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Old 07-20-2016, 12:14 PM   #1
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Cooling the fridge

Next month I am making a 4 hour trip.. I will not be adding any food to the fridge before leaving. I will be buying a few things when I get there. I do not want to run the fridge on propane on the way to the CG.. Do you think it would cool down quicker, upon arrival.. if I put some frozen water jugs in the "turned off" fridge for the 4 hour trip? Or would they just melt in that length of time?

Anybody tried anything like this? Would the closed, turned off fridge, work like a cooler? or an oven?
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:20 PM   #2
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If you can, cool it down before you leave home. Turn off propane and don't open fridge until you get to site.

Or, just run the propane, I use to(now have residential fridge) and many others do also...
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If you can, cool it down before you leave home. Turn off propane and don't open fridge until you get to site.

Or, just run the propane, I use to(now have residential fridge) and many others do also...

Thanks.. thats what I usually do now.. for shorter trips.. didn't know how if the "cool" would last 4 hours.
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We cool our fridge down the day before on AC power. We then add the cold food and a half gallon milk jug of frozen water. We have the 3 way fridge. When traveling we switch to DC, powered by the tow vehicle ! Works great .
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Thanks.. thats what I usually do now.. for shorter trips.. didn't know how if the "cool" would last 4 hours.
Should be a good experiment then. cool at home and add the frozen ice jugs and let us know how it held up...or just cool it down at home and see how it holds up without jugs since you are not putting food in until you get there. That way you will know for future reference
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Basically what I do before travel. Cool 24 hours before I start travel. Have at lowest setting usually reaches 27 degrees. Have a cool of containers of frozen water in the bottom. And have my added fans going after six hours max I travel usually at about 37 degrees. When On multi day trips will stop and add ice to the containers. Will be switching out the 3 way this winter. Replacing with a compressor 2 way system
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We just returned from a 15-day trip. Plugged into house current 24-hours before we started our trip and turned the refrigerator on. Pre-chilled all the food prior to putting it in the refrigerator. Ran the frig off the battery while traveling. Travels days were 6-8 hours long. No problems. Food remained cold throughout our trip.
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Just curious why you don't want to cool the fridge at home and then run on propane while travelling. Is it the because of the chance of fire? I travel with the propane on whenever we travel.
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Just curious why you don't want to cool the fridge at home and then run on propane while travelling. Is it the because of the chance of fire? I travel with the propane on whenever we travel.
Sometimes these three way fridges on small campers blow out when driving.
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When I had my popup camper with a "ice box" not a refridge, I used dry ice to cool it. It does not melt and drip water like regular ice and will last for several days. WARNING: DO NOT TOUCH DRY ICE WITH YOUR BARE HANDS! WEAR GLOVES OR KEEP IT WRAPPED IN NEWSPAPER.

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