Tempted to use a residential refrigerator in your RV? Think again!
You may think a specialized RV refrigerator is a waste of money, but it could actually save you funds in the long run. Besides being a space saver, a dedicated RV refrigerator has multiple benefits that outweigh those of the home version:
- The cooling unit has no moving parts to get jostled during drive time
- They handle extreme temperatures inside the RV better
- They use multiple power sources
In short, an RV refrigerator might look like the lighter, smaller cousin of the refrigerator you have in your home, but it’s actually tougher and more versatile.
With no moving parts, the RV refrigerator can take the vibrations, bumps, and bruises on bumpy roads or extreme hills better than residential refrigerator components.
What’s the temperature inside your RV in storage? An RV refrigerator can handle it. A residential version might not.
An RV refrigerator can run on LP gas, 120-volt power, or house batteries with the help of an inverter. Having these options opens up the possible places you can use as a campground, as not all spots have ready electricity.
In addition, most RV refrigerators have mechanisms to hold the doors securely closed while you’re on the road, plus have alarms that go off if the power source is compromised. Many even have the ability to switch to an alternate power source by themselves without bothering you or allowing the insides to get warm if electricity fails at the campground.