Finding the right camper van fridge
So I’ve spent quite some time researching before I decided on the right camper van fridge for my DIY campervan build. I had a set of criteria that I wanted, and the fridge I chose fit all these. Not to mention that it looks super hot!
The criteria I was looking for in a fridge was:
- Top loading
- Multiple power options
- Doesn’t generate too much heat
After a good amount of research, I came across the Dometic Combicool RC 2200 Amazon [UK] / Amazon DE / Amazon US which certainly seemed like the right fridge for me. Let’s have a look at it’s features:
This fridge is top loading, which means it allows the cool air to stay inside when opening the door, as apposed to a conventional fridge that has it’s door at the front, and allows all the cold air to escape out the bottom every time you open the door. This is a big energy saver, so it was something I wanted in a camper van fridge.
Multiple Power Options
This fridge can be powered by either 12V (via a cigarette lighter socket), propane/ LPG gas or via 230V. This gives me many options for powering the fridge. I’ve run it on 230V (via my 1000W pure sine inverter) with great success, it cools down within an hour or so to the point where ice forms on the cooling element. It even comes with a mini ice tray and you can effectively make ice in this bad boy.
On 12v, it draws about 6.5 – 7A. In this power mode it seems to take longer to cool down initially, so I use the 230V to get it as cold as possible and then use the 12V to maintain the temperature.
I’ve not connected the gas to it, so am unable to comment on this, but I will be doing this as I’d like to have the option to use gas to maintain the temperature and save the batteries on rainy days. One thing I should mention, is that when you connect it to gas you need proper ventilation, and you cannot store anything above the rear of the fridge. This was the reason for not connecting the gas initially, but after a couple of months in the van, I think I’d like this at least as an option.
Low Noise and Heat
This fridge, at least using 12V or 230V, doesn’t generate much heat, which is exactly what I wanted. It’s also super silent. At first I thought it wasn’t working when I plugged it in, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it’s just that quiet!
Beautiful Look and Feel
The fridge also looks great: it’s got an aluminium outer which looks fantastic, and doesn’t have that cheap plasticy feel to it. In my opinion it is a beautiful looking fridge that will compliment any camper.
One caveat of this fridge however, is that it only works in its optimal way when it’s level. That means that when you’re parked skew, or on an incline, the fridge will not work properly.
There is an easy solution however, simply wedge a piece of wood under a leg or two to make it level. I bought myself a 3 way spirit level (Amazon UK) online and keep it near the fridge. And every time I park up I simply level the fridge before plugging it in.
- 3 way fridge – can be powered by 12V, 230V and gas
- Thermostat regulation in 30-volt mode
- Piezo ignition
- 3-stage flame regulation in gas mode
- 41L capacity
- Ability to stand 8x 2L bottles upright
- Ice cube tray
- Silent operation – fridge uses the absorption method of cooling
- Size of (H/L/W) 44 x 50 x 48.8
- Aluminium housing with black lid
- Weight of only 14Kg
Below are some pictures to show just how beautiful this camper van fridge is: