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Old 05-06-2011, 07:13 AM   #1
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Portable Ice Maker

Just recently purchased a 1998 Golden Falcon Fifth Wheel. It is permanently located in a park in Florida. I had forgotten how long it takes to make ice in an RV refrigerator. As the manual for the Norcold refer states, the freezer is meant to keep things frozen, as opposed to freezing things. The first day in the rv I stacked two ice cube trays in the freezer. 24 hours later, they still weren't frozen. Side by side worked better, but we were using too much valuable space in the freezer.

After doing some research, we purchased a Magic Chef Portable Ice Maker MCIM22TW from Walmart for $139. Our park doesn't sell ice, so this unit solved our problem. I turn it on at 3 PM, and we have a full bucket of ice at 5. This unit makes 9 cubes every 10 minutes. Actually, they look more like little bullets than cubes. At night I turn it off and the ice melts back into the reservoir ready for the next day. We do keep a small bag in the freeezer for daytime use. Now our freezer is used to keep frozen food. Also, the ice doesn't have any of that odor that often is present in ice made in the fridge. As the song goes, it's five o'clock somewhere..
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They do work good, lot of weight, tho.
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Hi,
I have used portable ice maker's for years. Very handy and fast. I have had three fail on me since we do travel a lot and I don't think they take the pounding in the fifth wheel that well. Costco always replaced them under warranty.
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I ordered one of these Magic Chef Portable Ice Maker MCIM22TW from Wal Mart site to store.

Thanks for the tip.

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I ordered one of these Magic Chef Portable Ice Maker MCIM22TW from Wal Mart site to store.

Thanks for the tip.

Dick
You will love it. And if you happen to be in a park where the water taste funny or suspicious, it is a lot easier to store bottled water than bags of ice.
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We ordered one from Target online a couple of years back. Really saved us from buying ice while we are camping. I have a small portable table I sit up outside and start making ice in the morning and we shut it off in the evening. Since we spend most of our time outside anyway its just a matter of emptying the tray in our coolers.
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Or you can buy it at Home Depot for $199.
Or Camping World for $333.

No surprise there.
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I also purchased the MC portable ice maker from KOHLS. Forgot and left it outside in the rain a couple of times, it still works fine.
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We wouldn't leave home without it.
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If you are at a park where the water tastes funny, you can always buy a water filter very inexpensive and they tend to make a huge difference from my experience.
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Got mine Site to store from Wal Mart on Tue and it made Ice fast. The cubes are a good size and I didn't have to be on watch to get them moved to the freezer before melting.

Were pleased so far.

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