How to Keep your RV fridge cooler and maximize efficiency
Date Posted:8 September 2016
When the weather warms up you want to keep your beers as cool as possible. Installing a fridge screen on your caravan can keep your fridge running more efficiently.
Keeping your cool
A good trip on the road is about relaxing and enjoying the great outdoors. We all know that delicious food helps make a holiday great and the last thing you need while you're away is a bout of food-borne illness or an box full of rotten edibles. To make sure this doesn't happen to you, there are a few simple steps you can take to get your ice box or fridge working to its optimum potential.
Before you go
Preparation is key to keeping your cool, so take a few simple steps in the days leading up to your trip. If you're using a refrigerator, connect it to the mains and getting it running a couple of days before you leave. This will mean the fridge will be nice and cool before you put any food or drinks in it and you will not waste energy trying to cool the fridge down or risk any food going off while doing so. It's also a really good idea to get your outlets and wiring checked by an auto-electrician to ensure that it's up to the job of running the refrigerator.
If you're using an ice box/esky, the night before you leave put a layer of crushed ice in the bottom. Doing this will make sure the box is nice and cool before you put the main ice and food in.
It's important to cool all your food and drinks before you put them in the ice box or the refrigerator. This will help save ice and/or power later on, as well as keeping your food safe from deterioration.
If you're using an ice box, it's best to use block ice rather than crushed ice as it won't melt as quickly. If you're making your own ice add some salt or, better yet, use salt water as the freezing temperature for salt water is lower than fresh water and will actually make your ice colder!
If you're using a fridge, try not to overfill it as it will struggle to keep everything cold. The opposite is true if you're using an ice box, a full ice box will keep everything colder by preventing the ice from melting.
On the road
Once you're away, you'll be trying to keep your fridge or ice box as cool as possible to keep food fresh and beers ice cold. The best way to do this is to keep your fridge or ice box out of the sun, and the prime way to do this is by covering it with a sunscreen shade. A sunscreen protects the fridge from heat and improves its running efficiency.
Also, it may seem obvious, but an important thing to remember is to not open your fridge or ice box too much and let in the warm air, which will undo all your good preparation work.
Now you're all set to eat, drink and be merry on your next camping adventure!