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Old 07-05-2015, 07:58 PM   #15
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Ok I guess I didnt quite understand, Sheez Ive been running mine at the highest setting, didnt have any idea that was not correct, I suppose I need learn a little more about this Islander, Im gonna go turn it down right now! BTW I am in very hot weather round 90 96 sa high as 106
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Well,
I set it on # 2 and less than a week later I have frost on my coolinf fins in the fridge.
Freezer is fine.
I guess new seals are in order.
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:35 PM   #17
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Get fans for the cooling fins first Ed.
Several sources make them. Mine came from RV Cooling Warehouse.
Fans will eliminate the frost on the fins in the fridge as well as improve the cooling efficiency by moving the air around in the box.
Mine were easy to install. The fridge light is the power source.
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A quick check for the seals is to place a dollar bill between the seal and frame and close the door. If it drags/is tight when removing the seal is OK, if it slides out easy the seal needs replacement. Test all around the doors.

Hope this helps,
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:54 AM   #19
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I did the dollar bill check a week ago.. while it does not fall out It does not take a great deal of pull to remove it.
I'm checking on the fan.. off ebay suggestion above. I'm here in Creekwood Farm CG until 7/24 and concerned about the slow shipping from the next state over..Tennessee!
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Old 07-07-2015, 10:53 AM   #20
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I have bought several things from RV Cooling Warehouse and they ship fast!
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:57 AM   #21
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Mike which one did you actually get? Did you get the one with led light? Wired it to fridge light?
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Old 07-07-2015, 05:51 PM   #22
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Frost is normal... BUT:
Frequent opening of fridge door will increase frost

So will a bad door seal

Ice Maker overflowing does it to the Freezer.. So does making lots and lots of ice and again frequent opening of door.
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defrost

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Bobb25:
We are full timers and have been since 2000.
Whenever we need to defrost we remove all the frozen stuff, turn the fridge off and put three pots of boiling water in the freezer.
We usually use about three cycles of water to melt all the ice. It takes about 30/45 minutes.
We dry the freezer interior, replace the frozen food, turn the fridge back on and get on with our day.
We have used this process in two different motor homes with no negative results.
As others have also said, fans in the fridge have a positive result on moisture and also reduce the setting level necessary to maintain everything cool... In our case our fridge went from 3 to 2.....
Last winter we defrosted once, we carry a big coleman chest cooler and have a portable chest freezer. We put everything in them and defrosted, didn't take but a few hours in that hot humid Florida weather.
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I've installed one of these 2 years ago. No more ice build up on the fins. Works great. You can purchase it from rvcoolingunit.com for about $18.00. The Penguin stands guard for you. LOL!
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That is the same fan unit I have.
Initially I bought the same unit but without the grills over the fans.
At some point somebody shoved something into one of the fans and damaged it. It must have been my Fearless leader! She doesn't read what I post in here so it's her fault...
Anyway, I bought the model with the protective grills and solved the problem.
Since we started using a fan unit, we have not experienced frost in the fridge. The freezer still frosts and we defrost as necessary. But... we make all the ice we need and the ice cream is frozen so we are happy!
I should add that a year ago I pulled the fridge unit to repair the deck underneath it and added RV Cooling Warehouses' cooling fan assembly to the condenser. We hang out in Arizona so every little bit helps...
And while I'm at it... Ed... Have you inspected the water tube feeding your ice maker? If it is still a plastic one you probably should keep an eye on it. When mine failed it came out in one inch chunks it was so brittle. The heat shrink attaching the heat strip was holding it all together. I was able to reuse the heat strip but switched to copper for the ice maker feed.
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Order confirmed

Thanks Steve..

Fan on the way. Do you know will it get rid of the new existing ice build up or do I defrost again?

Also, I'm really not in the fridge that often. I also keep a large Ice Chest under the coach for Adult beverages.. hence the lack of need for opening the fridge!

Thanks again for all the input.. I'm being educated!
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I wanted to follow-up and share a thought from a MOBILE RV repairman..
He was next door working on a 5th wheel and I asked him about my frost/ice problem..
1. he checked the outside stuff (All OK)
2. Said he would look at door seals.. (All OK)
3. He spots the (Thermistor) .. the wire which comes into the fridge and measures the temp.. ( it was hooked to a cooling fin almost at the ceiling of the fridge. AH, he says.. that's likely the issue. !!)
He pulled gently on the wire and replaced it just below 1/2 way down the fin. He said this should/would help. He said with it up top, the fridge runs constantly and this would allow a more accurate/average temp reading to the control board.
Oh yeah... no $$ charge!


I now need to defrost again and see if this.. along with the new fan do it!
Just wanted you all to know what the pro said!
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I had to go and look in my fridge before I got in here...
Mine is 1/2 way down the right side fin.
I don't ever remember removing it so it must have always been in that spot. Good post ED!
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