How to Keep Your Refrigerator Cold While Driving an RV

It’s important not to forget about these things when planning your next outdoor adventure! Refrigerators are a necessary part of living in an RV, especially if you have kids. They demand cold drinks and snacks that can only be found in the fridge. There are a few different ways that you can make sure that your fridge remains cold while on the road. This post will show you how to keep your refrigerator cold without having to stop and let the engine cool down.

What is an RV refrigerator?

What is an RV refrigerator

An RV refrigerator is a special type of refrigerator for the recreational vehicle market that offers more space than a standard refrigerator. It’s important to take into account how much space your fridge has to work with before you purchase it. If you plan to do a lot of cooking and/or baking on your trip, then you’ll need an RV refrigerator that can handle big casserole dishes, pie plates, and full-size sheet cakes. If you don’t plan to cook in your RV, then a smaller model might be enough.

How do you insulate the fridge when you are driving?

Always turn both the gas and electrical appliances off when you are driving. The gas can be turned on after you get where you’re going. It takes a while to cool down, so shut it off right away. If you’re not going to use the fridge for a while but want to keep it cold, you can do things like putting a block of ice in the fridge or filling plastic bottles with water and freezing them ahead of time. You could also try packing milk, which has been shown to stay cold for hours on end.

How can you keep your RV refrigerator cold when you are driving?

How can you keep your RV refrigerator cold when you are driving

If you have an inverter that will give your fridge the power it needs while you are driving, then you should be good. You can also put a block of ice in your fridge, or fill plastic bottles with water and freeze them ahead of time. You could also try packing milk, which has been shown to stay cold for hours on end. There are three different things that you can do to ensure that your refrigerator stays cold, including using blocks of ice, freezing water bottles ahead of time, and packing plenty of milk. For an additional tip on keeping your RV refrigerator cold while driving, you can read the post here.

Use Blocks of Ice

Blocks of ice are the cheapest option and can be found pretty much anywhere. All you have to do is fill a container with water and freeze it (if you’re using containers that aren’t freezer friendly or ones that leak though, you can put them inside a cooler).

Put Water in a Bottle and Freeze It

One trick that people use is freezer-friendly bottles in which the water has been frozen into ice. You can fill these up and place them on top of or under your food to help keep it chilled. Plus, since they’re made for the freezer, they won’t leak or break if they get jostled around. You could also store milk cartons in this way, too! They may be more difficult to stack though.

Pack Plenty of Milk

It might sound crazy, but apparently, milk is able to stay cool for hours on end because it contains chemical compounds that actually absorb heat. If you don’t want to freeze water bottles, you could always just buy cartons of milk for your trip. Just make sure it’s the right temperature when you leave home. It might be a good idea to have some tinfoil on hand in case the milk has been exposed to extreme heat before leaving.

Why do I need a special fridge for my RV?

Why do I need a special fridge for my RV

You don’t need a special fridge for your RV, you just need to know how to keep it cold while driving. There are two things that you can do. One thing you could do is use blocks of ice. When you get them at the store, they may be wet. You can dry them out and then place them in a container inside your fridge, or around the outside walls of it. Another thing you could do is pack plenty of milk. Milk has been shown to stay cold for hours on end when packed in a well-insulated cooler with frozen ice packs or ice cubes.


We hope these tips were helpful and that you have a fridge full of cold delicious food while on the road. If your RV doesn’t already come with an in-cabin refrigerator, we recommend one so you can keep fresh groceries at bay or if it does but isn’t working well enough for your liking, consider looking into a new model to make sure all those summertime BBQs are as they should be. Now get out there and enjoy this beautiful country!