a new front panel, using cabinet-grade plywood and the matching Folkstone grey Formica. I
installed a Xantrex inverter and Iota charger in the space below. I also
added a matching panel to the fridge door. The
battery installed was a 110 a/h UB AGM, coupled to a Surepower 1315 separator using
Another TF49, where I fabricated a new front panel.
This one has a Xantrex 1000-watt inverter / 20A smart charger beneath the
fridge. The control/display panel for the Xantrex is remote-mounted in the
Westfalia kitchen panel and the inverter output wired to a dedicated outlet
below the original.
These fridges are handsome units that will blend
to the Westfalia interior, even more so if you go the extra mile as in other
Vitrifrigo C60i as fitted to a Eurovan
Winnebago conversion - fits perfectly except the width; you'll need to add a
storage area as shown or narrow extension to the sides to center it in the
opening. These are available for $750 for the DC-only version, $830 for the
AUXILIARY Battery setup examples:
In my 'old' Syncro Westy, the group 29/31 deep cycle
100 a/h battery I had been using for years finally started showing it's age. As
I tend to camp off the beaten path for longer periods, I decided to go with a
slightly larger battery - an Interstate 4D. Weighing in at 50 lbs. more
than the 100 a/h battery it replaced, this one supplies over 180 a/h. I also added an
Iota 3-stage 115-volt charger and a Surepower 1314-200 separator to keep it
topped up while driving.
Another customer installation received this setup: a group 31 SLA
coupled with a Surepower 1314 separator. Interstate rates this one at 114 a/h.
By spacing the battery from the floor 2.5", the length will fit as shown,
decreases the amount of space taken up under the rear seat. Also, I added a HD
inline fuse on the charge cable from the alternator.
The ideal battery setup, if you can
afford to 'lose' the space, is two 'golf cart' 6-volt batteries in series: these
are sold by Interstate under the
model, and Trojan under the
model. These will supply enough storage for the heaviest users, at around 230
a/h. By comparison, the tiny batteries sold by one VW parts retailer only store
44 a/h and can only power a fridge for a single day!
"MORE-TORQUE" starter adaptor
for engine conversions: Most adaptor-plate conversions
had been using the 'Hi-Torque' IMI
starter. These have been known to fail frequently and do not have enough
speed OR torque to start most high-compression engines, especially the diesels
and some Subarus.
Even the 'new improved' versions offered are no better. I have developed this adaptor to utilize the commonly available, powerful
(1.8~2.0 kw) and
reliable starter from the 1996 - 2003 manual-trans VW TDI (diesel) cars, the
SR0408X/409X. The adaptor mates with this starter to provide an easy installation to the waterboxer manual-trans bell housing. The
SR0408X/409X is a Bosch
high torque gear-reduction type starter, is slightly longer than
the stock wbx starter, and has a self-supporting shaft-- it no longer requires the
pilot bushing to position the shaft end. On Syncro applications with locker, a 3/4"
notch will be required in the diff-lock bracket, and you must use the longer
(2.25") type bracket (photo below) and corresponding locker pin. Sorry, it will not work with the short bracket
unless you extend both the bracket and the locker pin. The adaptor will work with
ALL conversions using a Kennedy, Eurospec, SmallCar, Vanaru, or Tiico engine
adaptor plate and stock-diameter ring gear, also with the stock Vanagon WBX. The
'automatic' version adaptor is essentially a thicker version of the manual
adaptor - and has been shown to be a good fit for the earlier Bus or Beelte manual
transmission (70's) so we've got you covered there as well.
New, improved version! My new machinist has
improved the design and appearance, I think you'll be impressed. These fit all
conversions using the waterboxer manual - transmission bell housing.
This version fits all Vanagon automatic
transmissions and also fits well on the older pre-091 transmissions like the
Beetle and early Bus. These VWs used a longer starter drive so the spacing works
perfectly. Bolts are used for mounting the starter onto the adaptor as opposed to studs on the
We are no longer offering the
remanufactured starters due to the difficulty and expense involved with
warranties. Please source them from you local auto parts store. OEM Bosch is the
best quality. NAPA Auto Parts and Amazon should be a decent sources. I would advise against
the cheapo Chinese starter being sold around the 'net and eBay. These typically
sell for less than $100 but are very poor quality and sometimes won't even fit
correctly. Watch this space, however - I am attempting to locate a source for
quality NEW starters, eliminating the rebuild quality issues.