Choosing an RV Fridge

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Choosing an RV Fridge

Postby Sector9surf » Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:59 pm

Hi guys,

I'm new to the forum, but have just purchased a B190 camper van and am upgrading the interior. I would like to purchase a top-loading propane or 12v refrigerator. (I'm considering a cooling unit kit)

I've found that most of the big names ie: Norcold, Dometic... don't sell top loading 3-way fridges. I have found that Portagaz to be the only one (which makes me skeptical).

A few other companies which aren't propane, but are extremely efficient are; ARB fridge/ freezers, Engel, Truckfridge, and Sundanzer. (These fridges claim to use 1- 3.5Ah... Sundanzer is claiming 10Ah/day)

Either way, I would like to purchase a kit or cooler which is top loaded and preferably LP/12v/120v due to our limited battery bank and solar panel size.

What can you guys recommend?

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Re: Choosing an RV Fridge

Postby skater » Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:48 am

I deleted your other thread - two separate threads will just cause confusion.

I had no idea that top loading fridges and freezers were even an option for RVs. Interesting. The link you posted isn't clear, but it looks like those are absorption fridges/freezers (not compressor-driven), which would be more energy efficient.

I'd keep an eye on the power draw of those compared to a regular fridge - you wouldn't want to get a fridge/freezer that actually draws more power than the one you're trying to avoid.
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