Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-21-2013, 09:20 AM   #1
New Member
1976 Argosy 24
madeira beach , Florida
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 1
1976 Argosy 24' - Dometic Refrigerator issue

We recently purchased a 1976 Argosy 24' - it has the original Dometic refrigerator / freezer. On our last trip we noticed the freezer would freeze but the refrigerator section maybe got to 55 degrees at the max cool setting.

Any suggestions on what to troubleshoot prior to looking at a replacement?

Thanks in advance!

NAM_FL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2013, 10:51 AM   #2
DKB_SATX's Avatar

2017 26' Flying Cloud
1976 Argosy 28
Alamo Heights , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 7,282
Images: 1
Blog Entries: 7
When you say the freezer section would freeze, was it barely 32F? Or was it down in single digits?

Check the exterior refrigerator compartment to make sure the air intake through the floor is unobstructed. Make sure the heat exchanger is relatively clean and that the upper vent is not obstructed.

What temperatures were you camping in, were you running on gas or electric and how long did you give it to cool down? They're VERY slow to cool, and seem to work better if there's some thermal mass in the freezer section. If I don't have frozen food, I put a few bottles of frozen water (that I freeze in the house fridge first) in the freezer and that seems to get it to the point where the refrigerator gets down to useful temperatures.

I was skeptical about the little battery-driven fans Camping World and other camping places sell to circulate air inside the refrigerator, but I find that it helps it get the box down to temperature a little quicker and makes the temperature MUCH more uniform inside.

Last weekend with highs pushing 90 I was maintaining about 35F in the refrigerator compartment in my 1975 refrigerator on electric power on setting 6. It just barely held 40 driving home with the sun hitting that side of the trailer most of the way at 90 degrees, on gas setting 7. I should've chilled it lower before leaving and set it on max, but it was just barely good enough.

Zero Gravitas 2017 Flying Cloud 26U | Il Progetto 1976 Argosy 28 Center Bath | WBCCI# 15566

He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. Sir Winston Churchill
DKB_SATX is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:50 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.