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Campervan Fridge: How to Choose

Choosing the best Campervan Fridge for your Campervan Conversion.

Well you will be glad to know that you have come to the right place to decide on your Campervan Fridge. To help you out on this little quest, we have decided to provide all the information that you will need to make things a lot more easier when choosing your 12v Fridge.  

Campervan Fridge

Best Campervan Fridges

Here we have created a list of some campervan fridge that we think will be great for many of you!

First up is the compressor fridge. A compressor fridge is the type of fridge that most people tend to have inside their houses. Even though this may make it seem that you can simply just purchase any sort of fridge for your campervan, you definitely shouldn’t do this as it will use too much power meaning that your leisure batteries will not be able to cope with it. This is the reason why we have the 12V or two-way compressor fridges. They will also work with your solar panel set up. 

The second fridge that we think will be a great option for your campervan is a three-way fridge. A three-way fridge would definitely be a good option for you if your van doesn’t have a solar panel as your gas supply can actually keep it running. They are definitely ideal if you are travelling in a large group.  A fridge running off gas is also completely silent so this would definitely be a good option if you want to reduce as much noise as possible. 

The third fridge is the thermoelectric coolbox, and we think will be great for those of you who are going to build your own campervan on a budget. 

The fridge freezer we use in most of our Campervan Conversions is: 

Dometic Waeco CRX50 Fridge 12volt 24v Compressor Marine Campervan Refrigerator

This is a great fridge that is very reliable, stands the test of time and is perfect for the VW Campervan Conversion. 

12v fridge and how they work

12V fridges are the most common type of fridge you will see on the road, and this is for a good reason. These fridges are often designed for use in vehicles such as vans, and they are also built with durability and efficiency in mind.

How much will a campervan fridge cost me exactly?

There is no exact overall cost for campervan fridge as it entirely depends on what you wish to do. Factors such as where you purchase the campervan accessory from or even the colour can influence the price, but what you want exactly will actually determine the overall price. 

We suggest spending between £500 - £1,500 on your 12v fridge. This will depend on factors such as size. 

  • Compressor fridges start at around £250 - £2000

  • Thermoelectric coolbox usually cost between £20 - £250

  • Three-way fridge starts around £350 - £2000

What is a compressor fridge?

Compressor fridge freezers, sometimes referred to as “2 Way Fridges” or 12v fridges are the ideal solution for your campervan. Capable of running efficiently on 12v and 24v DC systems, 12 volt fridges have many features that make them ideal, such as rapid cooling, low power consumption.

From suppliers like Dometic, Vitrifrigo, Inlander, Thetford and Webasto, there are a variety of compressor fridges that come in various sizes and capabilities and available either as fridges, freezers or a combination of the both.

Compressor fridges are the ideal solution for anyone looking to run off grid through the use of a 12v & 24v system, with various sizes and capabilities a compressor unit can draw as little as 1.2 Ah/ hour (amp hours per hour) over a 24hr period. This is what makes them a great campervan fridge or caravan fridge - ultra low power consumption is great for preserving leisure batteries.

How do they work?

When it comes to your 12V fridge for your campervan, there are three parts of the fridge that you must know. The first part is the compressor. The purpose of the compressor is to increase both the temperature and the pressure to very high levels, so that the refrigerant can condense by declining the heat through the condenser.

The second part of the fridge that you need to know is the condenser. The purpose of the condenser is to literally condense the gas into a liquid through cooling. The third part of the fridge is the expansion valve. The expansion valve removes pressure from the refrigerant liquid in order to allow it to expand.

Measure your space

You can't invest in a campervan fridge if you don't know the dimensions of your campervan and the fridge that you are purchasing. The easy way to avoid making this mistake, is to measure. If you're purchasing the fridge before you build the campervan make sure your dimensions are bang on before taking the plunge!

12V fridges are definitely going to be one of your most expensive buys when it comes to what you are going to put into your campervan, meaning that you will really want to carefully and meticulously pick a fridge that will suit all your needs. 

You will find when you are looking for campervan fridges, that there is quite a large range between the low and high end brands. So, if you have set a budget which won’t allow you to purchase a high-end compressor fridge, then we suggest that you only look at the low-end compressor fridges. However, if you have a low budget but are going to be using your campervan often, we highly recommend that you go over your budget slightly and do purchase a highly quality compressor fridge. The price range varies massively, showing that you really do need to look around before you settle on a specific compressor fridge. 

This is such an important factor that a lot of people do not take into account when it comes to campervan fridges. If you already have a rough idea in your mind as to where you want to put your 12V fridge, you will definitely want to look at the dimensions and weight of the fridge you are looking at buying. Some brands will have fridges that are taller, while other brands will have fridges that are wider. Just make sure that you take measurements beforehand, and then look at both the dimension and weight, to ensure that you are getting the correct size for your campervan. 

Benefits of your 12v fridge freezer

A good 12v fridge freezer can be really easy to install in your campervans. They can also have really low energy consumption. Compressor fridges can also be powered by either a solar panel or leisure battery.

Things to take into account when purchasing a Fridge Freezer

  • Dual action (does it have a fridge and freezer element)
  • Freezer compartment optional – Can you remove your freezer area?
  • Adaptable shelf height – Make sure you can move your shelf to where best suits you
  • Changeable door direction – You can alter the direction your fridge door opens to suit your campervan conversion
  • Quiet compressor – High efficiency, cools quickly and you won’t notice it’s running. Especially when you're sleeping so close to it!

What fridge freezer do we recommend?

We offer the Dometic CRX50 Compressor 12V Fridge. The Dometic CRX50 Compressor 12V Fridge is a built-in fridge, with a very low energy consumption. It also has a removable freezer compartment meaning that, with this flexible use of space, you can either use it as just a fridge, a freezer, or a combination of a fridge and a freezer. The Dometic CRX50 Compressor 12V Fridge has a soft touch control panel, 2 stage battery protection, and also 5 different temperature settings. It also has a 2 year warranty, and consumes approximately 40 watts of power.

Dometic line of 12V fridges are great for installing into your campervan. They will keep all your food and drinks cold, whilst consuming a very low amount of power. The Dometic 12V fridges also have some pretty cool features which other types of 12V fridges don’t have, that may interest you! These are the fridge freezers we recommend.

Campervan Fridge

Get in touch

Get in touch with us. We're happy to answer any questions you might have. 

Wildworx Campervan Conversions 
Unit 6, 11a Arrow Industrial Estate,
Alcester Employment Park
B49 6HW

01789 700 029