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Old 08-19-2016, 08:39 PM   #1
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Default ARP control for Norcold 3150

I had one fridge go bad in less than a year and didnít want to repeat that (out of warranty would be costly).

I installed a newer version 3.1 ARP on my 2016 Winnebago View24J.

For those who will be installing on a N3150 in a Winnebago, using the wire diagram of the Winnebago connector on APR website is a must, and makes it easy! I had to purchase some additional wire connectors (I also did a few solder connections w/shrink wrap), wire (to extend the top outside fan and for the inside fridge fan- additional note: inside fridge fan needs to have 2 wires threaded into the drain tube Ė we donít have an inside light that we can use as a ground connection), one hose clamp for the temp sensor, foil tape and silicone caulking to complete the job. I was able to do the entire job by myself in about 3-4 hours plus a few trips to the hardware store  Probably take me much less time if I ever have to do it again.

This control unit will turn off the fridge if it overheads due to being out of level, thus preventing premature breakdown of the chemicals inside the unit and preventing possible fires that have happened in the past. It will attempt to restart when it gets back in acceptable temperature. I have the additional fans so I will now get more air flow over the outside cooling fins/tubes.

I'll post if I have any issues with the unit or the fridge. I also gave the owner, Paul, a similar review plus a thanks to him for his assistance.

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I paid full price for the unit and in no way compensated for this post. I just think others might be interested in this device to improve performance and prevent any issues with overheating. This has been around for a few years and has previously discussed on the IRV2 forum and perhaps here. If interested search "ARP control". I know it can be purchased directly or through dealers.
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Old 09-23-2016, 03:35 PM   #2
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Just an update....

I noticed my additional fans were not turning on so I checked the system. Fans work on test so I sent off a quick email to ARP and was sent back to move the sensor or adjust the unit to turn fans on at a lower temp.

I sent an additional email asking for a phone support walk through to do the adjustment... the response was a link to videos on the ARP website.

I have found that it is difficult to find the troubleshooting page that has the real information and not just some basic info. This "true" troubleshooting PDF had the info needed ( I found it in the same location as the install PDF on the ARP website), along with the video link provided I was able to do the adjustment.
Now I wait and see if the adjustment of lowering the fan set point is sufficient.

I think the unit will work in the long run, it's already turned off the fridge when the RV was out of level. Don't expect any phone support from the people at ARP, at least after initial install.
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Old 09-24-2016, 11:42 AM   #3
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Thanks for your inputs. I have a failed and hospitilized 3150 in a View I have not yet used(!) and was considering the ARP like you have. After reading your last sentence, I believe I may try the "wife turns off fridge when off level and parked for more than 5 minutes" system before purchasing ARP. I tried to navigate their site for instructions, and even with your suggestions on the troubleshooting PDF, I was unable to find that PDF. The site is exhausting and looks amateur.
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Old 09-24-2016, 12:46 PM   #4
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Thanks for your inputs. I have a failed and hospitilized 3150 in a View I have not yet used(!) and was considering the ARP like you have. After reading your last sentence, I believe I may try the "wife turns off fridge when off level and parked for more than 5 minutes" system before purchasing ARP. I tried to navigate their site for instructions, and even with your suggestions on the troubleshooting PDF, I was unable to find that PDF. The site is exhausting and looks amateur.


Here are two links that you can use for the ARP.

https://www.arprv.com/rv-refrigerator-manuals.php

https://www.arprv.com/arp-video-oper...al.php#fan-adj

If you plan on installing an ARP let me know and I can give you a few pointers to save you some time. I sent them some photos of my install but don't think they were ever installed.

this page is important for us Winnebago/Itasca sprinter owners:

https://www.arprv.com/norcold-n3104.php

I think the unit works. I also think that Paul and his wife who invented the ARP know what they are doing. I also think they are semi retired and travel in their RV. Their website is not well put together and seems to be added to on occasion without the proper links etc. updated which makes it a bit of a beast to get to the right info. They are selling the version 3 of the unit now so this website needs a complete overhaul.
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Old 09-24-2016, 04:39 PM   #5
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Ah, that helps. Thanks for the offer and will keep you in mind if I get one (or wife gets tired of being an ARP).
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Old 11-21-2016, 01:38 PM   #6
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Do you have the link for the Wiring for a Winnebego View on the ARP site?
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Old 11-21-2016, 03:37 PM   #7
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sure I'll try to post so it won't get stripped out by the forum

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Default Re: ARP control for Norcold 3150

Im about to undertake this on my 2017 24J.
Appreciate the time saving pointers and tips.

I bought the version with the 2 blowers.

Thanks guys!
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Old 05-27-2017, 04:39 PM   #9
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I installed ARP in my 24J, but if my fridge ever goes bad I plan to install a 110/12 volt compressor type and run off batteries and solar.
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:33 PM   #10
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Question about the fans -- it would seem to me that it would be best to put both fans on the top vent so that they both extract hot air, instead of one pushing up from the bottom and one out the top. I would think that blowing air up from the bottom would/could cause turbulence/non-linear flow around the coils. Maybe flow would be more linear if both fans were put at the top.

I'm about ready to get one of these units, so may just put both fans at the top. Can anyone think of a reason to not do that?
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