Emergency fridge/freezer rescue

Pippah45 replied on 14/07/2019 16:53

Posted on 14/07/2019 16:53

It may be obvious to some people but it took me a day to dig into my memory and think of the trips I made with my mother some 60+ years ago to buy blocks of ice daily for a fridge in a holiday place in the South of France.  

I assumed that my fridge would work on gas in my 2018 Swift Conqueror when I booked a pitch with no EHU.  It didn't and it was pretty hot!  So I went for some Party Ice in Tesco.  One bag in the freezer compartment and one in the main fridge kept everything quite cool for three days.  

Hopefully I may know how to fix the problem if it happens again - but if I am running low on gas I will undoubtedly use the idea again and again.  

ABM replied on 14/07/2019 17:07

Posted on 14/07/2019 17:07


I have to ask if the "Party Ice" comes in an openable / resealable bag -- Asking purely for the  G & T of course  wink

brue replied on 14/07/2019 17:13

Posted on 14/07/2019 17:13

Good idea Pippa. (If you're near a supply of ice!) On a rally in hot weather  last year our fridge stopped working and we lost food. We hadn't pre-cooled the fridge down for long enough and had also put too much in. Hope yours works OK in future. smile smile

Pippah45 replied on 14/07/2019 19:16

Posted on 14/07/2019 19:16

ABM - I opened a top corner for the G&T ice!  

The bag wasn't waterproof that I put in the fridge itself - took me ages to remember how to clip out the bottom box where it collected!  

Funnily enough my fridge has been telling me the door is open fairly constantly - according to Dometec that is the only reason - or condensation has got into the bulb fitting - there was plenty of condensation while the ice was melting but guess what no warning bleeps!  

I suppose one could take decent bags or plastic boxes for the journey!  


Yes Brue - annoying isn't it.  I thought the ice cream was saved as it "looked" ok - but it didn't taste too bad in liquid form!  Frozen home made burgers survived a few days while defrosting and being eaten so I didn't actually lose anything.  Most supermarkets supply Party Ice it seems although a THS could pose a problem for MHs - another reason I like to keep my car!  

Pippah45 replied on 15/07/2019 10:53

Posted on 15/07/2019 10:53

Really?  I don't remember ice vans at campsites - Europe?  The French daily trips would have been 50s I was quite young!  :)  

ocsid replied on 16/07/2019 06:55

Posted on 16/07/2019 06:55

As the fridge works on an EHU, though presently not on gas, is good news in part as it indicates the very expensive refrigeration system works and the issue is limited to the gas bit or its ignition system. 

First check would be to see if any gas supply cock is turned "on" so it has gas, if that is okay then without experience in working on gas it needs qualified help but is likely to be something simple and cheaply rectified. Such as, a dirty burner, dirty jet or debris on the spark electrode or at worse failed spark generator.