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Old 01-17-2012, 05:03 PM   #1
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refrigerator in 30 degree weather question?

I am going south soon and the temps here are from maybe 20's nights to mid 30's days.
Does the refrigerator work ok in these temps?
I assume the freezer would be ok, but the regular part .. would that go below freezing?

How does everyone handle it, just pack the stuff when leaving?

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Old 01-17-2012, 05:12 PM   #2
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:17 PM   #3
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Shouldn't make a difference once you have heat on in coach to heat interior and your tank compartments fridge will function as it would during wamer weather.
You do have the ice maker winterized and wouldn't use until you get south.
Been in 1* weather and was as warm as you want to be.
Have a good safe trip enjoy the warmer weather.
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:26 PM   #4
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We've been in quite cold weather, single digits at night, and in our RV the refrigerator functioned in the "normal" manner. It did not freeze, etc.
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:49 PM   #5
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In those temps the refrigerator should work fine.

When it gets colder than 35 deg F or so, what happens with my Dometic RM7732 is that the freezer warms up. The thermostat is in the reefer part and since it is cold enough, it never calls for cold. This means the freezer part can warm up to the ambient temperature.

The solution is to heat up the coach, and counter-intuitively, open the door to the reefer section. This makes the thermostat call for cold and keeps the freezer cold, 0 deg F or so.

Of course if it is really cold, say 0 deg F, then what happens is that the freezer is fine and all the stuff in the reefer eventually freezes, maybe 2-4 days for mine depending on how cold the temps are inside the coach.
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Thanks everyone.
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Only thing I do different is to back off the setting as the refer doesn't work as hard to stay cold when outside temps are cold as it does in hot weather. I have a wireless thermometer sensor in the refer so I can monitor the temp.
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Up in "Nort da cota" I had to keep my beer in a cooler to keep from freezing when it got to 22 below.

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