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4 Tips for Using Your RV Fridge

4 Tips for Using Your RV Fridge

If you are the proud new owner of an RV, you are likely antsy to take your purchase out on the road. However, there are a number of things you must learn first. How to drive your rig, how to hook up the water and electricity, and how to dump the tanks are all pretty obvious things you must learn. However, there are also a few hidden lessons that will help you properly make use of your RV.

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One of the things you need to learn before setting out on your adventures is how to properly use your RV refrigerator. You see, these nifty appliances are made quite differently than traditional fridges, and this means they must be used a bit differently as well.

Here are my top four tips for properly using your RV fridge.

#1: Allow Time to Pre-Cool

The refrigerator in a trailer or motorhome requires time to cool down before you head out. While some will be cold enough to use in just a few hours, others require a full 24 hours of cooling time, especially when it’s hot outside.

For those reasons, it is recommended that you turn your fridge on a full day before you set out on a camping trip. Putting several frozen water bottles in the appliance will help it cool down more quickly, and a thermometer can help you see if it’s cool enough to be used. Remember, 40°F (4.4°C) is the warmest a refrigerator should be when in use.

#2: Don’t Overpack

Your refrigerator needs to be able to circulate cool air in order to keep your food cold. Unfortunately, because RV fridges are so small, many people tend to overpack them, leaving no room for this circulation to occur. In order to keep your camping food from spoiling, don’t make this common mistake. Instead, choose foods that can be stored in the pantry as often as possible and reserve your fridge space for the essential cold foods that you can’t live without.

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#3: Defrost as Needed

Sometimes the fins in the back of your RV fridge will become coated in ice. While this ice usually melts away on its own, it will occasionally build up.When this happens, the appliance simply cannot keep your food cold. Therefore, you will need to manually defrost the fins. This can be done fairly easily with a hairdryer. Just be sure to put something under the fins to catch the water.

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#4: Keep it Level

Because of the way the refrigerator in your rig works, keeping your trailer or motorhome level is of the utmost importance. Not only will this keep your fridge running efficiently, it could also save it from an untimely death. For this reason, you will want to be sure to pack leveling blocks and park on flat surfaces whenever possible.

These are my top four tips for using your RV fridge. Do you have more you'd like to add? I’d love to see them listed in the comments below!

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Chelsea Barron


Chelsea Barron

Chelsea has the amazing opportunity to take part in full-time RV living and traveling with her tiny tribe. She homeschools her five-year-old son as they travel, and takes full advantage of their unique situation by using the entire world as her son’s classroom. A group of total Disney fanatics, Chelsea and her family often find themselves in the Orlando area in order to visit the Disney parks, but they have also visited over 25 of the 50 states with plans to see many more along the way. No matter where her travels take her, Chelsea enjoys riding bikes, gazing at beautiful sunsets, finding new coffee shops, Irish dancing, and sitting around a campfire with her family. Check out her blog Wonder Wherever We Wander.

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