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Old 05-09-2012, 07:48 PM   #15
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There are 0 Dry Ice suppliers in my area code 434

there are NONE in the entire state of virginia
I live in Roanoke VA and Kroger sells Dry Ice. Good luck in your quest Sparky.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:59 PM   #16
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I started on my refrigerator install in my UHaul CT today and removed the icebox. My observation is that the insulation is even thinner than I thought it was. So, adding insulation is a very worthwhile move, as Diane has already pointed out.



I went camping this week, two days heat was at about 90 degrees and humid. All total 4 days and still had Ice when I got home. Ice has to be solid. A trick is to use salt to freeze water. Look at the ice box the man from Quebec made. I posted the pic in a Thread called "Sightings" This was an interesting approach.
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:05 PM   #17
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Thank you for sharing, we have enough space to better insulate our ice box as well. I will add it to my project list.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:53 AM   #18
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I would have never guessed there were so many non-refridged campers out there!
Good job with the up grade without shelling out more $
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:18 AM   #19
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I've noticed a couple Harris Teeter's in NC that had dry ice in coolers near the checkout. I'll keep an eye out now.
Spent some time yesterday taking the ice box out of our new/old Scamp. For being in a closed box out of sunlight for 21 years, the plastic was impressively yellowed. First order of business has been taking everything apart, washing the plastic and painting it with white plastic paint, then rebuilding the cracked areas around the hinges. The hardware is getting cleaned up and POR-15'ed and stainless screws throughout. Tabitha has started reinforcing those with some aluminum stock. The plastic compartment is glued into the styrofoam box so will try to clean the styro as best as we can, then add additional insulation around it.
I'd prefer the icebox for boondocking and lack of noise, and especially to cut down on weight/maintenance- hopefully it will keep nice and cool
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\ A trick is to use salt to freeze water.
Is there a certain ratio of salt to water that you use?
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Old 05-29-2012, 12:53 PM   #21
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There are 0 Dry Ice suppliers in my area code 434

there are NONE in the entire state of virginia
Looks like there's a few Airgas dealers in VA, that's who I've gotten dry ice from in the past in California. Worth a phone call or two.

Airgas - Dry Ice

The Airgas location finder on their site seems useless, so I tried google maps.

virginia, airgas - Google Maps

Unless there's some legal reason they can't sell dry ice in VA I'd be shocked if none of those Airgas locations had it.
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You can still get dry ice. Here's a web site that might help.
Don't use dry ice without venting the icebox to outside. CO2 is heavier than air and if enough sublimes to gas form it can reach toxic levels in your trailer. By my calculation 2lbs of it could reach the toxic level of 5% in a 13 foot trailer.
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Has anyone tried using expanding foam such as Great Stuff? I'm not too thrilled about my ability to pull the icebox out and securely replace it after insulating it. I'm thinking of a fridge as I just saw one the exact size (within 1/2 inch) of my opening. I'd have to vent a fridge, though, wouldn't I?
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Has anyone tried using expanding foam such as Great Stuff? I'm not too thrilled about my ability to pull the icebox out and securely replace it after insulating it. I'm thinking of a fridge as I just saw one the exact size (within 1/2 inch) of my opening. I'd have to vent a fridge, though, wouldn't I?
I did not pull my ice box out. Just did a lot of measuring and manuvering thru the cabinets by hand. And yes you would have to vent a fridge.
It is still working Great!
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I use my icebox for a pantry (breads, etc) so they don't get hot in the trailer on warm days. I use top load coolers outside for my food.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:19 PM   #26
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Baskin & robbins Ice cream sold dry ice in the past. Other ice cream vendors may sell it as well.
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Worth repeating: it isn't safe to have Dry Ice in an enclosed space.
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Worth repeating: it isn't safe to have Dry Ice in an enclosed space.
Dry ice (frozen CO2) is non-toxic. The melting dry ice will create pressure inside the ice box, which will vent around the door gasket. Door gaskets are NOT strong enough to hold the pressure back, therefore venting will happen without problems.

Since CO2 in NON-toxic it's not going to hurt you. The biggest concern would be replacing the O2 in the air, which takes a whole lot of CO2. Just to be safe when inside the trailer leave a window open a bit.

Bobbie, if you put a chunk of dry ice in a pop bottle and seal it will explode, no flame, just a bang. Look up explode.
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