Category Archives: Camping Fridges

Bringing a camping fridge with you on your next trip can help keep your food fresh, and allow you to bring a better selection of perishable foods to eat. Portable refrigerators come in a variety of different types. You’ll want to select a refrigerator based on the amount of people in your family, the price, the amount of room you have in your vehicle, and the power source you intend to use. A versatile option is selecting a three-way fridge that can operate off of by AC, DC, or propane. A 3 way fridge means you can operate the unit from propane gas when it is not near an electrical outlet, or car adapter. Some of the best portable fridge brands are: Koolatron, Creative Cooling, Klean Kanteen, Caddy-O, Waeco, EdgeStar, Katadyn, Norcold, Coleman, and Igloo.

Norcold Refrigerator 323T R/L 3 Way Fridge

The Norcold Refrigerator 323T R/L 3 Way Fridge is a great choice for camping, RV’ing, Boating, or long trips. The unit is a 3 way refrigerator meaning it can run from three different types of power sources. It can be powered by AC 120 volts, DC 12 volts, or LPG propane gas. The versatility, size and easy igniton system makes this fridge a top buy.

The Norcold fridge features easy to start piezo ignitor system, with easy to use manual controls. The fridge is attractive with durable powder coated shelving that are also adjustable and removable. The flexible shelving makes it easy to store different types of food, or drink on the go.

When first powering up the fridge you’ll want to cool it down for a full eight hours before use for best results. Then when you load the fridge you’ll want to allow air to move freely within the unit. Keeping the refrigerator on the full side will help things stay cooler. It also is a good idea to put foods that are more likely to freeze on the lower shelf.

For AC power you can plug the refrigerator into a grounded three prong receptacle. Make sure the AC voltage is 108-132 volts.  For DC power when the battery is less than 20 feet away you can use a minimum 12 AWG wire with a maximum 20 amp fuse. Make sure the DC voltage is 10.5- 15.4 volts. For propane gas hookup you can use propane gas at a pressure of eleven inches water column propane. [see the Norcold installation manual for specific instructions for proper setup]

When using this camping fridge at altitudes over 5500 feet above sea level you may experience some reduced cooling capability as well as burner reduction, or outages. To avoid these problems you could operate your refrigerator on AC current when above altitudes of 5500 feet. When operating this fridge from your car you’ll want to keep the engine running or you may quickly run down your battery.

Overall, the Norcold 323T Refrigerator R/L 3 Way Fridge is a popular choice for campers, or someone who wants to save money on food while camping or traveling. The ability to operate this fridge from three different types of power makes it versatile and easy to power while on the road.

Here’s some of the best features of the Norcold 323T 3 Way Fridge

  • 3 ways to power this fridge – Mains alternating current, 12 Volt, or LPG gas
  • Comes with a manufacturers one year warranty
  • Easy adjustable shelving that can be removed
  • Easy to clean
  • Piezo gas ignition system
  • White powder coated shelves
  • Easy to use manual controls


  • Versatile 3 way fridge, AC/DC, or propane
  • Gas ignition
  • Only 59 pounds
  • Great for camping


  • Some power issues at altitudes above 5500 unless on AC power
  • Can run down car battery if car is not on

Have you tried using this Norcold fridge model 323T R/L? If so we’d love to hear what you think, enter your review and comments about this product below.

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Koolatron Cooler Kool Kaddy

The Koolatron Cooler Kool Kaddy is a thermoelectric cooler that runs off of 12 volts power. It’s basically a mini fridge you can take with you wherever you go while you have access to a 12 volt power source. This could be in your car, or RV using the vehicle cigarette lighter and ac adapter, or from your hotel room.

With the Koolatron cooler you get an iceless cooler with a large storage capacity. Without the need for ice you can save more room for extra food and drinks. the unit is deal for large families, tailgate parties or camping excursions.

One thing you will need to be aware of while using this thermoelectric cooler is that it usually draws 3.2 amps @12V from your power source. This typically isn’t a problem for your cars alternator while traveling. However, if you plan on keeping it plugged in while the car is not running you run the chance of running down your battery.

One of the big pluses of the Kool Caddy is it’s inexpensive price tag, light weight design, and ease of use. Not having to worry about ice is a big relief, and while it may not get things ice cold, it frequently operates in the 35-40 degree range as long as you don’t store it in direct sunlight or in a spot with excessive heat. Overall the Koolatron Cooler is a great addition to you next trip, and being able to bring your own food and avoid eating out at restaurants all the time can definitely help you save money over the long run.

Here’s some of the best features of the Koolatron Cooler Kool Kaddy

  • Cooler comes with large storage capacity
  • Great for the beach, camping trips, tailgating parties, family picnics, or as hotel room mini-fridge
  • 12v fridge runs off of your cars power
  • Light weight with a  total shipping weight of 15.9 pounds
  • No ice required for this cooler
  • Operates around 35-40 degrees in ideal conditions


  • No ice required
  • 12v dc cooler appliance runs off standard cigarette lighter
  • Light-weight
  • Large storage capacity
  • Low price for a thermoelectric cooler
  • Works great as a private mini-fridge in hotel rooms


  • Will run out your cars battery if engine isn’t running
  • May need to consider adding a frozen jug of water to supplement the cooler downtime
  • May not get cold enough in some environments
  • You have limited control over the cooler’s temperature
  • May not work well if 100% filled as it blocks the fan area

Have you tried using the Koolatron cooler by Kool Kaddy? If so please leave a review and comments below to let other readers know what you thought about the quality of this product.

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