Truck Camping: The Portable Fridge I Chose For My New Buildout

Truck Camping: The Portable Fridge I Chose For My New Buildout

Dometic CFX28 –
Hey Everyone! I’m EXTREMELY pleased I decided to ditch the cooler and go with an electric fridge for my backseat. I chose the Dometic CFX28 for my full-time truck camping needs and couldn’t be happier! Here are the tech specs for those interested in looking into this small but mighty portable fridge…


SKU number 9105306636
Model CFX28
Scope of delivery 1 cooler; 1 manual; 1 DC power cord; 1 AC power cord; 1 basket
Single or Dual Zone Single
Product Description Electric Cooler
Refrigeration technology Compressor
Dimensions product depth 24.41 ”
Dimensions product height 16.73 ”
Dimensions product width 13.46 ”
Product depth w/out handle 21.73 ”
Net weight 28.88 lbs
Storage volume – total (EN 62552) 26.00 l
Amount of cans (12oz/375ml) 43 cans
Input voltage (AC) 120-240 V
Input voltage (DC) 12/24 V
Rated input current (AC) 0,65 A
Rated input current (DC) 6.5 A
Input frequency 50/60 Hz
Energy Consumption 12VDC (Ambient@90F, Internal@41F) 0.75 Ah/h
Refrigerant, type R134a
Refrigerant amount 38 g
Noise (DIN60704-1 & 60704-2-14) 34.00 dB(A)
Climate class (EN 62552) N/T
Temperature Range -7°F to +50°F
Insulation Thickness 55.00 mm
Insulation Type PU (Polyurethane)
Color Smokey Gray
USB Port 5V, 500 mA
WIFI Capability No
Basket Yes
Threaded inserts in base for mounting M6
Drain plug Yes
Interior light Yes, LED
Certificates UL


  1. Jason B. on March 19, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    How has the Jackery been treating you? Is it the 240? Enough to keep up with the fridge during off hours?

  2. Ballistic Bob on March 19, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Awesome! I want one…thanks for the vids!

  3. oldschooldiy on March 19, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    I used to drive otr trucking! I used an ice cooler, and one of the first things I did was put shelving in to keep my food out of the water! And even with ice in it, I had way more room than that Dometic fridge! $1000 in ice over 4 years? That’s not even a dollar a day! After the fridge and power source, how long before you are even? Barring any equipment failure?

  4. mantiscity on March 19, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Which battery is that?

  5. Jim Jim on March 19, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    The refrigerator runs a lot longer on DC then AC.

  6. Daniel Enriquez on March 19, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    How long can it run on a jacket 500?

  7. Atlas Crypto on March 19, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Great content good job on the vid thanks!

  8. Haydee Pearce on March 19, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    I need one of these in my life!

  9. Daryl Hawkins on March 19, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    Awesome video, thanks for putting the effort into them. I’ve been using the Dometic DZ65 for over two years now. It has served me well on my trips across the USA and down into Mexico.

    It wasn’t the cost of ice that drove me to get it. It was the hassle of sourcing it. I placed the ice in a 3 gallon plastic bucket inside the ice chest. As the ice melted I’d pour out the water and add another bag. At no time was anything ever swimming in water.

    I’ll let you in on a little secret. Your Tenkara rod can fill that puppy with trout. Go fishing when you can, cuz it’s good for you.

  10. Chuck Chuckles on March 19, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    Awesome!! I just got a 37qt ARB Fridge. It is surprisingly similar to the dometic.

  11. Biff Tannen, Esq. on March 19, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    You’re the definition of Chill. I love seeing someone not chained to urban society while at the same time not high on something all the time.

  12. Jesse on March 19, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Looks like you fit more food in that cfx35 than I fit in my RTIC45. Amazing!

  13. Eric Perich on March 19, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Very Nice! I like it! Great Review. Thank you.

  14. Jeff Thompson on March 19, 2020 at 3:06 pm


  15. Curiosidades Extrano on March 19, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    What a great little unit. I bought a bar fridge for my house to see if I could get used to having less as well as cutting back on my electricity cost in preparation for hopefully going off-grid one day and I’m so glad I made that decision. Refrigerators have such a huge draw on your power. Thanks so much for sharing.

  16. Just Say No to Pseudoscience on March 19, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Why did so many people think that providing a product review of an item, especially a very expensive item, after only such short use. 3 weeks, how silly. Oh make another You Tube because I really have no legitimate income.

  17. Peterrabbit Roberts on March 19, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Great video, you made it simple for all.Love you man,and all who’s out in Mother Nature living their lifestyle.

  18. Blaine D. on March 19, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    How long can it run on the external battery before you have to charge it back up (solar or plug in)?

  19. Rowdy Robby Rider on March 19, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Rough roads + melted ice = waterlogged food. Ewww! No more

  20. Chris VW T4 on March 19, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    A lot of money and too small .

  21. Audio on March 19, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    It only pulls 30 watts on DC every for 15-20 minutes an hour while it is running. That means it uses 1 amp hour or less per hour. Amazingly efficient.

  22. WELCOME TO EL PASO! on March 19, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    How long does the power pack last?

  23. Demigod on March 19, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    What if it rains for a couple days and no sun for the solar charging? I was thinking about getting the same set up.

  24. JerryW on March 19, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    An option for having refrigerated AND frozen food, if you have the room, is to set the Dometic to 0*F and use it to freeze a jug of water. Put that block of ice in a cooler and use it for refrigerated foods. Put another jug of water in the Dometic to freeze along with any frozen foods. Then just swap the water jugs in the cooler as needed to keep the cooler cold.

  25. HNX Media on March 19, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Solid video! Time to start saving up for one of these. Thanks for all the great info. Peace.

  26. James Wisrik on March 19, 2020 at 3:23 pm lost 30lbs? Nice video. The jackery do you use solar with it? And what is the input on a good day?

  27. Potshot on March 19, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    Like the size and the advice. Would like to know more? Cool!

  28. Doug Becker on March 19, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Until you use it 4 1/2 years, ( like buying ice), you don’t really know if it’s cost effective. However, it probably is more convenient. Best of luck with your new product.

  29. John Morgan on March 19, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Peanut butter in the fridge?

  30. RoryVanucchi on March 19, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Good coolers.. Thanks for posting

  31. Black_Widow_Overland on March 19, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks for the video. Ive been waiting for this. lol. Im thinking about getting one. I’ll use it maybe 1 or 2 times a month. I went on a 3 day trip a few weeks ago and i ended up throwing my frozen stuff away cause it didnt stay frozen long. Safe travle

  32. David Bailey on March 19, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Great video as usual and thank you for sharing the info on the Dometic. Cheers!

  33. Tyler Alan Johnson on March 19, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Did you choose it, or did it choose you?

  34. Dom on March 19, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Can it be powered by solar?

  35. Zachary Winters on March 19, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    I’m living in my Excursion and next on the list is dual battery and a fridge!

  36. Gayle Messer on March 19, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Man that is a nice little fridge. Ice has always been convenient. In a way… Then again if you’re 100 miles from nowhere it can really be a pain to find ice. I don’t know how much food I’ve ruined when a package of meat gets water logged or gets everything in the cooler covered with meat slime. There goes your fresh fruit or veggies. I can see the advantage of having a back country portable fridge. You have good quality programs. Once word gets out about your vlog you should be up around the one million viewers mark here soon. Take care and be safe. Vaughn

  37. Solar Sailor on March 19, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Good review & I do like the fridge. Unfortunately, it is out of my price range. I had to go with the Alpicool C20 for the low price. I had quality concerns, but most reviews were very positive. I’ve been camping 6 times this summer. It has performed well even on very rough roads that turned me around. Overnight it never used more than 125 watt hours. Either way, compressor style fridges are the better choice based on what I’ve seen.

  38. double w on March 19, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    I have a little math knowledge and I figured out that the amount of money you guys are spending on these small fridge/freezers can be invested more on batteries and solar. These are meant for truckers and you should look at your energy savings by buying a $50 minny fridge freezer and solar. You are not gonna make it long if this expensive unit breaks down. The warranty is garbage on these units. You are really good at doing reviews but these units aren’t worth it

  39. Robert DeMichele on March 19, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    I like the Dometric but I’m concerned if the external battery will run it for two days with the Rated input current (DC) 6.5 A. Do you know if it will use less current because of the recycling over 24 hours?

  40. Mark Watson on March 19, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    I do a lot of truck camping as well. There are several different sizes. Are you satisfied with the size you got or if you had it to do all over would you get a larger one or maybe dual zone? Other game changing equipment is the Canway camping stove ( ) and the HotLogic Mini 12V w/Pyrex dish ( ). Homyall 24" Pocket Chainsaw ( ) and the Wicked Hand Saw ( ) are also very useful.

  41. Diane Boyd on March 19, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    I have a Jackery 240. Will it run this fridge?

  42. Giselle Gonzalez on March 19, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    It’s a great fridge but way too pricey. Thank you for sharing
    Safe travels

  43. Shelena Shares on March 19, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Will the Jackery power the Dometic and if so for how long? I have power to my camper shell but only the truck starting battery. I have a battery  box for a second battery but to date I have not found anyone to install.

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