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Old 03-11-2014, 12:04 PM   #1
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Reefer Questions from the new guy

Howdy Gents,

My name is Anthony and I recently became the owner of a 2008 19' Bambi AS. I have read the owners manual and am doing a run thru of all major systems on board. All pilot lights fire up automatically and everything is receiving 12v power. I am doing all this in my drive way, fyi, so no 110v.

I cranked up the reefer yesterday, and put the red switch just inside the main door on the left in the UP position. It lite up and the front of the fridge is set to operate on gas. The test light is not illuminated. All seems well. From the outside access hatch, the pilot light is blue, the fan is blowing.

I don't understand the correlation between the fan and the reefer? How long does it take to slightly cool the reefer in order to confirm this system works? My MAIN concern was that there was a plastic smell coming from the air the fan was pushing outward. Kinda of like burning plastic/dust/i dont know... This trailer as never been used before, so there is a good chance that this is the first time the fan has ever been run.

What do yall think, should I just let it run for a bit, and burn of this smell, or is there a concern here and something I need to investigate? When do i switch from the reefer setting, to the SW Fan setting?

Thanks yall, hope to learn a bunch, and one day contribute in return to this forum! Cheers!
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:49 PM   #2
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It takes sometimes 12 hours for an RV refrigerator to get to the correct temperature.
Then the temperature varies with the ambient outside temperature.
It might cool to 34 degrees in mild weather and may only cool to 40 degrees when it is hot.
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:51 PM   #3
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Put some ice cube trays in the freezer compartment.
When the ice starts to form it is time to put the groceries in...
The refrigerator seems to get to temperature a lot quicker after dark than in the daytime.
Rule of thumb- turn on refrigerator the evening before you head out on a trip.
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It does take a good while for an RV heat absorption refrigerator to get to operating temperature. I assume the fan that you are referring to is the little computer cooling fan that helps the refrigerator coils stay cool. A plastic smell is probably not a problem. A burning plastic smell is.

Also, I mention this only because you refer to yourself as new to all of this, you do not have to have a 30 amp RV outlet at your house to plug the trailer in. As long as you are not using the air conditioner or heat pump, you can just take an adapter and plug into any 15 or 20 amp outlet and run all other trailer functions including charging the coach batteries.

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Old 03-11-2014, 01:38 PM   #5
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Welcome fishhunt.

Feel the aluminum fins inside the fridge. They are the first thing to get cold.

I might also recommend a remote thermometer. You can get one for $10 from Walmart. This allows you to monitor fridge temperature without opening the door.

RV fridges are not like house fridges. You get marginal cooling especially in hot weather.

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Old 03-12-2014, 10:07 AM   #6
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Once our fridge gets cold it will keep ice-cream and ice cubes in the freezer even in 100º. I don't consider that marginal.
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A little smell if brand new is not uncommon.

The fan is controlled by a thermostatic switch on the fins or pipe in the upper refrigerator cabinet. You will see it if you look for the wires from the fan. The fan will run most of the time when the refrigerator is on Propane, a little less when on line power.

The refrigerator takes about 4 hours to start to cool down. The first place you will feel the cooling is on the floor of the freezer compartment, not the fins of the refrigerator compartment.
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Yes, the RV refrigerators are adequate and do perform the task of refrigerating our groceries- they just don't ever get as cold as the refrigerator in the house does-
We still have ice cubes and unspoiled food...
The food on the top shelf definitely gets colder- sometimes bottled water has ice crystals in it.
It's all good.
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i thought you meant

Colorado tourism
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Colorado tourism?
Hmmm...
I don't get it...
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I think it also helps if your product that you are placing in the fridge is ice cold. Chunk it in an ice chest and ice down prior to putting it in the fridge. Also helps to have a real clear idea of what you want out of the fridge before you open the door. This is not the time to be "looking around". For this reason, we keep a separate drink cooler in the bed of the truck.
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What he said.
We sometimes take 3 coolers for ice, drinks, and meat.
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All great advice Gents, thank you. I have purchased a remote thermometer and will fire it up and see what happens!

The red switch just inside the door.... When do I switch it to the fan mode and not the up position, reefer mode?
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Wow, this thread is not at all what I thought it was gonna be about.
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