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2nd battery in our 4x4 : needed ?

Antwerp, Belgium
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2nd battery in our 4x4 : needed ?

Hey All,

Another practical issue which I can't sort out.

We will rent a Toyota Hilux equipped with camping equipment at African Tracks. A fridge (12V/220V) is optional and we decided to reserve that as well.

Perhaps silly of me that I do not know it, but can you keep the fridge running when engine is shut off ? Or should we have a 2nd battery for this (which is another available option) ?

Thanks in advance for your reply.

And Merry Christmas to all of you from a white and cold Belgium.


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1. Re: 2nd battery in our 4x4 : needed ?


There are probably a few self-drive safari forums lurking around, where there will be a lot of experts.

For my part, I've been on a trip like yours, but luckily was merely the pampered passenger. I remember some chat round the camp fire about an inverter which powered the lights and fridges, but I wouldn't want to mislead you.....

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2. Re: 2nd battery in our 4x4 : needed ?

You should ask the company where you rent the vehicle how long the fridge can run on the battery alone. If you go in winter it may be fine to switch the fridge off at night.

3. Re: 2nd battery in our 4x4 : needed ?

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