Friday, December 8, 2023


Do you have an automatic ice maker in your RV?

Many newer RVs come with automatic ice makers, but not all. And certainly, not many older RVs do. Do you have an automatic ice maker in your RV?

If you’re in the market for a small, portable ice maker, we recently came across this post on our Facebook group, RV Advice (which may have sparked this poll question…) from Sophie Adalyn. Sophie wrote, “Bought an ice maker for the camper and in 12 hours this is what we got. We mostly use ice for the coolers and it gets expensive buying ice. I think at this rate we could sell ice. Love it!”

That’s a lot of ice! You can find the ice maker she used here.

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Bob Palin (@guest_136052)
2 years ago

I don’t make or use ice at all!

Chris (@guest_135819)
2 years ago

Built into freezer works great just need to turn off before traveling or it will freeze the cube dumper.

KEN DIEBOLD (@guest_135706)
2 years ago

Nope. Don’t need one. If I’m having people over I’ll get a bag of ice for the cooler. Get my cold beer and soda out of the refrigerator.

John and Joyce Klein (@guest_135702)
2 years ago

We have a portable ice maker, same as the one shown here. It works great. We get home in the evening from our volunteer work, hit the on button and in minutes we have ice. After a tray gets full we shut it off.

Jeff Craig (@guest_135693)
2 years ago

I bought an Opal nugget ice machine (think Sonic drive-in type ice) when they were in beta-testing, and when we go camping for more than a week it goes with us. Otherwise, we just bag up some and take it with us.

rich (@guest_135690)
2 years ago

and we love it!

Roy Davis (@guest_135682)
2 years ago

We actually could have clicked on two of these. I have a tabletop ice maker as well as a built in one. I use it when we are with a larger group to help provide for others as well.

Tom B (@guest_135681)
2 years ago

At only a buck A bag at dollar tree, I could buy a lot of ice for the cost of an ice maker.

rich (@guest_135691)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom B

our icemaker went south during a trip a few years ago and findimg smaller bags of ice to put in the ice tray proved problematic. Chik-fil-A to the rescue. there’s just the two of us but we go thru a lot of ice. thankfully Chik-fil-A was nearby in most places we stayed during the trip.

Chris Mead (@guest_135677)
2 years ago

Best part of the rv!

Gary Broughton (@guest_135673)
2 years ago

We freeze water bottles then peel them and cut them in half and have a giant ice cube. Lasts all day if not in sun light. When we worked in campground we got free ice.

Dennis (@guest_135672)
2 years ago

I have an ice maker in the residential fridge but it has never been on since new. I fill the ice bin from the house before leaving on a trip so I have ice if needed. In my last Motorhome I removed the ice maker to have more room in the freezer.

Gary G (@guest_135671)
2 years ago

No, we tried the counter top ice maker. Took up too much space, cost too much and you had to watch it and remove ice or it just melted in tray. Bags of ice are easier.

Rolling Coal (@guest_135669)
2 years ago

Yes, ice maker in fridge. We drink a lot of ice water. Need ice for cocktails. Dog loves ice water after a long walk. So simple to winterize. Wouldn’t have a motor home without it.

Richard (@guest_135668)
2 years ago

FT. Have ice maker but don’t use it. Over the years we’ve gotten used to non-iced drinks. The ice container space in freezer is used for more food. We do maintain re-freezable packs for a cooler.

Neal Davis (@guest_135667)
2 years ago

Our motorhome is all-electric with a residential refrigerator that has an ice dispenser in the door.

Don (@guest_135662)
2 years ago

Interesting fact: the ice maker in our 13 year old Norcold RV fridge makes better ice than the one in our nearly-new GE Fridge at home!

Karen Bates (@guest_135660)
2 years ago

We have an icemaker but don’t use it. We are not full time and it’s too difficult to get all the water out of the lines when winterizing. Probably taking it out this fall.

Steve S (@guest_135658)
2 years ago

Yes we do. We have a residential fridge

Mike Astley (@guest_135657)
2 years ago

We get by without ice cubes

David Dougherty (@guest_135685)
2 years ago
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Gary (@guest_135687)
2 years ago
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Shon (@guest_135653)
2 years ago

Good old fashioned ice trays for us.

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