Time for a call to the folks who sell the Amish Cooling Units.
Temp suggestion for your upcomming trip.
TUrn off and close the RV fridge.
Hit Sears, or Best buy or a local thrift shop or.. I think I say 'em at ALDI's and get a small (Dorm/office) type fridge to use, You will have to re-fill it often but these small 120 volt units are kind of handy. They will keep food cold for several (up to 8) hours while you tool down the road and then you can plug 'em back in when you get parked.
Nothin adds excitment like something that is none of your business
Kenwood TS-2000 housed in a 2005 Damon Intruder 377
Call the dealer this morning.
Tell him you want the reefer replaced NOW.
There should be nothing that you can do wrong to create this situation. If there is, I would like to know about it because nobody I know has ever heard about a way to kill an absorption refrigerator that fast.
The dealer can call either the builder or Dometic and have one on a truck Monday morning. Even from Elkhart, it would be there Thursday. Dometic is a good company and they will make good on the warranty. If he is not willing to do that, tell him that he can take the reefer out of some other unit (with the same number) to replace yours while Dometic does the warranty.
DO NOT let him tell you that this is common (it is not) or that you should power it up and wait a day (that is dangerous).
If the dealer is not helpful and cooperative, offer to park the RV on his lot with a sign explaining that he won't do a basic warranty repair on your brand new unit. You don't have to tell him that you just might get it stuck while maneuvering your new unit into his drive such that it blocks it off completely on Saturday morning. (I can be nasty, but only when the situation requires it
Over many years of dealing with boats and RVs, I have found the the dealer walk-through and/or PDI (Pre-Delivery Inspection) is pretty much worthless. Two things you can do that will help, read the manuals that come with the unit and find someone familiar enough with the general product to be a guide.
Mom, is that you??!! I like your style, I had a very assertive single mom who never took sh1t! Put herself through college got her masters with two kids, she was tough. I've read all the manuals cover to cover, it just doesn't make up for real-life experiences, so I turn to you good people! I did leave the refer open all night went back in and didn't smell anything. My DH thinks it's me, could be I've had a sinus infection for a few weeks, and I did smell ammonia in our home last night as well, apparently that is a common symptom.
"The Mountains are Calling and I must go" ~ John Muir
Jeff and Koren
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Maisie GSP, Yogi JRT, Kuma Cocoa Lab
'01 Ford F150 Super Crew 5.4l 4:10 gear
'13 Keystone Bullet 248RKS
I just had a Dometic cooling unit fail in a 2011 trailer. No smell or leak, it just stopped working. The nearest place that did Dometic warranty service was Camping World in Syracuse, NY. Took less than a week for Camping World to get the replacement from Dometic, a couple of days to schedule the installation, and 5 hours to replace it, all under warranty.