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Old 05-24-2013, 01:56 PM   #1
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how long should it take for Dometic fridge to reach optimal coolness?

This past weekend I popped up my Rockwood HW 256 in the driveway ( 2006 version). I turned the fridge on auto so it would run from the house extension cord. About 18 hours later I went to check on the temperature. The freezer was cold, but not the refrigerator. The fridge felt like room temperature.

How long should it for the frige to maintain a permanent safe cold temperature? If this is an issue with a solution ( cold freezer/warm fridge) I would appreciate any feedback on how to fix it.

Matt
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:06 PM   #2
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18 hours is way more than long enough. Something is wrong. Is your RV level? Fridges don't work we'll if they're not level.
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:11 PM   #3
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That's a really good point. I was struggling to keep it level with the side lifts. Will have to try again on level surface. Followup question is that obviously while driving you aren't always level. Should you always clear out the fridge while driving? This will be my first big trip using the pop up so I'm somewhat of a newbie.

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Old 05-24-2013, 02:50 PM   #4
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You don't need to be level while driving. Something about the vibration and rocking motion lets it work.
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:52 PM   #5
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for long trips, if i'm taking some frozen meat like HB, i will put the frozen meat in the fridge during the trip. that accomplishes 2 things. 1. thaws out the meat, 2. the meat gains heat from fridge and the "coolness" emits from frozen meat to walls of icebox. double win! just don't put ice cream in the fridge!
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:08 PM   #6
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Fridge Temperature

We usually start up the fridge the day before we are leaving and let it run. The next day we pack the fridge and freezer but we also freeze water in empty milk jugs and pack them in amongst the food in the freezer and fridge. We always arrive at the campground with the bottles pretty much still frozen and the food is still nice and cold. Good Luck!
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:20 PM   #7
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Does your fridge have a slider for temperature?
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:20 PM   #8
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No, no controls. Automatically set. I take it you have a thermostat?
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:59 PM   #9
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Mine has a sliding thermostat like this one.

Maybe yours has an adjustment on the face of the unit like these.
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This past weekend I popped up my Rockwood HW 256 in the driveway ( 2006 version). I turned the fridge on auto so it would run from the house extension cord. About 18 hours later I went to check on the temperature. The freezer was cold, but not the refrigerator. The fridge felt like room temperature.

How long should it for the frige to maintain a permanent safe cold temperature? If this is an issue with a solution ( cold freezer/warm fridge) I would appreciate any feedback on how to fix it.

Matt
Mine will cool down in 4 hours and make ice in 6! Dometic advertises "if you can walk comfortably, its level enough" You have a blockage in the liquid tubes or maybe poor combustion due to scale in the boiler. Read your inst. book it may give you some good sources of trouble.
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