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Old 07-22-2003, 07:08 AM   #1
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Condensation in refer?

I (like everyone) have a condensation problem with my refer. When I have it in storage I will build mildew in there and then it needs to be cleaned. I was wondering if any of you used any absorbent or dri-sacs in there so that it keeps the refer humidity low and dries it up so that no mildew grows? If any of you use something that works please tell me exactly what it is and where to get it.

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Old 07-22-2003, 07:21 AM   #2
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Condensation

Steven,

One thing we used to do with our ice chest, I have found to also work in my fridge

Once you dry it out, crumple up newspaper (not wad, but loosely crumple) and put in the fridge. Leave the door partially ajar. Once it is totally dry in a few days, you can go back and shut the door if it's convenient to do so.

You may end up with a little smudge of news print if more condensation takes place, but it will be clean smelling and dry when you get ready to use it. I have found that simply leaving the door ajar also works, but the newspaper assures that you will have a fresh smelling fridge, too.
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Old 07-22-2003, 07:30 AM   #3
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Steve ... we always, always, always prop open both the freezer door and the refrigerator door with pieces of styrofoam when ever the trailer is in storage.

There are so many nooks and crannies inside the fridge that hold moisture for long periods of time ... after the unit is turned off ... we found it's the only way to assure it completely dries out.
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Ahh, the smell of coffee

When we were moving cross country and had to seal our fridge up tight, I poured half a pound of coarse-ground coffee (or was it instant...?) into a pantyhose leg and left that inside. Worked great!

I think it must have been instant, sealed into a very dry fridge (we were in San Diego).
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Old 07-22-2003, 11:00 AM   #5
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I also use newspaper while leaving both doors ajar.
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Old 07-22-2003, 11:13 AM   #6
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Coffee - I have been told that ground coffee in a stocking is an trick that sailors used to use in the lockers aboard ship.

Works pretty good, or so I hear. :shg
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Old 07-22-2003, 12:35 PM   #7
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fridge...condensation related

This idea was borrowed from my daughter who used it (out of reach) to keep the 3 year old from opening the fridge. :)

Two pads of 2'' velcro stuck to the fridge with contact cement, and a strap.

When in storage, the door is blocked open and then 'velcroed'.

When travelling, it's velcroed shut for an extra measure of security.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f1d7567cf85fFridge door fastener off.jpg/>

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f1d758f75318Fridge door fastener.jpg/>
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Old 07-22-2003, 12:36 PM   #8
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Normally when you buy stereo equipment, or computer parts from overseas, you often find packets of 'Silica Gel' in them. Instead of throwing them out, I save them and use them for stuff like this. I keep my welding rods dry with them, keep one in our safety deposit box with our important papers, and various places like that. You can reactivate it by putting it in the oven at low temperature for a little while... You can buy it at hobby shops also; it is used by hobbyists to dry apples for making little dried apple dolls.

Anyway, you might consider using that.

In the marine industry where boat-owners are used to having a huge amount of condensation, they hang these things called "Dri-Z-Air" in their boats. It's a little plastic bucket suspended from a small hemispherical mesh container into which you pour calcium chloride powder (I think that's what it is)... The powder absorbs the moisture from the air and deposits liquid into the bucket below. About once every week, you visit your boat, empty the liquid, restock the calcium chloride, and it keeps the mold at bay.

Here's a link to it: http://www.drytheair.com/

You can buy their crystals to replenish the container but my dad used to buy 20kg bags of it for the same price as their little bag. You don't even need to buy their little container. You can just suspend a kitchen strainer over a little ice-cream bucket and accomplish the same thing.
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Arm and Hammer Refridgerator box

My wife gets these boxes of A&H baking soda that have a panel to open on each sideof the container. We keep one in our fridge all the time and don't have much odor or condesation. I leave one it it with the travel latch locked with the door open. Works OK.
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