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Old 12-31-2011, 10:14 PM   #1
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Hey ya'll.....most of you know my hubby, BubbaTex well he thought I should introduce myself, not to mention, ask a question. We are currently sitting in the rig on our Maiden Voyage......Dogs and all are have a great time, btw. My question is this.......we got to camp about 2:30 and immediately turned the fridge on auto.......it is now 9:00 and it just doesnt seem like it is cooling off. Any thoughts or suggestions. Thanks and we are have a great time! Oh, and Happy, Safe New Year to All!
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:47 PM   #2
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If you have your fridge full of warm beer or anything else that wasn't pre-chilled, sit tight, you're fridge will take a while to cool down. HOURS, not minutes.

Are you on shore power or battery?
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:03 PM   #3
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How is the freezer? From what I understand the freezer will get cold first. Do you have a thermometer? It will be hard but try to keep the door closed for a couple of hours before checking. Do you have hook-ups?
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:04 PM   #4
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They recommend starting your frig at least 24 hours before use.. I always start mine 3 days before I leave and fill it befor taking off.....I run mine on auto while on transit. I would shut it off if I needed to fuel.
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:11 PM   #5
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LOL....no warm beer or anything else in fridge.....we packed the cooler and left the fridge empty while traveling. Didnt want to put anything in it until it cooled. Yes, freezer is starting to get cool so maybe I just need to be a bit more patient.

Yes, we are on shore power so that shouldnt be an issue, correct? No thermometer........thinking I just need to be patient a bit longer.

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Old 12-31-2011, 11:13 PM   #6
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3 days prior or even 24 hours prior.....wow! I had no idea. This is our maiden voyage so these little tid bits will come in handy next time we travel! Thanks!
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:18 PM   #7
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Fill up the ice cube trays and check on it in the morning. You can put a small amount of water in a plastic baggie or container if you don't have ice cube trays. I had trouble telling if the button was pushed in for "auto" or "gas" so I can't be of much help there unless the following line make sense to you. I have to think of it as a belly button: outie = gas / inie = auto.

If your fridge is running correctly it might be cold by morning. Recommend adding a therometer to your list of "need to have".
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:26 PM   #8
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That is a great suggestion Terier......and yes, inie and outie makes perfect sense but we have a lite that also indicates when you are on gas. I think I might just ned to be patient and next time turn it on the night before we leave! Happy New Year Ya'll!!!!!
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:37 PM   #9
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Mine has a light too. On a recent trip I ran into a problem when I didn't follow all the steps for running the fridge off of propane. Now I'm not sure if I remember correctly if the "auto" mode has a light or not but I think it does. Will know in a few days for my next trip.

Anyway, have fun and don't sweat the small stuff. If you get into a pinch remember that most campsite neigbhors are also a great source of information.

And Happy New Year to you too!
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it will cool quicker on propane than electric.
but you do need hours to get it cold.
most plug in the night before leaving so that it stays cool until you get to the campground.
waiting until you get there to start the cooling process, is not a good idea.
RV fridges/freezers don't work like the one you have at home.
there's no compressor and they work by absorption.
it removes the heat from the fridge, instead of blowing cold air in like the fridge at home.
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