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Old 01-16-2015, 12:24 PM   #15
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Vaccume bag all your goods to, reduces moisture
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Old 01-16-2015, 02:26 PM   #16
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Wow, what an over-engineered solution for moving air inside the reefer. Too bad it doesn't actually deal with frost buildup. There are simple, much less costly ways to ensure a more rapid recovery from opening the door and adding items. Slowmover is on target.

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Old 01-16-2015, 04:11 PM   #17
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your Dometic Fridge is new enough it should have a built in frost reduction setting/control. Check your owners manual. Sandlapper described the control you should be looking for in a previous response. It is a small rocker switch at the top of the inside edge of the refrigerator or freezer door opening. Mine has one and it does work although I think it only works when you are plugged in to shore power. I don't use it often as we have low humidity here in CA and I'm normally not out for more than a week at a time.
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Old 01-16-2015, 04:37 PM   #18
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You can also double check the actual fridge temp. We were out for 12 days over Christmas, and I just turned on the fridge and set the temp selector at the middle position (it has five positions, total). Didn't think much more about it. When I finally checked the fridge temp, it was close to 30 degrees. Seems that I could have probably been running it on the lowest setting and been fine. That would have probably helped with the frost build up as well.
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:14 PM   #19
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Out of nine settings, I run mine between 2 and 3... Anything above three will ice the milk.

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Old 01-16-2015, 05:54 PM   #20
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We found with our 72 Overlander that just a few minutes with a vacuum cleaner hose blowing air works about as fast as anything.. The air seems warmer than room temps,,, so must pick up some heat getting compressed and blown..

Anyway,, works better for us than the DW hair dryer. Sodbust
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:24 PM   #21
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Why is defrosting the refrigerator such a big deal. We have been fulltiming in our34.5 for the last ten years with a close to original refrigerator. Like the man said use the hair dryer. I can defrost the fins and be up and running in 15 minutes. Really this is such a non factor. Just enjoy the ride.
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:54 PM   #22
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We've got to have something to talk about besides tow vehicle capacities and tire choices...

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Old 01-16-2015, 08:49 PM   #23
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Old 01-19-2015, 04:23 PM   #24
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At Quartzite, we just purchased a "Fridge-fix" from Custom Coach Connection. So far so good. What I have noticed so far ..... is that there is no condensation/icing on the fins. The temperature stays much more constant over a 24 hour period than previously. Now ... just gotta wait to see how long until the next need to defrost.

By the way, their advertising says that it keeps the food cooler and actually results in lower operating costs. He says it pulls 1 amp. He ships for free is you enter his discount code when ordering at fridgefixfan.com. His discount code is ccc.
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Old 02-18-2015, 05:59 AM   #25
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I made my own version of the Fridge-Fix and so far so good. We installed it about a week ago. My version covers the front of the fins and draws air up and over the fins through an enclosed plenum. We're using the trailer for nearly three weeks so we'll know at the end of that time if it reduces the ice-up factor.

One thing for certain... with my three small fans blowing the temperature in the fridge is very consistent even with food packed inside. This was never the case in the past - we had to ensure the fridge was packed loosely and even then the temperature varied quite a bit from location to location.

I'll post pictures another time.
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:56 AM   #26
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So i just unload it and let it thaw?

Is there a circulation fan that fits dometic & might help prevent this?
Dometic rep told me not to use a hair dryer. I turn off the fridge, remove the top shelf, and prop my Endless Breeze fan blowing on the fins. Takes only a few minutes to defrost. I wipe the fins down with paper towels wrapped around a spatula so that they don't ice up again.

About every other time, I defrost the freezer as well as the lower box.

I do have a fan mounted on my fins. I wrote an article in Airstream Life an issue or two back about installing a fin fan. I ran the power to the fan up through the drain tube under the fins.
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We have a 2015 FC 23. Is the Fridge-Fix a good investment?
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We have a 2015 FC 23. Is the Fridge-Fix a good investment?
I mentioned above that I made my own version of the Fridge-Fix and I think it works great. I forgot to post pictures and I hope to do that sometime.

Back to Fridge-Fix. It seems like a good idea to me and for ~$100 it would be worth a try IMO. My homemade version does reduce ice build-up although I still have to defrost periodically. The biggest improvement in my mind the much more uniform temperature throughout the refrigerator. I can put almost anything on any shelf and it stays cold now. Without the fans I found I had to leave the frig relatively sparsely loaded and the temperature at the bottom of the frig was several degrees warmer than the top, near the fins. Now I can load the frig to nearly overflowing and everything stays cold.
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