Does a caravan fridge need 240V?

Generally, not!

If you're installing a DC compressor fridge into a mobile situation, like a caravan, camper trailer, boat or RV, we recommend installing a dedicated DC only fridge.

Secop Danfoss Compressor BD35


It’s Simpler -
All low power compressors, like the one above, run on DC only. If you buy a fridge with 240V built in, there’s a 240V to 12V transformer attached to your compressor which converts the 240V power back to DC.

They Run Cooler - By removing the 240V transformer from your compressor, your fridge will produce less heat, which means less power and faster cooling.

And it's Cheaper - No 240V electrical work will be needed during installation, and it'll be cheaper for you if your fridge ever needs a service. Plus, dedicated DC fridges are usually less expensive to purchase.


All of your LED lights and DC appliances run directly from your battery bank, on the DC circuit.

When 240V power is available, like at a powered camp site, marina, or from a generator, simply plug your smart charger into the 240V power supply and the charger will correctly maintain your batteries. In this scenario, the amount of discharge of your batteries is so small that their long-term performance is not compromised.

We love keeping it simple!

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