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Old 10-01-2007, 10:47 AM   #15
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Gerry, how about a little fan inside the frig to circulate the air and redistribute the coolness? I have thought about this on warmer days when I have been stuffing the frig chock-full at the beginnning of a trip. Freezers work best with contents packed solidly, and refrigerators work best with contents nicely spaced out, but this is the real world, eh?

I also use strategically placed blue ice or frozen water bottles to help even out the temp in frig, and to give extra protection to certain foods. (The warmer it is outside, the more I use.)

Generally, my frig works fine and the weather is seldom hot here, so I haven't felt the need to put extra insulation around the exterior - or to use an Outside Cooling Fan, as I've seen discussed here on this forum.

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Old 10-01-2007, 12:41 PM   #16
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I've been taking the freezer door off when we run on 120 all summer.
We don't need the tiny lil freezer section and it seems to really help the fridge temp in general.
Propane runs much colder, so I imagine my 120 heating element isn't what it used to be.
We're thinking that when this one gives it up to put in the dorm fridge and eliminate the propane bottle entirely.
If we boondock then we'll just use a cooler or revert to my backpacking days with pantry foods that don't require refrigeration.

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Old 10-02-2007, 04:38 AM   #17
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Thanks Greg, I like getting the answer to the question asked
Sounds like this should bring down the temps quite a bit in the fridge compartmant.
I have been out for a week, in temps around 80F and so far never had food go bad but always was suspect when on the 5th or 6th day meat was just cool but not smell bad.
Have to do an experiment with thermometers to see what the actual differance is.
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