A fridge is a must-have for overlanding, whether you’re in an RV or just a regular car. Unlike a cooler, which can turn into an icky pool of foul-smelling liquid, camping refrigerator are designed to withstand exposure to the elements and keep food frozen (or at least cold).
While many of our picks run on AC power, this option from BougeRV is different: it uses a lithium-ion battery and can be operated away from outlets (for a certain amount of time). This feature is particularly useful if you plan to use your fridge with a solar charging campervan electrical system or another source that’s off the grid.
The fridge is rated for up to a 45 W maximum draw (about 3.75 Ah on 12 volts) and has multiple modes for energy consumption, including an auto mode that adjusts power use according to conditions. The fridge also has a digital display that shows temperatures in Celsius, and you can connect it to an app for monitoring and diagnostics.
The body and lid are made from 304-grade stainless steel, and the unit is sealed so it can withstand extreme weather conditions. It also comes with a lockable handle and a place to bolt down the fridge, making it easy to secure in a flatbed or back of a truck bed. Lastly, the fridge has an integrated thermometer and an adjustable thermostat so you can maintain optimum temperature.