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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Even The Simple Things - Fridge Door Liquid Storage

    Most of the time I drink ice-water. Recently I figured out how to have clear ice when I arrive so it's there when I want it. Other times I want to "mix up a beverage" and have it in the fridge ready to go. Either way, I was sick and tired of using up what little fridge space I have on the top shelf with large containers. Even the ones that are REALLY thin and sit next to the wall used up too much space.

As usual, when travelling I end up in various dollar stores or liquidators. You can often find very interesting things (sometimes even useful) at these places. Their inventory changes frequently so they are great places to visit repeatedly. A month or so ago I stumbled upon a slew of these 2 Quart refrigerator bottles. Lo and Behold! They fit perfectly in my lower Dometic door shelf! You could easily fit multiple containers there for a variety of thirst quenchers.

What makes these better than other plastic bottles? First they are made from a plastic that does not impart any odd flavors to the liquid inside. No nasty plastic aftertaste AND when you clean it out, no lingering flavors from past beverages. Next, I have tried my very best to break them. Didn't do so well. Empty, full... it didn't matter. Dropped, thrown even hurled, I couldn't  get one to open nor crack or split at all. I believed the lid and flip top cap would be a weak spot. I mean when you compress the bottle forcibly, the pressure should have popped the top and caused a geyser. It didn't. This is a good thing. Especially when traveling down "not so great" roads.

Shelf "Fingers"
Perfect Fit!
I had been looking for a container that would fit on the lower door shelf of my fridge for a while, so this was quite a score. The Dometic brand has "fingers" that prevent the shelf contents from sliding back and forth. They also provide a bit of spring tension to hold the items in the shelf. There is also a movable wire retainer for larger items.

The Norcold brand may be similar, but I haven't seen one in person to be able to tell. I can fit more than one on my lower shelf, so I've been filling one with water and one with this odd strawberry drink I found at a chain supermarket (Hannafords). I mix it pretty weak, otherwise it's REALLY too sweet. Of course, I found that it has been discontinued... Murphy was an optimist, you know?  I've been looking for a substitute. No luck yet.

Be Seeing You...Down the Road,

Rich "The Wanderman"
www.thewanderman.com









6 comments:

  1. Rich - Try the Ocean Spray fruit beverages. They come in a variety of flavors (I like the pomegranate/cranberry combo), are available in most stores, and the 64oz size fits perfectly in my Norcold door. Mix juice with water or soda for refreshing drinks. I use for water and other beverages after initial use and they are very sturdy for long term use and backup water storage when boondocking. If concerned about long term use, simply replace occasionally.

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    1. Anon,
      Hmmm..exccellent use of a "found" beverage container. Ocean Spray makes great products, but I'm not a huge fan of cranberry juice!

      Thanks for the tip!

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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  2. MIO makes some very good water additives, and you can add as much as you like to vary the flavor.

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    1. Anon,
      I wonder if there is a strawberry flavor???
      I'll check it out.

      Thanks!

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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  3. BE CAREFUL about putting large bottles of liquid in the fridge doors. These RV fridge doors do not tolerate heavy items well over the long term. If weighted down with heavy items the doors begin to sag after a few years and are difficult to correct. The sagging affects the alignment of the door latch and makes it difficult to open or close the door. We've had to switch to keeping lighter items in our door.

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    1. Fed,
      Good Point. If you keep the heavier items on the hinge side of the fridge the effects will be minimal. Closer to the hinge will reduce the weight on the hinge and door.

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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