For those who want a way to stay cool without an outlet or generator, rv fridge Cooling Units are a good option. They come in a wide range of sizes and are designed for a variety of applications.
The Dometic RTX2000 is a powerful and efficient air conditioner that runs off 12V battery power. It’s a great choice for overlanders and those living in remote locations who don’t want to be plugged into shore power or generators.
It’s a bit pricey, but it has plenty of features and comes with all the accessories you need to get started. It is also WiFi enabled and comes with an app that lets you control the RTX2000 from anywhere, even while parked.
The CFX3 is the latest version of Dometic’s compressor powered cooler that has shed a few pounds over the previous model, putting it on the lighter side of most compressor-model powered coolers. It’s still heavy for a full-powered cooler but not as bad to handle as some others.
It has an average capacity of 46L, with the ability to go down to -7degF and cool down to 50degF. It also has both AC and DC power cords, is Bluetooth and WiFi enabled and can be controlled with a free app on your smartphone.
In our tests, the CFX3 did a decent job of cooling down to 70 degrees F in about an hour. However, it would benefit from better insulation.
One of the best things about the CFX3 is that it can be operated remotely by using a free app on your smartphone. The app connects to a remote server via cellular service and gives you instant updates on your unit’s current temperature.
You can even set it to send you notifications when it’s low on refrigerant. It isn’t a huge feature, but it makes it easier to keep track of the unit when traveling.
The CFX3 is also quite easy to operate and install. It comes with all the mounting hardware you need, including a power cable kit and roof cutout guide.
Getting it installed into my Ford Transit van was a little more tricky than it might have been on a different model, because it was sized differently than typical camper air conditioning units. The transit’s curved roof was also an issue, as it made sealing the cutout against water difficult.
Vandoit successfully solved these problems and got the RTX2000 installed into my van. It is a great option for anyone who wants an inexpensive alternative to a generator or an RV’s rooftop air conditioning system, and it will work on many other vehicles as well.