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Old 08-27-2016, 08:31 PM   #1
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Refrigerator on propane

On the road when frig on propane refrigerator section only gets to 50 deg
Freezer gets to 32 deg
Is this ok for foods I frig section
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Old 08-27-2016, 08:36 PM   #2
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Best is around 40 for fridge and 0 for freezer.
Others may have different opinion.
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Old 08-27-2016, 09:30 PM   #3
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On the road when frig on propane refrigerator section only gets to 50 deg
Freezer gets to 32 deg
Is this ok for foods I frig section
Those temps are not good for food dtorage. 50 deg is not sufficient for keeping food from spoiling quickly. At or below 40 deg is recommended. 32deg freezer really not a freezer. Make sure your thermistor is slid all the way to the top of the fins in the fridge. Make sure you give it time to cool down, it can take a while. Door openings as little as possible.

How does it work on electric? Temps?
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Make sure the setting is correct. I just helped a couple I met at a campground with this issue. The setting on the Dometics is that the higher the number, the colder the fridge. The intuitive way would be that the lower the number the colder it would be. I run mine at 4.


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Old 08-27-2016, 09:38 PM   #5
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My fridge doesn't work as well while traveling on propane as it does when parked. 50 is normal. So now I keep a couple of blue ice packs in my freezer, when moving I put them in the fridge, which will keep everything cold enough during travel. Don't know if this is normal, but it works for me.
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Old 08-28-2016, 07:50 AM   #6
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I was having similar issues. This was my solution. Works exceptable now in most conditions.

http://www.snip-the-tip.com

http://www.snip-the-tip.com/cgi-bin/articca.cgi
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So maybe a silly question then, but ok to tow with fridge on propane? Are these three way? Mine is a 72 Dometic.


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Refrigerator on propane

Your refer has a model # something like RM xxxx. I'd bet it is a 2 way. You can tell by the choices on the control panel. Are the controls at the bottom?
It's best to know that info.
We travel with our refer on. Never had an issue.
Others will disagree. Make your own decision.
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Travelling on propane shouldn't be a problem unless your flame is blowing out. It may be disguised, as when you stop it may re-light (only blowing out due to air-flow during travel.)
Dometic had a re-call based upon this problem. The fix was to add a small "baffle" at the base of the "furnace" which heats the ammonia coolant.
Not knowing the exact model you have, so you'll need to confirm you need this, Burner Shield part number 3108069.000 (It should be free.)
It's user-friendly to install, just a formed, sheet-metal flame protector.

Here's a thread that discusses it (and has a picture): http://www.airforums.com/forums/f425...ing-53710.html
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Thanks gents! I'll give it a go.
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Determining if traveling with fridge propane on is needed, tested starting out with a precooled units night before using wireless temp gauges in freezer, fridge and separate ice chest an 8hour drive from warm So Cal to the Sierras 80s most of way 60s upon arrival.
Top is freezer, next fridge, 3rd ice chest. Temps are after no propane after 8hrs drive. COOL !!!! Ice chest
Seemed least effected !

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Good experiment thanks for passing the info on yo he rest of us.

Note to self, fridge stays on!
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If the fridge works OK on propane when stationary for 8 hours compared to running on shore power but warms up when towing then your flame is blowing out. Mine did this until I had the Dometic recall performed. Extra shielding was installed around the burner. No issues since. If the fridge warms up on propane when stationary then the issue is with the gas delivering or burner section. Probably need to clean the burner and check if the LP pressure is correct.

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If the fridge works OK on propane when stationary for 8 hours compared to running on shore power but warms up when towing then your flame is blowing out. Mine did this until I had the Dometic recall performed. Extra shielding was installed around the burner. No issues since. If the fridge warms up on propane when stationary then the issue is with the gas delivering or burner section. Probably need to clean the burner and check if the LP pressure is correct.

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I think he turned the propane off to see what the temp rise would be. To compare to the suggestions that the fridge will stay cold enough while driving with the propane turned off. I don't think he was having flame issues.
Not cold enough for me.
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