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Old 08-03-2015, 06:15 AM   #1
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Can anyone tell me if this is common for the dometic refrig. in my XLR?
Usually prefer to hook up electric and turn on the refrigerator before leaving to camp or fill the refrigerator. I finally turned it on when we got to camp. We were on electric but it took 24 hours to cool the refrigerator down and 12 hours for freezer. Is that common? I turned on the gas an had it on auto, no real difference. I am worried this needs repaired or replaced. I noticed the check light came on for a few minutes but I recycled it and it went out.

Wolf, how did yours act before it went out?


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Old 08-03-2015, 06:25 AM   #2
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Did you fill the refrigerator with lots of stuff that was not yet cold?


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Old 08-03-2015, 06:26 AM   #3
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That is normal to take 24 hours to cool down. Try turning it on a day ahead of time.
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Old 08-03-2015, 06:43 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Toddupton View Post
That is normal to take 24 hours to cool down. Try turning it on a day ahead of time.

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Old 08-03-2015, 06:49 AM   #5
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and how cold do they get? Its 94 here...the ice cream, etc is soft. Running on gas
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Old 08-03-2015, 07:05 AM   #6
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DennisTD, is it 94 degrees outside, or inside your motorhome? Did you adjust the slider on the fins inside the fridge to a colder setting?
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Old 08-03-2015, 07:07 AM   #7
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Mine does not have a temp adjustment slider. It was 94 outside but we we gone all day so probably that hot inside at least.
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Old 08-03-2015, 07:11 AM   #8
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My fridge has worked perfectly; it was my AC that failed.

When I load my warn fridge, I turn it on first then load precooled food and frozen things, including containers of ice in the freezer about a day ahead and only load a few items not cold. The fuller the better. I almost always use 120 vac before travel.

There us no perceptible warming of what I load.

I make sure gas is available and box is on auto and after unplugging it, it is happy on gas... no check light. I've seen the check light If it failed to light for whatever reason. I usually turn on a burner until I smell propane to purge most of the line of air.

I've used it in 100+ degrees in it keeps icecream well. Dometic got this right. And it works just as well on propane.
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Old 08-03-2015, 07:19 AM   #9
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I turn mine on the evening before a camping weekend. Turn it on Thursday evening when its cooler outside then by Friday morning your ready to load it up with food. It is an absorption type fridg. with no internal moving parts so it takes it longer to get the interior of the fridg cooled down. Optional exterior fans on the condenser and optional cooling fans on the interior will help a lot in performance of the cooling capability of your fridg. in summer heat. Some come with cooling fans on the exterior condenser but not on the interior. An interior cooling fin fan will help to maintain good temp throughout the interior of the fridg.
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My previous trailer had a Norcold and it cooled very quickly. I could turn it on when loading the frige and it would get cold in a couple hours. My new trailer has the dometic and I too was wondering if something was wrong. Also the temperature adjustment (thermistor) is extremely touchy.

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