Tips to Using your RV Refrigerator
Apr 20, 2017
Rv refrigerators run much differently than the one inside your home. An Rv fringe does not run off of a compressor or running parts. Instead of applying cold directly to the fridge the heat is drawn out of the compartment and absorbed leaving behind the cold.
There are many things you can do to get the most out of your RV refrigerator to keep it running efficiently and doing the job you need it to do. One of the most important things is to keep the RV as level as possible when not in motion. The fridge does not need to be level during travel as the movement will keep the gases and liquids used to cool constantly moving. A stationary fridge will need to keep level to avoid these liquids and gasses from pooling in one side.
The initial cooling process can take anywhere from four to six hours so you will want to turn the fridge on at least a day before you leave for your trip, and let it get to temperature before placing food items in it. Place any food you are planning to bring with you and store in the fridge in your home fridge or freezer first. You will want to place food that is already cold or frozen in the fridge to avoid it having to work harder to cool the items inside.
Do not overpack or stuff the fridge completely full. A fridge needs to have space between food items to allow air to circulate through the inside.
Boost air circulation by purchasing a battery-operated fridge fan and placing it in the front while angling it to blow air upward. The fan can improve circulation and reduce cooling time up to 50%.
Outside temperatures will affect the efficiency of the refrigerator if it is cold outside you can turn the setting down. In hotter temperatures you will want to turn it up. If the weather is extremely warm try to park your RV with the refrigerator side in the shade if possible.
Just like with a cooler, you will want to limit the amount of time you open the door to the refrigerator to keep the cold air inside the unit. It is also a good idea to keep a thermometer in the fridge to ensure it is running at a temperature of 40 degrees or lower to keep food from spoiling.
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