The refrigerator is one of the most important appliances in your rv. It’s where you store your food and beverages to keep them cool throughout your trip. Whether you’re boondocking, camping in established campgrounds or just taking a quick trip to the store, having the right fridge can make your trip much more comfortable. There are two main types of rv refrigeration: gas absorption and compressor-driven. Both have their pros and cons, so it’s important to decide which one is best for your RVing needs.
Gas absorption refrigerators are great for people who camp off-grid or in established campgrounds with electrical hookups. They use propane and a complicated chemical process to keep food and drinks cold, which is good for people who aren’t interested in investing in a generator or solar panels. They are also versatile because they can run on both propane and electricity, which is nice if your stock battery bank isn’t large enough to handle multiple nights of dry camping.
They work through a series of coils on the back of the refrigerator, which release heat into the surrounding air. The cooler air absorbs the heat and releases it back into the refrigerator, cooling your food and drinks. It’s important to note that the coils work better when your camper is level, so if you’re not traveling on level ground the chemicals may not react as well and the refrigerator will not be as efficient. Additionally, the more items you put in the refrigerator, the slower it will cool down.