RV Daily Tips Issue 391. May 26, 2014 | RV Travel

Here is a great rv tip to help you out when the dreaded no clod fridge happens. It will happen to all of us at point if you do your own maintenance, as some of us forget this step.

So take a moment a read and save this info somewhere to help you out when stuck somewhere.

 

 

How to fix a common RV fridge failure

by Curtis Carper
Nothing will kill an RV outing faster than discovering the refrigerator fails to cool, especially when used on the propane setting. Coming out of storage, or even during your first trip into your favorite secluded site, without the fridge operating on gas properly the fun of RVing just slips away.
The key to proper LP operation is the ability to maintain a good steady flame of appropriate size. Surprisingly, often you may have a flame and it may stay lit, but if it’s a partial flame the percolation that takes place in the cooling unit won’t be of sufficient force to actually do much cooling.
When your RV sits for months at a time in storage, often covered with a blue plastic tarp or similar material, moisture will collect in the chimney area of the refrigerator vent going up through the roof. Moisture causes rust, which over time will drop down into the burner area of the LP portion of the fridge.
These small particles will accumulate in the worst possible place — right on top of the gas burner assembly. My own experience has been that you may not be able to ignite the burner at all or, often, enough of the burner is obstructed that the quality of flame isn’t good enough for proper operation. There may be enough flame to satisfy the thermocouple that controls gas flow, but not enough flame to create percolation.
Fortunately the cure for this is very simple. The tin shroud that surrounds the burner assembly is usually held in place with two sheet metal screws. Remove the screws and you can remove the tin cover or slide it out of the way, depending on your particular refrigerator.
Using a shop vacuum, clean all dirt and rust flake material that has accumulated on or around the burner. Very likely this is all you will need to do. Restart the refrigerator and confirm the quality of the flame before you reinstall the tin shield. Once satisfied that things are operating normally, reinstall the tin shield.
This may be a recurring problem as the years go on, so I recommend vacuuming the burner area as an annual maintenance practice. The fact that it has happened to me twice in three years tells me it’s a common problem, and for me it was a simple fix.
With the cost of technical labor being pricey, this is one repair you can feel confident in attempting yourself. It might just save your RV outing and leave you with more funds to plan your next trip.
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About smokeycamping

Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

Posted on May 28, 2014, in The world as i see it as a camper and who loves his country and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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