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Old 04-25-2016, 10:38 AM   #1
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Refrigerator mold

Our frig seems to stay damp. While we're on the road, it stays a little damp, but when we're parked at home and the frig is empty, it begins to grow mold. Our only solution is to either keep our 19-footer plugged into electricity or keep the doo to the frig open. Has anyone else had this problem And how have you solved it?
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:45 AM   #2
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After each use, wipe it out and prop the door(s) open and leave it that way. When new they come with a plastic standoff(s) that attach to the latch and can prop the door(s) open; the also double as tray dividers inside the fridge when is use.

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Old 04-25-2016, 10:49 AM   #3
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:54 AM   #4
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To get rid of mold that's already there, wash the interior with white wine vinegar. After hurricane Katrina, white wine vinegar was one of the most popular— and inexpensive— mold removers in the area.

To get rid of condensation, propping the door open works most areas, but along the Gulf Coast the air is so damp anyway that it doesn't help much. Closing up the fridge with a tub of Damp-Rid inside on the bottom of the fridge works reasonably well.

An SOB owner I know swears by a shallow tray of clean kitty litter in the bottom of his fridge to soak up moisture, but since he owns an SOB and not a proper Airstream he might be pulling my leg on that one. I haven't tried it. If it works it's a lot cheaper than Damp-Rid!
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:29 AM   #5
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Hi from AZ. . . Here in the Southwest, we keep an open bucket of water in the AS to ADD moisture. We also have a hold open device for the reefer from Amazonia. . . it's all in your perspective, eh ?. . . regards, Craig
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We have three five gallon buckets of water in the Classic to keep the Hickory cabinetry from drying out and cracking while in storage in the 115 degree heat, even though the unit is stored under roof. The refrigerator is held open by a freezer divider.

The 23D gets a couple of buckets of water as well and we use a wadded up cloth to hold the refrigerator door open and one to keep the spring loaded freezer door ajar.

We will come up with a similar arrangement when the Dometic refrigerators are removed next month and replaced with Vitrifrigo units.
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:41 AM   #7
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Don't forget that your fridge will generate some moisture/condensation as it warms up after you turn it off. There's that little drip tray underneath the cooling fins.

I usually do a quick wipe-up after parking it for storage and then leave the doors slightly ajar with a towel on top that'll prevent it from ever fully closing.

Lastly, I leave a couple of those little silica gel packets inside - not sure how much that helps, but it makes me feel better. I now save those little packets whenever I come across one in packaging of items I purchase and have them scattered around the trailer in addition to leaving out a few buckets of damp-rid.
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What about charcoal..when we moved with van lines they recommended charcoal for the fridge.

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