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A chocolate bar and an onboard refrigerator

This is for the members that have a bit of a sweet tooth.

Recently I had bought myself two king size chocolate bars. To be exact they were Hershey's milk chocolate with almonds. I bought two for the planned out reason of having one right away, and having the other later on.

Sadly the one I saved for later ended up being forgotten and was left in the truck on a sunny day. Many of us know what happens inside a truck on a sunny day, and the result of having a chocolate bar sitting inside the truck. I had myself a mushy piece of chocolate.....needless to say I was a bit heartbroken. I was on a LONG road trip and was 4 hours from being home where a much needed refrigerator was located. As I set upon my journey home, I couldn't think of anything but my mushy chocolate bar sitting next to me. It was barely holding it's shape since it was still wrapped in its chrome foil paper, but obviously I could not enjoy it since opening it would spell certain disaster.

After 30-40 mins of thinking, I pondered about past experiences with my air conditioning. EUREKA!! The road to chocolate pleasure was in sight....

During the first year of owning my truck I had installed a single DIN head unit. As we all know, this leaves a little cubby hole. Some have installed switches others have installed cool lighting effects.....I left it as a cubby hole. Since the cubby is just below the air vents, the cubby becomes quite cold when running the air conditioner. I believe you know where I am going with this.

The solution:

I placed my chocolate bar in the cubby. Next I shut all the vents (to contain the coldness in the dash). I then proceeded to turn the on A/C MAX with the blower on full. After roughly 20-30 mins, the inside of the cubby became cold enough to solidify my chocolate bar. It allowed me to unwrap the delicious treat and enjoy it the way it was intended to be enjoyed.

I have used this technique to also solidify a Reese's buttercup which was mushy from being in a parked truck for a day. Try it....it works

-Levino
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Wow...you reallllly wanted that chocolate bar.

But then again, I know the feeling of such a strong craving on a long trip. I have cravings for some weird things when I drive the 7 hours to Tucson to visit Alon every month. Altho, I must say, I havent come up w/any creative way to satisfy such cravings.
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she's right....
-dried pineapple
-peppered beef jerkey (for me)
-carrots and dip

very inventive with the cubby though
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6 pack refrigerator that i got for christmas one year has saved me. i used to drive from shreveport la to wichita falls tx about everyother weekend and the thing came in real handy.
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U Da Man.....I wish I had a cubby now!
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that made me hungry
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Hahaha...very nice. I truely enjoyed your story.
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If you really want to go all-out, cut a hole in the duct and route it into the cubbie.

Closing all the vents is probably not a good thing to do anyway. The lack of airflow is bad for the AC system and it will probably produce cooler air with it flowing normally.
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thats about the extent me GF would go to get chocolate lol..
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Nice move. I'd have to rotate my radio around and remove my EQ in order to do that... I think I'd buy myself another chocholate bar before I ever did that.
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If you really want to go all-out, cut a hole in the duct and route it into the cubbie.
that's what i was figuring he could do.. that way it really gets cold!

and hell... once you start using your heat (if you do).. you can have warm food on hand... assumming its a poptart or something thin like that that'll fit in the cubby, lol.
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excellent read!
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Closing all the vents is probably not a good thing to do anyway. The lack of airflow is bad for the AC system and it will probably produce cooler air with it flowing normally.

You're right. After the fact, I remembered my heat transfer class and the flowing air would remove heat from the cubby more quickly. Blocking the vents made it cool slower......I could have been enjoying my treat a couple minutes earlier.

-Levino
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You need one of those coolers that they have in the Dodge Caliburs
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If you go to Pepboys they have little coolers that run on 12v cigarrete plugs. They even have a center console with a built in fridge. I was tempted to get one.
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