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Old 09-17-2005, 11:50 AM   #1
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What is a good way to keep the cold in the fridge to stay cold or get colder.I have only used it once but had a hard time getting it to get cold quickly or several hours.Does this take time to get cold? What is the best way to keep items cold when traveling if i were coming home from a trip and had leftovers? Would i keep it running on propane.(I really dont want to do that.To dangerous for me.) Put some of those frozen blocks in there? Put one of those little fans in it to circulate the cold air? Just need some advise from all you pro Airstream travelers out there.Thanks
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I can't respond to the 'pro Airstream travelers' bit, but frozen blocks and a battery-powered fan will both help cool the fridge. I would recommend plugging the fridge in 24 hours prior to you planning to use it, and stocking it with cold goods as soon as it's cold enough. Ammonia-absorption fridges do not cool quickly. They generally take six to eight hours (or longer depending on the size of the fridge) to cool to operating temp.

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I would say cold packs and a little circulating fan would work just fine. Another thought, though I don't know if it would be safe, would be dry ice and a fan.

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This topic has been debated more then a few times. Yes it takes a while for RV friges to get cold. As far as traveling with the gas on, some people feel it is safe to travel like that. They will recomend that you turn it off when you gas up (it's the law). I never travel with the gas on, I do not want to take a risk of a line leak or a hose break. To keep things cool I use the blue freeze things. Before the trip I run the refrigerator and get everything cold. I put a few of the frozen blue things in and use a small battery powered fan to move the cool air around. When we camp and turn on the gas, I freze the blue things again and use the same setup on the way home. It works for me.
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The ammonia absorption cooling units take a while to chill out in the lower section. The freezer section may get cold in a couple of hours. The lower section takes many hours!
I like to start mine a day ahead, or at least the afternoon before the morning I load ... with pre-chilled items.
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Thanks you all.This is great info.I will start turning on the fridge before i leave for a trip so it will get cold.Also i think i will purchase one of those little fans for the fridge as well.I am slowly but surely getting everything i need.Seems like it is never ending though but i have to admit that this is fun doing things for the Airstream.
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