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Old 09-14-2014, 08:38 PM   #1
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Back into camping

Hello to all. I am wanting to get back into camping again. A little information about myself.
I am now a widow after being married for 56 years. John and I camped most of our married lives. We have five children that camped down through the years with us. Our last camper was a 1996 34 foot fifth wheel.
John passed away in April and I am so lost without him. I sold the fifth wheel and bought me a 1982 24 foot class c. It is big enough for me and a couple of the grand kids. My son has been helping me fix it up, getting it ready to go camping.
One question that I posted in the tech forums. My refrigerator will not work in normal mode. It does work in high humidity though. Is it okay to leave it on this setting, and if so, how long will the battery last in this mode when dry camping?
Thanks for any help. Buslady
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Glad you're aboard. Sorry for your loss. Congrats on the new to you rig. Best of luck in getting it ready to go. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
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Old 09-14-2014, 10:53 PM   #3
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Welcome to the irv2 gang and these forums. I'm glad to hear your family is there for you after your loss of John. We're glad to have you as a part of this community.

Folks here are really helpful, so I'm sure you will get an answer to your questions about refrigerator settings. Good luck with your repairs and remodeling.
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Old 09-14-2014, 10:59 PM   #4
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Hello to all. I am wanting to get back into camping again. A little information about myself.
I am now a widow after being married for 56 years. John and I camped most of our married lives. We have five children that camped down through the years with us. Our last camper was a 1996 34 foot fifth wheel.
John passed away in April and I am so lost without him. I sold the fifth wheel and bought me a 1982 24 foot class c. It is big enough for me and a couple of the grand kids. My son has been helping me fix it up, getting it ready to go camping.
One question that I posted in the tech forums. My refrigerator will not work in normal mode. It does work in high humidity though. Is it okay to leave it on this setting, and if so, how long will the battery last in this mode when dry camping?
Thanks for any help. Buslady
If you are able to replace the fridge it may be the best thing to do. If the fridge is 82 it is time to replace it with a newer more efficient model.

Being out and about is one thing but being out and about worrying if the fridge will work or will it drain the batteries is more than one should have to deal with. Cuts down on the enjoyment.
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Old 09-15-2014, 12:37 AM   #5
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Welcome to IRV2....I would agree that replacing the fridge might be a better option than trying to fix it. I had a similar situation in my boat and after spending more than I should have, it came to me that I should have replaced the fridge. Good luck with your RV and Safe and Happy Travels.
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Sorry to hear of your loss.:(.....Welcome to IRV2......
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Welcome to irv2. I see your question on your refrigerator has been answered on your other thread. Good luck in your new adventure .
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:56 AM   #8
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Glad to see you here and that you are carrying on. Assume you are running on propane while camping. In that mode the refrigerator is not a huge draw compared to the other things going on. You are running the control board but not the cooling load. If you have a 3 way with a 12 V power option that will drain the battery fast. It is used for while you are driving.

Did you give the refrigerator at least a day to cool on normal mode? If not try that. I'd also slide the switch back and forth a half dozen times first. Sometimes the contacts on the switch need a little exercise. If the refer works and there is no obvious corrosion I would be inclined to use it before I put a couple of thousand into a new one. I would put a remote reading temperature monitor in it. Something like this:

AcuRite Digital Refrigerator Thermometer & Freezer Thermometer with Temperature Alerts 00986

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Amazon.com: Chaney Instrument 00985 Wireless Refrigerator Freezer Thermometer Alarm Set: Wireless Temperature Warning: Kitchen & Dining

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Welcome to the Forum. Our deepest condolences on your loss. Congrats on your class C. Best of luck.

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Sorry to hear of your loss. Welcome back to the camping world. I agree with replacing the fridge. It's the last thing you want to fail.
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the group!

We're so sorry about the loss of your husband!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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