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Old 05-05-2015, 03:18 PM   #1
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Refrigerator on propane when towing...blowing out

Not looking to start a debate on safety concerns or what is better 12V vs propane, but looking for tips to keep the refrigerator lit while towing. My old Norcold in my truck camper never had a problem blowing out. The Dometic in my new A122SXR and the Starcraft 1701 blow out while traveling. Has anyone added some sort of wind deflector around the pilot light?
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Old 05-05-2015, 03:26 PM   #2
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There is no pilot light, so no need to worry!
If by chance it does blow out it'll re light!

I've traveled 5 hours and mine is lit when I get there!

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Turbs, I'm guessing he has 3 way fridge. The propane stays on all the time with this type of fridge. When I traveled with popup I would run it off 12V while traveling and then switch to propane if I was stopping for more than an hour or so. I have heard of people putting small baffles in, it all depends where you thing the wind is coming in to blow it out.
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Turbs, I'm guessing he has 3 way fridge. The propane stays on all the time with this type of fridge. When I traveled with popup I would run it off 12V while traveling and then switch to propane if I was stopping for more than an hour or so. I have heard of people putting small baffles in, it all depends where you thing the wind is coming in to blow it out.
Now that's entirely possible!
I always forget about that silly 3 way.

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Old 05-05-2015, 03:46 PM   #5
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Sorry...I should have clarified. It is a 3-way and I know there is not a pilot light, it is either lit or not. I traveled from Denver to Moab this past weekend and switched over to 12 volt after realizing that it blew out after about 2 hours into the trip. Looking for suggestions on where to put a baffle.
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Old 05-05-2015, 03:55 PM   #6
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Contact Dometic, they will send you a baffle kit at least they did for me. I have heard that some owners had to take their RV to an authorized dealer for install. Not sure what the policy is now but when I owned my Apex 189FBS the pilot light would blow out. It would reignite but the temp in the refer would rise. They sent me a baffle kit. Give em a try...
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Old 05-05-2015, 10:24 PM   #7
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I was about to suggest that the burner might need cleaning, but you have a new camper. The only thing I could think of for a temporarily fix is to tape the small window cover so it will stay closed while in motion.
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Old 05-06-2015, 12:48 PM   #8
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Thanks for the feedback. I ordered RV Refrigerator Air Foil Baffle Kit (RV Refrigerator Air Foil Baffle Kit - $18.95). I will report back after my next camping trip.
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Check for dirt daubers or other critters in tub leading to heat exchanger. I had this problem twice.
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I have the same problem. I just check each time I stop ( hand on top vent, can feel heat) when doing the walk around and just relight if out. I don't like using 12v as I would forget to switch over at the camp ground and have a dead battery that night.
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