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My Ice Cream Won’t Fit! On the Road RV Freezer Defrosting

| Updated Oct 12, 2013

About the 3rd week of a road trip we begin to have problems fitting stuff into the freezer.  It has been slowly filling up with frost for weeks.  But when the cartoon of ice cream doesn’t fit anymore we are desperate to fix the problem!

 We dreaded doing this on the road, but on our last trip it was clear we had to.  So we finished up the ice cream, purposely ran low on the food in the fridge, and scheduled some time for some RV freezer defrosting.

 It turned out to be simple, and only took about 15 minutes – half of which were packing the stuff in the fridge into our soft side cooler stored in the under-floor trunk.  That done, we got out Lynn’s travel blow-dryer, plugged it in and set it on the freezer door blowing hot hair into the freezer.

Blow Dryer has done the job!
The blow dryer has done the job!

While waiting for the freezer ice to melt, Lynn started cleaning the door shelves.  Before that job was half done there was water dripping from the freezer.  A couple of mop ups with a sponge and the ice fell off the top of the freezer compartment.  Then the bottom and sides were loose.  In less than 5 minutes the freezer was clean and dry.  It happened so fast we missed getting a photo before the ice was gone. 

Remember to empty the drip pan
Remember to empty the drip pan

We finished wiping out the fridge and dumped the drip pan which is under the fins in the fridge.  The fridge is now clean and dry.  We closed the door and turned the fridge back on.   It will take awhile to cool back down.

Freezer / Fridge Wireless Thermometer
Freezer / Fridge Wireless Thermometer

Since we use a double fridge / freezer wireless thermometer to monitor the temperatures, we stuck one of the sensors in the soft side cooler with the food and the other in the usual spot in the fridge.

 That way we could watch the fridge cool back down also make sure our food didn’t get too warm before the fridge / freezer had cooled back off enough to put the food back.  We were prepared to buy some ice, but that didn’t turn out to be necessary.

A feared task turned out to be no big deal.

Mike Wendland

Published on 2013-10-12

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

21 Responses to “My Ice Cream Won’t Fit! On the Road RV Freezer Defrosting”

October 20, 2014at9:40 pm, Janice Kennette said:

I tried this and it worked great.

October 20, 2014at9:19 pm, Mary Turcotte said:

I use a fan then I can straighten up the rest of the trailer.

October 20, 2014at4:42 pm, Rachel Burch said:

I do this in our rv also.

October 20, 2014at11:17 am, John Gardner said:

Yep..about the only reason I have a hair dryer aboard.

October 20, 2014at11:02 am, Bryan Brianna D Sloat said:

I use portable hair dryers for this and to dry out electronics too. Amazing once the cellphone is dry the battery will charge and the phone still works.

October 20, 2014at10:54 am, Lillian Anders said:

that’s how I defrost my freezer

September 10, 2014at6:45 pm, Joffre Perreault said:

If the ice cream will not fit buy a new Rv with a bigger freezer.

September 10, 2014at4:14 pm, John Rivero said:

Thanks for the tip.

September 05, 2014at4:22 pm, Patricia Lyon Kennedy said:

Works. Like. A charm!

September 04, 2014at1:40 am, Denise McConachie said:

We never have to defrost. The inventory is always moving and changing so there isn’t time for ice build up.

September 04, 2014at12:37 am, Fiona Tubmen-Scovack said:

Lol Ruth Lange-Trecker you can tell you’re gone. The freezer in recovery had to be defrosted last week and it took two people most of the day to get the job done!

September 03, 2014at10:56 pm, Ruth Lange-Trecker said:

Fiona Tubmen-Scovack Laura Dickey Somebody stole my idea, I’ve been doing this for 40 years

September 03, 2014at7:20 pm, Linda Myers said:

I do that at home on my large upright freezer too!! Takes minutes in the RV.

September 03, 2014at5:44 pm, Jim Lucas said:

Best thing I did to mine was put a gate latch on the freezer door – inside ice is now almost non-existent…oh and I switched to Klondike Bars for my ice-cream…

September 03, 2014at5:33 pm, Pat Mesic said:

This year I have added a George Forman grill and a crockpot to my inventory. In the hot weather it is so much cooler to cook outside. I mostly stay in RV resorts now because of age related illnesses. So all I need is electricity.

September 03, 2014at1:50 pm, Rachel Burch said:

I do that in our RV too!

October 14, 2013at2:14 pm, Gail said:

After you have it defrosted spray the inside with cooking spray and wipe it around with a paper towel. It will be much easier and faster next time.

October 12, 2013at9:18 pm, Campskunk said:

i have done this – it usually takes me about 20 minutes, because i don’t have a hair dryer. same m.o. – put the food in a cooler, get the ice warmed enough to separate it from the sides of the feezer, mop up the mess, and cool the whole thing back down. i use a pan of warm water when i do it. fulltiming, i usually have to defrost every few weeks in the east and on the pacific coast, and almost never out west in the interior. i have actually seen dew points below zero, under which circumstances your freezer defrosts itself.

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