In today’s video, my Assistant KC and I cover her Whynter 12-Volt Compressor refrigerator with Reflectix to protect it from the suns rays and to keep it cooler. While it’s a simple job (very much like wrapping a Christmas Present!) it’s benefits are very big. By blocking the suns rays from hitting the fridge, and holding in some of the cold air, the compressor should run much less which will save her power from her batteries but more importantly her fridge will last longer.

One thing you want to pay very special attention to is that you do NOT in any way block the air flow from the vents around the compressor. It’s critical that all the heat from the compressor be carried away, or the excess heat will greatly reduce its life.
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37 thoughts on “Covering Your Refrigerator/Cooler with Reflectix

  1. Loujean Adams says:

    You mentioned that if taken proper care of that those fridges would last for years, well you are exactly right on that one.
    I have a mini fridge like that that I carried in my freightliner, running off a power inverter. I bought it in 1999, and even though we have retired, that mini fridge is still working. It now sits beside my husbands chair on our porch, and is the perfect size to use the top as a coffee table, and the fridge/coffee table now holds his Beer and cigarettes!
    It's still working perfect!

  2. Jody Hoch says:

    I’ll never buy any “gorilla” product. Had a small thing of glue, my dog got it and chewed it as there is something in it attractive to dogs. She maybe got a tiny bit ingested. What I didn’t know was that stuff expands when it gets wet and expands until it can’t. By the time we figured out something was wrong, she was maybe one day from death. Emergency surgery revealed a stomach shaped mass of stuff that had her completely blocked. Sadly, not an uncommon incident. Happy to say she survived and is now 11 years old. All I had to say when I called the vet was gorilla glue and they said get her her NOW.

  3. Na'imah's Creations says:

    If she doesn't mind something sticking directly to the fridge, she could use some double sided tape to secure the reflectix to the lid. That would make it even easier to open and not worry about holding it just so every time she opens it.

  4. Jack Rodgers, Jr. says:

    Florida sun shining through the windshield will turn seats and steering wheels and fridges into unbearably hot items. It would be interesting to see the internal temperature and dc usage before and after.

  5. Paul Hunter says:

    I was using a blanket on the top and thought about using either reflectix or some 1/2 foam insulation. In the end I bought the cover from Dometic and couldn't be happier. My battery is lasting quite a bit longer running the fridge and it wasn't that expensive..around 65.00 for my model. I checked and Whynter makes a cover for their fridges..around 50.00. I don't always buy something I can make but this just made more sense to me 😉

  6. Lois Luckovich says:

    I covered the door of my Dometic fridge in my 76 Prowler trailer with Reflectix and on top of that I put some upholstery fabric to match up to my counters. It looks really good and I wish I could post a picture of it

  7. William Branham says:

    I think Roohba was simply raising awareness. I'm a man, but considering some of the "accidents I've had over my 72 years (scars available for viewing) I appreciate folks with life experiences to share. I ceetainly didn't think of "bolting"" it down. Thanks.

  8. arnold jackson says:

    ,having used various types of refrigation in many types of vehicles for better part of 30 years I can say the very best results come by getting unit off floor and providing max ventilation possible..

  9. Missouri Girl says:

    Cool I was thinking make it like a toaster cover and you did. Casey I would put my seam in the back of the cooler so I only have one horizontal seam to tape. Will also be less tape and loose material around the vent and thermostat.

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