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Old 09-14-2016, 04:58 PM   #1
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About to take my first trip in my new to me MH. My drive way is far too slanted for me to level to the extent that I can use the refrigerator while parked here. My question is, how do people handle that as far as keeping food cool until you're on the road and the refrigerator hasn't had time to cool off?
I had planned on turning it on the day before and loading it the morning of the trip but as I can't do that, what are some suggestions? Could I put dry ice in the fridge or should I just carry a cooler. Also, how long does it generally take for the fridge to come to temp while running on propane?

Thanks for the help!

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I would put food in your fridge the day you are ready to leave. It'll take a few hours for propane to chill down the fridge, but if your food starts cold you'll be fine.

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Dry ice or cubes in fridge, food is the last thing you bring aboard. Load, start the fridge, and fly!
The fridge should be okay by morning.
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About to take my first trip in my new to me MH. My drive way is far too slanted for me to level to the extent that I can use the refrigerator while parked here. My question is, how do people handle that as far as keeping food cool until you're on the road and the refrigerator hasn't had time to cool off?
I had planned on turning it on the day before and loading it the morning of the trip but as I can't do that, what are some suggestions? Could I put dry ice in the fridge or should I just carry a cooler. Also, how long does it generally take for the fridge to come to temp while running on propane?
Thanks for the help!
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I suggest you allow the fridge to cool overnight somewhere where the coach CAN be parked level... then drive it into your driveway, turn the refrigerator OFF and load it with only pre-cooled foodstuffs and beverages.

However two 1# blocks of dry ice in the refrigerator and one 1# block, (all 3 wrapped in newspaper), might cool it sufficiently in 8-12 hours so you do not have to run the fridge until you have it loaded and you leave your driveway.
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We just completed a short trip:

1) food in cooler
2) reefer on propane just before leaving
3) food transferred to reefer on arrival at destination

Our driveway is not as bad as yours, I guess, because I've also been known to level the coach with blocks before leaving.

Soft-sided coolers are easier to store.
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Thanks to all for the replies. Great suggestions.

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we buy a bag of ice and put half into a bowl then into the freezer and fridge. its works like a charm
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About to take my first trip in my new to me MH. My drive way is far too slanted for me to level to the extent that I can use the refrigerator while parked here. My question is, how do people handle that as far as keeping food cool until you're on the road and the refrigerator hasn't had time to cool off?
I had planned on turning it on the day before and loading it the morning of the trip but as I can't do that, what are some suggestions? Could I put dry ice in the fridge or should I just carry a cooler. Also, how long does it generally take for the fridge to come to temp while running on propane?

Thanks for the help!

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We have the same situation. I pull the coach (38') forward into the street just enough to get reasonably level. I let my neighbors know the reason and that we're leaving the next morning (never had a problem).

We turn the refrigerator on first with the shore-power plug in (or LP if you are too far away) in the morning or worst case in the early afternoon. By evening we have a cold refrig!!!
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