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Old 01-23-2014, 03:58 AM   #1
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I have been meaning to ask if the refrigerator works good and can keep things(beer)cold. Nothing worse than a RV fridge that does not keep food and drinks cold.

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Old 01-23-2014, 12:25 PM   #2
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I have been meaning to ask if the refrigerator works good and can keep things(beer)cold. Nothing worse than a RV fridge that does not keep food and drinks cold.

Shane
I think the fridge works well when it is running on propane. Keeps things frozen in the freezer. 12 volt will not cool well, just maintains the current temp. 120v would be the second best choice.
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Old 01-23-2014, 12:30 PM   #3
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I think the fridge works well when it is running on propane. Keeps things frozen in the freezer. 12 volt will not cool well, just maintains the current temp. 120v would be the second best choice.
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On my third RV fridge (3 different RVs). All were 110V/12V/LP selectable. 2 were automatic power selection, 1 manual. All could get cold enough to use the freezer compartment ... Even in Texas summertime. Power source didn't matter. They all take time to get down to the selected temperature regardless of power choice. Once cold, they stayed cold.

Do pre-cool or freeze your vittles before putting them in the fridge. Keep the door SHUT as much as possible. Make sure the fridge has adequate chimney space and openings at the top and bottom for adequate air flow. They perform best when nearly level....
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Old 01-23-2014, 01:08 PM   #5
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+1 > They perform best when nearly level.... <
You really notice this when you park on a slope once your fridge is cold, and over the afternoon it goes up 10 degrees... I carry a cheap levelling bubble and check for level whenever it's practical to do so.

I also experience that 12vdc doesn't do much for dropping the temp in the fridge - but it'll keep it cool once it's already cool.
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Old 01-23-2014, 01:13 PM   #6
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Mine is a Tundra unit 120ac / 12 volt (actually 12 volt with a converter built in) It cools and freezes just fine. Humans like the van to be level too, for sleeping.
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> Humans like the van to be level too, for sleeping <
Yeah, that's one of my rules of thumb - if the rig is noticeably tilted when I lie down, the fridge will probably be unhappy <g>...
I find that the problem is more likely to show up when I park some place that's on a big slope during the day, go hiking for 5 hours, and come back to find a warm fridge. My impression is that this is a problem both on LP and on 12vdc - I assume it's a problem of coolant flow in the coils rather than the power source for the cooling.
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I've got the free Bubble Level app for my iPhone. Works great!
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Thanks Jackfish, never thought to check for one. I just picked up a freebie - Handy Tools Surface Level - simple, measures 2 dimensions and shows the X and Y axis inclination in degrees. Very cool!
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One way that works well is to cut a piece of wood that is 1/16 the tread of the Sprinter wide X 1/16 the wheelbase long. The Lynx plastic blocks are 1" thick so 1/16" thick steel washers are in scale to the block. Screw a two way level to the piece of wood. Place wood on sink top and add washers under the corners until block is level. Count the number of washers at each corner and that is the stack height required at that wheel.

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