How do you make sure your caravan fridge stays cool when the mercury rises?
Whether you chose a compressor driven fridge or 3-way absorption fridge, a whopping 230 litres built-in RV fridge, or super compact portable 30-litre fridge unit - you have the same consideration: how can you get the best efficiency from your caravan fridge?
Here are our top tips for getting the most out of your caravan fridge.
1) Cool early
We know how frantic things can be before you head off on a trip. But a couple of days before you head out, make sure you turn on your caravan fridge using your mains power at home. This will give the fridge enough time to cool down to a constant temperature. While you're there, pre-cool your food and drinks too.
2) Make space
It's tempting to fill every little bit of space in your caravan fridge. But that actually stops your fridge from working efficiently. The more stuff filling the fridge, the less the air can circulate and cool the unit. Leave some room and you'll notice the results...noting that you don't want to leave too much room as this is extra air for your fridge to cool. Not too much, not too little :)
3) Get a fridge fan
If you want to improve the air circulation inside your caravan fridge more, get a fridge fan. They're pretty cheap and don't need any installation. Another option is a solar fridge vent fan, which fits behind your unit to help the heat exit faster.
4) Keep the air vents free
Speaking of air vents, these are the only way hot air can leave your fridge during the cooling process. Make sure nothing is obstructing them at the start of your trip, and do this check at regular intervals as you travel.
5) Keep your caravan fridge clean
Three-way absorption fridges are hugely popular for caravans, as they can run on LPG or natural gas in addition to 240V/12V. But take notice of any dust and debris that might be blocking the burner, and stopping the caravan fridge from working at its best. In other words, keep it clean!
6) Minimise external heat
When it's hot outside, your caravan fridge needs to work harder. So, pay attention to the ambient temperature and adjust the fridge's cooling setting as needed. Park your vehicle in a cool spot, maybe under a big tree, making sure the fridge is in the shade. Use your awning and any other gadgets to keep your caravan cool, especially from the afternoon sun. This isn't just good for the caravan fridge, it's good for you too.
7) Buy an icebox
Every time you open the fridge, cool air escapes and your fridge has to work harder to cool the unit again. One way to limit this is to put frequently used items in an icebox. Actually, iceboxes are an essential caravan item, as you can also use them for day trips too.
By taking these small steps, you will not only make sure your fridge is working at maximum efficiency - you will also help it last longer.
Need some extra information about Caravan Fridges?...then check out some additional RV Fridge articles HERE. You can also check our YouTube Channel for more Caravan Fridge videos such as this clip which looks at the difference between Compressor (2 way) and Absorption (3 way) RV Fridges:
How do you keep your caravan fridge working at its best? We'd love to hear them in the comments section below!
DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.