A camping fridge is one of the most important accessories you can add to your van, 4×4 or camper. The ability to keep food frozen and cool allows you to go further off-road and overland, for longer periods of time, without needing to resupply or worry about the contents of your cooler box turning into an icky pool of foul-smelling wet food.
A great option is a portable refrigerator freezer that can be powered via AC or DC supply. Most fridges come with multiple adapters, but always double-check to make sure you have the correct plug and voltage for your vehicle and/or battery. Also consider the brand and reputation of the manufacturer for durability and warranty coverage – if something goes wrong, you don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road with a broken fridge in the middle of nowhere.
Most of the best camping fridges are compressor-based fridge freezers that work like your fridge at home. They tend to use more electricity than thermoelectric fridges, but less than absorption fridges, and are the coldest option. Many of them now have Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity to a mobile app that lets you monitor power consumption, temperature settings and other metrics.
The Dometic CRPRO30 is a good example of this trend, and it can be powered either with a DC or an AC supply. This is an important feature if you want to be able to run your fridge on solar and other alternative energy sources, where the voltage can drop when it’s cloudy or rainy out. It also has dual zones, so you can set one zone to refrigerator temperature and the other to freezer. camping refrigerator