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Old 06-23-2014, 12:33 AM   #1
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2014 Salem TT Dometic RM 2652 BF 45-50 degrees

We have been camping for 2 days now and admittedly we did not know we would need to pre-cool the fridge on our new TT... But after avoiding opening the door as much as possible... The internal temp has only ever gotten to 45 degrees.
Right now it sitting around 50! I think this is cause for concern.
This has all been in electric mode.
I see a slider on the last metal fin with a triangle pointing up for colder.... I had it stretched all the way up and the little white tube fell out of the clip. So clipped it back in and stretched it as high up as It could go. Then waited for a few hours.
Temps all seem about the same.... Around 50.
I purchased a small fan that runs on batteries from an rv store and have had it in there since last night.... Still 50...

The outside fridge (a dorm type) has been on its lowest setting for the same time period, and it too is at 45-50 degrees.
I've been reading in these forums where some fridges are freezing peoples food... So am I correct in thinking there's something amiss with both my fridges?

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Old 06-27-2014, 10:16 PM   #2
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Got the TT home and it's been plugged into a real 30amp plug with a new 30amp breaker for over two days now. Fridge is 45degrees.
I have the little plastic slider all the way up.
It was hanging loose when I got it new... Is it supposed to hang on the outside of the fin farthest to the right or the inside?
Could someone take a picture of theirs if it's like this?
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Old 06-27-2014, 11:25 PM   #3
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Inside fridge running on electric. Thermistor won't go any higher, just slips down the slider if you move it up.

Something's wrong methinks.

Freezer is good... I moved thermometer into it and will check it all in the morning again.





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Old 06-27-2014, 11:37 PM   #4
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It sounds like this for a few minutes, then goes silent again.
Does that cycle over and over.

http://youtu.be/_s7V8wrvGXE



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Old 06-28-2014, 10:46 AM   #5
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If freezer works okay then frig is also okay. 45 in the frig is not that bad. The thing you are moving is the thermister which senses the "cold" and turns the frig off and on. Generally it does not have a huge effect on cooling. Of course all this depends on the outside temps - if it is hot outside the frig works harder. You might try it on propane and see if it makes a difference.
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If freezer works okay then frig is also okay. 45 in the frig is not that bad. The thing you are moving is the thermister which senses the "cold" and turns the frig off and on. Generally it does not have a huge effect on cooling. Of course all this depends on the outside temps - if it is hot outside the frig works harder. You might try it on propane and see if it makes a difference.
He mentioned something about sour milk but that might had been another thread. The frig is 45 on the top shelf closest to the freezer while the lower part of the frig is even warmer.

I would check the temp again but keep everyone out of the frig for a few hours in the meantime. Do you have the frig on "auto"?
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:53 PM   #7
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2014 Salem TT Dometic RM 2652 BF 45-50 degrees

Yup, it's on auto. I called a dealer today. He said the fridge should be 40 degrees higher than the freezer. So I need to put a thermometer in both to see if there's a problem or not.
Yes that was me with the spoiled milk. Last camping trip we never got it below 50 degrees. It was very hot outside and we had all sorts of power problems also... So perhaps it was just the situation... I'm not sure.
I've got family that own campers and they all have adjustable knobs or sliders and have had their food freeze before in the fridge. On older campers of course... I'm not saying I want frozen food, but it would be nice to see it get that cold.
I've read lots of threads where people modify their fridges by adding fans and improving air flow. I've even seen a guide on removing the thermistor and replacing it with a gauge you can turn.
I just feel it would be a shame to have to modify a brand new fridge...but perhaps that what's expected for some parts of the country? Missouri summers are mighty humid and hot.

It's been another full day on its own with nobody on board in my yard. I'll go check it now and post the results. I've also got another thermometer just in case.



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My fridge on the hottest days 32 degrees C have seen us able to freeze things. That is with the noisy fan. I replaced with 2 silent fans and more airflow. In my slide mounted fridge there is a piece of panelling that acts like a chimney and forces all the hot air out the top of the upper vent. One thing I did see on a fellow camper last summer was the installation of screens for bugs, this killed his cooling capacity as airflow was reduced. He removed the screens and the fridge worked just fine.
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Well the freezer is 20 degrees... I think it's supposed to be 0
The example today given to me by my closest dealer was "0 in the freezer is 40 in the fridge... And that's good."

So I'll contact the dealer on Monday and see if they will take a look....
The fridge now has 2 thermometers in it... I'll check them in the morning.
Just in case ones bad.

My fridge has that "chimney" panel on the back which I was thinking may not help the cooling... But I figured its there for a reason.

I think my fridge needs to be "turned up" but I don't see a way to do that.

I guess I'll let the dealer tell me. Only I didn't buy it from him he was quick to remind me today :/

When I opened the door to check the temps the fan kicked on after about 10-15 seconds..... It then kicked off again after a short time. Perhaps 3-5 mins. I just keep thinking if it would just run longer it would be fine.

I'll see what the dealer says. Thanks for all the pointers and advice.




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