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How To Pack an RV Refrigerator

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Learning how to pack an RV refrigerator efficiently is a critical aspect of successful RV camping. In this post, I share with you some RV fridge storage ideas to help you pack your refrigerator more efficiently.

Unlike the refrigerator at home, the space is limited in an RV fridge and every square inch counts. Moreover, the dynamics of traveling can result in a haphazard mess if not packed properly.

How To Pack An RV Refrigerator
How To Pack An RV Refrigerator

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

RV Fridge Organization Tips

The standard RV fridge is much smaller than what you have at home.  Learning how to pack an RV refrigerator isn’t as hard as you might think, however.

Much like organizing your RV pantry and RV kitchen cabinets, RV fridge organization just takes a bit of thought, sorting, and planning. 

How to Pack an RV Refrigerator

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– The RV refrigerator shelves on the upper section are the second warmest spot in your RV fridge but have 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.
How To Pack An RV Refrigerator
How To Pack An RV Refrigerator

RV Refrigerator Storage Ideas

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.
fridge ziploc bag
rv fridge container

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.

fridge mesh bags

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.

How to Keep Food from Falling Out of Your RV Fridge

After organizing your fridge, ensure all items are secure and will not fall over once your RV gets moving. 

  • 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.
rv fridge brace
  • 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.
rv fridge tension bars
  • 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 hours before leaving, and 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.   

Camping Food Hacks

Menu planning is a great way to ensure you have good RV fridge organization. Simply thinking through your menu ahead of time, developing a grocery list, and having a plan will help you save space in the RV camper fridge as well as save money. 

Be sure to check out all of our tips on how to plan a camping menu and our free camping menu planner.

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Now that you’ve organized your RV Fridge, you’d want to read about how to keep food from falling out of RV fridge for the next time you go on the road and also how to keep your RV fridge from molding as part of aftercare for your RV fridge.

And if you’re traveling with a baby on board, here is everything you need to know about traveling in an RV with a Baby.

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