Spoiled food goods - RV Storage

Spoiled food goods - RV Storage

Why does the heat in my cabinets spoil my plastic and canned foods and what can I do to prevent it?

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May 11, 2013
shelf-life
by: Wil

Consider that most RV manufacturers consider an inch of fiberglass to be "fully insulated" and many cabinets hang from the ceiling so contents get the benefit of both solar heating of the roof as well as the heating of the interior. Add that to poor packaging designed to preserve the foodstuffs for thirty days or so in a home pantry.

Consider that many smaller RV refrigerators are unable to overcome the heat load imposed by room temp and direct solar gain on the exterior of the rig in summer and don't really function properly with exterior temps below freezing.

So, what to do? Depends on your situation. Buy super-insulated coolers and purchase dry ice at the grocery store when you buy frozen foods. Or, if you have A/C current always available, even when running down the road, a small apt sized freezer will help preserve freshness.

Buy food in small quantities and practice good inventory control - first in, first out. Store food low in your rig and repackage everything using a vacuum sealer. Learn how to use canned foods - they aren't like fresh, that's true, but they'll do. Buy vacuum retorted, ready to eat meals. The quality is good and shelf life is about 30 days when stored below 85 degrees. Above all, try to keep your food away from as much heat as possible.

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