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Freezer on overnight ferry


Geoff Beasley

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Hi, we have decided to travel on the overnight ferry from Hull on our next trip to France but we are concerned that our freezer (Dometic, seperate from fridge) won't stay cold enough for 12 hours.

Any suggestions please, what do others do? We do like to take a supply of pre cooked and frozen food with us and our Lincolnshire sausages!

 

Thanks,

Geoff. (lol)

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If you get the freezer cold enough and do not switch it off until on the ferry, contents should remain OK.

We have travelled from Newcastle to Bergen and found that as long as sufficient food was packed in the freezer compartment nothing thawed out.

Do not be tempted to open the door to have a look.

 

I can understand the reason for taking Lincolnshire sausages. Are they the real macoy or are they Tesco/Asda etc look alikes, which aren't anything like the real thing.

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Hi Geoff

 

The best bet is to get it as cold as possible before boarding by putting the fridge freezer on for a good 12 hours before you intend to board, also put the frozen food in as early as you can too, and just before you leave , ideally put in some camping style pre-freezer blocks (frozen in your normal home freezer as this gets the temperature of them down much more than your camper freezer will). Quickly pack everything in well and then shut the door and DO NOT open it again until you land in mainland Europe! It is very, very tempting to look to make sure it is all still frozen but all you do is just let out the cold air and replace it with warm.

 

It is best not to take 'light' stuff in the freezer, such as bread etc, as this doesn't hold the cold very well, better with more dense/solid stuff like meat, sausages, cooked sauces (bolognaise) and the like. As soon as you disembark put the fridge freezer on but DO NOT open the freezer, let it get nice and cold first before you open the door.

 

You might also want to consider freezing some bottled water (make sure there is room for expansion so don't fill the bottles totally), and these can be put in the fridge before you leave home to keep the contents cool too. Unless its really, really hot (not that we get temperatures THAT hot in the UK usually!) you should find that this will work fine.

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To get it really cold it is best to run it on Gas, so if you are overnighting near the port run it on gas and if you are waiting at the dock for an hour. Recommend you put a note on the steering wheel to remind you to turn the gas off before boarding.

 

 

 

 

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Mel B - 2010-03-19 8:46 PM

 

As soon as you disembark put the fridge freezer on but DO NOT open the freezer, let it get nice and cold first before you open the door

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Some good advise here Mel, which we will follow this year. But how do you know it has worked if you do not check the food straight after ferry disembarkation.

Having frozen food thaw and then refrozen is supposed to be a definate no no.

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AliB - 2010-03-22 12:10 PM

But how do you know it has worked if you do not check the food straight after ferry disembarkation.

 

Hi AliB,

 

Try getting an electronic fridge/freezer thermometer with a remote sensor then you can bury the sensor in between your frozen food and see what temperature it is without opening the door. My parents have one stuck to the door of their freezer at home.

 

Keith.

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