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    Truck Camper fridge.

    Is not working very well. It's only 5-6 years old. Checked burner and for spider webs in burner tube. All looks well. Any with experience or idea's with them?
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    What type/brand/model is it? A regular RV type 2 way fridge? Are you checking with a thermometer?

    1. They can be very temperamental if they are not level/plumb. Often they are not installed plumb inside of the RV, so even if the RV is level, the fridge will not be. Check by putting a torpedo level on the freezer floor.
    2. Try adjusting the thermistor. That is the little plastic thing attached to the metal fin inside of the fridge in the back. Like a mountain climber, move it up for colder temperatures.
    3. Does it cool any better when running off of 120v rather off of propane? If yes, there still might be something going on on the burner side of things.
    4. They really need to be vented well, so make sure the airways are clear to the roof or upper exhaust vent area.
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    Define "not working well"

    Does it require more than a few hours on propane to reach normal temperature? If so, is door gasket sealing?

    What temperature is it reaching?
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    Hi Larry! I'll have to get the brand etc. info later. Yes, it's a 2-way fridge that works well on AC. I'll check the thermistor. Burner is clean and clear as far as I can tell. I used a long brush and compressed air as well as run a long brush up the tube. I checked the gas orifice. I will check the regulator pressure also. Maybe I'm not leveling accurately enough and I'll check that also. Thanks for the suggestions.
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    Doc, It cools down well at night but during moderately warm summer days it gets up to around 60 degrees as I recall. Don't know how long it would take to cool using gas as I usually get it cold with AC before switching to gas. I'll check the door seal. Thanks!
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    I have found that when my 3 way RV fridge is not working up to snuff, it can be any one of three things or all three. First, I look at the fins. It's a pain in the ass to thoroughly clean them using compressed air followed by bits of dampened shop towels on a hemostat. Next, I use a piece of wire wrapped around a balled up piece of ScotchBrite to clean the chimney (as you did). Finally, I remove the orifice and soak it in Acetone for a couple of hours then blow it out. I do this about every five years. Naturally, this only affects propane operation. When working well, I can keep stuff frozen on the bottom for 4-5 days in 80 degree temps.
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    My refer is pretty new and on some hot days it is not cooling like it used to.

    Here’s a link to a possible fix.

    https://www.snip-the-tip.com/cgi-bin/articca.cgi

    Also this is a good article.

    The RV Doctor: Cleaning & Servicing the RV Absorption Refrigerator
    ”Everything You Know is Wrong”

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    The way the fridge works is it heats a fluid which circulates through the rising coils. If you park the vehicle on a slope and continue to run the fridge it doesn’t allow the proper circulation of the fluid through the coils and the fluid cristalizes and clogs the system. This can cause the poor operation or the total failure of the fridge to operate. I was given this information from a knowledgeable fridge guy after I parked my camper on a steep slope for about 6 hours and trashed my fridge. It would not work at all on propane. After I got home I managed to recondition it by plugging it into AC power for short times off and on for several weeks. Eventually the crystallization must have dissolved because it started to work on AC and propane both. I was lucky.
    The lesson I learned was to never park on a slope with the fridge on, and if I do I turn it off during that time. I tend to stress on this because they are spendy and a pain in the butt to replace. I’m told when you’re driving it’s unaffected due to the constant shifting.
    In regards to temperature regulation, it differs from AC to propane, how the vehicle is parked in relation to sun exposure, how full the fridge is with food, outside temperatures and altitude. I installed a cheap little thermometer that had a wire probe that I threaded into the interior of the fridge and ziptied to the bottom of a shelf in the center of the fridge. This takes the guess work out of temperature regulation.
    Treat them nice, keep all the components clean, and don’t run it when it’s not level and they seem to hold up fairly well.

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    Thanks guys for the helpful tips and links. I'll be checking all these things out.
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    i found one thing that i do, makes a big difference on how well the fridge in our trailer works, that is to place an ice cooler in the back of the pick up for my beer. that saves opening the frig door every 1/2 hour.
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