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Old 10-02-2002, 10:39 AM   #1
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Noise dry camping

Dear Group,

When we were out (first time) we ended up dry camping.
The refrigerator was on gas. There was a noise coming from the refrigerator. If you are not level (and we knew we were slightly off and getting boards to prevent this in future) is there a fan or something that turns on for some reason?
I have the refrigerator on (gas) in the driveway and there is no noise.
Anyone know anything about this? Thanks.

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Old 10-02-2002, 04:55 PM   #2
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There is a fan in the Refrigerator cabinet. If the temp goes over a certain degrees the fan will turn on to circulate the air thru cabinet. This will help the refrigerator operate correctly.
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Hi Christine,

I read that a propane refrigerator should not be more than 1/2 bubble off level. Do you think it was more than that when you heard the noise?
Your noise could come from multiple sources, for example it could be a slight noise from the burner, or it could be your ammonia inside the refrigeration unit bubbling, if you were too far off level, or it might be a ventilation fan for the cooling unit that you are hearing. Hard to tell without a closer description. If it does not make the noise when level in your driveway, then it might have been caused by the trailer being off level.
Are you sure it had to do with the refrigerator?
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It's the fan

A/S had to install a fan because in the Internationals, there is no rooftop vent to provide convection cooling of the fins.

On a cool night, you will hear the fan cycle on and off as the burner cycles. On a warm day, the fan will run continuously. The fan is on a thermal switch and will start 15-20 minutes after the refrigerator is initially turned on.

IMHO, the fan runs far too fast and needs a series resistor to quiet it a bit.
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Re: It's the fan

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A/S had to install a fan because in the Internationals, there is no rooftop vent to provide convection cooling of the fins.

On a cool night, you will hear the fan cycle on and off as the burner cycles. On a warm day, the fan will run continuously. The fan is on a thermal switch and will start 15-20 minutes after the refrigerator is initially turned on.

IMHO, the fan runs far too fast and needs a series resistor to quiet it a bit.
You're right. It was the fan. I'm just not used to the small hum of that fan being on. In the quiet of a campground it sounds so loud. I'm just used to stone quiet when I'm napping or sleeping in the bedroom at night. I think I'm just going to have to get used to it. Sorry for the fuss.

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Hi Christine,

I read that a propane refrigerator should not be more than 1/2 bubble off level. Do you think it was more than that when you heard the noise?
Your noise could come from multiple sources, for example it could be a slight noise from the burner, or it could be your ammonia inside the refrigeration unit bubbling, if you were too far off level, or it might be a ventilation fan for the cooling unit that you are hearing. Hard to tell without a closer description. If it does not make the noise when level in your driveway, then it might have been caused by the trailer being off level.
Are you sure it had to do with the refrigerator?
As it turns out, I've made a big fuss over a naturally occuring function. The fan. It's just doing it's job. Duhh. At night when everything was so quiet, it seemed SO loud.

Thanks for your response. I'm lucky I have my fan on the other side of the trailer from the door. At least it will always work. I will look forward to the fan cycling *off*. Thanks for your response.

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There is a fan in the Refrigerator cabinet. If the temp goes over a certain degrees the fan will turn on to circulate the air thru cabinet. This will help the refrigerator operate correctly.
Thanks JP. I sat in it yesterday with everything fired up. Definitely the little fan and I will have to sit out there a lot and work on getting used to that sound. Looking forward to hearing it cycle *off*. lol.

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It takes a little getting used to, but eventually you won't even hear the refrigerator fan. The worst part is in the beginning when you hear it and don't know where the noise is coming from and why there is that noise.. time will take care of it. we just returned from our first rally (Nevada unit) in Mesquite (dry camping) yes, the noise was there but hardly noticed it. Was ab le to get to sleep after all.
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Thumbs up Thanks for the question.

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You're right. It was the fan. I'm just not used to the small hum of that fan being on. In the quiet of a campground it sounds so loud. I'm just used to stone quiet when I'm napping or sleeping in the bedroom at night. I think I'm just going to have to get used to it. Sorry for the fuss.

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Fuss? Not hardly Christine.
These questions are the little ones of REAL Value to so many of us newbies (and prob'ly some oldies as well). There is no other place to get these factoids. So IMHO it is imperative that nothingAirstream ever be considered too trivial to ask. Thanks.


Now would someone define ~~~dry camping~~~ to me. Is the other kind of camping ~~~wet camping~~~?
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There's another fan, also

There is also a fan in the AC/DC converter that you may hear from time to time. I was working in the trailer the other day with every light and both Fantastic Fans turned on. The fan in my converter cycled on and off a couple of times during the afternoon (outside temp was about 90 degrees).
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Now would someone define ~~~dry camping~~~ to me. Is the other kind of camping ~~~wet camping~~~?

Dry camping is when you are camping in an area without any kind of water or electrical hookups.
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I have also heard that called boondocking.
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Maybe it's a Southern California thing. I usually head for the desert when I camp.
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One more thing on the refrigerator fan. A friend suggested I may have the refrigerator set too high. Bingo, I turned it down to 4 and it cycles off more than it runs and keeps everything cool. Of course it hasn't been hot here either. So, I'm sure if I'm traveling in heat I'll have to turn it up. Oh, well.

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