Before we had rear jacks installed, we had a campout where we just could NOT get the fridge
level enough to work on propane
and so we learned EXACTLY how many hours of battery
power we had to run the fridge
... not many!
Then we got a level and got the fridge
working on propane
, then lost the level (must've been on a rear bumper or the metal join that runs along the side of the Boler), anyway, bumpity bump on our way home, gone.
Then we started pouring a drop of water along the rear bumper or along the lengthwise join to see if it dripped this way or that. It works!
Our 30 year old Dometic 3-way works best on shore power (too well, freezes the lettuce!) then on battery
, then on propane
(fridge cool enough, freezer never freezing cold).
So when we are out boon-docking, I practice Cooler Management.
Cooler 1: must be cold (meat), gets the bag of block ice.
Cooler 2: best if cold (dairy), gets the bag of cube ice.
Cooler 3: nice to be cold (cukes and cokes), gets the freezer packs.
Night one: Have a fresh steak or chicken and a cold brew or a coke with cube ice, Livin in the Lap o Luxury.
Day one: Drain the block ice melt-water; take freezer pack from Boler
freezer and place beside it, grab bacon or ham, close lid tight and use as coffee table.
Day two: Drain the cube ice melt-water, rearrange milk, cheese, butter, sour cream and add a freezer pack or two to take up the space. Ice cubes still available for Night Two!
Day three: Put freezer pack or two in warming fridge, move pop and veg into fridge, keep the dang door closed!
Day four: Drain all melt-water from coolers, put all remaining ice in meat cooler, add any dairy must be cold and keep the dang lid closed!
Day five: Swap frozen freezer packs into meat cooler. Remove dairy veg and pop into slightly cool fridge.
Day six: Think "Well, at least we still have beer," or think "We're just gonna melt that cheese on burgers anyway."
Day seven: Chicken and pork cooked and eaten? Check. Burgers gone? Check. Ham juice contained in plastic baggy? Yeah. OK: time to visit civilization? Noooooooooooh!