Everything you need to know about our 50L & under 4WD fridge slides
The Dunn & Watson 50L & under 4WD fridge slides are popular with campers and tradies. They are designed to fit in the back of your 4WD canopy, as well as camper trailers, caravans and RVs, providing easy access to your fridge. It’s fair to say that you don’t actually need a fridge slide, but it makes it so much easier to access the contents of the fridge when all you have to do is slide the fridge out. Otherwise, you would need to stand on something and reach over to access the fridge, making it difficult to see what’s inside.
This 4WD fridge slide is designed for fridges that are 50L and under, but we also have a range that are suitable for other size fridges:
What’s the size of the 50L & under 4WD fridge slides?
The fitted length of this fridge slide is 675mm and the width is 445mm and they have a full extension making it easy to access your fridge. However, because they have locking fridge slides (more on this feature below), you’ll need to add an additional 25mm to the length to allow for the trigger mechanism at the front of each slide. You also need to know that whilst the fitted width is 445mm, the internal width is only 395mm. So you need to make sure that you have sufficient room to install the fridge slides and that the internal width is large enough for your fridge.
So to reiterate, the actual length you will need is 675mm + 25mm which is 700mm in total, whilst the width you need for installation is 445mm, but it only fits a fridge that’s 395mm in width.
Features of the 50L & under fridge slide
The Dunn & Watson 4WD fridge slides are manufactured in Australia and made from strong, but lightweight 3mm aluminium (they weigh less than 10kg). Another great feature of these fridge slides is that they have a full extension and yet another is that they have a 125kg locking mechanism. These fridge slides are suitable for all major fridge brands, including Engel, Waeco and Evakool.
- Made in Australia.
- Constructed from 3mm aluminium.
- Weighs less than 10kg.
- Fitted with pre-cut tie down points.
- Comes with 125kg locking drawer slides.
- Length is 675mm (plus 25mm for locking drawer slide triggers) x 445mm in width.
Why do you need locking fridge slides?
One of the big benefits of these particular fridge slides is that they are 125kg locking fridge slides. This means that they can take the weight of up to 125kg, but that they also lock in position, whether that’s open or closed. This is an important feature because if your fridge slides don’t lock then your fridge can slide backwards and forwards when you are in transit or slide open or closed when you are parked on a gradient. The slides can also slam shut from the open position, potentially trapping little fingers. If your fridge moves back and forth, opening and closing, as you are driving, your fridge and anything else in the vicinity can be damaged. So the fact that these 4WD fridge slides have a locking mechanism is a big deal.
Once installed, all you need to do is depress the trigger at the front of each fridge slide and either pull the slide towards you to access the fridge or push it backwards to put it back in place. Always remember, however, to listen for the locking mechanism to click into place, don’t just assume that it’s locked correctly. Your fridge will remain in the closed or open position until you release the triggers again and either pull or push it to access your fridge or reposition it inside the canopy or trailer.
What size fridge slides do you need?
The easiest way to know what size fridge slides you need is to match its capacity to the slides. So for a fridge that has a capacity of 50L or less, then these 4WD fridge slides should fit. The problem is that you also need the right amount of space in the back of your Ute or camper trailer. So whilst the fridge slides might fit your fridge, they might not fit your available space!
This is a very common mistake that’s easily made, so first you need to match the capacity of the fridge and if your fridge is over 50L then check out one of our other larger fridge slides (links are above). Once you have done that, then you need to measure the space you have available and make sure that it’s large enough to fit the fridge slides with the additional 25mm needed for the locking triggers. Not forgetting that the internal width of the fridge slides is smaller than the external widths, so make sure that you have the right sizes. Just to be clear, the space you need for the installation of the 50L and under 4WD fridge slides is a length of 700mm and a width of 445mm. The fridge needs to be no more than 675mm in length and 395mm in width.
Can’t find the right size locking 4WD fridge slides?
If you have looked at all of our locking 4WD fridge slides and can’t find one that matches your specifications, then give us a call. We can customise any of our fridge slides so they perfectly fit your fridge, so there’s no need to worry. Just send us the length and width of both your available space and your fridge and we’ll make sure that you have the perfect fridge slides winging their way to you ASAP.
What about drawer systems?
Our 4WD fridge slides are designed to fit on top of our drawer systems and our cage barriers are designed to fit on top of our fridge slides. This is a great setup that maximises the use of space in the back of your Ute or camper trailer and protects your fridge from damage. It also increases the storage space by allowing you to pack gear on top of the fridge cage, so you can open and close the fridge without having to move anything out of the way.
For help selecting the right 4WD fridge slides for your project, just give us a call on 1300 210 549 today.