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Old 06-12-2011, 07:07 PM   #1
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Fridge holding temp while travelling

We left Osoyoos at 8 AM and arrived home at 1:30 PM. Five hours travel.

The temp in the 5 cu. ft. fridge, according to my thermometer, was 36 F when we left and 42.6 F when we arrived. The fridge had been opened twice for water during the trip. However, I have to qualify my data because the thermometer was just sitting on the top shelf when we left and it took me some time to find it when we arrived - submerged in the tray that holds defrost water at the back of the fridge.

It's sitting in the sun, but I suspect I may have to get a new one.

It's a digital Bios and records minimum and maximum temps that the fridge reaches and cost $9.

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Old 06-13-2011, 12:02 AM   #2
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Re: Fridge holding temp while travelling

Thanks! I'll invest in one of those thermometers.

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Old 08-03-2011, 09:01 PM   #3
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Re: Fridge holding temp while travelling

We drove from Kinaskan Lake park campground, home to Whitehorse with the propane left on (It was a test to see what would happen) and the fridge worked well all the way.the trip is about 750, kilopmeters.

wieners were still frozen solid in the freezer of the 5 cubic foot fridge.

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Old 08-04-2011, 12:15 PM   #4
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Re: Fridge holding temp while travelling

I found a great link today on RV refrigerator basics; it includes a video with info on RV fridges. The site has lots of other valuable info as well: http://www.rvuniversity.com/staticpa...Efficiency_101

I also found some great tips on an RV forum. If you are interested, check this out: http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...cold-6620.html

The best ideas (to summarize):
1. Use a fridge fan (battery powered) pointing up inside fridge, toward the front, on bottom shelf. It circulates the cool air and can speed up cooling by 50%.
2. Use a fridge fan (specifically built for this) in one of the back vent areas to help cooling. This can speed up cooling by 40%.
3. Cool the fridge for 24 hours before leaving. This gets it cool so it doesn't take as long when you get to your destination. Freeze a couple of jugs of water before leaving home and put them in the fridge before taking off. They help keep the fridge cool while traveling and you have cold drinking water when you arrive.
4. Food can spoil at 40 degrees or warmer, so best to put perishables in an ice chest while traveling.
5. Propane mode cools faster than electric.
6. If it is very hot where you are camped, cool the inside trailer temp for more efficient fridge cooling.
7. Operating a fridge when it or the trailer are not level can cause permanent damage! So, if you have the fridge on propane while traveling, stop for lunch for an hour or so, and the trailer is not level, turn off the fridge while you are stopped! While the trailer is moving (and fridge is on propane), this is not an issue. Just when it is stopped for a period of time.

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Re: Fridge holding temp while travelling

Thank You Linda for the fridge info I hope others read it.
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Re: Fridge holding temp while travelling

I just want to add that you can get a digital fridge thermometer at your hardware or kitchen store that records the minimum and maximum temps in your fridge.

Costs about $10.

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Re: Fridge holding temp while travelling

Great idea. I want one!

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Re: Fridge holding temp while travelling

Great list, Linda.

We use one of those battery operated fans in the fridge. I really helps keep things at an even temp, because the to is usually much colder near the freezer.

I had never heard or realized that propane will cool the fridge quicker. Good to know.

We also keep a thermometer in there quite often to check and maintain a proper temp, something that needs adjusting with changes in the outside temps.
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:15 PM   #9
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Re: Fridge holding temp while travelling

I have been tinkering with the fridge in our new 5.0 since we brought it home a couple weeks ago. The cooling capacity was just losing the battle against the Texas heat (currently 100+ F). It looks like the easiest-to-fix problem and one that will have a huge impact is to isolate the fridge cabinet from the heat generated by the cooling unit.

As delivered, the back of the fridge cabinet is open to the outside. The heat from the hot parts on the back of the fridge can flow in around the fridge box. (Verify this by feeling how warm the floor of the cabinet above the fridge gets.) I installed a foil-faced, rigid foam board to close off the sides and the space above the box. In day-long tests before and after, the improvement was about 11 degrees F. For non-Texans and non-Arizonans, that is probably all you would need to do to have a really efficient unit.

I still have a few more things to do. I'll let you know the results.

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Re: Fridge holding temp while travelling

Looking forward to hearing the results of your tests...
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