This article deals with replacing the refrigerator in a Kabe Caravans to a 12 volt compressor refrigerator:
A little explanation about absorptionskøleskab:
Once you have the campers will find out quickly, the refrigerator does not work the same way as at home, just as you find out it does not cool as efficiently as you use your home in your kitchen.
In almost all caravans are installed a refrigerator that can run on 12 volt, gas and 230 volt – This type of refrigerator is called a “absorptionskøleskab”. A absorptionskøleskab works inversely compressor refrigerator, like a absorptionskøleskab may have difficulty, to cool properly when the outside temperature is hot or cold and with poor ventilation.
Running a ride south with his caravan, most campers problems, keeping a temperature properly in their absorptionskøleskab. If your absorptionskøleskab facing your awning, and you have the awning erected, it may also be contributing to the cooling can not be properly.
The absorption which is in the Danish caravans corresponds to climate class SN, and that means means, that the optimal function is achieved at a temperature between udenoms +10 ° C +32 °C – Here there should always be well ventilated in order to achieve optimal effect.
12 volt compressor refrigerator for caravans:
And 12 volt compressor fridge works the same way as regular refrigerators as one uses in his kitchen, However, it can only roar more. Compressor refrigerators will not be affected by hot or cold air, it cools quickly and efficiently regardless of the temperature conditions.
The difference between a compressor refrigerator for caravans, and that you use in your kitchen in the house, the apartment is, the compressor fridge for a caravan you can use 12 It was for istedet 230 volt, and a 12 volt compressor fridge can only roar more.
Why caravans not factory installed with 12 volt compressor refrigerator:
Many campers with caravans ask themselves the question, why not install 12 volt compressor refrigerator in the caravan when it is widely known, a compressor fridge meet campers' expectations of a refrigerator:
• The refrigerator cools quickly and efficiently – As well as using in her kitchen in the house or apartment regardless of temperature conditions.
Why not install or offer customers with the purchase of caravans, the customer can choose what kind of refrigerator you want “compressor or absorptionskøleskab”.
And 12 volt compressor refrigerator requires you have a battery and battery charger installed in the caravan, but since most caravans today has a battery installed in his caravan, because most campers have a mover installed are the prerequisites in order.
If you have a 12 volt compressor refrigerator installed, it will be an advantage you have installed a battery booster or a solar power plant. Battery booster charge the battery with the correct charging voltage while driving, and photovoltaic system also lets the battery with the correct charging voltage regardless of whether you are stationary or driving with caravan.
When installing 12 volt compressor refrigerator, you have chosen the best solution for, To achieve comfort. Therefore, you should also make sure, you have a quality battery and a quality battery charger.
Factory fitted absorption in a Kabe was changed to a 12 volt compressor refrigerator:
Tommy and Pia have contributed to this story:
Our story starts with that we bought a Kabe in June 2014. We soon found out that the food was lukewarm - the freezer door freezer - it turned out that there was an entire production by Dometic which was error produced. We got the fridge isolated etc..
We subsequently received an additional chimney on the roof, we got an extra plate on behind the refrigerator to the max. Where 1,5 cm away ml. wall and refrigerator. All it did not help and we got the fridge switched 2 times more.
In all the time we ran into a brick wall together with our dealer - Kabe claimed that they made mistakes and Dometic claimed they not made mistakes. So we were quite frustrated. We then found out that there was this compressor refrigerator from Dometic, it also works at a pitch of 30 degrees to 12 V.
We contacted the dealer, and he was immediately interested in the idea of trying the refrigerator. To be sure that we had enough power, we also installed a photovoltaic roof. We have a solar cell 100w and 95 Amp bacteria.
The refrigerator is slightly smaller than the regular refrigerator, but the dealer was so creative to make light strips on the sides of our new refrigerator. We are very happy about it.
We got the fridge in feb. 2016 - That there was nothing much sun - but we drove a whole weekend with fridge, lamps, TV and radio switched on before the battery Sunday grumbled.
Throughout the spring, we have been permanent guests where we turned off the power in every day for most of our stuff - but the fridge was always on;, on them 5 days (Sunday afternoon to Friday afternoon) we had spent 4 kw.
This summer we took then to Spain, it was a bit of an ordeal, for our battery ran out constantly, so when we were in for an overnight stay, there was no power for our mover. Fortunately driving the refrigerator all the time, but we were frustrated by not have enough power to our mover.
I Spain var of ml. 33 and 40 degrees and just under 25 degrees at night. We did not change the fridge at all - here we mean temperature regulation - it goes to 5 and we've always just below 3. It keeps a temperature of just below 3 grader.
After we came home, we still had problems with the battery was dead and we could not use the mover when we were promoting div. locations. We have now been investigated and it turned out that the battery was defective. Now we've got new battery, and it runs just derudad.
Advantages of this refrigerator:
• When it is switched on it is quite cold in the course of a few hours.
• It holds cash a stable temperature
• It does not use much power
• No gas burner that noise
• The refrigerator is running not all the time
• You can faintly hear the fan when it cools (it is not at all high, but it may sound)
• Only available in white
DOMETIC COOLMATIC HDC 195:
|12 It was Kompressor||refrigerator data:|
|net content (that.)||173 l|
|Voltage||12/24 V DC|
|Freezer||12/24 V DC|
|Average power consumption||that. 40 W|
|Power consumption||2,2 Ah / h at an outside temperature of +25 °C 3,4 Ah / h at an outside temperature of +32 ° C at an internal temperature in the refrigerator at +5 ° C in both cases|
|Insulation||PU foam all around|
|System||Automatic protection against reverse polarity Dynamic ventilated trådrørskondensator Fully hermetic compressor with integrated control electronics Mechanical Infinitely adjustable thermostat Under voltage protection / electronic fuse|
|Material||House and doors in sheet metal, the inside space of the high impact polystyrene|
|Colour||House: white, Door frame: white|
|Goal (B x H x D)||500 x 1210 x 585 mm|
|Weight (that.)||33,0 kg|
|Kvalitetskendetegn||interior lighting, Door with magnetic seal, variable variable door hinges and locks (in the right / left), two separate doors|
|supplied with||1 vegetable drawer 3 shelves in safety glass, two can højdeindstilles Dørbakker Gitterhylde in freezer|
|approvals||e-certified (EMC / vehicle directive)|
• Suitable for solar operation
• Large *** - freezer with a separate door
Note the above-mentioned refrigerator running on the 12 volt, and can only run on 12 volt.
Big thanks to Tommy and Pia for their history.
Do you have enough battery capacity ?
with a 12 volt compressor refrigerator turned cf.. the above, you have a power consumption of approximately. 40 W.
If you drive south and such do not want the battery booster or solar installed, may your refrigerator running outside happens charging battery (Example):
75 Ah battery and calculation from 75 % consumption of battery => 75 Ah x 12 V = 900 watt / hours 75 % of the 900 watt / hours = 675 watt/timer.
12 volt compressor fridge can run at 75 % consumption of battery without charging => 675 watt/timer / 40 W = 17 timer (Without the use of booster battery or solar cell).
Which option should you choose:
Basically, it is difficult to answer, since only yourself to know your needs and expectations.
Maybe you do not need battery booster or solar power plant, or it would be optimal for you in PV systems because do not want power connection at the campsites.
Have you for example need more battery capacity, you can either install the battery booster or solar power plant. You can also choose a solution without solar photovoltaic or bateri booster, which uses your current battery for the fridge and lights in the caravan. You connect your mover at an extra battery pack that supplies the mover example 40 Ah lithium batteri på ca. 8,6 kg used only mover use, then you are a good start :-), 20 Ah is also abundant alone mover use.
Caravaninfo.dk supplemented with Benefits & Udlemper:
12 volt compressor refrigerators in caravan:
•Fordele: Cools quickly and efficiently independent of the temperature
•Fordele: Low power consumption ca. 40-50 W (Corresponds to 4-5 PCS. 10 W halogen lamps which are lit 🙂 )
•Fordele: Can be turned on while you drive with the caravan without gas flame blows out
•Fordele: Can be turned on while refueling your camping draws
•Fordele: Can be switched while on a ferry
•Fordele: Once you have had opened the refrigerator door happens quickly cooling
•Fordele: Does not require additional maintenance of such “gas burner and gas nozzle” – Link:
•Udlemper: “immediately none” whose caravan manufacturers install compressor fridges factory
•Udlemper: If you have a absorptionskøleskab installed and replace the compressor refrigerator, bring it to an expense of approximately. kr. 12.000 – 18.000
•Udlemper: The compressor refrigerators available on the market today does not fit entirely in the objectives of all caravans, and the installation of some caravans with narrow doors, you risk the door must be removed to get the fridge in / out.
Absorption in caravan:
•Udlemper: Extra costs by switching to compressor refrigerator
•Udlemper: Requires maintenance of the gas burner annually and maintenance of gas nozzle (Wearing parts)
•Udlemper: Must be turned off on ferries and at service stations
•Udlemper: Radiator not very effective and is dependent on temperature and ventilation conditions
•Udlemper: Several components may break such varmelemener 12 It was og 230 volt m.v..
•Udlemper: Is more costly for you as a camper in operation and maintenance
The refrigerator temperature should not be higher than 5 grader. A temperature of 5 degrees means, the bacteria can spread. If the temperature is a little higher (over 5 grader), the bacteria easier to spread.
Why is not installed 12 volt compressor fridges factory ?:
Everything suggests it is most sensible, to be installed 12 volts compressor refrigerators in caravans 🙂 – Why is that not ?, it has become popular to use his caravan year round and in the southern sun.
Should you have switched your refrigerator in the caravan, and you do not want it to have a white color, Grey Colour, you may want to change for cheap money, and you can even do the work.
You can mount the film in the color or type of wood you want or fit your caravan 🙂 .
Link: Foil mounting on your refrigerator in the wood your caravan has
The article has been updated with the following:
Another cool news regarding 12 volt compressor refrigerators in caravans!
• Caravaninfo.dk have seen new Polar caravans up for sale in that is installed with 12 volts compressor refrigerator 🙂 .
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• Link: Refrigerator with Heatstroke