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Old 08-28-2016, 08:07 PM   #1
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Norcold fridge tip

Hi, the other day when leaving my campsite I tried to start my fridge on propane. Wouldn't light, couldn't even hear the igniter. Indicator lights were on as if everything were okay. I pulled the outside vent cover off and noticed the small condensation catch tray filled with water right to the top. During my walk-through the service tech told me it would evaporate before it ever got full, I now know that it won't. The hose that runs to the tray is long enough to just stick it through the vent like they used to do, so I went old school and won't have to worry about it anymore. Spilling water inside there on the bare wood would not be a good thing. The fridge managed to mysteriously light the burner too, never did hear the igniter. I'll have to keep an eye on that.
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Old 08-28-2016, 09:14 PM   #2
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Don't know what the deal is with yours, but my fridge never leaks water out the tube unless I turn it off. I presume whatever is coming off is from melting ice.

Are you in a really humid environment? Kids keep the door open a lot?
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:42 AM   #3
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It was pretty humid while I was out. Fins in upper part of fridge were icy. With my other trailers that had the tube just sticking out I would see a little water dripping out and was a bit surprised to see the tray full with this fridge. Just glad I caught it before it started getting things wet inside the rear area. No worries letting it get outside.
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:28 AM   #4
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When I got my first Norcold with this unit, I noticed the same thing. It would fill up and over flow on extended trips and when turned off.

My solution was the same as yours. Reroute the hose outside the cover like the old Dometic brand.. I never have to even look at it but just remember to route the hose out as you close the cover.
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Mine's new and Norcold is new to me. I live and camp in humid conditions. I'll be looking for that. These forums are really great for sharing knowledge and experiences. Thanks to all of you for sharing yours!
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Old 08-29-2016, 12:45 PM   #6
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My salesman did this for me during my walk around.
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Old 08-29-2016, 01:36 PM   #7
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I find this interesting too. I bought my 2012 used. I found the drain tube tucked behind the fridge cover. The end has a removable plastic plug.
I assumed it worked the same way as my previous trailer, so when I camp I remove the plug and route it out the vent cover. I plug it and tuck it away when travelling.
Many of my assumptions turn out to be wrong (according to my wife) so perhaps I have this one wrong too?
I did notice water in the drain pan on our last outing in hot, humid temps, so I figured the drain hose was needed, and was just tucked away for aesthetics.
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The plug on the end should stay in place. It has venting and keeps the little critters from getting in. It need to be cleaned/ blown out as a routine every now and again.
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The plug on the end should stay in place. It has venting and keeps the little critters from getting in. It need to be cleaned/ blown out as a routine every now and again.
Thanks, I was wondering about that... so do people normally just tuck the hose away when they are travelling?
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NOPE, I leave mine slightly sticking out of the panel. (maybe about 1 inch) ALL the time.
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