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Old 10-25-2018, 02:06 AM   #21
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I've certainly had no issues with the big fridge in my E21. I suspect the chimney stack on the roof really helps it stay cool in hot weather, compared with the double vent panel on the side used on smaller propane fridges.
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Old 10-25-2018, 11:10 AM   #22
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Outwitting the thermistor

Stay with me on this story:
45 years ago we used to put a thermos full of piping hot water next to the battery in the VW Beetle when the nighttime temperature dropped to 40 below. It gave off just enough heat to the battery to start the car.
The thermistor operates the freezer and fridge if it senses warmth above the set point. To keep the freezer cold, put a room temperature water bottle in the fridge near the thermistor. It will give off just enough heat to keep the thermistor powering the cooling for quite a while.
Problem solved.
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Stay with me on this story:
45 years ago we used to put a thermos full of piping hot water next to the battery in the VW Beetle when the nighttime temperature dropped to 40 below. It gave off just enough heat to the battery to start the car.
The thermistor operates the freezer and fridge if it senses warmth above the set point. To keep the freezer cold, put a room temperature water bottle in the fridge near the thermistor. It will give off just enough heat to keep the thermistor powering the cooling for quite a while.
Problem solved.

I installed a larger battery in my beetle that I was given when mine went bad.

Was a good idea until someone sat in the back seat.
Shortly after we hit a bump.

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Old 10-25-2018, 01:04 PM   #24
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Stay with me on this story:
45 years ago we used to put a thermos full of piping hot water next to the battery in the VW Beetle when the nighttime temperature dropped to 40 below. It gave off just enough heat to the battery to start the car.
The thermistor operates the freezer and fridge if it senses warmth above the set point. To keep the freezer cold, put a room temperature water bottle in the fridge near the thermistor. It will give off just enough heat to keep the thermistor powering the cooling for quite a while.
Problem solved.
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Old 10-25-2018, 01:06 PM   #25
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A great.....wait for it............story...
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Old 10-25-2018, 03:59 PM   #26
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Bill,
That is an excellent solution. Fool the thermistor with warm water into thinking the refrigerator is warming up. It turns on the burners or coils and starts to cool. At the same time the freezer is also getting colder and best of all. My ice cream will stay cold.
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Old 10-26-2018, 03:59 PM   #27
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Stay with me on this story:
45 years ago we used to put a thermos full of piping hot water next to the battery in the VW Beetle when the nighttime temperature dropped to 40 below. It gave off just enough heat to the battery to start the car.
The thermistor operates the freezer and fridge if it senses warmth above the set point. To keep the freezer cold, put a room temperature water bottle in the fridge near the thermistor. It will give off just enough heat to keep the thermistor powering the cooling for quite a while.
Problem solved.
I've been thinking along these lines but the problem I see is that you could freeze the refrigerator compartment too. I think a small heat source inside the fridge might be a better solution. It could be connected to a thermostat located outside the fridge that would turn the heat source on when the ambient temperature dropped below a certain level, like maybe 50 degrees.

You could also do the same thing but with the thermostat in the freezer and set to something like 15 degrees. That would be even better.
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Its Christmas in the Fridge

We were talking about the thermostat for the thermistor at the Wine Eacape Rally in September. I suggested a 9 watt Christmas tree bulb as a heat source. Getting harder to find these days but there are still millions in use Im sure.
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7 watt and 4 watt are all I can find nowadays, made overseas....
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Garage sales. How many do you need? I had 1,000 c9s on the City Christmas tree with 100 foot drop Cords. Maxed out 4 twenty amp services. Sealed the connections with Saran wrap and plastic bags. Used very heavy drop cords. Meth addicts would steal them for the copper scrap value. Once the ground froze the cords stayed as we staked them down. If it snowed right after thanksgiving we were good too but bare ground and Yellow cords were an open invitation.
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Would setting the fridge temp to level four or five help with this? It might freeze stuff in the fridge, though, if it's cool outside.

The one consolation I had regarding my RMD 8555 is that it will keep food reliably frozen in the freezer compartment. I might not be able to get to it due to a jammed door latch, but it will be frozen. Now I find out that this might not always be the case, either. Oh well.
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I'm not sure the thermocouple on the fins in my DM2663 (6 cu ft) refrigerator in my 21 does anything at all. I've moved it up & down, left it dangling, and it makes no difference. I have to run the refrigerator on 5 most of the time (4 when the nights get below 40) to keep the inside of the refrigerator at 38F. The freezer runs between 4F and 8F.
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I'm not sure the thermocouple on the fins in my DM2663 (6 cu ft) refrigerator in my 21 does anything at all. I've moved it up & down, left it dangling, and it makes no difference. I have to run the refrigerator on 5 most of the time (4 when the nights get below 40) to keep the inside of the refrigerator at 38F. The freezer runs between 4F and 8F.
Hi Jon,
That is strange, Our DM2663 frig normally averages 34 @ number 3 setting and in cold weather (40) we have it set to 2. If in 90's or higher then number 4 keeps things nice and cool (Texas fans running of course).
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Hi Jon,
That is strange, Our DM2663 frig normally averages 34 @ number 3 setting and in cold weather (40) we have it set to 2. If in 90's or higher then number 4 keeps things nice and cool (Texas fans running of course).
Yea, if I ever get off the road long enough, I'll get it checked.
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Yea, if I ever get off the road long enough, I'll get it checked.
Hi Jon,
Just out of curiosity, have you noticed any difference (temps/settings) when running the frig on A/C verses propane ?
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Just FYI. Our RMD 8555 set on 5 maintains an main compartment temperature of 40-42F on a 90 degree day. Not cold enough to be dairy-safe in my opinion. And the freezer is around 12-14F. But in Albuquerque with 100F+ temps the freezer started melting our ice cubes. This is when using 110VAC shore power.

Truly the weak point in our otherwise very functional E21.

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Just FYI. Our RMD 8555 set on 5 maintains an main compartment temperature of 40-42F on a 90 degree day. Not cold enough to be dairy-safe in my opinion. And the freezer is around 12-14F. But in Albuquerque with 100F+ temps the freezer started melting our ice cubes. This is when using 110VAC shore power.

Truly the weak point in our otherwise very functional E21.

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Yikes, I would agree 40-42F on a 90 degree day would not be good.
Is it the same when on propane ? we are normally on propane (99.9 %)
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Just out of curiosity, have you noticed any difference (temps/settings) when running the frig on A/C verses propane ?
Not really. Slightly better on propane than 120V, but not enough to be concerned about.
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Not really. Slightly better on propane than 120V, but not enough to be concerned about.
Hum, yes these frigs do seem to like propane. My experience leads me to believe it's all about maintaining boiler temperature and it seems propane does a better job at that. Our propane system after pick up was 13.5 W.G. this worked great @ relative sea level but when camping @ elevation (8,600 to 9,600) no Bueno.

My solution is simple, using a manometer @ the stove top I adjusted the regulator to 11 W.G. then marked the turning slot and the edge of the regulator with an 11. I then did the same @ 12 W.G.

When camping at sea level or below 12+ W.G. works great, when at elevation I pop the cap off the regulator turn it C.C. wise to 11 W.G. or lower in order to keep frig running. I have had it down to 9.5 W.G. @ 9,600 of course oxygen and temperatures are part of the puzzle when it comes to camping @ elevation, but there are tricks to that also.

Opps sorry about that Jon I went a little off subject, when you have time may want to check W.G.

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