Originally Posted by Jon in AZ
The latter(DC compressor fridge) has a pretty high cost of admission, but some people value the freedom from fossil fuels and/or the clean exterior appearance without ventilation grilles.
Jon, you bring to mind a question. With no vents, where does the heat from a dc compressor refrigerator
Regardless of whether the cooling is done via an absorption unit or via a compressor, the condenser coils still need to dump that heat somewhere.
Unlike the old home refrigerators with the condenser coils on the back, the newer home units have the condenser built into the walls, but they are still there. Feel the sides of your fridge at home. That's why installation instructions specify a minimum clearance around the unit
I don't know how the new dc units are made, but the point is that heat removed from inside the fridge has got to be dissipated somewhere. With no vents, that's into the trailer. Now, if you have shore power available and the trailer is air conditioned, there is probably little to worry about, the AC will just work a little harder. Here though, we are talking about boondocking
. That extra heat in warm weather might not be too welcome.
Those of you who have invested in DC compressor fridges; where do they dump the heat? How does it affect the internal temp of the trailer? Is any kind of venting recommended?