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Old 05-30-2016, 08:16 PM   #1
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How to pack food?

Another newbie question. Just got a 2016 Roo 21SS and this is the first trip I'm packing for without DW. How do I pack perishable foods for a 4-hour drive to the campground? Is there a safe way to pack stuff in the fridge (not going through any tunnels) and use propane tanks, or should I pack in coolers with ice? Seems a shame not to use the fridge but I don't want to have a mess in there when I meet DW at the campground!
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Old 05-30-2016, 10:08 PM   #2
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How to pack food?

Very few tunnels have propane restrictions. Cool down the fridge overnight before your trip as it takes hours to cool. We have some bars to put in there to hold things in place.


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Old 05-30-2016, 11:52 PM   #3
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It is not recommended to travel with your propane turned on, but many people do it, including myself.
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:16 AM   #4
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We freeze a plastic container of water and put it in the refer when we are traveling. Refreeze when we reach destination.
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:31 AM   #5
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If you cool down the RV fridge for 24 hrs, have your food already cool from your home fridge, place the food in just before you leave and don't open the fridge until you arrive, I'm sure it will keep cold enough for 4 hours. Excluding ice cream or things that melt.
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Old 05-31-2016, 06:06 AM   #6
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Thanks for the info. I'll look for some bars and freeze some bags of water!
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:10 PM   #7
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Saturday I was lamenting not being able to turn on the frig 24 hours ahead of time like it's prescribed, but it's parked an hour away. Then I was shocked, 90 minutes later, the frig was cold enough. Granted, it started at 55 degrees but still, that was fast. My problem is my refrigerator gets too cold. I thought you could travel with this unit on?
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:12 PM   #8
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Like other I precool the fridge, then use frozen water bottles and fill one of the tray/bins with ice. With those plus the mass of cold food, it should keep cool for quite a while
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Cool your fridge down the day prior to leaving and tow with the fridge on propane (you'll get varying opinions on this practice).

I always tow with the fridge full of food/drink and running on propane. If I get into a big crash - the least of my worries will be the fridge running on propane.
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Good point, Dave.
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