The Freezer Salon

April 10, 2014  |  Airstream Blog

We’re taking advantage of our luxurious fully hooked up accommodations this week by doing some much needed chores.

Our Dometic refrigerator quickly builds up frost that grows to such a ridiculous size that it ends up taking most of the storage space in the freezer. So today, we emptied out the entire fridge and Brian took a hairdryer to it.

The project took less than an hour and the drawers and shelves have been cleaned and put back into place. Time to go grocery shopping. :)

Tomorrow we’re heading north. We usually don’t drive on Fridays because of my job, but I took it off so we could spend the weekend in Big Sur where stable cell service is hard to find. We’ll be back online Sunday.

Wandering With Purpose gave their freezer a blowout, have you?

2014 Cost of Camping:
**$180 for 6 nights through Friday 4/11**
16 night paid camping
84 nights free camping
100 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $485
Daily average cost of camping: $4.85

 

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9 Comments


  1. This is one of the many reasons why I am so glad we traded ours for a residential frig. But boondocking like you guys do would be hard with an all electric frig.

  2. Big Sur! We look forward to your comments about pulling your rig along this exhilarating stretch of highway. I distinctly remember an artwork exhibited at Ragged Point Inn which showed the artist’s imagination of cars crawling along the cliff-hanging highway like flys on a screen door.

    BTW, no ice buildup as yet with our Dometic freezer. Do you switch the unit to propane when traveling or do you “unpower” the fridge while driving? We run ours (‘cept when refueling at gas stations).

  3. Thanks for the reminder! It is time for me to give the freezer a blow-out again. :)

  4. I have heard that it is not good to use a hair dryer’s extreme heat on a freezer, but have forgotten why. When it is time to defrost the Lazy Daze refrigerator, I turn the refrigerator off before bedtime, leave it off all night, and then attack it in the morning. The food doesn’t thaw out, but the ice starts to come away on its own a bit because there is no continuous freezing on the walls to restick the ice. The job doesn’t seem to take as long, and you can get your food resituated more quickly.

    Best to eat up all the ice cream first, though – just in case! ;->

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

    • Hi Judie, I wonder why. This is our second defrost and so far it’s been fine. Good idea about defrosting overnight. :)

  5. Exactly how I use to defrost my Dometic in our 28′ AS til yesterday. We smelled ammonia and I then went on AS forums to ask..is this puppy dying and the response was it is dead. Of course ours is over 11yrs old so go figure.

    Oh well $1600 later this week we will have the same model installed.

    Glad AS forums told us how dangerous it was and everything now is in a Coleman Xtreme ice chest. Guess now we are really camping.

    take care and have fun! Kat

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