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Old 07-13-2015, 03:03 PM   #1
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Filling Refrigerator before trip??

So far I put our refrigerator items in a cooler while driving to our destination. We do turn it on the day before so it is reasonably cold when we get there. Once we arrive I transfer the items to the fridge. I then empty the refrigerator into the cooler for the trip home. I am afraid of having heavy items like quarts of milk and juice, glass bottles of things, etc. I guess I am concerned that items moving around will damage the door and the lock. What does everyone else do?

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Old 07-13-2015, 03:11 PM   #2
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We pre-cool it, load it. No precautions other than not leaving glass on glass, etc.

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Old 07-13-2015, 03:19 PM   #3
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Chill >48 hours ahead; and fill >24 hours ahead.

Make sure that tall, tippy items are surrounded by more stable objects.

Switch off fridge in transit.
At destination, activate fridge as quickly as possible after trailer is leveled.
1st opening after transit, open door slowly, watch for tipped items.
It's been several years since something fell out or spoiled.
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Old 07-13-2015, 03:22 PM   #4
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We pre-cool & pre-load too then use refrigerator spring adjustable white bars from Camco to keep things from moving around. They can be found at Camping World or Amazon for example.
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Old 07-13-2015, 03:39 PM   #5
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We pre-cool and load our fridge prior to departure without tension bars. We however leave our fridge ON while in transit. We tend to place 1/2 gallon of milk container in the door shelf and load heavier or items that are tall, we load them on the bottom shelf and lighter items on the upper shelves.
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Old 07-13-2015, 03:49 PM   #6
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Turn it on 2 days before trip. Load all the items the day before the trip. Let it run on propane while traveling. Refrigerator was designed to be used that way.
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Old 07-13-2015, 03:55 PM   #7
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We usually turn our on a week before. And load it in the days before a trip. It stays plenty cold even on 5 hour rides. Never had anything break or spill. Sometimes we'll put in a bottle of wine. Lay it on it's side and pack things around it.

For longer trips we usually make a grocery stop shortly after arrival. We don't take longer trips too often.
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Old 07-13-2015, 04:40 PM   #8
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We cool ours off in the driveway for 4-5 days before departure (home and plugged in Sunday evening for a departure the following Thursday or Friday). I make ice in it all week to build up a supply for the trip. Stuff inside the fridge gets packed so that it doesn't fall over, but DW still will leave her insulated water mug in there and it is the only thing that ever tips over; spills water all over the place, and she won't stop doing it! Other than that, most everything stays where we put it. Most of the groceries for our trip go directly from the car into the camper right after they're purchased. I find the drawer to be a handy place to put oddly shaped items that might move around. I once discovered that you can put a significant number of beer cans in there!

We too travel with the fridge on propane. We don't make fuel stops with the trailer in tow frequently (like once or twice in almost 2 years). If we do, I make sure to fuel up at a place where the trailer is far away from the pumps, like way out on the end. We don't have tunnels down here.

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I look at it this way...I get the TT 24 hrs before we leave and plug in to cool down fridge and freezer before we leave. We pack what we have in the house already (no need to let things go to waste....not to mention, I'm cheap!)) and use the fridge/freezer as a cooler when we travel. When we get to our destination, we inevitable end up at some form or fashion of a grocery store. Works for us!

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Old 07-13-2015, 06:12 PM   #10
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Ours is on for a week before a trip so DW can pack it at her leisure. We also leave it running on propane while traveling.

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