Caravan Fridges: A Buyer’s Guide

Author: Paul Napthali   Date Posted:22 December 2017 

 

Purchasing a specialised caravan refrigerator can be an arduous task for campers unfamiliar with what they’re looking for. The market for caravan refrigerators is vast, encompassing many differing makes and models. As a result, navigating the copius amounts of jargon and terminology can be difficult.

 

Consider Your Camping Habits

The first thing to do when considering a caravan refrigerator is to examine your camping habits. If you often camp in locations that supply 240-volt power, such as established caravan parks and or on site living arrangements or even an off-grid application where your totally reliant on a battery bank or generator system. 

 

What Type of Fridge?

Most caravan refrigerators can be categorized as either a compressor fridge or a three-way absorption fridge. Caravan compressor fridges function much like home refrigerators by using a compressor with moving mechanical parts to promote cooling. Compressor fridges are an execellent choice for off-the-grid campers or those who camp out for extended periods and love being off the grid. Three-way absorption fridges, on the other hand, are a bit different. Three-way absorption fridges can be run through a variety of means, including LPG or natural gas, as well as 12V/240V power. They provide cooling by using liquid ammonia gases mixing together in a series of piping at the rear of the fridge.

Absorption fridges are preferred by some off-the-grid campers because the gas option allows them to completely remove the fridge from the electrical system, ultimately saving battery life by using other options available such as LPG gas. Certain absorption models additionally feature an integrated Automatic Energy Selection option, which automatically selects the best source of energy to be used, if when you have 240-volt power dismissed it will automatically choose the preferred option available. 

 

Size of the Fridge

When it comes to caravan refrigeration, you need to decipher whether your restricted by cabinetry size, how many people you normally travel with and the types of climates your most likely to encounter. Some travellers also need to keep in mind the age level of your travelling companions and health restrictions such as diabetes where the traveller might need to store their insulin in a cool dry refrigerated area. So before choosing your next RV refrigerator make sure you go ova the spoken componentry and always remember that a larger storage compartment for your food and beverages is always the best option. 

 

Efficiency

Cheaper caravan refrigerators DO NOT work as well as higher-quality, more expensive models. No, this isn’t a ploy to get poor consumers to spend more money. Higher-priced caravan fridges are designed and built to suit the elements of the Australian outback as we all know that they can be a high extremity whilst upon your travels. The purchase of lower quality fridges will have a shorter life span and will not be as efficient on your fuel selected and have a short warranty period.

The three top efficient RV fridges on the market are Evakool, Dometic and Vitrifrigo. The efficiency of your fridge will also be determined by your outside temperatures, battery life and the selected fuel. A 3-way absorption fridge and compressor fridges all will operate at different efficiency levels as both have their own specific fundamentals when put to the test in different applications. So, when choosing you next caravan, motor home, bus, boat, truck or trailer fridge look no further than the range Caravan RV Camping has to offer. You can contact our help full sales team on 1800 787 278 or www.caravanrvcamping.com.