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Old 08-09-2017, 03:04 PM   #1
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Fridge not cooling when on propane

I have a Real-Lite 1604 and love it! The only problem I am having is when running the fridge on propane, it only cools to about 55 degrees. When plugged into AC it cools to about 42 degrees. This becomes a problem when traveling long distances. I have two friends with Backpack editions having the same issue. Is this a known issue and is there a fix? Thanks!
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:00 PM   #2
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How old is the unit?
What fridge do you have?

Have you checked the propane line pressure? It should be 11" WC.
Have you checked the flue for soot deposits?
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Old 08-10-2017, 01:15 PM   #3
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My unit is a 2016 and my friends is a 2017. They are brand new and haven't been used that much. All other propane appliance work fine. The fridge works but it doesn't get as cold as when it's on AC.
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Old 08-10-2017, 01:26 PM   #4
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What's the make and model of the fridge?

I'd check the propane line pressure first.

Even though it isn't very old, the flue could still be sooted up. There should be a section detailing how to clean the flue baffle in the fridges service manual.
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Old 08-10-2017, 01:28 PM   #5
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I think it is a Domestic but will check tonight. It's a 3 way fridge. I will get make and model tonight. Thanks!
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Old 08-11-2017, 06:19 PM   #6
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I had pretty much the same issue as you on my Clipper. I thought all the other propane stuff was working fine but the fridge just wasn't cooling on propane like it would on electric. Once I checked the propane pressure at the fridge and found it to be only 5 WC and replaced the regulator, I was amazed at how the other things I thought were ok were working much better. Everything lights much quicker now. The water heater doesnt cycle as long or nearly as often. Check your pressure. Dad always told me, don't think. Know. Thinking I know usually winds up biting me in the butt.
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What should the pressure be? Thanks!
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Propane should be 11" of water column like I stated in post #2. Most real propane or RV dealers can check it for you if you're not familiar with how to do it.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:49 PM   #9
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My Dometic had the same problem. I found that my pilot light housing was dirty and had cobwebs. After cleaning my fridge now stays at 38-40F and the freezer at 1-8F. I use an indoor/outdoor thermometer to monitor the fridge especially when traveling. I keep it the sensor in the freezer since I know if it is in range then so the fridge.
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:53 PM   #10
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I had a problem with my Dometic not being cold while traveling and called Dometic. They sent me a kit that I installed and on our recent trip to Colorado the fridge stayed around 38°-40°and everything in the freezer stayed frozen for the first time since we bought the camper 3 years ago. Ours is only a two way though not a three way. Might be worth a call to Dometic.
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