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Old 08-17-2013, 05:36 PM   #15
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Would not the current 110 volt refrigerator function as an icebox? The goal was low investment, I believe.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:23 PM   #16
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We freeze water bottles, pack in refrigerator/freezer, meat still frozen, refrigerator section still cold after 13/14 hour trip to Wyoming @ 70-75 (that's degrees not MPH, wouldn't want to start something)
...That is exactly what I did for my Trillium. Eventhough my fridge is 3way, I rarely use anything(propane, 12v battery or 12VDC from towing vehicle's alternator while driving) but 110VAC houshold/shore power..24hr before any trip, I plug in the fridge of Trillium from my garage outlet while stuffing water bottles in the freezer of house's basement. When leaving, I stuff several frozen bottles in the fridge and when coming to campsite, the first thing I do is...plug in...the fridge. I do not want to shorten the life span of my car alternator( expensive) to charge/supply anything for the trailer..That is my way..and share with you...Yeah, I always have cold beers right at the first time at camp-site.
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When I got my Scamp(govt surplus), there was a hardboard 'plate' covering the hole where the icebox was to be. I took off the cover and put a shelf it. It now holds my cooler(with a bungee to hold it in) when traveling. Someday I will replace it with a 12v cooler, but it works fine as is now.
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...That is exactly what I did for my Trillium. Eventhough my fridge is 3way, I rarely use anything(propane, 12v battery or 12VDC from towing vehicle's alternator while driving) but 110VAC houshold/shore power..24hr before any trip, I plug in the fridge of Trillium from my garage outlet while stuffing water bottles in the freezer of house's basement. When leaving, I stuff several frozen bottles in the fridge and when coming to campsite, the first thing I do is...plug in...the fridge. I do not want to shorten the life span of my car alternator( expensive) to charge/supply anything for the trailer..That is my way..and share with you...Yeah, I always have cold beers right at the first time at camp-site.
Cant you ride with the fridge working on propane power?
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Can't you ride with the fridge working on propane power?
The short answer is that it works. The long answer is that some don't consider it safe and will doubtless show up soon to tell you why.

The OP has a 110 volt only refrigerator.
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Would not the current 110 volt refrigerator function as an icebox? The goal was low investment, I believe.
Fridge will work as an icebox if the ice is in containers, but lacks a drain. Would not be able to just pick up another block of ice at the strore without dealing with the water from melting. Could be work ok, especially if shore power was available every night or couple of days. but at that point I would think about removal of fridge and use the space for storage of a cooler or two. How well ice chest works might depend on if one cooks alot inside or out.

We use our cooler more than the fridge but then we cook outside so it's nice to be able to bring the fridge to the picnic table. Having cooler out to cook would be sort of crowding inside the camper.
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Fridge will work as an icebox if the ice is in containers, but lacks a drain. Would not be able to just pick up another block of ice at the strore without dealing with the water from melting. Could be work ok, especially if shore power was available every night or couple of days. but at that point I would think about removal of fridge and use the space for storage of a cooler or two. ...........
Right, if you let the ice melt unconstrained inside you need a drain. Most fridges are just a hard plastic liner with a styrene foam outer, so I'd just drill a hole and glue in a plastic pipe to discharge the water. Or set a small dish pan on the bottom. The object was a cheap fix, I believe.
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Getting it usable without sinking cash into temp solution would be good. Save the money for good long term solution.

Not sure of the fridge size but if it has a depression of some sort on the bottom the drain line could be the way to go. Can always put a cork in drain tube and use as regular fridge, or take cork out to use with ice. Don't think hose or plastic pipe would run much at all.
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..."..Cant you ride with the fridge working on propane power?....."
..."...The short answer is that it works. The long answer is that some don't consider it safe and will doubtless show up soon to tell you why.

The OP has a 110 volt only refrigerator....". Yeah, that is correct. For safety in case of moving involved accident, I do not tend to use propane for anything. Besides, the longer trip to the camp-site it takes, the more frozen water bottles I would add in the Trillium fridge...and the verdict is....I STILL GET THE COLD BEERS RIGHT AT THE FIST TIME AT CAMP-SITES, SIRREE!...
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But for every frozey bottle you have, that's one less beer!
What a quandary!
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But for every frozey bottle you have, that's one less beer!
What a quandary!
If that is the case, on my trip to camping site, the closest town from camping site is the one I would stop over and get myself ONE OF THE BIGGEST BEER CASE. Then,...I still get the cold beers, RIGHT AT THE FIRST TIME AT THE CAMP-SITE.,...safe...and...sound, lol....
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But for every frozey bottle you have, that's one less beer!
What a quandary!
This is a quandary. Can you freeze beer?
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:17 PM   #27
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that's not the question. the question is, can you drink it after freezing it? The answer being, depends how thirsty you are.
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On a recent trip, we were keeping our ice (for adult beverages) in an old Styrofoam cooler. Due to the temperature/humidity combination we were finding that everything in our 3-way Norcold (on propane - lowest setting) was freezing solid if we kept the ice in there. We were running to the local camp store once a day for a new bag of ice. After 4 days of this we drove about 20 miles to the nearest Wally World and invested $19 bucks in a Coleman Extreme. Four days later we still had ice cubes in the Coleman from the two bags we purchased on the way back to the campground. And we don't have to chisel the half and half out of the carton for our coffee any more.
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