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Old 05-21-2018, 12:03 PM   #1
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Has anyone used dry ice to cool down their refrigerator before a trip?


We are getting ready for a 2 week trip and cannot hookup the trailer before the trip to cool down the refrigerator so we are considering putting dry ice into the fridge and freezer to start cooling it down before we get to the first campground where we will have power.


Our concern is build-up of carbon monoxide within the refrigerator.


Any suggestions/recommendations?
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Old 05-21-2018, 01:04 PM   #2
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What I used to do was let the refrigerator run on gas until we were ready to head out. It takes very little LP to operate it.
If you must use dry ice it's very very cold and can freeze any plastics its placed upon so be careful there.
As far as the gas it gives off it's not carbon monoxide its carbon dioxide. Monoxide is from combustion and dioxide is a harmless gas unless there is no oxygen in it. It is what we exhale from a breath. Also if you put your food in the refrigerator with the dry ice you probably will find everything hard frozen within hours. Just run the refrigerator on gas starting a day early.
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Old 05-21-2018, 01:39 PM   #3
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I agree with Tanman concerning the damage dry ice could cause to your freezer. I would probably take a cooler instead. You can also run the fridge on propane but there are concerns about that too.
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I guess I should have done some more research as I found on several forums that it is NOT a good idea to use dry ice to cool down the fridge/freezer as it can damage the thermostats and plastics.


I like the idea of running the fridge on propane but the problem with that is that I store the TT in a storage lot and don't want to leave it running on propane while I am not there.


I guess I will just put frozen milk jugs into the refrigerator and hope for the best.
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I guess I should have done some more research as I found on several forums that it is NOT a good idea to use dry ice to cool down the fridge/freezer as it can damage the thermostats and plastics.


I like the idea of running the fridge on propane but the problem with that is that I store the TT in a storage lot and don't want to leave it running on propane while I am not there.


I guess I will just put frozen milk jugs into the refrigerator and hope for the best.
I put a bunch of frozen containers in the fridge and freezer when we left North Carolina driving to South Georgia. just let it be known that EVERYTHING gets thrown around when you are driving (and I mean THROWN). Did it keep things cold, no cool, yes.
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Hmm. Never thought about it, but I've done it a couple times without any problems. Lucky I guess. I suppose you could throw a couple of frozen milk jugs in to help, but Tanman is right. Fire up the propane a day or two ahead. Probably cost less to refill the propane than the cost of dry ice.
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We cool ours with the propane overnight while the trailer sits out front to be loaded. Overnight in outside storage should be OK.
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You could use dry ice I suppose, if you have easy access to it, or lots of money.

If you want to use dry ice wrap it in several layers of newspaper to insulate it from the plastics. If you don't have the ability to use LP or electric to precool, just put some frozen jugs of water in along with a few blue ice blocks and it will cool down pretty well, that will help speed the cooling process when you do get plugged up.

Ours stays plugged up 24/7 at home, power goes out the LP kicks in and keeps it cold anyway. We quite often use the RV fridge as an overflow.

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Old 05-22-2018, 03:52 AM   #9
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LP the night before with an empty fridge should cool it down fine and use very little propane as others have suggested.

I donít know why you are concerned about using propane while you are not there. Same risk of venturing out during the day when you are out dry camping. If the flame goes out the system is designed to shut down and then the light flashes to let you know.

We also use one of those fans in the bottom of the fridge to help the air circulation. Not sure if it really helps but we do it anyway.

We do this almost every time we go camping. We used to plug in the night before but realized that was overkill and just turn on the LP.


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We're plugged into 30 amp at home. We turn on the fridge a day or two prior to a trip. No need for dry ice other than it's fun to play with.
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