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Old 04-19-2014, 03:07 PM   #1
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Hi all,

We are going to take about a two month road trip cross country this summer. We will be staying in both camp grounds and RV parks when needed. We want to keep provisions for about two on board if we decide to stay out, only requiring water and dump station.

Has anyone used dry ice to store meats or other frozen goods in the bays in ice chests? If so, how did it work? If you have used other methods, what and how did they work? As everyone knows, the fridge and freezer in these beasts are a little small and the chew a lot of energy if not on shore power or propane.

Thanks for all your assistance.
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Frozen food storage

Personally, I would only take what will fit in the fridge/freezer. I hope you are towing a dinghy, so you can go shopping from time to time. You can fit a LOT of food in an RV fridge, plus you can take things like pasta & sauce, or other items to make that you do not need to refridgerate or freeze.

We have done several one to two month trips and never were that far from a market. Only time you would need to really stock up is if you are boondocking in the wilderness for an extended time period.
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I'll agree with the others...even on our Alaska trip, we found no reason to carry all the food stuffs we had on board. Shopping in the little out of the way Mom & Pop grocery stores can be fun and you can run into some great baked goods. We also carried an extra large cooler...we never used it except to store trash bags and odds and ends.
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You didn't mention what kind of rig you'll be taking thus trip in.... I purchased one of these ref/freezer for a 6 week trip we took last year and it was fantastic .... I put mine on a slide in my coach's basement but it can actually go anywhere.... Works off AC/DC and switches automatically.... It's a 63 quart unit (110 soft drinks or full trip of frozen meals) Draws very little from a 12V deep cycle battery and it will keep food frozen SOLID for the entire time....
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Ernest, I have to say I like your solution. I note you have a 40+ft rig. I have a 2000 Newmar Dutch Star 38ft. I think my bays may be a little smaller on both height and width. What are the dimensions, weight and brand of the freezer box? I do also think the recommendations of the other members are worthy of consideration. I sailed the inter-coastal waterways of the east coast from NC to Virginia many years ago. One of the most memorable portions of the trip was talking/meeting all the people in the little towns around the river locks. I guess half the pleasure of the trip should be the journey to the destination.

Thanks everyone for your opinions and suggestions.
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I have never been in a town that doesn't have a grocery store.

You travel for the experience and to me, that means finding and eating the local food.

We also have a basement freezer plus the freezer in our residential fridge. Those are used for bringing back home some of the local eats we find so we can enjoy them later.
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why not just run the fridge on propane when you can't hook up? they barely use any propane at all.
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Draws very little from a 12V deep cycle battery
Really? My Norcold basement freezer takes my (4) 6V deep cycle batteries down to their knees if I travel all day without plugging in or running the generator. When I arrive at a full hook up and plug in, the converter goes into fault mode within a few minutes. I've chosen to only use it when I will be somewhere for a while. When I am in the travelling mode, I just empty it and turn it off.
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My Edgestar basement freezer draws VERY little battery juice once I've plugged it into AC and cooled it down to the 25 degrees I keep it at when I'm traveling.... It actually is only "maintaining" once it's cold so it draws very little.... We boondocked numerous days on our trip and had no issues... Food was always frozen ... Keep in mind , you will also have your gen to keep your batteries up ....

ALSO: we went to the FMCA rally in Perry, GA last month and boondocked for seven days straight and ran the gen a few hours each day and all our food in the basement freezer stayed solid.....
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Before we leave on our 2-4 month outings the wife cooks up a lot of meats unseasoned, then packages in two for dinner size and freeze. Also repacage a lot of things for the freeze to save space and we usually come home with a bit left. As to propane for the fridge I would say a lot cheaper than Dry Ice to keep things frozen. and with our tank we fill about once a year need it or not. The xception is in cold weather when the furnace needs to run a lot then maybe two times a year. Plus the cost of finding dry ice every couple three days.

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It can be done. Just do a search on Burning Man Survival tips. Many Burnwrs have perfected keeping foods frozen as well as tips for boondocking for extended periods of time. Just put a layer of newspaper between your food and the dry ice. Your frozen food should be fine.
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I'm sorry but if I'm on vacation trying to enjoy myself two things I don't want to have to worry abt are finding dry ice and having my food thaw out and ruin.....

Ditto on cooking lots of meals on advance and freezing them.... Saves tons of prep time which is great....
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Here is a link to an an article on food storage and handling of dry ice

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