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Old 07-05-2014, 09:04 PM   #1
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Outdoor Fridge

Looking at getting an outdoor fridge. I don't have an outside kitchen in my Rockwood 2306... Just looking to buy one of the small 1.7cuft for drinks and stuff. The kids are in and out and in and out all day long for water/juice... And my 12oz cold ones go quickly as well.

So anyone out there have one and what's your setup? Do you take it in at night or lock it up?


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Old 07-05-2014, 10:42 PM   #2
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Outdoor Fridge

My puma has an outdoor kitchen and it is equipped with a fridge. That outdoor kitchen is located directly under one of the bunks my kid sleeps on. For the past three summers the ac has struggled to keep that bunkhouse comfortable at night and especially during the day. This trip I decided to not run that fridge and went old school with an ice chest kept outside. I had no complaints from my sons about the temp inside that bunkhouse and our drinks were never colder. The outside fridge just created too much heat which had no other place to go but into our bunkhouse. The outside fridge never did that great of a job at keeping drinks cold due to the kids constant opening of the fridge door on hot days in order to grab a drink. I can buy 20 pounds of ice for $2 and it lasts 24 hours. My point is that you may be disappointed by the cooling job an outside fridge will do compared to a good old ice chest.


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Old 07-06-2014, 08:10 AM   #3
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Yeah... I'm starting to think I will just go with this option. I wondered if, on hot days, the fridge would even keep things cold. I was also concerned about inclimate weather and/or theft prevention.


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Old 07-06-2014, 02:06 PM   #4
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We have a little larger portable fridge that we take for longer trips. We leave it outside all night and never have had a problem. It's nice for extra food and snacks on a longer trip. We don't take it for a two or three day weekend.


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I agree with Kris10May, I use one setup outside for our drinks, a 1.7+/- from Home Depot for less than $100. Never have locked it nor had any issues.
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:58 PM   #7
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Have seen many at different CG's most put them under the trailer or under a slide so they are in the shade and most have a lock on them so none of those little hooligans can sneak one of your cold ones in the night.
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I don't know the size of your storage compartments but our new rockwood has a mini fridge inside that one of the compartments. So that could be a possibility.


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I think it is obvious already that there is no good solution to this. My experience with small refrigerators outside is that they have small cooling. With the kids opening and closing, it will never keep up. Ice chest is the best option but then where to get ice. Hopefully where you camp sells it.
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Old 07-12-2014, 03:29 AM   #10
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Another idea might be to get one of those small ice makers. They make quite a bit of ice - 17 pounds a day, they advertise. This would help with stocking the cooler and supplying ice for the drinks for the kids if they drink out of cups. And you can keep inside on countertop if you have room.

Some campgrounds at least say they don't allow outdoor fridges or other appliances, though not sure if they enforce.

Good luck with making ur choice to keep things cool!
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