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 7/10/2009 11:31 AM
 

I was wondering what a safe temp is for the refrigerator.  I have noticed that during the day it seems not that cold, so I put a thermometer in the frig last night before bed and I noted a temp of 50 degrees this morning.  During the late afternoon, the frig side of the RV picks up some sun.  I know this is not preferred, but it is the "lay of the land".  Any ideas for better cooling?

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 7/10/2009 11:47 AM
 

I feel that is too high. I think 42 would be a good high number. What are your outside temps? I had to put a fan in mine to keep temps down in Texas summers


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 7/10/2009 5:12 PM
 

Several of the newer larger cubic foot fridges come with cooling fans built into the back side of the fridge compartment drawing air across the heat exchanger coils thus assisting in cooler operating refridgerators. Camping World carries them, and I think Radio Shack may also. Most any RV parts dealership should be able to hook you up with one. That's the route I'd go.


Neil
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 7/10/2009 5:33 PM
 
 Modified By RVgary  on 7/10/2009 4:36:23 PM

John is 100% right. 50 is 10 degs to high. A safe refrigeration hi temp is 40*. John say 42 but iIhave always gone with 40 and if you google you'll see that is what most say. Not saying if you see 42 you have a problem BUT at 50 you do. The couple easy things to try is a small battery powered circulating fan in the fridge, another is to place a vent fan in the stack to help draw the heat away. Or something else that can help is to turn the rig around if the sun is beating on the side the refrigerator is on or find a site with some shade. RV fridges are fine and do a great job but it don't take a lot to throw them out of whack. If you are a heavy used of (the cold stuff ) :) you may want to put it on ice so you are now opening the fridge so often. Not trying to be funny, RV fridges are slow to recover and opening the door to often when the ambient air is high will cause problems. You said you had 50 in the morning so that would kind of rule out the opening to often

 

 

                                                            Gary


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 7/10/2009 6:28 PM
 

I agree with Neil and Gary.  50 is too warm.  I have a 12 volt fan in the chimney behind my refer. In fact, I just went out and turned it on yesterday. Our afternoon temps have been around 106 for the last several days and we never turn the refer off so it seemed like a good idea to get some more cooling around those fins.

Make sure your cooling fins are clean and that you are getting heat from the electric or gas heat source. Moving that air around the chimney cannot hurt.

John

Fort Clark Springs, Texas

 

 


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 7/11/2009 1:09 AM
 

I've always been under the impression you need to get the reefer side down to 38 degrees, so I run mine at 37 with the freezer at -5 or so.


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 7/11/2009 9:29 AM
 

Slabman,

  Nothing wrong with those temps. What we are talking about is "What is the highest temp that is a "Safe" temp. for refrigeration. That temp is 40*. You get higher then that and you are going to have spoilage.

                                        RV Gary

 

 


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 7/11/2009 4:06 PM
 

Kind of ironic but my home refrig was at 44 and 21 this am, Have a new one coming tomorrow, Transferring as much as possible to the motorhome.


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 7/12/2009 10:17 AM
 
 Modified By RVgary  on 7/12/2009 9:19:42 AM

Well john , unless you wanted a new one there is something I would have check first. Most all home refrigerators these days are "Frost Free" they have a tube running from a tray under the evaporator to a pan under the fridge. This tube will often get clogged with some real snotty looking stuff that is a natural deal from gasses coming off food stored in the fridge.

  This blockage stops the water from draining to the pan and the water freeze on the coil in the freeze compartment.

  Fix: Clean out the tube. Run some warm vinegar/water down it. defrost the fridge but turning it off and letting ice off coils melt.  This may take longer then one thinks. Best if you can get to the coils (remove panel or what ever it takes) and run a fan on them.

That tube should be clean once in a while and is over looked by most everyone. The old (out of sight , out of mind). The repair guys LOVE IT!

  Not say this was you problem but well worth looking at when the old  "Ice Box" starts acting up

                                                 RVGary


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 7/13/2009 12:11 AM
 

Would have been nice if it were that but it appeared to be the processor would not run the fan in the freezer


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