Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Fact or Fiction? Outside temperatures can be too cold for an RV refrigerator to cool

RV blogs, social media groups and YouTube videos have exploded over the past couple of years. Some provide great information, others questionable information and some downright bad information. Can you tell the difference? In this regular column, we will post a question based on information we find online. You can then test your RV prowess by seeing how your answer compares with our experts.

Today’s Question

Fact or Fiction? Outside temperatures can be too cold for an RV absorption refrigerator to cool.
*Paraphrased/condensed from this source.

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Dave Helgeson
Dave Helgeson
Dave Helgeson has been around travel trailers his entire life. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership long before the term “RV” had been coined. He has served in every position of an RV dealership with the exception of bookkeeping. Dave served as President of a local chapter of the RVDA (Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association), was on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college and was a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. He and his wife Cheri operated their own RV dealership for many years and for the past 29 years have managed RV shows. Dave presents seminars at RV shows across the country and was referred to as "The foremost expert on boondocking" by the late Gary Bunzer, "The RV Doctor". Dave and his wife are currently on their fifth travel trailer with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications on his own unit.



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John (@guest_218071)
10 months ago

Well I have absorption fridge and I find the opposite. In really hot weather, I sometimes find it can’t keep up, and get real frustrated when wife keeps door open for more than a second or two. But when we’ve camped in cold weather, it does great. Often the fridge gets so cold water jug begins to freeze and I have to move it off the coldest setting.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_218062)
10 months ago

Altitude is also a factor.

Steve Comstock (@guest_218048)
10 months ago

When you pose the question, “Fact or Fiction,” it is implied that after one guesses, the true answer must be given. Right?

DW/ND (@guest_218151)
10 months ago
Reply to  Steve Comstock

Steve: Click the link under the picture……..

Marlene Syverson (@guest_217936)
10 months ago

So true as it happened. I put a small light outside in fridge compartment and worked like a charm.

Tom E (@guest_217923)
10 months ago

What? Asking an opinion question on a fact.

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