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Old 05-14-2010, 01:20 PM   #1
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fridge question and problem

we have a norcold fridg in our 85 coachmen class a. i tried it on propane and the freezer gets cold (30*) but the fridg stays at (60*) . the wife wants to go camping tonite for our first trip with the new coach. does anyone know what i should check for or any way to fix it?
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Old 05-14-2010, 01:35 PM   #2
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Hi Mike,
I do not know your specific refrigerator. However, make sure the coach is level. There should be a way to control the temp (button or dial). Put this control on the highest setting. On many RV refrigerators there is a vertical slide mounted on the cooling fins inside the refrigerator. One slides the slider up to make it colder and down to make it warmer inside the refrigerator. There will be a small wire connected to the slider. Be careful not to break the wire.
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Old 05-14-2010, 06:48 PM   #3
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How long did it run to get to that temperature?

Both temps are at least 20 degrees too high. The unit may be worn out. A good repairman could go over it, checking all the adjustments, etc. It IS possible to replace it with a small home refrigerator, but you will need to run the generator or be plugged in or run it off the inverter.
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Old 05-14-2010, 06:53 PM   #4
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I agree with the thought that it may just have not been long enough. An RV refrigerator has no compressor and so takes a long time to pre-cool. You should allow at least 8 hours for it to come down to temperature and the freezer always cools first because the coolant for the unit passes through it first. And if you are cooling on 120V power it may take as long as 12 hours. The propane is what cools best but neither one are fast.

If the unit has been on for more than 12 hours, then you may have a problem, but if not, just give it more time.
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Need to have the frig on for at least 12 hours and reasonably level. If the coach has its original frig still in us, don;t be surprised if it gives up the ghost any day. The one in our trailer lasted 30 years and it started cooling and then not cooling.

The frig should get down to 35 to 38 dF and will go lower if it is set too low. The freezer should be below 20 dF.

Once if is down to temp, load it with cold food. If you put a bunch of hot sodas or adult pops, it will have a hard time recoverying. In hotter weather the performance is worse. Two things that will help is to put a small muffin fan inside to help circulate the air inside and also on in the larger out side section. Put one near the top of the stack and let it help pull the air up.

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Old 05-16-2010, 07:09 PM   #6
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i only had it on for about 2 hours or so. ill level it and plug it in for a couple days and see what happens.
thanks for the info, its now filed in my memory banks for future use
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i only had it on for about 2 hours or so. ill level it and plug it in for a couple days and see what happens.
thanks for the info, its now filed in my memory banks for future use
YUP - 2 hours on the typical RV fridge isn't nearly long enough to get down to temp - ours usually like 8 hours or more - we usually turn ours on the afternoon before we plan to start loading stuff into it. Most will cool faster on propane power than electric - the propane is lots more efficient a power source than the typical electric heat element.
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When we get ready for a trip we put jugs of ice in the freezer and fridge section. It is so hot here in Az. that this really helps it cool down.
We had a problem with our fridge in our '88 with it being hard to get to start on propane and then restarting.
There was accumulated crud on the sensor near the propane igniter, near the flame. cleaned it off now it works great.
Also I bought electronics cleaner and cleaned the sliding thermostat contacts in the control board. Don't know if this was a problem but it was filthy.
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When we get ready for a trip we put jugs of ice in the freezer and fridge section. SNIP
Excellent idea. All these years and I never thought of doing that.
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When we get ready for a trip we put jugs of ice in the freezer and fridge section. It is so hot here in Az. that this really helps it cool down.
great idea
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