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Old 03-01-2015, 08:03 PM   #1
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Refrigerator question


I hope you don't mind an Aliner guy hitching a ride on your forum. I joined the Yahoo Aliner group but none of my questions seemed to be getting through lately.

I was wondering if someone could answer a refrigerator question. My only previous trailer experience was with a tent trailer that didn't have a refrigerator. My new Aliner Classic (picked it up yesterday) has a 3-way fridge. I fired it up on gas for a first test today. After about an hour or an hour and a half I could feel the freezer compartment getting pretty cold, but not a big change in the main compartment. How long should it take for a gas fridge to get nice and cold? The ambient temperature was pretty cool (like in the 40s, so that may have something to do with it)


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Old 03-01-2015, 08:25 PM   #2
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Your fridge will take hours to get cold. Most people start their fridge a day or so before heading out for a trip. If you have access to power, run it from shore power ( 110VAC) for 24 hrs before you leave. It is also great if you can put bottled water or soft drinks in the fridge in . They will get cold and hold the temp. When you do load the fridge with food, most if not all should be cold prior to putting in fridge.


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Old 03-01-2015, 08:32 PM   #3
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on propane our aframe fridges .. (without the freezer compartment) will be up and running and at temp in 5hrs on propane ... but thats at around 70 F outside .. never ran during the mid 40s ..

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Old 03-01-2015, 08:53 PM   #4
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Thanks folks, that is very helpful!

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Old 03-01-2015, 09:25 PM   #5
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appliance bubble level in freezer shelf. half the volumn of the bubble in the circle when parked over .5 hours. only when the fridge is on of course
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Old 03-02-2015, 09:52 AM   #6
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During warm weather, I put a few half gallon bottles that have been filled with water and frozen. (Fill the bottle to the top, squeeze tight and put the cap on while still compressed to give the ice room to expand.) I find that the fridge stays colder on the road and maintains a more even temperature when at camp. It also give me a way to drink ice water for a whole weekend.

It does take up a lot of space in the fridge, though. OTOH, if the fridge is already filled with cold things, the extra ice will not be as important in keeping an even temperature.

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Old 03-02-2015, 02:29 PM   #7
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I plug it in the day before. It takes several hours for it to get cold. I like to load the fridge the night before the trip, so this works out for my sense of timing.


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