Been looking for the best fridge for a bus conversion? Here's a list of the most used fridge/freezers used in bus and van conversions.

*Note: These are fridges/freezers that are used the most in short bus conversions. If you have full size fridge/freezers for bigger builds let us know what you use!

Mr. Heater / Basecamp Systems 42 qt. fridge/freezer


This fridge / freezer has been tested and used by Bus Life Adventure for over two years and we find that the thick insulation and ability to add ice and have a drain in the bottom allows us to keep the load off our solar power in hot weather. It also has the ability to shut the fridge / freezer off if the level of the battery is getting too low. This is helpful in not running your house or vehicle batteries dead and leave you stranded.

42 Quart AC/DC powered Fridge-Freezer is the perfect way to keep your items cold at home or in your vehicle such as a car or RV. The 3 low battery cut-off levels and the amazingly low .74a per hour power consumption, gives you peace of mind that your vehicle will always start when needed. Adjust the internal temperature as low as -8 degree F or as high as 50 degree F with the push of a button. Monitor the internal temperature and battery level with the remote readout device from up to 30 feet away. Internal LEDs shed light on your favorite foods and a lid alarm alerts you if you or someone has forgotten to close the lid. A fingerprint resistant stainless steel cabinet gives this unit best in class appearance and 50mm thick insulation allows it to meet your expectations in the most demanding of situations.
    • Rated as freezer 0-32 degrees F, Refrigerator greater than 33 degrees F
    • Runs on 120 volt AC or 12 volt DC
    • Average 12 volt DC consumption equals .74 A per hour
    • Remote wireless readout showing internal temperature, battery voltage, and condition
    • Digital electronic temperature control
    • Adjustable battery cut out with three individual settings
    • Internal LED lights in compartment and open lid alarm
    • Exterior stainless steel, internal aluminum with wire storage baskets
    • Drain for ability to add ice if no power is available.
    • Product Dimensions: 21"H x 23.5"W x 17"D
    • Price: $649.99 plus free shipping to US residential addresses (this price only offered by Bus Life Adventure here.)

 

Whynter 45 qt. Fridge / Freezer

This fridge / freezer has been used and tested by Mark and Karin in the school bus conversion and for their setup runs right off the motor battery.

  • Capacity: 45 Quarts or 60 Cans (12FL oz)
  • Operates as a refrigerator or freezer
  • 8-feet AC power cord and 5-feet DC power cord and two removable wire baskets are included
  • "Fast Freeze" mode rapidly cools to -8°F
  • Voltage power AC (115V/ 60Hz – 65W/ 0.75A) or DC (12V/24V – 4.5A /2.5A Car Lighter Socket)
  • Wattage: 65 Watts
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 28 x 20.8 inches
  • Price: $494 (average on Amazon)

Norcold 68 qt. Fridge Freezer

This fridge / freezer has been used and tested by Dani and Roland in their sprinter van conversion for a few years. They did have some parts fail but NorCold is a widely known brand in RV's so it was easy to get replacement parts.

  • Exceptionally quiet, hermetically-sealed compressor
  • 12-volt fan aids airflow across condenser and compressor for improved cooling
  • Off-level operation up to 30°
  • Full-width freezer compartment; convenient, large container storage
  • Expressly designed for reliability in marine and RV applications
  • Reversible decorator door; black panel and charcoal cabinet
  • Durable and easy-to-clean white powder-coated shelves
  • Power Source: 120V/AC; 12V/DC
  • Limited one-year warranty
  • Interior Volume: 2.8 cu. ft.; Net weight 62 lbs
  • Product dimension: 30-7/8"H x 20-1/2"W x 20-1/8"D
  • Price: $1,288 (average on Amazon)

 Generic 2.1 cu ft. Mini Fridge/Freezer Propane Gas - 110v - 12v

This fridge/freezer is a common one in RV's and I've seen a handful of skoolies who pull an old one from a junker RV. One nice thing is that it can run off LP (propane), 12v or 110v.

  • Temperature Range: 32℉~50℉
  • AC 110V or DC 12V Gas 3-way absorption small refrigerator fridge
  • Rear Mounted, Reversible Door, 2 Balconies, Piezo Ignition, Flame Indicator, Automatic defrost, LED light, Sealed system, No Freon, no pollution, low energy consumption
  • Product dimension: 18.7 x 18.9 x 26.6 inches
  • Price $489 (average on Amazon)
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