Ice Box Redeemed vs Fridge - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-26-2012, 07:03 PM   #1
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Smile Ice Box Redeemed vs Fridge

Just wanted to share my alteration with you on an Ice Box. I mainly Boone Dock so decided against an electric fridge. Have a Dometic gas fridge in my pop-up.The gas fridge was always hard to light and took a long time to get cool. Ended up using it to store pots in. And I do not want to cut vent holes in the uhaul for another one.
So I decided to see how the ice box in my uhaul would work...Well on the Maiden Voyage the ice melted way too fast, after all it's 30 years old. so...
Last week I measured the top back and sides of the box. Then I cut two layers of styrofoam insulation to fit. Then glued the sandwitched foam together and glued it to all sides, top and bottom of the box. Then finished it off by acquiring the silver flex rv insulation (Scrap from rv service man) Glued all with Bathroom shower stall glue in a caulk gun.
Result was: 4 days camping, Still had ice in the box when I got home.
I freeze the large square juice bottles and used 4 of them.
I am happy with this result and just wanted to share with you owners of Ice boxes, they can have redeeming qualities.
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:24 PM   #2
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Outstanding! I noticed that there is lots of room an all sides of the icebox in the UHaul and my intention was also to add foam insulation until I stumbled onto a 3 way fridge (which I have yet to install).

Just a note on your popup refrigerator - because the side wall is so short, popup refrigerator installations tend to have cooling problems. There is not a good natural convection current to pull air over the fins in back - sort of like a fireplace with a stubby short chimney. You can improve it with baffling or by using a strategically placed 12 volt computer pancake fan. But then, maybe this is all water over the dam.
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Outstanding! I noticed that there is lots of room an all sides of the icebox in the UHaul and my intention was also to add foam insulation until I stumbled onto a 3 way fridge (which I have yet to install).

Just a note on your popup refrigerator - because the side wall is so short, popup refrigerator installations tend to have cooling problems. There is not a good natural convection current to pull air over the fins in back - sort of like a fireplace with a stubby short chimney. You can improve it with baffling or by using a strategically placed 12 volt computer pancake fan. But then, maybe this is all water over the dam.
Yep Tom, it's damed. Still have the pop up and need to fix and sell it. But I still think how much fun it was to be able to sleep a bunch of friends in it, which as you know we can't do in the uhaul. Ahhh a different stage in life's journey.
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But I still think how much fun it was to be able to sleep a bunch of friends in it, which as you know we can't do in the uhaul. Ahhh a different stage in life's journey.
They get to sleep in tents, on the ground. Until they cave and buy a fiberglass RV.....
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They get to sleep in tents, on the ground. Until they cave and buy a fiberglass RV.....
Ha! I heard that!
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Diane,
I found this to be a great help as I boondock as well. I really like the idea of an icebox and my plan is to replace my old fridge with one. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:09 PM   #7
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Diane,
I just copied your Ice box. I was all set to put in a fridge because most of my camping is done at campgrounds with electric when I take my wife. I really did not want to remove it but I thought I hade no choice I did not think about ading insulation until I read you post THANKS!
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Hi there we will try this as ours melted as well. So you only put it on 3 sides?? As thats all you could get at.??? Right. Also we have a leaky door. From the top of it. Any ideas.

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Hi there we will try this as ours melted as well. So you only put it on 3 sides?? As that's all you could get at.??? Right. Also we have a leaky door. From the top of it. Any ideas.

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I think there is room and access to insulate 5 sides. You may need to temporarily remove the cook top and or / cut some insulation sheets into halves, then re-glue in place.

I decided to move to a refrigerator, but I noted that there is room for a second weather strip just inside of the existing one. My plan was to use an adhesive backed closed cell weatherstrip with a rectangular cross section (available at big box stores).
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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.



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I once saw a KIT to make the Ice Box a propane reefer-never looked further to see a price---MY cassie has a 3 way reefer,the older camper had Ice box ---at that time, I could buy Dry Ice @ Kroger, they NO longer sell it. some welding Co's can get it.
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I once saw a KIT to make the Ice Box a propane reefer-never looked further to see a price---MY cassie has a 3 way reefer,the older camper had Ice box ---at that time, I could buy Dry Ice @ Kroger, they NO longer sell it. some welding Co's can get it.
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You can still get dry ice. Here's a web site that might help.
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There are 0 Dry Ice suppliers in my area code 434

there are NONE in the entire state of virginia
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Hi there we will try this as ours melted as well. So you only put it on 3 sides?? As thats all you could get at.??? Right. Also we have a leaky door. From the top of it. Any ideas.

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I insulated all sides, top and bottom. I had to cut the foam in two pieces on the right side because it is to difficult to put a whole piece through the opening. Which I had to feed through the opening in the lower bunk compartment. It can be done. Cut all pieces to fit first then glue.
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