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Water in the Fridge

I am pretty fed up with mopping out fridge. It has a drain but, of course, the fridge wasn't designed to slope down to the drain. Anybody sorted this problem? And please, don't tell me about the joys of sailing without one. Been there, done that.
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Re: Water in the Fridge

Is it actually a refrigeration-equipped unit or a true icebox?

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Re: Water in the Fridge

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I am pretty fed up with mopping out fridge. It has a drain but, of course, the fridge wasn't designed to slope down to the drain. Anybody sorted this problem? And please, don't tell me about the joys of sailing without one. Been there, done that.
To protect food products at the bottom of the Ice Box from condensate, add at least one and preferably two layers of DryDecK that can be shaped to fit the box. This will create a space to collect the condensate and or melt water beneath the food products. Further, the next time you buy ice, preferably mid-sized chunks of Block Ice, have it vacuum packed or vacuum pack it yourself if you have something like a FoodSaver. This will prevent melt water from running off entirely and the bags of melt water can be refrozen. On trips, where you have to buy ice from time to time that cannot be vacuum packed, double bag the ice with over sized zip-lock freezer bags to contain the melt water, which can be used as it accumulates. We used the foregoing methods for many years before we had a refrigeration system and it worked well. (Also, unless you have a vapor trap-loop in your drain, put a plug in it to prevent your cold air from draining out.)

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Re: Water in the Fridge

My solution for many years has been to not create the water in the first place by making my own ice at home in 2 liter soda jugs. Dual purpose because the cooler full of food and beer gets packed with them so even after my 100 mile drive to the boat I transfer Cold food and beer, and Dry masses of ice into the boat fridge to help out with cooling. Also gives me Cold water to drink throughout the weekend.

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Enjoy a few boxes of wine. when your done clean out the bladder, fill with water and freeze, works great as they tend to lie quite flat in the ice box and don't leak, ready to be re-frozen..
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Lightbulb Re: Water in the Fridge

We used to have moisture building up in our fridge (actually an "ice box" with a refrigeration unit added). This would coat the evaporator with ice after a week or three and then we would have to shut it down for defrosting and mopping up the melt water along with the accumulated water in the bottom.
I solved the problem by putting a sponge foam stick-on gasket on the lid where it sat on the flange.
With no more outside damp air entering (except when we actually open the lid) about 95% of the moisture was eliminated. Along with most of the ice buildup on the evap. plate.

So really seal up the lid (and any other air infiltration points like where the coolant tubing enters and exits).

Cheap fix and really effective.

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