Compressor or 3 Way Fridge?
As standard we fit a 12v powered, Italian designed, Vitrifrigo fridge with a 51 litre capacity that includes a 4 litre freezer compartment. Fridges that run from only a 12v supply are called Compressor fridges and their cooling process is different from those that work off LPG (butane or propane gas), 230v or 12v - otherwise known as Absorption or 3 Way fridges.
The Vitrifrigo designed Compressor fridge that we fit has a very low power usage and with constant use requires no more than 1 amp per hour - with the 90 amp Varta leisure battery that we also fit as standard, allowing for other appliances, this means that on average usage you have around 3 days worth of constant use before your battery is devoid of power. A 3 Way Absorption fridge on the other hand typically requires around 8 or 10 amps per hour and should only be used on the 12v setting whilst the vehicle engine is running - with the engine off then only the gas or 230v should be used.
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Vehicle Styling & Hot Weather Use
A downside to consider for the 3 Way Absorption design is that they also require more ventilation to the outside than does the Compressor option, which is equipped with an internal cooling system. This means for the 3 Way fridge three substantial vents (one for gas and two for ventilation) must be cut into the vehicle side - some people may find these detract from the overall look of the vehicle.
As they rely on cooling the outside air, in hot weather (around 28 degrees centigrade and above) you will also find that Absorption fridges can struggle to keep the fridge sufficiently cold, Compressor fridges however will work in any temperatures.