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Spleenstomper

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Posted: 08/09/14 04:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Last night was the first night-- went pretty well except we forgot the pillows lol.

Today, the refrigerator/freezer (in the slide) seem to be struggling/not getting and keeping food cold enough. It's on the setting of "5" and "AC" and "auto".

Any suggestions? It's about 96 outside so maybe that is the issue?

Thanks in advance.


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Posted: 08/09/14 04:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ours is the same way on the hot days. We are going to go back to keeping our drinks(bottled water, soda, and beer) in a cooler so we are not opening the refrigerator as much. We are in the habit of taking a cold drink out and replacing it with a room temperature one. Thats not helping the fridge stay at its coldest setting.

One morning the temp in the fridge was 42 degrees. I would like to see it in the mid to high 30's. I have also heard that having the fridge in the slide with the two vents on the side, isn't as effective as a non slide fridge that vents through the roof. The fridge in our non slide Nash would start to freeze the items in the fridge if you forgot to turn it down.

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Posted: 08/09/14 05:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ok Thanks. Yeah, we have a yeti and I think we are going to have to put the drinks in there to keep everyone from opening the fridge too often.

I don't remember this problem in the Puma, but we also had no slides either.

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Gah, we have ants in the kitchen coming in from the slide. The TH is hot as hades since the kids have been going in and out. I've taken two showers already. Did I mention it is 96 outside? And 100% humidity? We had to get a weekend in with the new RV and I'm glad we did, but I won't be camping in the Deep South in 96 degrees again.

I found another Fuzion owner in here (ironically, we met them in January here and he let us tour his 342 and it is part of what tipped us over into getting serious) and they showed us the slider device in the refrigerator on the last metal slat on the right that you slide up and down to adjust temp (ill take a pic later if anyone is interested... I'm about to collapse in a puddle of sweat right now).

I just kicked everyone out (we are with friends) and I've got it all quiet in here and letting everything cool down. It is thundering outside right now and I am hoping it rains,

All in all, LOVE the fuzion and I'm glad we did this less than ten minutes from home,

ETA: we can't get the oven to light, but we haven't had an oven before either. Ill have to get the fuzion neighbors to explain that one.

* This post was edited 08/09/14 08:01pm by Spleenstomper *

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You probably won't gain much with that adjustment, but it is worth a try. RV fridges don't recover very well so any time you add warm or hot items it takes a toll on the system. Keep the drinks in a cooler when possible. We put a mini fridge in the garage this year just for drinks. It doesn't do a much better job of recovering, but if I restock it at night before I go to bed, it does just fine.

I think you have an 8cf, but this still applies. I found with our 12cf that it really helps to have a fan circulating air over the fins. In fact I have 2 fans in mine. It really helps reduce the temperature and it keeps the fins from frosting up. The next thing that many people do (especially when the fridge in a slide out) is add fans behind the fridge or in the vent stack to move more air across the coils. I haven't gone this route yet, but I have been considering it.

Do you only have 1 AC unit in your 342? You make it sound like it is unbelievably hot in your trailer. Our 315 will stay in the low to mid 70s with 2 AC units in 96* heat.

I assume that you tried to light the pilot first? With the knob in the pilot position, push the knob in and hold while you light the pilot. You may have to hold the know for a few seconds after it lights.


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Switch fridge to propane, it will work better.


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Have you decided to plumb in a couple additional speakers in the living room yet?


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Spleenstomper wrote:

Last night was the first night-- went pretty well except we forgot the pillows lol.

Today, the refrigerator/freezer (in the slide) seem to be struggling/not getting and keeping food cold enough. It's on the setting of "5" and "AC" and "auto".

Any suggestions? It's about 96 outside so maybe that is the issue?

Thanks in advance.


My first time with my TH when we switched from our TT my wife and I forgot the firewood and the camping chairs in the garage. Gosh we felt like idiots - even worse because we were boondocking there wasn't even a campground picnic table!

You might try changing the setting on the outside of the fridge from 5 to 9. Also, get a small battery powered fan to circulate the air around on the inside of the fridge. This helps quite a bit. RV fridges are not as efficiency as a regular unit in a house. They take quite a bit longer to get cold. If you didn't do it this time you might turn it on a day before you go camping so that it's get down to the right temperature before you leave. Then switch to propane while on the road. Make sure you load the fridge with food and drinks that are already "cold" from the house fridge.

LIke you my wife and I have a YETI - we have one of their larger models which holds many drinks/food and keeps the ice from melting even in direct sunlight during the hottest part of the days. Love that thing.


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Posted: 08/09/14 11:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You have an adjustable temp control on that fridge (it's on setting 5) so moving the thermistor (clipped to fin in food section) will NOT help cool your fridge down.

Moving the thermistor affects cooling cycle on fridges that DO NOT have an adjustable temp control.

So put the thermistor back in mid position.


Change your adjustable temp setting to 9.

Also with fridge in a slide out.......air flow across the backside of fridge is critical. Do you have fans in outside compartment? If so..are they running?

If not......you need to install a couple of fans on cooling unit below the upper vent so they pull air in and up across cooling unit and exhaust out top vent.

Proper clearances are critical to allowing for proper air flow.
If clearances between back of fridge and sidewall of rv are too large air flow gets disrupted. Need to have tight clearances at top of fridge where air flows out of upper vent.
Wouldn't be the first time that mfg. installed fridge wrong.....causing on going cooling issues.

AND your RV is LEVEL..correct. Off level operation will kill a fridge cooling unit. Damage from off level is accumulative and permanent

Propane vs electric..........no difference. BTUs actually used for the cooling process is about the same.

Which model of fridge?


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Posted: 08/10/14 07:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Perhaps one of those RV fridge fans in the bottom of the fridge to circulate air. I have one in mine, seems to help.


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