Even the very smallest RV’s, even camping trailers, usually have a little refrigerator to keep your food cold over the weekend. For the ones that do not have even a small refrigerator, they at least have a cooler.
RV Refrigerators are truly different than a regular sticks and bricks home refrigerator. The way they are different has to do with the scientific method OR basic theory of operation of refrigerators.
The RV refrigerator uses a method of cooling called “gas absorption” to cool its insides and the normal sticks and bricks refrigerator uses a more straightforward compression type of cooling system. The RV system is probably a little bit less efficient, but it is substantially lighter in weight and can use propane gas to cool the unit. That means it is very very good for portability.
For the gas absorption refrigerator, the evaporation and cooling process is started by applying a little bit of heat. This heat is supplied by the LP gas system.
The most important thing to remember about RV refrigerators is that they do not like to be out of level. So whenever possible, do not operate your refrigerator when not leveled. If you do, safety circuits are likely to engage and make your refrigerator inoperable.
The RV refrigerator is VERY effective at cooling things down. One thing I’ve noticed is that when you open your fridge, air with moisture gets in and it turns to ice very quickly. You need to remove that condensed ice pretty regularly or your fridge won’t cool as efficiently and it will also make a watery mess as it melts inside your fridge.
Our fridge does have two sections – a freezer and a refrigerator so you can keep food cold AND you can keep food frozen depending upon your needs.
I thought I would list a few Amazon links (disclosure) here and after the picture in case you are looking for rv refrigerator related items:
- Dometic RM3762RB 2-Way Refrigerator – 7.0 Cubic Feet
- Norcold Inc. Refrigerators N841 2 Way 2 Door Gas Absorption Refrigerator
- Norcold Inc. Refrigerators 323T R/L 3 Way Refrigerator
- Norcold Inc. Refrigerators N641 2 Way 2 Door Gas Absorption Refrigerato
- Norcold Inc. Refrigerators N300 2 Way Gas Absorption Refrigerator
- Norcold Inc. Refrigerators N300.3 3 Way Refrigerator