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Old 05-17-2012, 03:15 PM   #1
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Unhappy Frig Does Not Work :(

Funny how you can go from the mountain top to a deep valley..

Was all excited about my maiden voyage this week end UNTIL I turned on the refrigerator...Doesn't work...Well the freezer seems to be getting cold but not the bottom. Called the RV Repair place (my new home away from home) and the tech said there could be a blockage from it sitting and driving around with the Frig on could help

If not, strong possibility it is the cooling unit and the scheduling girl said its probably cheaper to buy a new frig :-O

Any ideas?
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:34 PM   #2
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Hi Joan,

How long did you let the fridge cool? Was it running on gas or electric?

It takes time to get cold - not like a household fridge. Let it run overnight and see if it cools.

I used to stop at the storage lot after work in the morning (or the night before) and turn it on on gas. That gave it about 9 hrs. to start cooling before we went to hitch up. We left it running until it switched to electric when we plugged in at the campsite. I had everything chilled/packed in watertight bags/in a cooler of ice until we had everything set up then I'd transfer things to the fridge (there wasn't much room to get the cooler into the camper when in storage anyway). The cooler than went outside and we kept pop and drinking water in it - ice cooled it faster and there was no need to keep going in and out for something to drink.

Rv fridges are not cheap - think 4 figures! I'd certainly give it time to cool before rushing to buy a new one.
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Yeah, chances are it didn't have enough time to cool down.

When I turned mine on today around 1:00, I put an internal/external thermometer in it. With the temp inside the trailer at about 63, it dropped to around 54 within an hour-two and stayed there for a while, but then about 9:30 tonight, it dropped to 34.

Make sure to adjust the slider on the far right fin inside the refrigerator. Push it up to make it colder. I moved mine today too because it seemed more warm.

Honestly, it seemed to cool down quickly for me today, and it is on electric too, I was surprised. But it was about 59 inside the refrigerator to start with, so it had less to cool.
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Hi Joan,

Really need to put a thermometer inside. And some ice blocks in the freezer or something in the fridge. While you can stick your hand in the freezer and fell some cold, sticking you hand in the fridge area, you do not feel much on a RV fridge.

If the freezer is getting cold, well it is working somewhat. Put some water etc in the fridge to make it work on something. Wait over night and check again.

Let us know how you make out.
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not a pro but im learning mine took 2 days to cool from starting also wouldnt run in driveway-cuase camper wasnt level wont work unles it is.good luck
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Ours stays plugged in when not in use so the refrigerator got cooled down about a month ago and has stayed that way. It did take overnight to cool down. According to the directions for the fridge, it is designed to keep contents cool for 8 or more hours when not plugged in or on propane. Ours stays cold when transit.
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Happy to Report....FALSE ALARM! Newbie camper here didn't realize how long it takes to get cold, thanks for everyone's replies!
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False alarm is a whole lot better then a big bill!

Glad to hear it's ok now!
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I like this false alarm!
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