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Old 05-07-2015, 09:42 PM   #1
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We have a 2013 34rlsa cedar creek. We have to travel with the refrig running on propane or will lose our food. Last week we traveled 30 miles which took us approximately 45 minutes. The refrig was filled the night before only with cold or frozen food. The outside temp was about 82 degrees when we left home and thought since going only a short distance, could travel with frig turned off. When we reached our destination the inside frig temp was 42 degrees. What might the problem be?
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:44 PM   #2
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That should read Dometic, not Domestic.

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Old 05-07-2015, 09:59 PM   #3
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Had you cooled down the frig for a day or do before packing it? It takes a while to cool down.
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:39 PM   #4
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It had been cooled for nearly 3 days before leaving.


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Old 05-07-2015, 10:58 PM   #5
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The pilot light is blowing out. I had the same issue with my Apex and I called Dometic. They sent me a baffle kit to block the air from blowing the pilot out. This is a problem on some RV's due to fridge placement.

Call Dometic, tell them your problem and they will probably send you a baffle kit...
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Old 05-08-2015, 03:34 PM   #6
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Not sure how familiar you are with rv frigs but sometimes the thermister needs adjusting on the fins inside, top right. The higher it is pushed up the fin, the colder it will get. Supposedly. Sometimes the thermister comes out and hangs down. Just a thought.
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The problem is not the thermistor nor the pilot blowing out. The problem has to do with insulation etc. We were only going 30 miles so turned refrig off. When we left home it was 32 degrees. When we arrived at our destination it was reading 42 degrees. I keep reading that people can travel most of a day and still have a cold refrig.


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Is there any possibility of a fouled door seal? You could run a piece of paper along the edges to see if there are any gaps. Is your rig towing level? Another possibility might be that the doors are getting slightly "racked" out of square and compromising the door seals. Possibly overfilled with cold food pressing on the thermistor so your reefer is getting a false temp reading?

That's about all I can come up with.
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Leave it on and running no matter how short of a trip.
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Old 05-08-2015, 08:14 PM   #10
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I have been running x country and short trips for 5 years, 2 different std Dometic refers. I ALWAYS leave them on. 90% of time they are packed with perishables. Never had but ONE ISSUE, that fin was low. I moved it 3/4 up and after cooling, never another issue.

Not say'n that was your issue. That would be a heck of an insulation issue for it to rise 10 degrees in 30 minutes!
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