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Ideas to help keep your food cool with the Refrigerator turned
off on a travel day or on a HOT day.

1.   Use a battery operated fan inside your refrigerator. This distributes the cool air to other parts of the refrigerator.
2.   Install a remote digital thermometer outside your refrigerator. Wire tie the sensor to the top shelf. A 40F temperature is the best. You can tell how well your refrigerator is doing without opening the door. Cool air falls, is heavier than warm air, when you open the refrigerator door.
3.   Place a 12 VDC 4” Fan under the refrigerator vent, and mount on the bird screen with a wire tie. Add a 105F thermostat, ON/OFF switch, and of course, an inline fuse to this circuit.
4.   Measure from the cooling coils in back of your refrigerator to the inside surface of your RV wall. If this space is too great, install a barrier on the top edge of the outside opening to force the air to flow across your cooling coils. We used a piece of vinyl siding. See the Refrigerator Manufacturers INSTALLATION Instructions for the proper spacing. The refrigerator is designed for a certain Air Flow (CFM) for maximum efficiency.
5.   Do not add uncooled, or unfrozen items until late in the day to allow your refrigerator to catch up.
6.   The day before a move day, turn your refrigerator to the coldest temperature possible. (Some models do not have this feature.)
7.   Use frozen artificial ice to lengthen the time the refrigerator section cooling may remain colder on a travel day. Leave this artificial ice in the freezer prior to your move day.
8.   Park your RV with the refrigerator shaded during the hottest part of the day.
9.   Annually perform the maintenance duties prescribed in your owner’s manual.
10.   Close your slides to reduce the space you intend to cool, close off parts of the RV that don’t need cooling.
1.   Your air conditioner is designed for a 20F temperature drop. If it is 100F outside, the best your air conditioner can do is 80F in the best of circumstances.
2.   Clean your air filters weekly, or sooner if needed.
3.   Annually perform the needed preventive maintenance, clean the coils under the outside cover and other items listed in your owner’s manual.
4.   Pull down your shades, and add insulation to your windows when necessary.
5.   Park in the shade, but examine the trees and structures for possible wind damage before doing so.
6.   A water mister may be attached to your awning, or awning rail in low humidity climates to help keep your RV cool. A timer could be added, maybe 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to save water. Use a water filter if the water is hard.
7.   Go on a day trip, or to the swimming pool on a HOT day.
8.   Monitor your AC voltage, the minimum is 107 volts, the maximum is 130 volts.
9.   Close or block off living areas not needed.
10.   Pay close attention to your pets. Do they have water at all times, and can they retreat to the cooler floor areas?
11.   Avoid the steam and warmth of cooking inside on a HOT day. Cook outdoors or in the earliest and latest part of the day.
12.   Dress in light colored clothing; sit under the shade and enjoy your new found location.
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