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Old 05-04-2014, 04:09 PM   #1
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Refrigerator froze everything!

We finally had our very first trip in the trailer! What fun! Drove it to Big Sur River Campground (about a 5 hour drive) and everything was great. THEN, in the morning when we opened up the fridge we discovered that everything was frozen! (Not just all the beer bottles, but even the vegetables, half and half, etc. I had set it to "coldest" but after that I turned it all the way down. Took everything out to let it defrost, put it back in that evening and it was frozen again the next morning, even on the least cold setting. Has anyone had this happen? I don't wan't to drag it back to dealer, and leave it there. We have another trip next weekend, and many more after that. I realize I could just turn it on and off while we are out camping, but really, I shouldn't have to do that with a brand new trailer. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-04-2014, 05:57 PM   #2
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Are you running your fridge on gas or electric? I know that our fridge gets much colder when running it on gas. I found out that if one drinks beer a little faster the fridge will not freeze everything due to the door being opened more often. Or at least that is the reason I give my wife.
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:21 PM   #3
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We run ours one setting from the warmest and it stays just above freezing (34-36). That is on auto so propane when in route and electric when plugged in at the campground to electric.
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Thanks HighLife! I can definitely try drinking the beers faster! I guess we'll test it out again next weekend and hopefully if I start with it at warmest setting it will behave. maybe it needs a re-boot...
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Thanks SouthCo, I was wondering how that works. So if it is set on auto, once plugged in it doesn't use propane? Good to know! Newbies, learning...
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Thanks SouthCo, I was wondering how that works. So if it is set on auto, once plugged in it doesn't use propane? Good to know! Newbies, learning...

No sweat, we are newbies too but have one weekend camping under our belt (not including playing around the house). But yes, set it to auto and it switches automatically. Electric if your plugged in and propane when your not....
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:54 PM   #7
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A couple of thoughts to pass along:
At initial glance, I found the temp control on my fridge a bit confusing. IIRC it was labeled high/low instead of warmer/colder. So the first couple times when I wanted it a bit warmer, I instead made it colder.

The other thing I'd suggest is some sort of thermometer that will allow you to see what the temp is inside the refrigerator without have to open the door all the time to check. It will allow you to adjust the temp before everything freezes. This what I bought. Its not fancy, but it works and does the job.
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Old 05-05-2014, 05:20 AM   #8
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You can also try one of those 12v fridge fans that circulate the air inside the fridge. I had a problem with items near the coil freezing and the fan helped to even out the temps from top to bottom.
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The other thing I'd suggest is some sort of thermometer that will allow you to see what the temp is inside the refrigerator without have to open the door all the time to check.
X2.... I started using a thermometer this season and found I was keeping the temperature dial colder than I needed to
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No sweat, we are newbies too but have one weekend camping under our belt (not including playing around the house). But yes, set it to auto and it switches automatically. Electric if your plugged in and propane when your not....
Just be sure you check to make sure the gas burner for the fridge has fired properly. Our first trip out, there was air in our propane line, and after the programmed 5 attempts to light, it defaulted and needed to be reset. (We always leave the switch set to auto by default.) We unplugged the trailer last just before pulling away assuming the fridge would fire properly, and when DW popped into the trailer for a potty break 3 hours later, she noted the fridge was blinking. After some research and playing with it, we discovered what happened. Now DW stands in front of the fridge until its operation on propane can be verified before she locks up and we take off. If you listen carefully, you can hear it running, and now I check it by turning my ear by the outside vent when I do my walk-around at rest stops.

If it doesn't light right away, try running the stove for a minute or two, then turn the fridge switch to "off", then back to "auto" or "gas". Listen carefully for the burner, after a few minutes if there are no flashing lights on the fridge, you should be good to go.
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