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Old 04-07-2015, 07:18 PM   #1
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We are concerned about the fan which has been supposedly repaired by CW and still makes a most unusually loud groan.

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Old 04-07-2015, 09:27 PM   #2
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Oh my, gripe is such a nasty way of putting it. Of all the RVs we've owned (and we've had several) we have never had many GRIPES. Our concern is the loud fan on yes, our Dometic refrigerator! We are not going to the International FROG Rally to gripe or have needless/ridiculous repairs made. In fact we didn't even know about repairs until last month!!! We are, however, concerned about the fan which has been supposedly repaired by CW and still makes a most unusually loud groan.

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If your noisy fan is in a slide, that is somewhat normal, it is a hollow area and it echos in the void, some fans are louder than others and sometimes when you replace it, it is no better. This fridge in a slide out requires a fan because there is not a roof vent in the slides. But I have heard a few people have put some 12V computer fans in there instead of the one that comes with the fridge. I think Turbs might have done this mod.
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If your noisy fan is in a slide, that is somewhat normal, it is a hollow area and it echos in the void, some fans are louder than others and sometimes when you replace it, it is no better. This fridge in a slide out requires a fan because there is not a roof vent in the slides. But I have heard a few people have put some 12V computer fans in there instead of the one that comes with the fridge. I think Turbs might have done this mod.
The refrigerator is not in the slide. We had issues with it last summer and fall (even after temperatures had cooled) and CW assured us it had been repaired the last time we had it in before our warranty ran out last December. We had it out last month and the fan groaned even louder when it kicked in. As long it it keeps things cold, that's fine -- just concerned about the excessive noise and groan.
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Maybe we should start a new thread (I can copy these posts to it) for your problem.

What model fridge and does the top vent (not the bottom one) go out the roof or is it located on the wall?
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Maybe we should start a new thread (I can copy these posts to it) for your problem.

What model fridge and does the top vent (not the bottom one) go out the roof or is it located on the wall?
It's a Dometic RM1350MIMBSX -- four doors. Top vent goes out the roof.
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It's a Dometic RM1350MIMBSX -- four doors. Top vent goes out the roof.
Where is your power converter (fuse panel) located?
Is it near or under the fridge like in the regular size Dometic fridge?
This is an evaporative system fridge and does not use a compressor.
The fan you are hearing might be the WFCO converter fan which can be REAL noisy.

If your fridge installation does have the Power Ventilator mod, it is also possible the fan or fans are causing your noise. The question is why, in your installation, it was used.

http://www.dometic.com/QBank/EPiServ....003_17713.pdf

In your model the power ventilation system is supposed to be used when that fridge model is mounted in a slide (side wall top vent) or when it is installed in the rear wall of the camper.

http://www.dometic.com/QBank/EPiServ...ions_17597.pdf

In the wiring diagram in the operating manual it shows where the fans get their power from, if the power ventilator is installed.

The unit has a limited 2 year warranty; so it should be covered with no questions.
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Where is your power converter (fuse panel) located?
Is it near or under the fridge like in the regular size Dometic fridge?
This is an evaporative system fridge and does not use a compressor.
The fan you are hearing might be the WFCO converter fan which can be REAL noisy.

If your fridge installation does have the Power Ventilator mod, it is also possible the fan or fans are causing your noise. The question is why, in your installation, it was used.

http://www.dometic.com/QBank/EPiServ....003_17713.pdf

In your model the power ventilation system is supposed to be used when that fridge model is mounted in a slide (side wall top vent) or when it is installed in the rear wall of the camper.

http://www.dometic.com/QBank/EPiServ...ions_17597.pdf

In the wiring diagram in the operating manual it shows where the fans get their power from, if the power ventilator is installed.

The unit has a limited 2 year warranty; so it should be covered with no questions.
The power converter is located just inside the step well at the bottom side of the refrigerator. The only vent I can see is directly above the refrigerator on the roof and is oblong-mushroom shaped. Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with refrigeration with the exception of stocking it with beer. Tomorrow I'll get the ladder and remove the vent cap and see if any additional fan(s) were installed by Camping World.
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The power converter is located just inside the step well at the bottom side of the refrigerator. The only vent I can see is directly above the refrigerator on the roof and is oblong-mushroom shaped. Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with refrigeration with the exception of stocking it with beer. Tomorrow I'll get the ladder and remove the vent cap and see if any additional fan(s) were installed by Camping World.
Was this fridge an "add" by camping world or was it ordered that way.
If it was ordered that way it is most likely correct.

Try this, turn off the fridge and turn on the gas furnace. That should create a big enough DC draw to start the converter. If you hear that fan squeal the problem is the converter fan and not the fridge.

If you hear the converter fan and it is not howling like you have been hearing, you are spot on and the issue is with the fridge power ventilator.

Replacement of the ventilator is a "big job" (fridge comes out to get to that area) and you will want to get it done under warranty (or at the rally) for sure.
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Was this fridge an "add" by camping world or was it ordered that way.
If it was ordered that way it is most likely correct.

Try this, turn off the fridge and turn on the gas furnace. That should create a big enough DC draw to start the converter. If you hear that fan squeal the problem is the converter fan and not the fridge.

If you hear the converter fan and it is not howling like you have been hearing, you are spot on and the issue is with the fridge power ventilator.

Replacement of the ventilator is a "big job" (fridge comes out to get to that area) and you will want to get it done under warranty (or at the rally) for sure.
Fridge was optioned when we ordered the Forester. I'm more than sure it's the fridge and not the converter. Will try your suggestion tomorrow and get back to you. Thanks.
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Fridge was optioned when we ordered the Forester. I'm more than sure it's the fridge and not the converter. Will try your suggestion tomorrow and get back to you. Thanks.
Definitely the refrigerator, and we're going to see where there is an authorized service center.
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