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Old 08-31-2013, 07:11 PM   #1
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Newbie-Fridge Question

Greetings Everyone!
A Newbie-Fridge Question for you…….
We bought our first TT in April (a 2003 Fleetwood) and are dry camping, visiting it about every other weekend… The Dometic fridge worked good until the temps got 90+… Now the FREEZER still gets cold quick, but the FRIDGE is not cool until the next AM…….
From what I’m reading:
· ---------- is this pretty normal???
· ----Are there things we can do to enhance Fridge cooling time???
Gratefully, R & D
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:10 PM   #2
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An RV fridge uses a totally different cooling cycle than any fridge you have ever had in your home. Absorption cooling, which is what the cycle is called, doesn't have nearly the capacity for quick cool-down that you are used to. Most people start their RV fridges a day or two before they intend to use them. The only thing I can think of to speed things up would be to bring a couple of pieces of dry ice with you on your weekly trips and use it to help the fridge cool down.
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Old 09-01-2013, 08:12 AM   #3
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Thank you so much, will give the ice a try........ (-:
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:41 PM   #4
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Greetings Everyone!
A Newbie-Fridge Question for you…….
We bought our first TT in April (a 2003 Fleetwood) and are dry camping, visiting it about every other weekend… The Dometic fridge worked good until the temps got 90+… Now the FREEZER still gets cold quick, but the FRIDGE is not cool until the next AM…….
From what I’m reading:
· ---------- is this pretty normal???
· ----Are there things we can do to enhance Fridge cooling time???
Gratefully, R & D
Wait 24hrs for proper cooling. Are you waiting that long?
Get a thermometer for actual readings in the fridge box too.
Also, is this in a slide out? I would remove the door to the back side of the refr, and see if there is any blockage resulting in poor air flow over the fins and coils.
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Old 09-01-2013, 08:10 PM   #5
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We have a norcold fridge. It does the same thing. It takes at least a day to chill. But it will cool quicker if you can prop the freezer door open a bit. I use regular ice ( frozen water bottles) to help it cool down.
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:30 PM   #6
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Thanks for your response... No it's not a slide out...
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Old 09-04-2013, 03:04 AM   #7
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Here is another question? Should I turn my fridge off between outings? I am plugged into 15a at home keeping things charged.. Have a trip in 2 weeks then another in 2 weeks after that before I put it away for the winter..
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you can leave it plugged in, no moving parts in it so nothing to wear out. Some people have them running 24\7
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:44 AM   #9
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If you're willing to level it, and make sure power stays good and keep the vents uncovered, might as well leave it running.
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