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Old 06-24-2012, 05:47 PM   #1
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Help! Fridge won't get cold :(

We got into a campground today and the fridge won't get cold, freezer seems to be fine though. What can I do to try and fix it?

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We picked up the camper about 4 hours ago and turned on the propane and the fridge. Got in and hooked up to electric about 1 hour ago. Freezer feels cold but fridge really doesn't. We have a few things already in a small cooler with cold packs and we were about to go get groceries. I don't know what do, maybe have to buy a big cooler and ice for the week? (does that make it "real" camping...?)

Am I just not waiting long enough? It seems like I have started it and had it get cold in this amount of time before. I checked the fuses and they are all fine. I don't know what else to check/try.

It is a new travel trailer, we just bought it in May. So if anything is really wrong I know the dealer will have to fix it. I just don't know what to do about it until then.

Thanks for any help you can give me!
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It can take 24 hours for the refer to cool down. We leave ours on all the time though.
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:56 PM   #3
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We store our trailer out on some property belonging to friends of ours. It's about 40 miles from home with no electricity, so leaving the propane on and the fridge going for the weeks it sits there seems like a bad idea. The land is on the way to the campground, so we pick it up on the way.

Are there things that make the fridge cool slower or faster?
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:59 PM   #4
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Turn it on at least 24 hrs ahead, super cool everything that you put in it & open the door as little as possible. I also added circulation fans on the cooler fins to circulate air. Put your most perishable items at the lowest point in the unit as cold air is heaver than hot and it settles in the lower part first.
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These helped. Get 2 of them & splice together.


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We store our trailer out on some property belonging to friends of ours. It's about 40 miles from home with no electricity, so leaving the propane on and the fridge going for the weeks it sits there seems like a bad idea. The land is on the way to the campground, so we pick it up on the way.

Are there things that make the fridge cool slower or faster?
Are your friends willing or able to go out to the trailer the day before you pick it up, and turn it on using propane?
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When we had Dometic/Norcold, seemed like putting a bag of ice in the freezer seemed to speed up the cooling of the refrigerator.
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Our friends don't live that much closer than we do, they plan to build a house there eventually but haven't yet.

I guess we will buy some ice for this trip and try to figure out what to do next time.
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When we had Dometic/Norcold, seemed like putting a bag of ice in the freezer seemed to speed up the cooling of the refrigerator.
It will. I did the same thing, but in my case I forgot to remove the bags of ice from the freezer when I got home and when I ran out of propane whilst it was still running, you guessed it, the ice melted and made a mess on my floor!! So don't forget to remove the ice!!
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Absorption refrigerators cool from the freezer......down. You need to give it plenty of time to cool down and then put already cold/frozen items in it so it doesn't have to work double hard to cool itself and new food items. Remember, an absorption frig pulls heat OUT of the unit, it does not put cool IN. Give it a chance then don't hold the door open for long.

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4 hours isnt enough time, especially in the summer. Takes at least one overnight period to fully cool. If the freezer is getting cold then the fridge will follow, it just takes longer.
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As you now know, you need to turn it on the day before. The battery(ies) will not last more than a few days when powering the frig.

If you get someone to turn it on for you, you will need to have a disconnect switch on the battery because most RVs have some parasitic loads like the propane detector that will kill a battery in a weeks or so depending on the battery bank.

The best thing is to get your "friend" to turn it on. You will need to fully instruct him in how to turn on the master power switch, turn on the propane, purge the lines by lighting the propane surface burners and to wait long enough to see that the frig lights and does not throw a fault code.

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Ah the things they don't tell you when you buy your first RV...

Thanks for all of your help, I was definitely worried that I had broken the fridge somehow. I do wonder why it had cooled down so fast before, maybe it just didn't have as much outside heat to deal with. I will know to plan for it somehow next time.

Again, thanks everyone!
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Ah the things they don't tell you when you buy your first RV...

Thanks for all of your help, I was definitely worried that I had broken the fridge somehow. I do wonder why it had cooled down so fast before, maybe it just didn't have as much outside heat to deal with. I will know to plan for it somehow next time.

Again, thanks everyone!
And isn't it gratifying knowing that there was nothing wrong with your fridge after all!
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