Caravan 101: Fridge Buying Guide

Thinking about upgrading or looking for a new caravan fridge? Before you buy, Check out our article about the Caravan fridge buying guide to learn more.

There's nothing quite like hitting the open road and spending your days exploring everything that this beautiful country has to offer. But before you can start caravanning, you need to make sure you have the right equipment. One of the most important pieces of gear is your caravan fridge – after all, what's a road trip without cold drinks and snacks?

And when it comes to choosing the best caravan fridge, there is a lot to consider. Do you want a compressor or gas fridge? How much space do you need? And what about budget – what is the best caravan fridge for your wallet?

What are the different types of caravan fridges?

When the ambient temperature outside is sitting in the 40s, you need caravan refrigerators and freezers that keep your bevvies at nicely chilled lower temperatures

Compressor fridges

A compressor caravan fridge uses a compressor, similar to those found in household fridges, to keep your food cool. These caravan fridges tend to be more expensive, but they also have a lot of benefits. A compressor fridge is not only energy efficient, but it can also handle extreme temperature changes better than gas caravan fridges. 

Gas fridges

Gas caravan fridges use LPG gas to cool, meaning they don't require an electrical power source. They are often more affordable and can be a good option for those caravanning off-grid or free camping. However, gas caravan fridges can struggle in hot weather and require regular maintenance to keep them running smoothly. Now that prices for power management systems are becoming more and more affordable, caravaners are typically opting for 12V compressor fridges over gas fridges.

How to choose the right caravan fridge for your needs

Knowing the type of caravan fridge you want is a great start, but to make sure you have the best caravan fridge for your needs, it's important to consider size and budget.


Take stock of what you plan on storing in your caravan fridge – do you need lots of space for drinks and food, or just enough room to keep a few essentials cool? Will you be storing large items like milk cartons or 2-litre bottles? Measure the space in your caravan and decide how much room you can dedicate to a caravan fridge. The Bushman 85l fridge can store tall bottles standing up and also comes standard with a crisper drawer.


Consider how much you can afford to spend on a caravan fridge. And don't forget about maintenance costs for gas caravan fridges, as well as any additional accessories you may need like gas bottles or power sources.

Bushman Fridges: The Best caravan fridges on the market

When it comes to fitting out caravans and camper trailers, a fridge is a must have item that ensures you always have a coldie on hand at the end of the day

One brand stands out when it comes to caravan fridges – Bushman. Bushman upright fridges are known for their high quality, durable design, and efficient cooling capabilities. They come in a range of sizes, from the small 15L portable 'Roadie' Bushman fridge all the way up to large 230L caravan fridges with both compressor and gas options available.

A quick Bushman fridge review

As a company, Bushman was founded in 1982 on the core values of reliability, efficiency, and service. And these values shine through in their caravan fridges. Bushman caravan fridges are designed in Australia using high-grade materials to ensure durability and reliability.

They also have a focus on energy efficiency – Bushman upright fridges come with the latest technology to minimise power consumption and keep your food and drinks cool without draining your caravan's power supply.

So, with that very quick Bushman fridge review done, let's take a look at some of the top Bushman caravan fridges on the market: the Bushman 85l fridge and it’s larger brother the bushman dc130x are both tropical ‘T’ Rated meaning they are designed and tested to work up to 43°C ambient temperature. 

Bushman 85L fridge

With its compressor cooling and sleek design, the Bushman 85L fridge offers efficient cooling capabilities and plenty of room for all your food and drink needs. With large door shelves providing ample room for taller bottles and a deep and narrow freezer allowing for easy organisation, this is one Bushman upright fridge that is both stylish and functional. The Bushman 85L is the most common size we sell into ute canopy instals.

Bushman DC130X

The Bushman DC130X fridge is a top-of-the-line option for those in need of a built-in fridge for their caravan, camper trailer, boat, RV, or tiny home. This Bushman fridge features a reliable German-designed Secop Danfross BD35 Compressor, ensuring that your food will stay cold no matter how hot it gets outside. The Bushman DC130X also has an impressive 130L capacity, meaning that you'll never have to worry about running out of space for your groceries. Taller ute canopies or wind-up camper trailers typically fit the Busham DC130X easily.

Bushman Original

This classic caravan fridge has been on the market for over 20 years and continues to be a top choice for Australian caravanners. The Bushman Original is efficient, durable, and easy to use. Plus, with a unique 35L - 52L extension kit, you can adjust the size of the fridge to suit your needs. And there's plenty of room for all your food, with separate areas for frozen items, fridge items, and tall bottles.

Where to buy: Bushman fridge options at CaravanMods

At CaravanMods, we are proud to offer a wide range of Bushman caravan fridge options for sale. Whether you're looking for a small portable fridge or something larger like the 130L Bushman upright fridge, we have it all. Plus, our team is always happy to offer advice and assistance to help you find the perfect caravan fridge for your needs. So, browse our selection and start shopping for your Bushman upright fridge today. With free shipping available for most of our Metro Sydney customers, there's never been a better time to upgrade your caravan fridge.

Here at CaravanMods, we don't just sell caravan fridges – we have a wide range of caravan and camper appliances available to make your caravanning experience even better. So, before setting off on your next long-awaited caravan trip, be sure to check out our website for all your caravan and camper needs. Happy caravanning!

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