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Old 05-10-2013, 12:02 AM   #1
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cooling time

We have a new Dutchman with a fridge / freezer. We have it connected to
house power and have turned it on tonight. How long should we plan to get
it to a cold and frozen state.

Once we disconnect the power, and don't want to use gas while traveling. How long in normal day time temps can you travel and be safe with temperatures?

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Old 05-10-2013, 12:11 AM   #2
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24 hours is what the manufacturer usually says.

No harm in running it on propane while underway, I've done it for over 50 years.

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Old 05-10-2013, 12:14 AM   #3
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About 24 hours or a bit less to get it cold with our Norcold.

If you keep the door closed it will stay cool enough for about five to six hours.

As Mr_D mentioned, we too have always left ours on while traveling. Never had a problem.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:30 AM   #4
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We have always ran ref on propane when traveling, never had an issue
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Just remember to shut the fridge off when fueling up, and don't go to a station where there is a tanker making a delivery.
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I usually go over to storage and turn it on LP the night before we leave so it is good and cold when I pack up in the morning. then I leave it on lp for the trip
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I usually plug into shore power about 24 hrs before leaving. Another trick I've found is put frozen bottles of water in frig. Seems to help cool frig without using as much electric or LP, maybe just fooling myself but ill keep using this trick. We keep about a dozen in our deep freeze to use in place of ice for coolers and camping. When they thaw you have drinking water, instead of soggy food.
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Originally Posted by Mr_D View Post
24 hours is what the manufacturer usually says.

No harm in running it on propane while underway, I've done it for over 50 years.
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Run the frig on propane and not chance spoiling the food and the trip. You let it go for several hours and it will warm up. Then it will take another 10 hours or so to recover. Personally, I like my ice cream frozen and my beer cold.

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Cool all you food at home before moving it to your RV. 24 hrs isn't enough for my NotCold. Hope to update with the Amish cooling unit soon.
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My Dometic will usually freeze solid a couple of large blue ice packs within 24 hours of turning it on. I then use those to keep the fridge cold while traveling, then I stick them back in the freezer. I don't usually keep all that much in the freezer.
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It turned out it took less that 12 hours on electric.

Made our first trip this weekend and it worked out very nice. Only about 1 to 1.5 hour drive. The weather was perfect and had no real problems with
the new rig.
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:50 PM   #13
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We have never shut the Norcold off since we got the rig last August. It works great and keeps beer cold and ice cream hard. We keep stuff in it all the time so we never shut it off, so no need to cool it down. I have never even shut it off while fueling as I just never have. And my rig is gas. On a diesel there would be no worry. But on a gas rig, if you had the perfect storm you could have a fire. Our last rig we had 14 years and always keep the fridge on while traveling also. No need to shut them off.
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The night before we go camping we turn the fridge on using shore power. Then we go do our grocery shopping and put the cold food, milk, and everything in the fridge. Adding cold items helps cool the fridge faster imo. When its's time to leave we switch to lpg and off we go. Never have to worry about food going bad if the trip takes longer than we expected.

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