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Posted: 10/27/18 02:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

May well depend on the fridge and or trailer.

The last couple winters heading south in Jan, traveling with temps well below freezing. The fridge stayed cold due to the low outside temps, causing no demand for cooling so the freezer temp rose towards the fridge temp, high 20's or low 30's. If I opened the fridge door (double door unit) the temp inside rose enough to cause the fridge to run and drop the freezer temp. I've had it suggested to put a small light bulb or hot water bottle of some sort under the thermister to cause the same effect.


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I am just a weekend camper. The few times I have camped in weather below 35 degrees I figure why do I even need to run the fridge ??? I just set a cooler out side of the camper door with my fridge stuff in it and a small bag of ice in it too.

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hey, so, reviving an old thread or should I start a new one?

Now my fridge is "acting up" in cold weather. It's around 32f outside now, last night it was down to 25f ... the coach heat is on low, 55f inside

Turned my fridge on last night, on AC. I have the outside vents 2/3 blocked, there is no roof vent just an upper and lower side vent. Loading food this morning, the fridge is at 25f and so is the freezer! I normally aim for 35-38f in the fridge and 5f or so in the freezer.

Thermostat on the fridge is set to 4 of 9 with 9 being the coldest.

Maybe just some spring cobwebs that will clear up? Fridge was working fine when shut down mid-January 2019.


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sorry, should have read the whole post.

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CavemanCharlie wrote:

I am just a weekend camper. The few times I have camped in weather below 35 degrees I figure why do I even need to run the fridge ??? I just set a cooler out side of the camper door with my fridge stuff in it and a small bag of ice in it too.


In a lot of the parks we visit, the raccoons or bears would dine on everything in your cooler the first night. Including the cooler itself... [emoticon]


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On some fridges you will find a switch or two.. May have to look for 'em they will be at the top of one of the doors (not sure which without getting up an dlooking)

One may be marked "Enviormental" or something to that effect. Turns on a heater that is along the door seal to cut down on moisture around the seal area.

The other (if you have two) is often marked LAT (Low Ambient Temp)

YOu know the old question kids ask "Does the light in the refrigerator go out when the door is closed?" (normally yes it does but if the LAT switch is on it does not)

The heat of the light bulb makes it work better.. Won't work with LED lights though.


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