Yes, that's right - HOT. We loaded up the fridge before departing to the 49th annual WBCCI International Rally. I placed a temperature logging probe in the bottom rack of the fridge prior to loading. The fridge was running electric before loading and actually was half full before the probe started recording.
Prior to leaving I switched to gas on the fridge. The fridge was full. The freezer was also loaded with things that were already frozen. I had placed a small battery powered fan in the fridge. This fan is very small and does not really circulate much air but it is probably better than nothing.
We got on the road at about 10:00 and drove straight from Reno to Bend, Oregon. We stopped only briefly for dinner at Lakeview, Or. at about 4:30.
When we arrived in Bend and opened up the fridge to just check on things we were shocked to feel that the fridge was beyond warm. It was hot. It was warmer than we have ever felt before. I pulled out a hammer and tap on the coils with authority (and perhaps some anger). My thinking is that if the little pilot tube is partially clogged this may help to clear it.
to read the entire story of the hot box. I have posted charts and information about this experience on my web site.