looking to maximise the amount of solar fitted to a relatively small motorhome – we opted to place the largest panel we could fit – a 200w solarking monocrystalline panel to this motorhome
Nice tidy example of one of our installs into a Caravan of a Gas Heater.
Caravan Refrigeration – Caravan Fridges which type should I use?
When you are hitting the road in your Caravan you want to make sure that you have all the gear that is suited for you. An important decision to make is what sort of refrigerator you should have. After all, one of the best parts of being on the road is having the freedom to cook your own meals, especially with excellent Australian local produce.
So how do you choose which type of refrigerator is best for you and your Caravan?
Choosing the right refrigeration system to suit your needs is not so clear cut. You need to consider how you want to use the refrigerator and the overall cost. An 3-Way refrigerator is generally a little more expensive than a 12 volt compressor compressor refrigerator and the ongoing cost and availability of LPG should be considered. On the other hand, it offers greater flexibility than compressor fridges, offering operation through three power sources.
Here are more key differences between the two to better inform your decision:
12 volt Compressor Refrigerators (sometimes called a 2-way fridge)
- 12 volt compressor refrigerators are usually compact, achieve low temperatures quickly and are lightweight.
- 12 volt compressor refrigerators are able to run efficiently, even if not level.
- 12 volt compressor refrigerators can run with less ventilation than an 3-Way refrigerator; however, the refrigerator will use more 12 volt compressor current than normal if poorly vented.
- To have the same freedom you have with an 3-Way refrigerator, you will need to have the ability to recharge your batteries. You will need solar panels or a generator when free camping and an AC battery charger when connected to the mains power.
- When sizing suitable solar panels it needs to be noted the hotter the ambient gets the more 12 volt compressor power compressor refrigerators use.
3-Way Refrigerator (correct name is an Absorption Refrigerator)
- Initially, 3-Way refrigerators are slower to come down to temperature compared to a compressor refrigerators, however once down to temperature 3-Way units hold and maintain the temperature equally as well as compressor units
- When stationary, 3-Way refrigerators need to be more level than a 12 volt compressor compressor refrigerator – but then you don’t camp on an angle anyway.
- The 12 volt current used when running an 3-Way refrigerator on 12V is more than a 12 volt compressor compressor refrigerator. Switch the 3-Way refrigerator to LPG when your engine is off and it will use no 12 volt power at all.
- 3-Way refrigerators are a gas appliance and must be installed as per the Australian gas code unless it is a portable model for use out- doors.
It is up to you and your needs to make the decision, however if you need help we offer an extensive range of fridges for your caravan. They offer many different styles and sizes to suit your Caravan. If you need additional cooling space consider a portable fridge/freezer, again there either compressor or 3-Way driven. Both are portable and can be used out- doors.
Brands of caravan fridge we can stock and supply for use in your caravan are Vitrofrigo, Engel, Evakool, Dometic, Thetford, NovaKool and Waeco amoungst others.
Not happy with the performance of the Dometic RM7401 3 way fridge in this van.
We easily fitted a Waeco CR-140 12volt compressor fridge freezer into the same place. Adding an extra battery will help run the fridge in this caravan.
A very small amount of cabinetry work is required to make this change in the caravan. This gives a larger fridge going from a RM7401 104 litre fridge to a 140 litre Waeco Coolmatic CR-1140 12 volt fridge.
Looks modern and smart.
The 9 year old Waeco RPD190 2 door compressor fridge developed an internal leak – this was not repairable.
We replaced it with a NovaKool 2 door 12volt fridge – it has the exact same dimensions as the Waeco Upright Caravan fridge, but it has one special feature the freezer is on the bottom.
A great replacement for a great fridge into this caravan.
A lot of people are after airconditioning for there camper trailer – here is another example of aircon being fitted to a Jayco Camper Trailer.
Jayco Swan can take around 70kgs of weight on their roof. So a wind up camper trailer can have aircon.
We chose the Truma Aventa Comfort aircon due to its capacity, air volume, quietness of operation and the weight, the Aventa aircon is only 33kgs. so this leaves room for adding solar panels to your camper trailer.
This motor home had a bird infestation problem with their Dometic B1900 Air-con.
We removed all the nesting materiel and started to clean, checked all the firing for damage, repaired the insulated cover, fitted some mesh to prevent the birds from returning.
Still a little more cleaning and a test run of the aircon after the taking of these pics
Another happy customer going out with a SatKing Promax Automatic GPS satellite system on his Winnebago motorhome.
Customer came in for a 85cm SR Mechatronic but had a very short roof line and crowded space (with solar panels, roof hatches and aircon), so this wasn’t going to work.
The SatKing Promax has a very compact dimensions and fitted into the only space available.
The SatKing ProMax – A Fully Automatic Satellite System with Reinforced Design – Equivalent to a 75cm Satellite Dish
The SatKing ProMax is a fully automatic system ideal for use whilst away in your Motorhome, Caravan or Horsetruck. The SatKing ProMax is a discreet fully auto locking Satellite TV dish system. The built in GPS is able to detect your location and auto skew the element to give you the best possible gain for your position. Sit back and enjoy the TV you love at home even faster and in more locations when away on holiday in your Motorhome, Caravan or Horsetruck.
Installation service provided by our own in house, fully certified, approved fitting team.
Always be with live channels!
Small but Powerful performance beyond imagination