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Old 08-04-2016, 06:14 PM   #1
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Fridge problem at high altitude

We just spent a week camping without electrical hookup in Colorado at 9000 ft. and our Dometic fridge couldn't keep the propane flame lit. About 3 times a day I'd have to turn it off and on several times before it would light again. It would pop a bunch of times and finally stay lit. It's a new camper and I'm wondering if there is something I could add that would help out at high altitude. It seems to work fine below 7000 ft.
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:05 PM   #2
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We have the same camper as you & experienced the exact same problem at 9-10,000' elevation 2 weekends in a row. It would stay lit about first 24-36 hours and then wouldn't remain lit. The check light kept coming on. We could get it to re-light and then it would go out again. The time it would stay lit got shorter & shorter. I called our dealer - we live in the Denver area - and I was told it sounds like a bad board on the fridge. We have an appt to take it in to be replaced. We'll see.
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Thanks for your response, I'll put in a call to the dealer about it, we'd wake up every morning and it had turned itself off in the night. We could get it to re-light by turning the unit off and then back on several times, after a lot of popping and sputtering. At first I thought I had some bad propane. Once we were down to lower altitude we had no problems.
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Well guess what, I just looked at the operating manual and on page 3 it states that our model will have problems running on propane above 5500 ft. and to use electric power instead. If you love the mountains as we do, 5500ft is nothing.Unless I can find a fix for this as in a replacement orifice or something that allows for adjustment for the air/fuel mixture this refrigerator is absolutely useless to us.
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Old 08-05-2016, 10:52 AM   #5
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I called Dometic and unfortunately they didn't offer any solutions to this problem. Doxies in the Rockies - Since your dealer is in Colorado maybe they will be able to get yours going. Maybe it is in fact the motherboard. On my generator Champion sent me a high altitude orifice (at no cost by the way) which I installed before we left. Seems like changing out the orifice on the fridge would do the trick.
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I'll let you know. I read that in the manual as well. That would mean we couldn't even run it up th street from our house on propane! The fact it runs perfectly fine for a day or more at 9,000 + & then starts having trouble doesn't seem like an altitude problem to me. And the service mgr I talked with agreed. I'll get back to you!
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And, thanks for letting me know about the generator. We still only have our 1000 Honda that we used with our old popup. A new, bigger one is next on my list! Which champion did you get?
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I bought the 2800/3100 inverter model.
3100W Inverter Generator - Champion Power Equipment which is sold now at many locations. It's not as quiet as the Honda, but pretty close. I'm very satisfied with it and have been impressed with customer service.
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the only thing i know to do at high elevation would be to open the burner cover to allow more air in . i've done this in the past with good results . living in colorado and camping above 8000 ft all the time needed to do something . worth a try
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I read this piece. Was very enlightening.

Altitude's Effects on RV Living and What You Can Do About It
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