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Old 06-13-2013, 03:01 PM   #1
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Dometic refrigerator shutdown, Newbie mistake

We brought our new-to-us 1997 Southwind Storm home and parked it in the driveway. Problem is, driveway is on a grade of about 8 deg. After reading the manual which says not to run refrigerator on a grade, I moved the coach to a flat area. However the Dometic 2 door fridge does not work. It worked when we bought it and on the 90 mile drive home.

I have cycled it several time, cycled all circuit breakers, and cycled the gas on/off switch. I let it sit overnight hoping to settle gases – works for me. I would like to hear any possible insights or suggestions from the forum on what might have happened and/or how to fix it. Any help greatly appreciated
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BTDT last summer, I had to have the cooling unit replaced (I think that's what they called it). I finished my trip by buying plastic containers to put in both sides on each shelf then filling them with ice and emptying each tray as they started to fill with water.

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If you know of a good bumpy road in your area take a ride on it a few times and see if it will break up the blockage in cooling coils.
Try with out it on than try will it on LP gas and see if it helps get her going.
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A 1997 should not go bad that quick. a 79 would be a different story. It is possible that it is bad, but first make sure it is lit. listen for boiling at the cooling coils in back. If it is boiling you have a problem. If not, try hitting the coils with a block of wood. Kind of sharpely but not enough to dent the coils.
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You can try removing the whole unit and set it on one side, them the top and them the right side. Leave it in each position for about an hour. Finally turn it upright and reinstall it. It may or may not fix it.

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Have you looked at the manual and performed any troubleshooting?

Could be loose wire.
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Thanks to all who offered suggestions. I tried the ones that were within MLOC ( my level of confidence). That'll never make it into the dictionary of slang. We are land cruising newbies so this - I'm sure - won't be our last sticky wicket. See You Down the Road (SYDR), Dutch6
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We brought our new-to-us 1997 Southwind Storm home and parked it in the driveway. Problem is, driveway is on a grade of about 8 deg. After reading the manual which says not to run refrigerator on a grade, I moved the coach to a flat area. However the Dometic 2 door fridge does not work. It worked when we bought it and on the 90 mile drive home.

I have cycled it several time, cycled all circuit breakers, and cycled the gas on/off switch. I let it sit overnight hoping to settle gases works for me. I would like to hear any possible insights or suggestions from the forum on what might have happened and/or how to fix it. Any help greatly appreciated
We own a 82 Pace Arrow with a Dometic Fridge (original) and we have found that it really only works on the LP gas. Never has worked on the electric. Have you tried to stick a small wire up the flu ? wiggle it around gently the previous owner told us how to do it and some rust or junk will fall out. It is siting in the driveway running @ 32-35 degrees for the last month. (my man cave when not on the road) Nothing has frozen yet and the pop is icy cold (yum). It is pretty level but the bubble isn't completely in the middle on the level. JMO
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Not sure by posts but do you have 12v to the refrigerator? That is needed to ignite the burner for gas and it is also needed if operating on 120v. If you are operating on gas, you should be able to hear burner from the rear of refrigerator, with the access door off. If you cannot hear gas, are you getting gas any where else, like the gas range? Test at the range to confirm that you are getting gas. Hope this helps, and good luck to you.

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Dutch with the vehicle being new...you do know it can take up to 8 hrs for any cooling to be felt? The more open and closed with the doors to check for cooling will make a longer cool down time.

These fridges do work and can work well....they just do not recover from doors being open, a large amount of warm foods being put in them or being off level.

Precool and prefreeze as much food as possible when planning a trip.

Always level and turn fridge on 24 hrs before time to leave
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Problem Resolved, $1,500 later.

Thanks to all who responded with analysis and comments. It turned out that the operating-off-level issue was irrelevant. Norhtgate RV - the best RV shop in Chattanooga should you need one in this area - found a leak in the cooling unit, $$$. So, now we have a new Norcold which seems to work fine. See You Down the Road, Dutch
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