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Old 04-15-2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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Norcold fridg.

Getting ready to go on our first trip in our 2008 Cayon Star 3641. We brought home the coach about a month ago, still learning all the systems. They went through coach at the dealership, we just turned on the fridge. We had a travel trailer before this with the same brand fridge but smaller. Its been on for about 2hrs with little change in temp. How long does it take for it to start cooling down. It is on auto at #5. I am on shore power. Thank you for any help.
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:11 PM   #2
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At least 24 hrs. We always pre-cool our items at home before putting them in our RV refrigerator. If you have a Norcold 1200 it may take up to 36 hrs to cool down.
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:12 PM   #3
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The fridge will take about 8 hours but in about 2 you check the freezer compartments you will feel the cold on back wall.
To help the box section use the food from your inside fridge pre-cooled and it will help your RV fridge.
There is information in this link in case you have a problem but if dealer has checked it out correctly you should have a good trip.
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Thanks for the help.......... Now have ice in the trays
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:57 AM   #5
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We use one of these to take the guess work out of monitoring the freezer and refrigerator. It also allows us to monitor the temperatures while underway.

http://www.ambientweather.com/ch986.html


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Old 04-16-2013, 05:56 PM   #6
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RV type refridgerators

I am on my 7th rv since 1983 and all my refrigerators have been rv type units rather than all electric home type units. The key to getting good service from rv type units is to be patient. They will cool and, if they have an ice maker, will make plenty of ice. Make sure, if you are not hooked up to shore/city water, to have the water pump turned on. Getting air in the water supply line is not a good thing because it takes much longer for ice to become available once you realize the refrigerator has no water supply.

Following maintence procedures, which are provided with the refrigerator, is also beneficial.
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Airflow is important. There is no circulation fan in most RV fridges. Placing a large, warm item on a top shelf will throw the whole thing off and push temps over 40 for an extended period of time.

Put smaller items up top, and leave some space between them. Don't pack the shelves at the top completely full or you will have performance problems on warm days. Put larger items that will block airflow (food trays for example) lower in the unit.
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Since this thread is recent, and if it is proper, would someone familiar with Norcold 1200LRIM who knows the ice maker model number please share it with me. I understand Lowe's sells a usable replacement. A starting point Norcold number would be great.
Help please.
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SilverBlivit,

I have 1200lrim in 05 Bounder and replaced the ice maker two years ago.

I don't have the model number. Take the old one out and bring it Lowes/Home depot and they will get you the right replacement. It is the same ice maker used in residential refrigerators. Unplug and shut the water first..

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Icemake

Thanks Francis,
Taking it out and heading to Lowe's in the morning.
These forums are much help.
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MJFZ: http://www.ambientweather.com/ch986.html
AwwwwwMaaaannnn!
That's the neatest thing I've seen to keep tabs on the refer!
I bought it immediately.
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MJFZ: Chaney Instruments 986 Digital Refrigerator Freezer Thermometer
AwwwwwMaaaannnn!
That's the neatest thing I've seen to keep tabs on the refer!
I bought it immediately.
We also bought one after that post. Got it yesterday in the mail and it's working like a charm.
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We also bought one after that post. Got it yesterday in the mail and it's working like a charm.
Do you think there will be a problem with the batteries freezing in the freezer ? Just wondering if it is a potential problem....Thanks..
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Do you think there will be a problem with the batteries freezing in the freezer ? Just wondering if it is a potential problem....Thanks..
Good question. I have been using lithium batteries in the freezer and refrigerator sending units for the last year and a half without any issues. They seem to last about 5 to 6 months ad then need replacing.

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