My RV repair shop receives a common complaint from customers, and that is their RV refrigerator is not cooling well in the summer months. Today, I’ll talk about RV refrigerators’ poor air circulation, which causes a lengthy cool-down period and can spoil food. This is important to know as summer heat quickly approaches. The best solution? A fridge fan.
The fridge fan I recommend is the Valterra Fridge Cool Fan, which reduces food spoilage and cuts down cool-down time by 50%.
This fridge fan can run for more than 30 days on two D-sized batteries.
This fan also has a convenient easy on/off switch. These units are primarily designed for propane absorption units and not compressor fridges.
Ways to improve RV refrigerator cooling
- Keep your unit level when parked
- Turn on your refrigerator a day or two before leaving on 110-volt side.
- Make sure you’re not keeping the doors open longer than necessary when getting food in and out of the unit.
- Park the RV refrigerator side in the shade.
- Keep your batteries charged or, when possible, operate on 110 volts.
- Don’t overfill the refrigerator with too much food. Doing so will block off the airflow.
- When resupplying or stocking up the unit, add food and drinks that have already been pre-cooled. (Example would be taking out of your house refrigerator and putting inside the RV refrigerator.)
- Use an RV refrigerator thermometer to keep an eye on the temps.
- Install an interior refrigerator fan to help circulate the air.
As a reminder, RV refrigerators can take as long as 24 hours to reach optimal cooling temperatures.
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