Shifting from living in a spacious house to living in a house on wheels is challenging. If there is something this lifestyle will teach you, it is the art of organizing. Nowhere is this more true than in learning how to organize your RV fridge.
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Making clever of every space available is key to making that step towards an organized and clutter free RV fridge.
Here are our best tips for maximizing the space in your RV fridge.
How to Organize RV fridge
Unless you have done an RV remodel to replace your RV fridge with a larger one, you know that the standard RV fridge is much smaller than what you have at home.
Learning how to organize your RV fridge the right way means you can enjoy fresh and good-tasting food for more extended periods.
Failing to do so will lead to losing your money every time you throw out spoiled or rotten food. Here are some genius ways you can organize your RV fridge without the hassle.
Plan your meals in advance
Meal planning will help you avoid overpacking food. Thinking through your menu ahead of time and developing a grocery list will help you save space in the RV camper fridge as well as save money.
Match Food to Its Proper Location
The common RV fridge has 4 zones and each zone has its characteristics and features that you would want to consider before you put your food inside.
- Door– This is the warmest part of the fridge. Place water or condiments instead of dairies that easily spoil.
- Upper shelves– This is the second warmest spot in your RV fridge but has a consistent temperature compared to the door. Food that doesn’t require cooking is perfect for this spot.
- Bottom shelves– This is the coldest area in the fridge and is a great location to store your milk, cheese, and eggs. It is possible to store meat in this area but make sure that they are inside plastic bags or containers so it won’t come directly into contact with other food.
- Drawers– They usually come with humidity controllers and are a perfect spot for containing most types of veggies.
Ditch Packaging and Use Containers
Using containers instead of leaving them in their packaging is a helpful trick if you want to save space inside and organize your RV fridge.
- Ziploc bags– Divide portions of food and place them inside heavy duty ziploc bags.
- Stackable containers keeps your food fresh and better organize the space inside your RV fridge.
Use Mesh Bags to Store Fruits and Veggies Inside the Fridge
To prevent premature spoilage and keep fresh produce from sliding or rolling around as you travel, put your fresh produce inside a mesh bag.
Mesh bags are perfect for containing your fruits and veggies inside the fridge because they allow air to pass through your produce while it is stored inside the fridge.
Say No to Overpacking!
Carefully planning your meals and choosing which food items to store in your fridge is important.
When you have too much food stuffed inside your fridge air circulation inside becomes an issue.
RV fridges have cooling fans that allow cool air to circulate. Cool temperature prevents bacteria from multiplying. With poor air circulation, your food tends to spoil easily.
Camping Meals shouldn’t leave you stuck in the RV prepping all the food while everyone else is outside enjoying nature.
Camping meals should be some of the best memories you make with the family at the campground.
With a good menu plan and grocery list beforehand, you can spend less time prepping your camping meals and more time enjoying the great outdoors with your family.
With our Digital Camping Meal Menus and Grocery Lists, you will:
- Be able to create your grocery lists on your phone or laptop.
- Edit them on the go or at home.
- Download PDF printable versions when needed.
- Keep on your particular eating style or budget even while camping.
Keep your food secured inside the Fridge
After organizing your fridge, ensure all items are secure and will not fall over once your RV gets moving.
- Bins– Fit awkwardly shaped food inside your fridge by putting them in bins.
- RV fridge brace– Place them in between your fridge’s shelf bars and lock your food in place. These small tools don’t take up much space inside your RV fridge.
- Tension Bars– Add them inside your fridge to divide the space into smaller and tighter areas where you can contain your food without worrying that it might roll or slide while you’re on the road.
- Binder clips– Binder clips are similar to the fridge brace and can be anchored to your shelf bars to lock your food in place.
- Bungee cord– Use a bungee cord if your RV fridge doesn’t have a latch to secure its door.
Care Tips for your RV fridge
Remember that, like any other appliance, your RV fridge needs maintenance to last. Be sure to check your RV owner’s manual for proper upkeep procedures and have it inspected during your annual winterizing routine.
Power On The RV Refrigerator Before You Pack It
One good tip is to power up your RV fridge 24 hrs. before leaving, allow it to cool fully before you decide to stuff everything inside.
Level Your RV
There are many reasons why you should adequately level your RV, but maintaining your RV’s refrigerator is one of the most important ones.
If your RV is more than 2 degrees off the plum level, it can cause severe damage to your RV fridge.
Shade the Fridge Side of The RV
On hot sunny days, your fridge works double-time to maintain the cold temperature inside, and a little shade or cover can totally make a difference.
Refrain From Opening Fridge Doors Frequently
Frequently opening your fridge doors for an extended period can also affect your RV fridge performance.
Not only will it be a waste of energy, but it would also be hard for your fridge to maintain the ideal temperature if you constantly open and browse inside.
What do you do with an RV fridge when not in use?
Now that you have returned from your RV camping trip, how should you care for your RV fridge? The answer to this question lies in how you use your RV.
- If you frequently use your RV and have another trip planned within the week, it’s okay to keep your RV fridge ON. Keeping it on prevents mold from accumulating inside.
- However, if you are not planning to camp soon, you must clean all the food out of your RV fridge, wipe down the inside adequately, and turn it OFF. It’s also a good idea to prop open the doors of the fridge and freezer by placing a towel or a paper towel tube between the doors. This allows all the moisture to dry out and prevents mold.
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