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Old 10-08-2011, 11:09 PM   #1
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altitude & refrigerator issues

Recently we were at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Some 8800 ft of elevation. Nice National Park campgound but without sewer or eletric. Anyway, we found the refrigerator would not work properly. The frig would work for up to 2 hours on porpane....then the frig would beep and say "no flow".....I would shut it down and reset it....then it would work for up to another 2 hours and then repeat the above.
I am wondering if the 8800 ft elevation had anything to do with this....
We traveled over 1500 miles returning home on propane and "NEVER" had a repeat of the above. We could heat water with the propane and use the propane for the BBQ....so the "flow" worked for those items.
Any thoughts?

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Old 11-12-2011, 07:08 PM   #2
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We have had similar problems on 2 different RV,s. Our current one will not run on gas for very long at all at anyting over about 9k, but the water heater, furnance and the outside grill never have a problem.

Our dealer told us that the burner on the refer is so small and in an iclosed area that combustion is iffy at elevations.

Sorry to be of little help.

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Old 11-12-2011, 07:23 PM   #3
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I'd call the manufacturer (Norcold?) and talk to their tech dept. Maybe it would require a different regulator at the tanks at those altitudes to increase the propane flow, but that's just a guess on my part.
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