Traveling with Your RV Refrigerator On or Off?

There is an ongoing debate among RVers about whether or not to travel with the refrigerator operating on propane.

After hearing both sides of the debate, I can tell you there is no real consensus and both sides are adamant in their beliefs. As far as I can tell there is no right or wrong answer, it’s up to you to decide what’s right for you.

However you may not have to travel with your RV refrigerator on at all.

If you travel less than four to five hours a day you may be able turn your refrigerator off and it will stay cold enough to keep your food fresh. You can even open the door to get lunch or a cold drink if you don’t open it too many times.

If you decide to travel with the refrigerator off here are some tips for keeping things cold.

  • Start the refrigerator the day before you plan to travel.
  • Put cold soft drinks and beer etc. in the refrigerator the night before.
  • Pack the refrigerator full. Use the cold drinks to fill space.
  • Pack the freezer full.
  • Make sure everything is cold before you turn the refrigerator off.
  • Plan ahead… know what you want before you open the door and get everything you want at one time.


Learn more about Running your RV Refrigerator while on the Road.

Get more tips for Keeping Your RV Refrigerator Cool.

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