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Old 12-07-2009, 07:34 PM   #1
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Ice making in an Airstream

Hi..I saw the light and switched from a motorhome to an Airstream(classic 25). We're planning to take off after Christmas and am looking for some advice on how effective the freezer is in making ice? Or do I invest in an ice making machine? We're heading south and I certainly don't want to have to drink warm margarita's.

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Old 12-07-2009, 07:54 PM   #2
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So far we have had good luck with our small freezer. I got 4 tiny ice trays at Camping World. I usually get the fridge going a day before we take a trip. Freeze the 4 trays to start out. Most often if we are at a park they have ice. But if we are not in a park, I can freeze the 4 trays twice a day. Fill them in the evening after the martinis and then again in the am. Keep a ziploc with ice also. As we prepare to spend more time on the road, I do also have a Magic Chef ice maker that I could throw in, but that does require power.

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My refer (Dometic) is great for making ice, BUT it takes up space that could be better used for food and makes a limited amount of ice. Im going to get one of the ice makers as soon as I can.

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Old 12-07-2009, 08:04 PM   #4
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Ice making in silicon


I bought two of those silicon ice cube trays. These are flexible and make a square cube. These trays are great because you can bake in them too!.

I tend to store the excess cubes in a ziplock bag in a container.

In moderate weather, one tray per person per day is plenty. In hot weather , I double it.

(These come in fun shapes too - like cactus forms)
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:30 PM   #5
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Usually we buy a bag of ice and put it in the freezer compartment. We have made ice using ice trays, but a bag of ice lasts for a week easy. Works for us.
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:59 PM   #6
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We have the Emerson ice maker from Target bought on sale for $99 and would not leave home without it.

I think it will make 30# of ice per day, it will not keep ice frozen the ice it drops into a bin in a cooler and when the cubes melt the water is pumped back up to make more ice.

Sometimes we leave it on 24/7 and sometimes we will make up a batch and put it in the freezer I think it takes 7 min to make the 1st batch.
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:22 PM   #7
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Ours will make ice easily but the trays take up precious space. A Not to mention...when we make Margaritas we make them in group quantities which tends to outpace the freezer capacity pretty quickly.

We travel with a large cooler for beverage storage so we just raid the cooler for our ice needs.

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Old 12-07-2009, 09:25 PM   #8
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Sounds like the combo of: ice in freezer, ice in cooler, buying ice in a bag, and ice making machine is the answer.
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:19 PM   #9
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We use the ice cube tray and zip lock system. Has worked well for us for years. We have never had to buy ice except when we are doing a group. Usually everyone at a gathering has their own ice.

We don't like to pay for frozen water.
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We have found that we can make all the ice we need...

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