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Looking for any suggestions. We have a Dometic RM1350 model fridge. On Dale's drive home from OK it failed, error code E3, needs service. We took it to a local service center when he got it home and they diagnosed the issue as needing to replace the circuit board.
Now, about 6 weeks after that repair was completed, it failed again, same error code. Both times it has failed has been while the trailer was enroute, it's never done this while parked somewhere. This trip is more problematic than the last time, we're on the first day of a 4 day trip so spent the afternoon at the local Hardware store buying 2 coolers, grocery store to buy dry ice and throwing away about half the contents of the fridge. We officially begin full time life next week when the house closes and don't have 2 weeks to be without a fridge again.
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!!
FT - July 2013
2010 38TKSB3 DRV Mobile Suites
2012 Ford F450
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With regards to the idea of a residential refrigerator, I used the "Search" function to find these links. The first two deal directly with our changeover from an RV fridge to a residential. I should point out that our Mobile Suites 38TKSB3 was ordered with an inverter to be installed. I don't think that Dale and Ruth's 38TKSB3 has an inverter, so that might require some modifying.
If one doesn't want to go with an inverter, a residential should keep things good for a few hours (possibly up to 8 hours) when one is traveling. Or, one can have a generator where one can stop and plug in for a while to "recharge" the refrigerator. That last option is not necessarily a good one, just a possibility.
The third link will be one started by Steve Conrad when he was asking questions about the idea. It starts out with some good information being exchanged and ends up being hijacked by a "tangent" idea.
Considering a Residential Refrigerator
The Saga of a Residential Refrigerator
Residential Refrigerator in a 5th Wheel
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WestWardHo wrote:Wow! I'm impressed (again) with Bill's knowledge and with your planning Dale & Ruth! Hokey cow, we have so much to learn. Now we 'gotta' worry about Ferrys! 😄 Sherry
Wow! I'm impressed (again) with Bill's knowledge and with your planning Dale & Ruth! Hokey cow, we have so much to learn. Now we 'gotta' worry about Ferrys! 😄 Sherry
Troubleshooting I am decent at. Just don't let me do any electrical installing or upgrading. I am a klutz with wires.
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Since this is already derailed, Its really not nice talking about Bakerys, Pizza joints, etc that sell melt in your mouth, delicious foods to someone that has celiac disease...
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I don't know how effective the "shields" are, but I've heard others speak of doing that. I would think that almost anything that would take the sun off of that area of the slide would help.
Ruth, I have the same 4 door Dometic fridge, I believe as yours, it came with 2 (3 1/8 in. x 1) computer fans in the back of the fridge outside, so I added 2 more computer fans next to the other fans in the back of the fridge up high totaling 4 fans the same size, mine is a slide out so it vents out the side in the back; I also put a computer fan on the cooling fins inside the fridge up high with a dusk to dawn photocell switch next to the fridge light so when you open the fridge the light comes on and the fan turns off, so it does not lose any cold air in the fridge when you open the door, I haven't had any problems with the fridge so far (cross your fingers) it runs nice and cold, hope I could help.
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Dave, I used (80mm x 25mm) or (3 1/8 x 1) inch, go for the highest CFM air movement maybe 60 or 80 cfm, you don't have to worry about the fan noise because it's in the back of the fridge outside, here's a link http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g36/c435/list/p1/Fans-12_Volt_Fans_by_CFM.html?id=jwMjPeBv Here is also a link to the photocell switch, I used this one because It's waterproof and can handle 10 amps, you can here a soft click when it comes on, it works very nice, it took a while to find this one because I'm very fussy with my work projects. I bought one on ebay and it was junk $12.00 what a waste of time and money. http://webosolar.com/store/en/dc-lighting/679-12-volt-night-watchman-photoswitch-photocell-flexcharge.html
While it may not be related to the upgrade units that Gene is referring to, I've heard that some of the Amish refrigerators are notorious for putting off a lot of heat in order to cool the interior of the refrigerator. If that upgrade is something to consider, I'd research that heat factor, because I'm not sure what affect that would have on the slide material as well as the interior of the coach.
Talk to http://www.laurelhurstdistributors.com/ in Portland, Oregon. Ed is the one to talk to, if available. They are the PNW distributors for Dometic and Norcold, your only choices for an RV fridge. I suspect your 1350 is not installed properly, probably venting, or has something wrong with it. If nothing else they would know who in the Tri-Cities works on fridges a lot.
This won't help with the mechanical problems with your fridge, but are you aware that fresh eggs do not need refrigeration? If they've never been chilled they can live on the kitchen counter, but if they have been cooled then yes they definitely have to be refrigerated. I've always kept chickens, and during the busiest part of the laying season they often lay more eggs than I can fit into the fridge so they live at room temp for up to a month at a time with no issues. Just remember to turn the carton over once a week or so to keep the yolk from adhering to the inside of the shell.
H & L have loved their Dometic as I'm sure you have read in the blog. Our Norcold continues to give good service and the ice box stays at zero even in very high temps. Like 100. We may just be fortunate.
That said, H & L sure had great luck with “Leo” in Shipshewana. If we have any issues with ours that is where we are going for fix and repair. We were able to tour his facility with H & L. The guy seems to really know his stuff and how to make refers work. Also works on air conditioners.
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I just found this, I learned so much from this, try to read as much of the comments as you can, it's called
I agree with Bill Joyce about improper installation by DRV. My wife, Evin, and I owned a 2010 DRV Mobile Suite & 2012 DRV Elite Suite. We had ongoing problems with the Elite Suite's refrigerator until the venting behind the refrigerator was changed. Over 75 items had to be repaired or replaced in the first 13 months of ownership. We spent over four months in DRV's parking lot for repairs or at Camping Worlds or DRV dealerships. Many of our issues were installation and/or wiring related and dangerous. For details, go to our blog, www.puppypaths.blogspot.com on the October 22, 2012 post, "The Start of Our DRV Elite RVing Journey". I can't remember if I even mentioned the refrigerator or not, for it was a minor issue compared to some of the more life threatening issues we encountered with our Elite Suite; such as brakes & inverter improper wiring. Our treatment by DRV's owner was horrible as detailed in the PUPPY PATHS post.
In November, 2012, Evin and I traded our Elite Suite and 2012 Chevy 3500, at a loss exceeding $50,000, for a 2012 Tiffin Allegro Bus, falsely believing that we could expect less problems. To date, in the first year, we have spent close to two weeks at the dealership where we made the trade, North Trail RV in Fort Myers, Florida, and three trips to the Tiffin factory in Red Bay, Alabama. We have 10,000 miles on the "Bus" and close to half of the miles are to and from Red Bay for repairs. Most of the issues are installation and wiring related, just as with the DRV. To date, our treatment by Bob Tiffin has been much, much better. Yet today, I have problems with my master bath's toilet, induction cook top, and the keyless door entry; each has been checked several times and each was totally replaced once.
One of the hard lessons I have learned is that many, if not most, RV manufacturers continued to build units with known component issues. After the 2008 economic recession/collapse many component manufacturers went out of business. Those that remained no longer had competition. RV slides are now mainly made and supplied by Lippert and there were major issues with the Schwintek In-Wall slide. In our case, Lippet says it was DRV's installation. Yet, most, if not all RV manufacturers continued to use the slide knowing that there was a good chance the consumer would have issues. Quality control, or lack thereof, is still a major issues. Most want to get the unit out the door and will leave it up to the 'first" owner to find all the "bugs".
Sorry you have so many problems. Needless to say, our RV-Dream with the DRV Elite and the Tiffin Allegro Bus were not what Evin and I had in mind. I feel you pain and frustration.
You might want to check this place out. http://www.dinosaurelectronics.com Alfred