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Old 05-28-2016, 01:59 PM   #1
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Freezer not cold enough

Have a domestic fridge with freezer on top. Been at a KOA plugged in to shore power for 24 hours and the ice in the freezer is barely frozen, you can see the water under the top layer. How can I get the freezer to actually freeze my ice cubes. It should get colder. This model only has the on/off and auto/gas button. Fridge is plenty cold but freezer is just barely freezing
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Old 05-28-2016, 02:38 PM   #2
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If you have an auto/gas button, I think you mean you have a Dometic-brand fridge rather than a domestic fridge - 'domestic' implies 'residence' to me and not too many kitchen fridges have auto/gas switches.

24 hours is pretty much the minimum for a gas-absorption fridge to reach a normal level of cooling. They are just slow, its the nature of the beast. Starting with liquid water in the freezer is also going to slow it down.

I usually start mine, wait for the freezer to at least start to cool (may take several hours to do that as it pulls the heat out of the metal of the cooling system) and then load some deeply frozen items from the home deep freeze (some big freezy-packs or a couple pounds of ice). Once the freezer goes below freezing, then I start to load the fridge portion.

Even if you don't have a temperature control, you probably have a thermal probe clipped to the fins in the fridge compartment. Make sure that is in place and you may need you adjust its position too.
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An absorption fridge removes heat from the fridge/freezer unlike a residential fridge that cools the air in the fridge/freezer. So items that are not already frozen will take quite a while to freeze.
Your cubes should be solid within the next 10-12 hours.
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P.S. I mounted a battery operated indoor/outdoor thermometer hear the top of the wall in the fridge section and then ran the outdoor probe into the freezer. Now I know when to turn it on low to prevent frozen lettuce (DW hates frozen lettuce).
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I take 6 or 8 8oz water bottles and freeze them solid at home. When I'm going out somewhere with the camper I put them in the camper freezer and turn it on gas. The frozen water bottles help get the temp down in the freezer compartment much quicker. Once the freezer is cold I move the still frozen water bottles to the fridge and use them as drinking water.
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So you run the gas while towing the camper? I was always afraid to do This as I wondered if the wind from towing would cause issues. So I just plugged in the camper the day before and got the fridge cold for towing. But when I tow 4-5 hours it doesn't stay cool long.
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Have a domestic fridge with freezer on top. Been at a KOA plugged in to shore power for 24 hours and the ice in the freezer is barely frozen, you can see the water under the top layer. How can I get the freezer to actually freeze my ice cubes. It should get colder. This model only has the on/off and auto/gas button. Fridge is plenty cold but freezer is just barely freezing
A lot depends on where your Refer. is mounted as well as where the Sun is shining while parked also! Do you have Fans added inside and out? You didnt supply any Info.as to what RV you have? Youroo!!
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So you run the gas while towing the camper? I was always afraid to do This as I wondered if the wind from towing would cause issues. So I just plugged in the camper the day before and got the fridge cold for towing. But when I tow 4-5 hours it doesn't stay cool long.
I tow with the fridge running on gas. My fridge is on the rear wall and have never had a problem doing so. Side mounted fridge? I wouldn't know.

I also store the trailer in the yard with shore power applied and the fridge set to AUTO. I'll switch over to LP about 12 hours before leaving. I think it gets just a smidge colder on gas. And a fridge doesn't use much gas anyway.
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So you run the gas while towing the camper? I was always afraid to do This as I wondered if the wind from towing would cause issues. So I just plugged in the camper the day before and got the fridge cold for towing. But when I tow 4-5 hours it doesn't stay cool long.
Mine is a MH, class C. I run the fridge on gas all the time when I'm on the road and not plugged in to shore power. Haven't had a problem with my Forester or my previous Tioga.
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You might want to get one of these:

AcuRite® Digital Refrigerator/Freezer Thermometer with Temperature Alerts - BedBathandBeyond.com

They work great. Put the monitor in your TV and you can even monitor the temp driving down the road.
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