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Old 04-15-2015, 10:07 AM   #1
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Cooling fan on Norcold refrig

We have a new Primetime Crusader 295RST. The small cooling fan behind the refrig stays on all the time, no matter if on AC power or LP. We are dry camping for the next 18 days in Florida and seems I have to run our portable generator a couple times a day to keep battery charged. The unit is only two months old. Anyone else with a Crusader and the Norcold have the cooling fan run all the time?
Maybe I need to add a second battery.
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Old 04-15-2015, 10:10 AM   #2
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Fan may run 24/7 if the fridge is turned on.

Some units were thermostatically controlled I think.
You could locate the fan and install a switch.


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Old 04-15-2015, 10:40 AM   #3
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The first ones were. If they deleted a thermostat to save money i would not be surprised, seeing how dometic deleted the dehume switch. Be discreet about how you add a switch, i.e. Dont cut a wire just break it at a spade connector. Dont want to loose warranty over it. If your under 90 degrees, just disconnect. Pull the upper side vent and see how it was vented. Check the refer install specs, see if it was done to spec. Refer manufacturers are very specific here to get a good draft on the "chimney" as its known. The fan may be cheaper than good venting labor. Double side vents do work, they struggle in heat. In case Ive broken any forum rules, this message will self detruct in 10 seconds...
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Old 04-15-2015, 10:42 AM   #4
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Agree Crockett,
A second 12v battery or two 6 volts should be considered regardless with that many days dry camping.
That fan Altho a draw is not your only draw.
Your fridge requires 12v to run on propane.
Same goes for your hw heater it requires 12v to run on propane.
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Old 04-15-2015, 11:11 AM   #5
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I changed the one noisy Fan first week we owned the Fiver for 2 quiet fans with slightly more airflow and much quieter performance.
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Don't think the OP is concerned with noise B and B.
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Old 04-15-2015, 01:01 PM   #7
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Was going to put a switch on my fan until I felt how much heat it was moving. I suspect that my ice cream would just be cream without it.
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Old 04-15-2015, 07:00 PM   #8
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Cooling fan Norcold Refrig

Found out what was causing the cooling fan to run all the time. Found that the top baffle was bent down almost closing off upper exhaust vent. It appears that when factory installed refrig and pushed it back it bent this baffle downward almost closing off upper vent. The two cabinets on either side of refrig is very hot. The only way to fix it is to pull refrig and try to straighten baffle or replace.
This should have been caught before it left the factory. I'm dry camping the next 18 days so have to come up with a fix.
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Old 04-15-2015, 07:39 PM   #9
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you prolly just saved your cooling unit. might as well say the whole fridge. just remove baffle and operate with top vent door removed, weather permitting...you'll vent fine.

edit: with the cooler weather the top vent removal may not be necessary. can you extricate the baffle??...
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Closed off refrig vent

Was able to remove damaged aluminum baffle. Upper vent was pretty much blocked off. It could have been a fire hazard. Will fabricate a new baffle tomorrow so I can continue on this camping trip.
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