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Old 06-06-2011, 02:16 AM   #1
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Question about refrigerators

Has anyone measured how cold their refrigerator stays when camping?
Does the propane fridge in these campers stay pretty cold with a consistent
temperature no matter what the camper's interior temperature is?

We were going to get the 5.0 cubic foot one (Dometic, I think)


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Old 06-06-2011, 03:06 AM   #2
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Re: Question about refrigerators

Hi: kalyson... No specific temp. readings. We plug in& turn on...then fill the icecube trays with water and place in the freezer compt.. Set the dials to elec and 6-7 and check for ice in the am. We find we must put all green salad fixuns in a zippered insulated lunch type bag to prevent freezing. The cans of beer get coldest if you stand them against the cooling fins. Coors Light will be (Blue) Mountain cold in no time...now that's scientific!!! Alf
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:21 AM   #3
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Re: Question about refrigerators

Quite simply, the colder the weather, the lower you set the adjustment dial to avoid freezing (lower as in a lower number on the dial). Hot weather you turn it up to keep things cold. It is a good idea to keep a thermometer inside to monitor temperatures.

Basically, the way these fridges work is not thermostatically, but by setting the heat source (LPG or electric) at a constant setting.
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:31 AM   #4
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Re: Question about refrigerators

Our fridge (5 cu ft Dometic) keeps the popsicles and Frosty Paws (doggie treats) frozen solid using a setting between 3-4...even in hot conditions. We use a small battery powered fan inside the fridge to circulate the air, keeping the veggies from freezing. I've never used a thermometer inside, but may try it next time out.

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Old 06-06-2011, 11:23 AM   #5
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Re: Question about refrigerators

Thanks for the info. I had read posts somewhere that people had a hard time in hot weather getting propane refrigerators to keep cold temps, but it sounds like that is not the case for you all.

Small fan inside sounds like an interesting idea, too. We will try that as well as insulated lunch bags.

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Our fridge (5 cu ft Dometic) keeps the popsicles ... frozen solid using a setting between 3-4...even in hot conditions. We use a small battery powered fan inside the fridge to circulate the air, keeping the veggies from freezing. I've never used a thermometer inside, but may try it next time out.
Has anyone tried a recording thermometer that records low temperatures and high temperatures through out what ever cycle these fridges run??

Popsicles are fun to freeze - insulin not so fun!
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Old 06-06-2011, 01:19 PM   #7
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Re: Question about refrigerators

Counter-intuitive veggie preservation: even though the cooling fins are high, keep the veggies toward the top of the fridge -- cold air sinks (unless you're using a fan to circulate the air). From camping in the 50's to the 90's, the stuff in the freezer stays frozen and the veggies don't freeze if we set the fridge in our 19 to between 3 and 4.

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Here's a pic of the frig thermometer....just keep the needle in the red (couldn't get my camera flash to work, so I had it out for a few minute...so it's reading too warm)......the setting will vary from frig to frig (for us it's about 5). Unless you use the little fan, it will be colder on the bottom like Bruce says...I keep the thermometer hanging in the middle, and nothing has spoiled yet...although I am feeling a little queezie since getting back this afternoon : - ) I haven't done a scientific experiment...but it seems it cools faster and stays colder on gas...but I haven't been real faithful about checking my hunch out...and yes, I do run it on gas when we are traveling, although there is great discussion on whether you should do that or not...I just don't like spoiled food, and we snack out of the refrig when we travel which spills all that cold air from home.
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Re: Question about refrigerators

Just came back from camping at Porteau cove on the B.C. coast June 1-4.
Had the Escape 19', 5 cubic' frig. on electrical, set at #4 and the temp was Zero.
The thermostat is located just inside the door, front edge of the shelf.
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Speaking of refrigerators; what is the purpose of the little white plastic "fingers" which are part of the lowest shelf in the door? I say they are for eggs, Deb doesn't know, but thinks they might be part of the antenna system used by the CIA to track campers.

Seriously, what are they?

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