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Old 08-19-2012, 05:31 PM   #1
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Refrigerator not cooling on the road

During our latest trip, we were able to measure the temperature inside our Dometic refrigerator by mounting an indoor-outdoor thermometer on the fridge door with a sensor on the inside of the refrigerator. With this we could keep an eye on the temperature without opening the refrigerator door. The refrigerator cooled very well while the camper was parked (easily achieving low 30 degrees Fahrenheit), but cooled poorly, if at all, while the camper was in motion. The temperature in the fridge rose to the mid-40s and lower 50s in the course of a day's drive, then decreased again after the camper was parked. The refrigerator was set to propane under both circumstances and the flame stayed lit. Outdoor temperatures were mild.

Has anyone else had this problem? Any thoughts on the solution?
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:38 PM   #2
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Re: Refrigerator not cooling on the road

How do you know that it stayed on while towing? Is it possible the flame went out and rellghted itself when you stopped? Put a penny on top of an ice cube in a tiny cup in your freezer. If it warms and defrosts and then refreezes, the penny will be incased in ice.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:56 AM   #3
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Re: Refrigerator not cooling on the road

All I can say is that I turned off the fridge, and the propane, in Oregon and when we got home to BC some five hours later, the ice cream in the freezer was only somewhat soft. Perfect for serving, actually.

Perhaps, and it's only because one shouldn't put all one's trust in anything.. perhaps, there was a problem with the remote thermometer?
I'm only suggesting..

We just traveled 4 1/2 hours down from the Okanagan with the fridge shut off. It was about 39-42f when we left and about 46 when we arrived home. So, I don't understand how your fridge could warm up that much, even if it wasn't running.

We have the 5.0 cu. ft. fridge.

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Old 08-20-2012, 01:46 AM   #4
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Re: Refrigerator not cooling on the road

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Their has been a lot of discussion on Dometic fridges on this forum.
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I'd like to point out that, like any discussion of any product on any forum, it is unlikely that people who have had no problems are going to post.
I took that into account when buying a home carpet cleaner. I read many reviews about leaks and such and then I calculated that if the machine worked 10 times I would be saving money over a rental from Safeway and I didn't have to pick it up and return it. I've used it many more times than that and more than gotten value for my money.

I think to expect everything to work perfectly as long as you own it, while driving over washboard roads and through deserts and arctic ice, is asking a lot.

But then, solutions to problems and answers to questions is what this forum is all about.

Not trying to stifle discussion. Just trying to keep it in perspective.

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Old 08-20-2012, 01:01 PM   #5
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Re: Refrigerator not cooling on the road

Ironically I visited the forum today because of MORE problems with our Dometic fridge.

We've had our Escape only a few months and already it's been in the shop twice (for over four weeks total) because of the fridge. We've already had to cancel one trip. And with a trip looming next week -- our fridge is, once again, not cooling.

Baglo, for what it's worth, Reace noted problems with recent fridges (when I read him my serial number he moaned) ... with regard to rvomaha's problem, I don't know if you have a newer Escape, but with ours, initially our fridge would actually go out whenever we moved the trailer -- the ignition would still be clicking even after several hours' drive. This ended up being a "loose something or other" (I am quoting our lousy repair guy on that one). Anyway, I suspect you too have a "loose something or other" -- and that your fridge is actually able to relight itself when you stop (unlike ours). I suspect if Reace could tell you what's loose you may be able to tighten it yourself.

Meanwhile, our cooling unit was replaced -- the fridge worked ok for about a week -- but now it's pack to 10C/50F on "7" on electric. This is only a few degrees better than it was last time. Dometic has a brick wall built around their service peeps, so I've got another call in to Reace for help (our RV shop here is abysmal).

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Re: Refrigerator not cooling on the road

which Dometic model do you have in your unit?
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:08 PM   #7
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Re: Refrigerator not cooling on the road

Why, I just went out to the trailer to get it

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I can't remember now if it was the serial number or manufacturer number that Reace moaned about ...

Gee, only FIFTEEN callers in queue at Dometic "customer service" ...
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:54 PM   #8
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Re: Refrigerator not cooling on the road

To follow up on baglo's comment regarding not posting if you don't have a problem, we have had no issues (knocking on wood) with the 5.0 Dometic in our late model (Sept. 2011) Escape 19. We have the fridge set at 3 both on the road and stopped and everything stays nice and cold. For what it's worth.......

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Old 08-20-2012, 03:30 PM   #9
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Re: Refrigerator not cooling on the road

we have the 6.7 in our 19 ft and last week in montana it was 38 c and had to get one of those little battery operated fans but after that it kept up. it actually seemed to work better when we were travelling than just sitting in the blazzing sun and it was on the coldest setting.
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:34 PM   #10
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Re: Refrigerator not cooling on the road

Sure do wish the 6.7 would fit in the 17. I have had all kinds of problems with my 5 cu ft fridge in my 17 - so far have replaced the heater & cooling unit under warrantee , and more recently, the thermostat. None of it Reace's fault, if fact last July he fixed the problems that Camping World's "Repair" caused. While there are some advantages to older technology, Dometic's 5 cu ft refrigerator isn't one of them!

So far, it is now working as it should. The flame still sometimes blows out while driving, but it starts cooling when ever I stop or even slow down. One point - one of the problems with it relighting while driving was the end of the spark lighter was closer to the thermocouple than the gas jet. It would sometimes light, but usually there wasn't enough spark getting to the burner to start it.
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