Originally Posted by rvsprinterguy
Could this indicate a need for a refrigerator "burping"?
YES, the Burping is Critical & so long as you have the cap for the gas line, disconnecting the power to the unit, removing 4 or 6 screws, pulling it out & burping it for 24 hours, you will have a brand new fridge.
During hot summer months*, do small Dometic 3 Way Fridges work well WITHOUT additional fans, one Circulating Air inside the Fridge & a second blowing cool air across the fins/coils at the rear.
*6 plus months a year I was buying ice 3-5 times per week.
From what I have read here recently the newer Dometic 3 Way units come with the external fan oem now.
Levelling almost perfectly is critical if you want to kee the chemicals from "sticking ..."
Parking it in the same position, but a different orientation & hoping for the chemicals to return will not work. If you are parked for anything more than 20 minutes in hot weather or 40 minutes in cool weather, the damage cumulatively increases.
Unless you turn your fridge off.
I live in LA most of the time when the rig is being used & my rig came with a RM2354** which had been replaced twice by the previous owner & once by me & was ready to replace it a second time after suffering through 6 plus months per year of very poor performance until I came here & did all my research.
**Dometic is going downhill rapidly but even back when the unit was made, it had similar failures all over the USA.
My challenge was LA's weather & trying to find ANY parking for a big rig let alone level when I visit Patient's homes for 2 - 4 hours at a time.
I ended up buying a DC Compressor Fridge, a Novakool R3800*** which was the perfect fit for my Roadtrek Versatile with room to spare & it was 3.5 cubic feet, uses about 26 amps per day during the last two heatwaves we had & I keep my Freezer cold & my fridge, very cold.
BUT I had already installed 250.watts of Solar.
HOWEVER IT WAS A DISASTER AT FIRST BECAUSE MY CHARGING SYSTEM WAS EXPOSED AS FAULTY BY THE DRAW OF THE UNIT.
It was a simple negative connection deep under the bowels of my rig.
Let me repeat & add; This was done during the last two heatwaves & now that reconfigured my Battery System THERE IS NOT A SINGLE ISSUE. THE ENTIRE PROBLEM WAS AT MY END.
EVERY DAY THE CHEIF ENGINEER AT NOVAKOOL WOULD CALL ME & CHECK IN & OFFER SUGGESTIONS. IT TURNS OUT HE WAS RIGHT ON DAY ONE; It sounds like you have a weak or loose connection on your negative side of the charging system.
But with Covid I had to wait a couple of weeks to get into my RV Guy because he is always booked up.
***the R4500 fits in exactly the same footprint but uses up to 52amos per day & is 4.5 cubic feet.
I LOVE MY NOVAKOOL.
And while you cannot park on the side of a mountain at 50% degrees you can park just about everywhere else.
The Freedom to not be constantly scanning for level places to park to me, is critical.
Your 3 way will work on an angle in a limping fashion even if its off 5% but every day, its performance is reduced & on hot days, it will not maintain safe temperatures.
I LOVE MY NOVAKOOL.
I WOULD NEVER, EVER GO BACK TO A 3 WAY.