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Old 11-30-2013, 06:57 PM   #61
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Highly recommend you get a set of these for the refer and freezer. It has a max and min so you can monitor the temperature upon arrival to determine if you had any issues while enroute. Also recommend using the lithium batteries for the freezer remote. ACU_RITE Refrigerator/Freezer Wireless Digital Thermometer 00986 : Amazon.com : Kitchen & Dining
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:44 AM   #62
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Highly recommend you get a set of these for the refer and freezer. It has a max and min so you can monitor the temperature upon arrival to determine if you had any issues while enroute. Also recommend using the lithium batteries for the freezer remote. ACU_RITE Refrigerator/Freezer Wireless Digital Thermometer 00986 : Amazon.com : Kitchen & Dining
Those are what we use and they work great.
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:36 AM   #63
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What advantage is there is putting one in the freezer, seeing you can't control the temperatures in the fridge and freezer separate.

We just keep a simple manual read thermometer in the fridge compartment. It works just fine, we just have a quick glance when getting something out. Cheaper, simpler and less stuff lying about.

We keep a fan going inside and keep the temps a bit above freezing, and have never had an issue.

This is the $3 one we use. Click image for link.

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Old 12-01-2013, 11:00 AM   #64
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What advantage is there is putting one in the freezer, seeing you can't control the temperatures in the fridge and freezer separate.

The issue being discussed is the efficiency of the refer during times of heat. Your freezer temperature will tell you if your unit is operating correctly. With the "Max" and "Min" one can evaluate temperature swings while towing or absent. If you determine that the freezer temperature increased then perhaps the flame went out or it was during the hot part of the day. then you could take measures to keep the temperature level.
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Old 12-01-2013, 11:42 AM   #65
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I still see no advantage to using a freezer AND fridge thermometer. Or, do the new fridges allow for separate control.

We have monitored the temps while travelling (especially in hot climates), and have not noticed much for temp swings. A couple times after stopping the temp in the fridge was up by a degree or two, but we usually attribute that to the temp increases outside.

We do sometimes lower the fridge temp a bit when travelling when we expect temps to increase a lot during the day, and monitor more closely under these conditions. We have never had any issue with fridge temps not being low enough, even when in temps of 35°C (95°F), though were pretty close to the lowest setting.

Maybe we just got lucky using old thermometer technology.
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:10 PM   #66
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Years ago, I purchased an 'elcheapo indoor/outdoor thermometer from Wally World. This was before wireless! I put the outdoor lead in the refrigerator, "pinching" the wire in the refer gasket and placed the controls on the counter above the refer. I like it! Can monitor the refrigerator without opening the door, can change the temperature control on the refrigerator up or down as needed. Easy peasy.
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:15 PM   #67
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With the new 5th you may need to upgrade to the digital wireless world some of your accessories…...
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:05 PM   #68
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What advantage is there is putting one in the freezer, seeing you can't control the temperatures in the fridge and freezer separate.
Although they are presumably not individually controlled, they are at different temperatures. If the refrigerator section is at an acceptable temperature but meat is thawing in the freezer, I would want to know that. I find this happens with other RV refrigerators at the opposite extreme of ambient temperature: when it gets really cold outside, the refrigerator does not need to run much to keep the main compartment cool, and the freezer section thaws.
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I use the same old thermometer Jim does, thats is when I can find it or bother to check it in the fridge, as for the freezer I use the tried and true old high tech method of leaving an ice cube loose in the corner. If it melts or partially melts I know I have a problem. We tend to keep our fridge FULL (if there is any spare room beer is inserted) and the temperature doesn't seem change much do the the thermal mass.

On a side note I think a wine cooler should be offered as an option... Tammy?
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I use the same old thermometer Jim does, thats is when I can find it or bother to check it in the fridge, as for the freezer I use the tried and true old high tech method of leaving an ice cube loose in the corner. If it melts or partially melts I know I have a problem. We tend to keep our fridge FULL (if there is any spare room beer is inserted) and the temperature doesn't seem change much do the the thermal mass.

On a side note I think a wine cooler should be offered as an option... Tammy?
Hi: PGDriver... Our 5.0 came std. with a wine chiller. It's located under the bottom step to the loft, on the left side!!! Holds 4 bottles. Happy wife...etc. Alf
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