Recently I decided to upgrade my ARB 37 Quart fridge to an Indel B 51. The fridge was purchased through Equipt Expedition Outfitters. The goal was to get a bit more storage capacity while trying to not break the bank. Paul at Equipt Expedition Outfitters has done a thorough review. Here are my quick thoughts after taking the fridge on a 4 day trip.
ARB 37 - wider and slightly longer - Indel B 51 taller and skinnier.
- Price point: $300+ less than the ARB 50qt.
- Deep dairy shelf can hold milk and juice containers. Neither the ARB 37 or 50 can do this. But a carton of a dozen eggs will not fit. I was typically freezing juice because it had to be in the main compartment to fit.
- Budget cover available for $40.00 from SmittyBilt. It requires a minor DIY modification to see the controls.
- Controls on back
- Latch handle and hinge less rugged. Lid is not removable like the ARB line
- Battery saving mode is not conservative enough. If you are running of off your vehicle battery be sure to carry a cheap volt meter to check the status of your battery of the engine has not run in the past 12-24 hours. High setting on the ARB cuts the fridge off at 11.8 volts. High on the Indel B cuts off at 11.1. Good luck starting your battery if it is at 11.1 volts.
- Power chord connectors are too close to each other. It makes having the 12 volt plug and AC plug connected at the same time difficult.
- No drain plug like the ARB models