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Old 06-01-2016, 08:40 PM   #11
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My three big windows are going bad, very bad. Can any body recommend a place for replacement? I suppose they are expensive!
Contact Greg Vaughn at DRV. They will sell to you at a reasonable price. You get the right windows that way.
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Old 06-01-2016, 09:28 PM   #12
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Sooo, what's a guy to do? Live with it like Joe? Now that I've been in this thing for a month straight now I'm seeing all kinds of stuff. What is really bothering me is the refrigerator.Things will not freeze solid in the freezer if you have it turned down enough to stop things from freezing in the bottom section! But I guess that's another thread!
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Old 06-02-2016, 07:31 AM   #13
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Fridge is in slide right? Open top vent and look down there are large voids around the cooling fans. I packed insulation in those voids. I believe I placed insulation and some way to hold it at the top. I mounted a small axial fan behind the top vent and had it attached to a switch. You will be amazed at how well the unit will work.
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Old 06-02-2016, 09:49 AM   #14
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Fridge is in slide right? Open top vent and look down there are large voids around the cooling fans. I packed insulation in those voids. I believe I placed insulation and some way to hold it at the top. I mounted a small axial fan behind the top vent and had it attached to a switch. You will be amazed at how well the unit will work.
Yes, its in a slide. Its a four door dometic (sp). I had it worked on in AZ before leaving over a month ago because it would stop working on propane. New circuit board, flu cleaned out, etc but it didn't change anything. It will run on propane for ten-twelve hours which is good enough when driving. I have looked down there and yes, there is a big void. I think that's a good idea of putting insulation down there, I'll have to try that. At first I think I'll try the insulation just at the top behind the freezer because I run the refri on #1. If I try a higher setting things will freeze in the bottom section. You lost me on the small axial fan, how did you mount that? Thanks
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Old 06-02-2016, 10:19 AM   #15
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Glenn,
Your fridge should be similar to mine--Dometic RM1292 or close--and it generally is a good working unit. First item to consider is the thermistor located on the interior fridge coils--should be located on one of the fins-- that can be moved upward/downward. This is the first method of adjusting the inside temps. Can't remember which direction moves the temps up or down...you can also disconnect this thermistor and the fridge should default to coldest setting possible where just about everything in the freezer and fridge would freeze. If you do this, and it gets really cold, the fridge is working ok. Be aware, you probably will never get hard ice cream with this unit...
If fridge shows to be able to get real cold, then the next area to check is the venting of heat away from the coils--this is a drawback to slide-located fridges, the top-vented ones are much better at natural air movement due to convection currents. When the air has to make a right-angle turn to get out the upper vent, it slows down the movement and gets warmer in that area. Also, in the upper vent area there should be an auto-operating thermostat switch located at the upper left top of the coils ( a small gadget with 2 wires--one in, one out) that controls a vent fan that is most likely located down lower where it almost can't be seen because you can't get your head into the opening to look down. That fan (should be there, if not that is a lot of the problem) may be dead or the auto switch dead or both. I took the auto switch out of the circuit and am using a simple on/off switch located in the lower vent area, then used the same wiring to control 2 12-volt computer fans that I placed horizontally in the upper vent area that suck air from the inside area and exhaust thru the upper vent.
Between all this, my fridge has worked very well over the years--the fans I turn off when not on shore power unless parked in sunlight or warm areas.
Hope all of this helps you somewhat.
These fivers are life-long projects that will frustrate you at times, then provide lots of fun when you get it right.
If you like the trailer, and won't be doing much off-grid camping, a replacement with a residential fridge will fix your concerns.
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Old 06-02-2016, 08:51 PM   #16
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Thanks Joe, that's quite an explanation! Today I put some insulation in there like Cummins mentioned but didn't have a whole lot of insulation with me. Hitting the road again tomorrow but will get some more and a small fan of some sort. Thanks for the help! I had the Travel Supreme for eight years and had my share of problems so I know what your saying Joe. Once that Dometic refri quit and I could smell ammonia. Had to buy a complete unit and install it on my refri inside of the camper, that was fun.
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I purchased a regular 120 volt 5 inch small fan from Walmart, removed the base and was able to install it on the bottom of the vent opening to push hot air up and then bought another one and did the same thing only installed it on the top vent area to help push the hot air out. I ended up wiring them in unison and installing a manual on and off switch plugged into the 110 socket in that compartment. The on and off switch was accessible from the outside of the vent and when we were parked where it was hot, I then turned on the fans. They were quiet and really moved a lot of air. I don't think I could ever get ice cream to freeze solid, but my ice stayed frozen and it really helped when we were in those hot climates.
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Old 06-03-2016, 01:33 PM   #18
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Stacey,
Nice idea, have read of several doing something like that. Also, just parking with the fridge side away from afternoon sun can be a big help, and if in the same place for a long time, a shade of some sort will also help.
We also have a wireless monitor that shows temps in the freezer and the fridge areas to let us know if we need to move the settings higher.
These 'movable homes' need a lot of help to overcome bad engineering and bad construction, no matter how much money you spend. I look at the new DRVs and then read about the issues, and just stay with my aging unit.
If I don't spend at least $500/year on fixing things, it's because I've gotten lazy.
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Old 06-04-2016, 12:45 AM   #19
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What kind of insulation are you guys using?
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Old 06-04-2016, 07:48 AM   #20
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Regular wall insulation.

Mine was a single door Dometic and it cooled GREAT after the mods.
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