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RE: Older fridge cooling Better on 110 than propane

NRALIFR: Well after about 24 hrs of running my refer at about 12.2" I'm at 48.7 deg F. So I turned my fans on and the temp went up to 50 deg. F. I give up, I quit. Maybe a new compressor fridge is on the horizon. Don't know but I gave it the "college " try, reached out to others, got some good info, got some condescending info, been accused of highjacking a thread, but I do know this, I've had it. Thanks for your help.
ernie1 07/11/19 11:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Older fridge cooling Better on 110 than propane

NRALIFR: Wow! This is exactly the info I needed especially because it's to the point where my problem stems from and I will follow through with the regulator adjustment. I was leaning towards doing something like this and was looking for confirmation from people who have experienced this problem but up to this point, no one would come forward with this info.. Well, you're the man! I will post the results when I can. I'm really curious as to where the black stinky liquid comes from and is it an issue that needs to be addressed. Seems other people have mentioned it in the past. Just curious, what was your propane pressure after your final adjustment and with no appliances drawing from the system?
ernie1 07/10/19 11:29am Tech Issues
RE: Older fridge cooling Better on 110 than propane

Okay so I tested my pressures. 11' with no draw from appliances. With the generator on it was 10". With the furnace on also it dropped to 9". With the refer on also there was no noticeable drop. I also tested the draw across the gas solenoid and it was 108.5 ohms. What say any of you guys in the know? Is there a problem? Also there is about a 1/2" clearance between the condensor and the wall. I know, it's excessive and I will take care of that but, again the unit works fine on ac and 12v.
ernie1 07/09/19 09:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Older fridge cooling Better on 110 than propane

Everyone and Doug, thanks for your help and I will at this point check the lp pressure from the regulator to the refer at the gas valve and dismantle the chimney looking for any irregularities along with a thorough cleaning of this area.
ernie1 07/09/19 04:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Older fridge cooling Better on 110 than propane

NRALIFR My refer has two side vents and I've installed two 12v fans behind the top vent and when the fans are running I've actually noticed the refer losing ground and the inside warm up a degree or two so now I've quit running the fans totally. You're right about reading the installation manual and I will but I'm still saying if the installation was not proper, why does the unit run fine on ac and 12v BUT not propane. Also, My two friends with Dometics of the same vintage complain about the same issue. Logic is clear to me in this case that there is something not right with the propane part of these refers. I'm tired of hearing about how blameless Dometic is and when I reach out for help to their tech people they are clueless, rude and condescending. At this point I think I'm beating a dead horse in trying to find a solution and getting wound up in company loyalty issues etc rather than dealing with facts.
ernie1 07/08/19 09:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Older fridge cooling Better on 110 than propane

I want to state this again and for the last time. The refer works fine and as it should on ac and as expected on 12v. BUT not very well on propane at all. So my thought is that the installation is proper otherwise it would not cool properly on ac. It is just the propane setting that won't cool properly. Again, my 2 friends have an identical refer and one also has a Dometic but a smaller model and we have the identical problem. So something is wrong that is common to these Dometics. Also I might as well say it loud and clear now, Dometic as a manufacturer is not worth a darn and has failed to correct this problem. Dougrainer, with your 40+ years of experience I feel you can do better than tell me that the chances of the wrong sized jets being installed on all three of these refrigerators aren't logical and that Dometic is blameless. What I expected from you was what the problem with these refers are. If the refers work fine on ac and 12v but not well on propane why is it a faulty installation? These are brand new units and Dometic via repair shops has been diddling with them to a point where they gave up and told the owners that the refers were operating as expected. Come on Doug you can do better.
ernie1 07/08/19 09:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Older fridge cooling Better on 110 than propane

dougrainer: Neither of my friends nor I have slides in our rvs and since we have identical problems common to two different models of new Dometic fridge in that the fridges work fine on ac but poorly on propane I'm certain that the issue is propane related and less an improper installation. Question is, what to look for that the rv repair shops in conjunction with Dometic techs can't resolve. I think Dometic has flaked on this issue. My thinking is either an undersized gas jet, a crimp or restriction somewhere in the gas supply system (which might be a Dometic design issue). Gonna check the gas supply pressure and, if less than 11.5, adjust the regulator accordingly. Can't get any info on the proper jet size nor availability because Dometic says they can't give that info out nor can they give any references probably due to a liability issue. So Doug, what do you think?
ernie1 07/07/19 11:50am Tech Issues
RE: Older fridge cooling Better on 110 than propane

NRALIFR Thanks for the info. I see now that I can probably hook up to a test port in my unit. But I want to take this a little further and try to test the solenoid gas valve so I'll need a different sized fitting. I think I can get a complete set from the online seller for my YELLOW JACKET.
ernie1 07/06/19 10:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Older fridge cooling Better on 110 than propane

Ok Doug my refrigerator is a Dometic RML 8555 absorption unit and it's less than a year old. My one friend has an identical unit about the same vintage and the same brand of motorhome and the same problem. Another friend has the same brand of rv and it's also essentially new but the fridge is a smaller model Dometic and I don't know the model number but he has the exact same problem. These friends of mine have had their gas regulator,gas solenoid valve and board changed, burner cleaned etc under the watchful eye of Dometic who covered some or most of it under warranty. Bottom line, Dometic says that's the way the fridges perform and don't expect much more than something like 43 deg in the fridge at about 85 ambient. In addition, these fridges have underperformed like this when they were brand new and it's taken months of harping to Dometic to get nowhere. I haven't checked the gas pressure yet but will do that next. Since I have a newish Marshall gas regulator, should I adjust it to increase the pressure if necessary? To be clear, the freezer works fine on ac and propane but the refridge works fine on ac and barely on propane.
ernie1 07/06/19 10:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Older fridge cooling Better on 110 than propane

Hey guys, I'm confused. dougrainer and NRALIFER in particular: I presently have a YELLOW JACKET gas pressure test kit model 78060 that I just purchased and haven't used yet and was wondering if the digital units that was mentioned would be a better unit to have than my YELLOW JACKET? The YELLOW JACKET requires different fittings for testing. Does the digital units not? How do they work for reading gas pressures? By the way, I and my two friends with relatively new Dometic refrigerators are having the same problem though not as extreme as the op and the company essentially says that that's the way they are and that these units are "coolers" and not really refrigerators. It sucks big time when you pay $150,000+ for your rv and only get a "cooler".
ernie1 07/06/19 01:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Wife thinks I'm nuts...

Absolutely agree with all the other guys that clean their engines. I have never, ever not gotten top dollar from usually the first potential buyer who would exclaim "wow that's clean, you must take good care of this". If you are kooky enough to keep a clean engine you must be passionate about taking care of the rest. And I am.
ernie1 05/28/19 10:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: If you had a do-over, which would you get?

To the doubters, I used to own a 2005 Pleasure-way Excel with a v10. This was the 305 hp. It was a 20ft Class B with single rear wheels. The new owners report they're doing better than I because I am kind of a lead foot. If I remember correctly, the engine was turning something like 2300 rpm 65 mph. The numbers might be slightly different as to engine rpm.
ernie1 05/24/19 11:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: If you had a do-over, which would you get?

Just sold my Ford v10 based rv last year and bought a Mercedes based class c. Never in 89,000 miles did I ever do a thing to the engine other than oil and filter changes. Mostly I could do about any mechanical repair to this thing short of a transmission rebuild. I'm shocked that people call this engine a gas guzzler. I was getting anywhere from 12-14 mpg. My Mercedes 3500 class c averages about 14-15mpg. To be fair, the mercedes rv is about 3feet longer but still! Hands down, the Ford v10 is the best and this is the first and last Sprinter.
ernie1 05/22/19 10:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best Class C sprinter if you had lots of money

I'm assuming you've not owned a Sprinter based rv before. I didn't either until I bought a new one last year. Check out carefully the issues you would face when you become a Mercedes Sprinter diesel owner. I was really surprised! Things like dealer service in an emergency or for routine maintenance can take weeks to get an appointment assuming you can find a Mercedes dealer in the area that will work on Sprinters. My 2018 rv on a 2017 Sprinter needs to have def fluid and uses it at the rate of one gallon/1,000 miles and, contrary to what others say, can be hard to find and messy to fill when you are on the road. Routine maintenance will cost you really big time like $500 for a front end alignment; $1,000+ for a new windshield; $235 for a fuel filter you change at the first oil change.I've paid all this! Other concerns are, and all the newer Sprinters have this problem, a brake pedal that sinks half way down to the floor before any stopping occurs. Of course there's the issue of the diesel fuel. Messy, smelly and to make matters worse, you have to open the driver's door to fill the tank so the fumes can permeate the cab area. On the Sprinter Talk site 50%+ of the people who own Sprinters stated that they would not recommend to others to buy A sprinter and feel they've made a mistake. By the way, my fuel mileage on a 22ft class C is 14-15mpg on the open road doing 70mph.
ernie1 05/21/19 05:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: When leaving for the day...

Never had any real sure fire way of keeping people from taking over my site when I was gone. Heck they'll even take your "Site Occupied" sign. Once we had gone into town after registering for a site and within an hour and a half, came back to find someone parked in our site. Told the manager who said they "accidentally" placed another party there. So, they told me I could park in an area behind some bushes and some buildings instead of the ocean view site we were originally promised. I told him where he could "park" it!
ernie1 05/04/19 01:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Norcold vs Dometic refrigerator

Never had a Norcold anything so I don't know anything about them. I've had numerous Dometic refrigerators over the years and can truly say they I am not happy with the way they operate. They have a tendency to not handle high ambient temperatures well at all and frequently will allow the inside temperatures to rise to the high 40s or low 50s degree Fahrenheit. This is a very dangerous area for holding potentially hazardous food. As badly as these refrigerators function, the customer support from Dometic is much worse. Actually almost nonexistent. When you do actually get ahold of a company rep on the phone they tend to be rude and very condescending.
ernie1 04/02/19 10:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Shower Drain

To dissolve hair clogs I use a solution of NaOh which is sodium hydroxide or better known as lye and water. Works great! It's sold in hardware stores as a sewer line declogger and is sometimes called "Lil Devil". Try an experiment with a bit of hair in a container of water and then add some lye and probably in about 10 minutes the hair will breakup into little pieces. Be careful in using lye because it's caustic. Follow the instructions on the container. Also it doesn't harm the plastic drain lines.
ernie1 03/27/19 01:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Onan backfire?

When I used to put Stabil into my gas tank and run the generator a while to circulate it, it would almost always backfire when attempting to start it again at a later date. After the initial start which would take awhile, the generator would run ok. I don't use Stabil anymore besides my new rv has a propane generator.
ernie1 02/05/19 08:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Tires

I had Hankooks on my previous class b rv. They were fine until they started coming apart at about 35,000 miles one at a time. I won't go into the details of trying to get warranty coverage on them first from Ford because it was a size specific to E350 Fords and then from Hankook. Suffice it to say that I had a few very harsh 4 lettered words for both Ford and Hankook headquarters in Southern California. I'm still bitter as he..! Never again and I vowed to tell anyone who might be interested in Hankrook Tires. I had a 2005 PleasureWay rv so there is a site for PleasureWay owners. It's too bad you can't access it because it's for PW owners only. There is an endless stream of complaints of Hankook tire failures to a point where the PW manufacturers were drawn in. Bottom line was all Ford E series vans came with Hankrook tires from the factory brand new. In conclusion, Hankrook tires are okay until they aren't and then you're stuck with what to do when only one tire has failed and the others appear still good. I eventually went with Michelin XPS and never looked again at any other tire period.
ernie1 01/23/19 10:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2000 class C E350 V10 Ford

Try this: on many vehicles there is a switch that turns off the fuel pump in case of an accident and it's located in the footwell-dash area on the passenger side of a Ford vehicle. Your owners manual should show you where it is. Check it and maybe a reset is all you need.
ernie1 01/12/19 01:45pm Class C Motorhomes
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