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Old 10-13-2013, 10:10 PM   #1
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Dometic defrosting

I have a dometic DM2652LBX And last month while I was camping at the beach I noticed water dripping out of the drain tube on the back of the refrigerator. It was not cooling in the refrig and the ice cream in the freezer was starting to get soft. I had turned it on about 3 weeks prior to leaving and we were tripple didgets with about 70% humidity so the whole freezer was covered in frost and the fins in the refrig had a solid slab of ice running along the bottom. I turned it off and defrosted it and then it was fine for the rest of the week.It was also very hot and humid at the beach and the sun beat on the back of the trailer. Anybody have an Idea what was going on? I have it on now getting ready to go to the Grand Canyon and its operating ok , refrig 30F, freezer 2 F,I'm using 120 power now, I ran it on gas for 2 days and no change. Sure hope it was a fluke or excessive heat and humidity. Thank You
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:19 PM   #2
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most likely was excessive heat and humidity. Also, especially when hot and humid like that, try to limit the door being open. The best fix, besides keeping it closed all the time, its to add a fan inside, blowing air across the fins to help keep them dry. I had that problem a lot in my old TT, but haven't experienced it at all in my Sabre Fiver.
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:51 PM   #3
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My wife also had it packed like the day after thanksgiving. The last time I talked to dometic the tech said their was a safety in the back in case it gets too hot back there. This has only happened once in 9 camping trips,so maybe I'll give support a call. Thanks Mike
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:46 AM   #4
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As the original poster concluded, the problem was heat and humidity.

We have a DM2652 in our Class C Sunseeker. We have made several trips of several months at a time. I usually have to defrost our refrigerator during a long trip. We didn't have a problem during the months we were in the southwest.

Defrosting during a trip isn't hard. Since we have plenty of storage in our 3100, I carry an ice chest. It was handy on our first long trip when my dearly beloved didn't realize how small the refrigerator is compared to the one at home, and bought more groceries than we could have put in two of these RV refrigerators. When the cooler is in the storage compartment, I fill it with paper towels, etc., so the space is not lost. To defrost the refrigerator, I use a hair dryer, held well away from the refrigerator so the heat isn't directly on the plastic parts. It takes about 30 minutes, so the food is just fine in an ice chest.

You can get rid of some of the ice on refrigerator compartment fins if you shut it off sometimes while you are driving. The refrigerator compartment is usually about 40 F, which will melt the ice off the fins if the fins aren't being cooled.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:22 AM   #5
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I do carry 2 medium Ice chests as storage containers ,they were given to me by some campers leaving the Grand Canyon. Great for storing propane and misc. stuff. Hair dryer sounds good, I'msure my wife will have a couple of them. Thanks Mike
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