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Old 06-18-2014, 11:18 PM   #1
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Is block ice OK in a trailer fridge

Is it OK to travel with a large block of ice in a trailer fridge? (Camping without electricity scenario). Or would the ice be too heavy bouncing around inside the fridge? I guess I'm wanting to use the fridge like a cooler but afraid of breaking the "floor" of the fridge on rough roads.

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Old 06-18-2014, 11:24 PM   #2
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My first trailer had an ice box. I'd put a 10 block in every 3 or 4 days but the tray it sat on drained to the outside.
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:24 PM   #3
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How are you going to drain the water?
Probably will find a large enough, strong enough plastic container to keep the ice, and water, in.
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:25 PM   #4
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I'd pad the floor with a couple of towels, but I suspect it might be OK. It really depends on how heavy a block of ice you carry.
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Your fridge should also run on gas. I don't see any way to use block ice in my fridge- just no room for it. Gas gets colder anyway in my fridge. And, like dbarr stated, the water puddling would be a problem.
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My first trailer had an ice box. I'd put a 10 block in every 3 or 4 days but the tray it sat on drained to the outside.
Blocks I'm used to probably at least 20 pounds.
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Run gas. By the time you get the ice in there you won't have room for beer.
I'd use an ice chest first before turning my fridge into one.
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Your fridge should also run on gas. I don't see any way to use block ice in my fridge- just no room for it. Gas gets colder anyway in my fridge. And, like dbarr stated, the water puddling would be a problem.
Fridge is pretty large. Could run it on propane but won't that drain the battery? I have a pretty basic battery.

Could just bring a cooler or two along I suppose but would prefer to keep a block of ice going in the fridge ...and the beer of course.
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Blocks I'm used to probably at least 20 pounds.
oops...10lb block
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:38 PM   #10
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Maybe is not worth risking cracking the fridge floor with a 20 lb block bouncing around.

But if anyone has tried this would be nice to know results, good or bad!
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