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Old 09-11-2016, 12:47 PM   #1
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How to turn off interior fridge light when power is off?

I have a Dometic fridge model RM2652 which I have turned off and left the door ajar since I won't be using it for awhile. The interior light stays on though even if the fridge is turned off. The only way to force the light to be off is to tape the sensor "arm" since the door is left ajar. I just want to check this is how you guys do it or is there another way that I don't know about to keep the interior light off?
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I'm suprised, my Dometic RM 3862 interior light goes off when I hit the On/Off button. I just checked.

You could pull the fridge fuse from the fuse panel.
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I have a Dometic fridge model RM2652 which I have turned off and left the door ajar since I won't be using it for awhile. The interior light stays on though even if the fridge is turned off. The only way to force the light to be off is to tape the sensor "arm" since the door is left ajar. I just want to check this is how you guys do it or is there another way that I don't know about to keep the interior light off?
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If the refrigerator is "turned off" the interior light should not come on, (be on).

However one easy fix is to pull the 12V fuse that protects the refrigerator until you next want to run the refidgerator.

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If the fridge is empty and the trailer is sitting unused then disconnect the batteries to remove any parasitic drains on the energy in them. If the trailer isn't sitting unused and you want/need the battery power on then pull the fridge fuse.
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If your refrigerator is like mine, the light runs off 12v whether the refrigerator is on or off. I simply use a battery disconnect anytime my trailer is parked and not in use.

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Mine stays on also. First one in 3 RVs. I pull the bulb.
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Pull the fuse for fridge in DC Dist Panel
Pull the light bulb out
Pull the 12V DC Negative lead off at fridge terminal block (outside compartment...black wire)

Taping light switch 'arm' just leaves tape residue and tape could come loose allowing light to come on and run battery down
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Had the same issue in my 2001 Gulfstream. Pulled the bulb as it was right there and I always figured I would forget to put the fuse back and not notice that the fridge didn't start up. In our current rig, the light goes out when fridge is turned off.
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My light won't come on if the fridge power button is turned off. On top of that I have a master disconnect located in a kitchen cabinet ahead of the 12V power panel.
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Thanks all for the replies. I ended up pulling the bulb out. Easiest thing to do I guess.
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Mine stays on also. First one in 3 RVs. I pull the bulb.
Mine will not turn off either. I have a little gismo that keeps the doors open a little but not enough to trigger the interior light.
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Funny, my light does turn off but it has to time out after a few minutes. I replaced the 12 volt light with a blue tinted led which now looks more like the newer models.
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