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Old 08-29-2010, 09:29 PM   #1
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Refrigerator Temp

Hello everyone. Well, here I am again. I'm getting ready for my first trip in my new Freelander. I had the vehicle plugged in all day yesterday and today. The temperature in the fridge ranges between 55 degrees in the day and 44 at night. I switched the mode of operation to gas a few hours ago, the system just wont cool to a safe level for food storage. Yes, the vehicle is level.
How can I improve the cooling in this unit? Any troubleshooting ideas is appreciated. Thank You.
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Old 08-29-2010, 09:46 PM   #2
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I think I have the same model. Look inside the fresh food section. In the back at the top you will see a bunch of vertical fins. On the last fin on the right there should be a white plastic clip with a wire going to it. This is a temperature sensor. Sliding the clip and sensor upwards will make it run colder. Mine is in the middle and runs nice and cold and doesn't seem to fluctuate a lot with the changes in outdoor temperature. Do you have much in it? I know you do not want to put anything in it that can spoil but these units do not cool as well as the one in our kitchen and when I start mine up I put in all the pop and water we are going to carry already chilled. The product also displaces air which easily escapes when the door is opened. A full refrigerator works much better than an empty one.
Hope it starts cooling better, if not a trip to the dealer will probably be necessary.

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Old 08-29-2010, 10:03 PM   #3
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Proper venting of the fridge is key to their working correctly. Forest River has not always done a good job of venting the refrigerators in compliance with the installation guidelines set forth by Dometic. One problem is they rarely block off the dead air space above the fridge.

Some of the larger refrigerators such as the RM1350 in our motorhome will come with axial fans mounted on the back side to aid in the venting process.

See my post here on the RM1350 and our venting issues.

One thing that helps greatly is an internal fridge fan

As for the temperature probe in the fridge mentioned above, ours isn't even on the cooling fins. It stands to reason that they will get very cold as they are supposed to. Items too close to them can freeze if set to the high cooling setting. In our fridge this probe is mounted to the side wall on the left side and away from the fins. My recommendation would be to move that probe off the fins completely and see what happens.
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Old 08-30-2010, 12:05 AM   #4
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After I adjusted the plastic thingy on my fridge during my 1st trip this summer, I was happy w/ its cooling abilities. If it stays hot this week, it'll be my 1st use during what could be considered less than optimum conditions.
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Old 08-30-2010, 04:13 AM   #5
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That plactic thing is called a "damper", the damper controls the amount of cold air in the freezer section to the drop down in to fridge section, if it is closed the fridge will stay warm the wider it is open the colder the fridge will get. The temperature of the fridge should reach about 34 degrees. Prior to a trip, I turn the fridge on two days before departure.
The reason the RV fridge takes longer to cool down is because there is no compressor in them like the one in your home, RV fridge's are absorption systems and do not require compressors but proper ventilation is a must. An in-line fan will help, it can cut the time down by about three hours.
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Old 11-18-2010, 01:49 PM   #6
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refrigerator temp

first time posting. we are in a fifth wheel about 5 years old and mainly run on electricity. sensor was accidently disconnected for a while and we have connected it and now slid plastic thingy all the way down after a freezing problem. it's on the far right "fin" now. Thought we had done that before, yet it still seems to be too cold. Hopefully this last adjustment will work. Any other thoughts? (we already thrown away frozen eggs and salad). Also, we are full-timers. Thanx
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Old 11-18-2010, 02:08 PM   #7
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First of all. Welcome. Second we all have a learning curve. While you did right apparently in searching for a fridge problem, you added on to a thread that is almost 3 months old. Check the date on the last post before yours. Also this thread is about a fridge staying too hot. Your problem seems to be too cold. You might get better results starting a new thread, with something like trailer model, and fridge too cold. Good luck, sure someone can/will help.
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Old 11-18-2010, 02:23 PM   #8
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Thanx, I figured out my problem with the posting of threads..Very new at this, so forget my add on. My husband is better at this forum etiquette. Have a great day!

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