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Old 07-14-2014, 06:41 PM   #71
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We had a difficult time getting things cooled in our 5.0 cf fridge on the trip home from Chilliwack in summer of 2013...it was really hot and we couldn't get the fridge to cool much on either propane or electrical. BUT we were not running it while traveling and we were changing locations every day. It did cool some overnight. Since then we have been out a few times and it still struggles to keep cool in warmer temps...recovering at night.

We recently added a homemade 'curtain' to help retain coolness when the door is opened to take or replace items from the fridge. Kind of like they do on big commercial coolers that people are coming and going into frequently. We did one section for the top shelf and another for the lower shelves. Not sure yet if it has made a difference...but it was a cheap and easy attempt...just duct tape, twist ties and remnants from the shower curtain we cut up for the Escape bathroom.
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:41 PM   #72
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We are heading to a local lake tomorrow. Plugged in the fridge today(it is in a storage unit).

We have a thermometer in the freezer and fridge. They will read out on a digital thingy we can keep in the car. This is our experiment. We will let you know how it does in a couple of days. We do have the Texas fan. This is our first summer outing and we are anxiously keeping an eye on the temps. Picked our 21 up in March.

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Old 07-14-2014, 07:32 PM   #73
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What's the logic behind turning the unit off for travel? I've noticed more then just you folks doing such.
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A short search on the internet shows that problems with inadequate cooling on the absorption type fridges is a common thing -- and it's not limited to the southern or hotter climates, although it is more prevalent there.

I don't think it's the manufacturers fault, but the technology's fault. Jim's right -- they do work as designed. It's just that absorption technology has it's limitations. I remember my great grandmother's refrigerator when I was a child. Basically a big rectangular chest with a large cylinder sitting on top -- the absorption heat exchanger. Yep, same technology as the RV fridges of today. And, when you stood next to the fridge, you could really feel the heat coming from that cylinder on top. But, they do allow being off grid for extended periods of time and still having a "fridge".
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:08 PM   #75
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Brian, where did you get those nice chairs?
We bought ours from Costco several years ago. The brand is Tommy Bahama. They are a seasonal item so sometimes not in the stores.

They are very comfortable and fold up compactly for storing or moving.
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:16 PM   #76
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What's the logic behind turning the unit off for travel? I've noticed more then just you folks doing such.
It is considered a safety issue. Should you become involved in an MVA, there is no open flame and propane to become involved.
And, you have to shut off the fridge prior to stopping for fuel, going on a ferry or through a tunnel. So, stop, shut down, get fuel or through a tunnel, stop, restart fridge. PIA.
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:17 PM   #77
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I may be wrong but so far the 17', the 15' and the 13' trailer with the fridge on the same side as the awning (for shade) don't seem to be having the problem with cooling.
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That maybe the solution, a small sun shade for the vent for those sunny spots. Should reduce air temperature enough to keep a draft going.
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:26 PM   #79
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Hi Robbie,
Finally...It's great to hear from someone in my area evaluating their refrigerator performance. Looks like mid 90's in the shower free areas tomorrow. Good test conditions for your 6.7. I would like to hear of your temperature control setting, ambient temp, inside refrigerator temp, and your over night recovery temp.
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That maybe the solution, a small sun shade for the vent for those sunny spots. Should reduce air temperature enough to keep a draft going.
A Sun shade may reduce surface temps but not ambient air temps.
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