We would like to be able to have the ability to use an electric compact fridge as an ice box when we're dry camping but plug it in when were somewhere with hookups. Has anyone had any experiance on this?

We have a very small trailer so were looking at a fridge no larger that 4cubic feet.

Since the firdge would be a regular fridge without a drain hole i was thinking of using milk cartens filled with ice so the water stays in the carten. But i wonder how effective this is. Would we be better off on just buying a real ice box?


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i did this for awhile in my rig only i put the ice into a plastic pan to hold the water.ialso used plastic soda bottles that stayed frozen for awhile.     larry

I did this years ago in my van camper but used dry ice, worked well lasted about three days.

Tell me more about using dry ice. How does that work? Doesn't it need to be in water to activate?


Carmella & kevin, I've always found these 12 Volt Igloos handy and relatively inexpensive on Ebay, etc.

Here's and interesting "twist" using a few Harbor Freight Solar Panels, maybe for "extended" dry camping LINK


PS. These electric dc coolers are no good once unplugged after about 3 hours. And a good old max insulation Coleman cooler with 2 blocks of ice in the bottom and bubble wrap over the top works great for 3 days "or so" too.




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