Portsmouth to Santander, Fridge Strategy (1 Viewer)

Affiliate links here may earn MHF compensation
Jan 11, 2018
1,190
1,389
Malvern Link, Malvern, UK
Funster No
51,943
MH
Chausson Welcome 85
Exp
Since 2018
Were off to Santander early next month on the above route.
The fridge will therefore be off for about 24hrs.

The fridge is a Dometic AES tower fridge, 2008 vintage.

My plan is to fill it with food as normal but no freezer stuff but freeze two large freezer blocks before we depart.
These will be put at the top of the fridge compartment whilst we sail.

I'm pretty sure this will work with no spoiled goods.

However , I might be being too conservative , hence asking the question here.

If the fridge and freezer are both full and as cold as possible before sailing will the frozen stuff survive?

Do any kind Funsters have any experience to offer please ?
 

mikebeaches

LIFE MEMBER
Feb 22, 2010
5,459
8,970
Bristol
Funster No
10,377
MH
Rapido V68 Van Conversion
Exp
Since 2009
I think you should be OK. However, you could also freeze a bottle of water or two, or even milk. Which would all help.

And if you've got something frozen for your first meal when you get there, that would provide yet more chilling.
 

DBK

LIFE MEMBER
Jan 9, 2013
18,155
48,665
Plympton, Devon
Funster No
24,219
MH
PVC, Murvi Morocco
Exp
2013
I wouldn't put frozen stuff in you want to keep frozen for a while afterwards. It may not completely defrost but could get a bit soft. Of course you could just cook it thoroughly and you will be fine.

I wouldn't use freezer packs, just put a litre of frozen milk in the door pocket. We usually take a tupperware of frozen stew to eat on the first night after landing as well.

Just ensure you turn on and load the fridge the day before you leave. :)
 
Feb 26, 2013
412
743
derbyshire
Funster No
24,865
MH
Autocruise stargazer
Exp
since 2013
Our fridge and freezer compartment have been fine on this route. Keep the freezer filled up with already frozen stuff and put already chilled stuff in fridge....turn it up high and don't open it unnecessarily... We didn't have any problems.
 

mike mcglynn

LIFE MEMBER
Deceased RIP
Jan 6, 2008
2,700
32,552
St. Helens MERSEYSIDE
Funster No
1,144
MH
Autosleeper Warwick XL
Exp
A long time now
we froze two 4 litre milks and put in door for same trip as yours and they were still solid when we landed in Spain

Subscribers  do not see these advertisements

 

bigtwin

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 29, 2009
5,336
10,147
Derby
Funster No
9,111
MH
Concorde
Exp
Since 2006
I’d agree with what most have said but would put whatever is frozen on the top shelf because, as we all know, cold air falls and provides a better distribution of the ‘heat’.

Frozen milk in the door pockets, while beneficial, is slightly less effective.

Ian
 
  • Like
Reactions: DBK
Jan 19, 2014
9,485
25,051
Derbyshire
Funster No
29,757
MH
Elddis Accordo 105
Exp
since 2014
We crossed to Bilbao on Monday, I filled the freezer with;
10 Fish fingers
1 takeaway Curry (Vindaloo hot:cool:)
1 steak pie
Bag of prawns
1/2 a Naan bread
1 mini pizza stick
Smoked salmon.

I put a digital thermometer probe in on the side wall half way to the back of the compartment . When we docked 30 hours or so later the thermometer was showing +4°c :cry:
Having a rummage through the food, all the less dense and small things like fish fingers and bread were soft but the tray of curry at the back was still frozen in the middle.

So I think if you take dense liquid foods they should stay mostly frozen (y)

PS I've et half the fish fingers already and I'm still here :D2
 
Aug 18, 2014
24,042
136,933
Lorca,Murcia,Spain
Funster No
32,898
MH
Transit PVC
Exp
16 years since restarting
I always use 5/6 litre water bottles left in the home freezer for some weeks so ultra deep frozen .Stick as many in as you can . If not enough room then do it with 1,5/2 liter deep frozen bottles in the door.
 
  • Like
Reactions: DBK
Jan 19, 2014
9,485
25,051
Derbyshire
Funster No
29,757
MH
Elddis Accordo 105
Exp
since 2014
One thing I thought of is rigging up the solar panel so that it runs the fridge on 12v just during the day, the 150w panel will just about make what the fridge uses.

A light dependent resistor circuit would switch a relay and connect the fridge when sunny... (n) But I can't be bothered with all that faff :rolleyes:
 

Sundowners

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 30, 2007
3,289
3,571
Suffolk/Central Portugal
Funster No
744
MH
A class
Exp
37 years
One thing I thought of is rigging up the solar panel so that it runs the fridge on 12v just during the day, the 150w panel will just about make what the fridge uses.

A light dependent resistor circuit would switch a relay and connect the fridge when sunny... (n) But I can't be bothered with all that faff :rolleyes:


We have never had any sun in the ferry car decks!!!!!
Always just get everything as cold as possible and never had a problem

Subscribers  do not see these advertisements

 
OP
OP
Jake Royd
Jan 11, 2018
1,190
1,389
Malvern Link, Malvern, UK
Funster No
51,943
MH
Chausson Welcome 85
Exp
Since 2018
Thanks for your replies.
A good idea to put something frozen in to eat on the evening (we dock at something like 5:30pm)

I can see if we put high density, high mass things in they will survive.

I've got on of those non contact infra red thermometer 'guns' to play with.
 

bigtwin

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 29, 2009
5,336
10,147
Derby
Funster No
9,111
MH
Concorde
Exp
Since 2006
.I've got on of those non contact infra red thermometer 'guns' to play with.

Ahh, a one shot device! They need the door open to measure the temperature.

A roast meat thermometer does the trick well. The probe sits in the fridge and the ribbon cable easily sits between the door and fridge frame.

Ian
 
Jun 22, 2012
3,945
42,849
Sherborne Dorset
Funster No
21,586
MH
Van Conversion
Exp
Since 2012
We have a dometic fridge with a freezer compartment. We pack the freezer compartment with a few frozen meals. I freeze 2 x 2 litre cartons of milk. This has worked perfectly well even on the 2 night crossing from Portsmouth to Bilbao. The milk is still not even full defrosted and the meals are frozen pretty hard. I don't bother with thermometers as my standards are low, if it smells OK i'll eat it. I do have a caste iron stomach mind.
 

DBK

LIFE MEMBER
Jan 9, 2013
18,155
48,665
Plympton, Devon
Funster No
24,219
MH
PVC, Murvi Morocco
Exp
2013
Thanks for your replies.
A good idea to put something frozen in to eat on the evening (we dock at something like 5:30pm)

I can see if we put high density, high mass things in they will survive.

I've got on of those non contact infra red thermometer 'guns' to play with.
I carry one of these. Useful as a general thermometer but the probe on the wire works for fridges and coolbox.

Chewed by dog is an optional extra. :)

DSC_0230.JPG


This is the culprit.

DSC_0229.JPG
 
Jan 19, 2014
9,485
25,051
Derbyshire
Funster No
29,757
MH
Elddis Accordo 105
Exp
since 2014
I believe Spain has some shops now.

Yes but do they stock the Captains Haddock Fish Fingers? :D2 or Delishious curries from the Gulab at Chesterfield? :love:

We just take things you can't buy. Me Warburtons loaf is another (y)
 

Al-Di

LIFE MEMBER
Mar 15, 2014
3,077
29,497
prestwich
Funster No
30,545
MH
Eura Mobil A Class
Exp
since 2013
Have you thought of asking to be plugged in we do and only been refused once as we were to far away from a socket, and only had 1 lead.
 
OP
OP
Jake Royd
Jan 11, 2018
1,190
1,389
Malvern Link, Malvern, UK
Funster No
51,943
MH
Chausson Welcome 85
Exp
Since 2018
Have you thought of asking to be plugged in we do and only been refused once as we were to far away from a socket, and only had 1 lead.

I did not know you could do this.
I guess it maybe really for the refrigerated trucks to maintain their loads?

Subscribers  do not see these advertisements

 

Northernraider

LIFE MEMBER
Jul 30, 2017
28,395
186,388
On the sofa ....
Funster No
49,727
MH
Mobilvetta eurayacht
Exp
On and off since 95
I forgot to switch mine off on the Portsmouth to Santander ferry last year.
Everything was still cold when I got to Spain.
That said half the van was out in the open deck anyway
 
Apr 13, 2012
5,633
19,052
Funster No
20,541
MH
Mobilvetta Euroyacht
Exp
1996, then break 'til 2011
I have a 'student' fridge at home and on the van - just milk and out of date stuff
(y)
 
Apr 27, 2008
11,882
14,157
Eastbourne East Sussex
Funster No
2,327
MH
Hymer low profile
Exp
Since 1972
I have radio controlled thermometers in the fridge and freezer so can see temp without opening The fridge was off for most of the day on a warm day in Spain recently due to the angle (one wheel down a cesspit) and the warmest the freezer got was - 7.

Subscribers  do not see these advertisements

 

Join us or log in to post a reply.

To join in you must be a member of MotorhomeFun

Join MotorhomeFun

Join us, it quick and easy!

Log in

Already a member? Log in here.

Latest journal entries

Funsters who are viewing this thread

Back
Top