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Old 02-13-2014, 04:28 PM   #1
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Fridge Settings on Propane?

Hello all, this is the warmest weather we have yet been in with our 2010 19.

We started with the fridge on 3, and gradually as the weather has gotten warmer I have been turning it up. Now it is at 6. Things seem cold to the touch (need to buy a thermometer for it).

In any case, my question is what settings are others running out there? Is 6 about normal, or is this thing needing some service?
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:41 PM   #2
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I've had to crank mine up all the way to the end in hot weather. Last year I closed off the open space above the reefer in the cabinet, and it helped somewhat. Am still planning on installing a fan before the August trip, also. Temps are pretty consistent whether it's propane, AC, or 12v.

We're heading to the Morro Bay region tomorrow, but I don't imagine I'll have any problems, since it's not supposed to be over 72.

I bought the wireless temperature sensors, so can monitor both freezer and refrigerator, works very well.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:43 PM   #3
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Dan - the warmer the weather the higher the setting is what we always run into. A lot depends on if the side of the trailer with the fridge is getting direct sun -- or at least that is how ours is. We have had to go up to 6 in hot weather. And yes a thermometer inside is a great idea. I bought one of the inexpensive ones that are meant for auto use and used two sided tape to mount the digital reading on the front of the fridge and then the sensor inside with the cable routed out of the way.
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Oh you people who are dealing with warm weather. I can't wait for that challenge!
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:02 PM   #5
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We have the new, larger fridge. It takes setting 5 (coldest) to keep the freezer at 0 and the fridge below 40. (These are the FDA recommended maximums.)

In the Casita we ran our older fridge at 4 or 5 out of 5.

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Old 02-13-2014, 05:04 PM   #6
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Thanks guys!
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I haven't had to turn mine on yet, it hasn't gotten over 40 degrees since delivery………...
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I haven't had to turn mine on yet, it hasn't gotten over 40 degrees since delivery………...
Come on down! We are at Organ Pipes Cactus National Preserve with a couple of Casita friends. Sunny and warm days and cool nights.

Here's what it looks like!

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If it's much over 70-80 degrees outside, don't trust the fridge. We found a little thermometer at Walmart that hangs on the metal rungs of a shelf. We could usually keep the fridge in the upper 30's but once we got into the 90s + (F) in Nebraska, we had to resort to our Coleman cooler and a block of ice every 3-4 days. This is a known problem and Reece has tried some baffles in the back of the unit with equivocal benefit. He had us take ours out ... again without much change. The smaller fridge in our 19 just seems incapable of handling the higher outside temps. Didn't seem to matter if we used propane or 12 power enroute but 110 v was decidedly better when we stopped.
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