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Old 08-14-2015, 11:39 AM   #11
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If you travel with your fridge off keep in mind that an empty fridge has very little mass to adsorb heat and will warm quickly. A cold fridge stocked full cold food will stay colder much longer than an empty one. Start the night before, fill with cold and frozen food in morning of trip and you will have good results.


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Old 08-14-2015, 12:37 PM   #12
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We plug in the night before in our garage and the fridge is cold the next morning. To speed it up you could freeze ice packs in your home fridge and put them into the camper fridge.

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Old 08-14-2015, 03:40 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Dave Lyon View Post
I would agree.
My freezer cools down to 0 degrees F in about an hour and a half.
Mine too, but only if we throw a bag of ice in freezer and frozen jugs in refer
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Old 08-14-2015, 04:10 PM   #14
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Plug in and start up the day before and load most items the night before so we are ready to roll on d-day. Meats are loaded pre-frozen and fresh items pre-chilled. We also normally pack a frozen casserole (e.g., baked ziti in a toss away aluminum pan) for a rainy/chilly night meal. Beer/soda/water is under ice in a cooler.
Unlike many/most others we travel with fridge turned off - always have and always will. Frozen items are still frozen when we get where we are going.
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Spousal unit rigged 3 120mm computer fans to move air past coils. Cools down in a few hours and freezer is 1*, fridge is 37*. draws 1.5 amps @ 12v. Cost $12, kold beer...priceless
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Old 08-17-2015, 01:33 AM   #16
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Fridge @ 34 degrees F and freezer @ 0 degrees F after five hrs of electron flow at OAT of 80 degrees F.
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Old 08-22-2015, 08:39 AM   #17
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We agree that on propane the frig cools down faster but when in the campground, we keep it on electric.
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Old 08-22-2015, 07:12 PM   #18
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Empty I give it 24 hours on elec and 12 on gas. I also travel with it on gas. Never had a problem. The switch over to elec where available with no down time. Keep a cup of ice cubes in the freezer so that we'll know if it lost power/ runs out of propane long enough to melt ice then we know to check the food for spoilage. Works especially well while sitting at the lake by itself awaiting our next arrival.
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I precool mine 24-48 hours before putting stuff inside.

Everything that goes in is precooled or frozen.

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