A camping fridge may be your most expensive piece of equipment when you go around Oz. It’s also one of the most important items you’ll take. So, choose wisely before you buy.
Your fridge… like food, water and power…is essential if you want to camp independently. If your fridge fails – you can’t cool perishable food (or beer!). Ice is not always available as a back-up.
The biggest difference between camping fridges is how they are powered. On 240 volt power they perform exactly the same (i.e. via a generator or powered campsite).
The most well-known brands for both two-way and three-way fridges are Waeco and Engel. There are other manufacturers too. Personally, I’d stick with a reputable brand that can provide you good service even in remote locations.
Here are the pros and cons of 2 versus 3-way camping fridges:
Sizes: 50 - 110 Litres
Sizes: 50 - 224 Litres (larger sizes in upright only)
Great question. One only you can answer. We were going to put a mobile fridge in our car to supplement our camper fridge. At the last minute, we changed our mind. We didn’t want to run dual batteries in the car, or lose the space.
So, we thought we’d try life with just the one little bar fridge. And it was fine, we really didn’t miss having a mobile one. Sometimes we had to jam the beer in, but it worked for us!
Ultimately, I think it depends on your set-up.
I would choose three-way. Being able to run our camping fridge on gas gave us so much more freedom. Plus our fridge temperature stayed more consistent even in hot climates, so food wasn’t freezing then defrosting then freezing again.
When you’re forking out $1000 for a fridge, what’s a $100 more for the extra power option? It may save you buying solar panels…or buying a generator half-way through your trip to power your fridge through the dry season.
I would buy two-way. I’d keep it in the car as our ‘day-trip’ and beer fridge. This is also a good option if you have a caravan, but want the freedom to tent camp from time to time.