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Re: Fridge modification.

Postby crinklystarfish » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:11 am

Encouraging news Neil.

Though I've had two thermostat-related failures - our fridge, when it's actually working at all, does work reasonably well and the freezing bottom / warmer top thing is not something ours has suffered from.

Re the drain hole, I didn't mean you'd done anything any more radical than actually use it. I left ours with the factory blank plug in place as I didn't want to have to drain condensate to the outside and also wasn't comfortable with the notion of a hole in the back of my fridge. I didn't like the idea of humid air being allowed in.

Without using the drain hole, there is a little bit of condensate build up, but it collects in the drip tray supplied and I simply empty it out down the sink at the end of our trips. So far it's never been anything like full even after weeks of constant fridge use.

Anyway, here's hoping your internal fan mod continues to deliver - it does sound like a massive improvement and with your battery bank and solar array is unlikely to prove troublesome in terms of power consumption.

As before, we shouldn't really be in this position of discussing failure and poor performance. It seems reasonable to conclude that these things are very overpriced and of extremely poor quality.

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Re: Fridge modification.

Postby ianj758 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:40 am

I completely agree.

When after parting with the best part of £600 for a fridge and it arrived in a box with made in PRC printed all over it I was to say the least un impressed. Had my time allowed, it would have been returned or resold before fitting.
A domestic made in PRC larder fridge will cost about £75.

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Re: Fridge modification.

Postby crinklystarfish » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:58 am

Ian,

I posted my reply above before seeing your previous post. Thanks for the explanations of fridge mechanics. Most helpful.

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Re: Fridge modification.

Postby NeilandPat » Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:11 am

Steve.

Yes I used the drain and it connects to a tube that drops straight down to the outside world.

On hot days it constantly drips ( maybe every few seconds). I would guess at at least over half a litre per day. When parked on hard standing people think I have a water leak as a huge wet patch is visible on the floor.

Obviously I haven't tested it after the new modification but it would be interesting to see if this has improved .

The good thing about this modification was that it cost about 20 quid and can be removed in a few minutes, so I have nothing to lose by giving it ago.

Thanks for all your inputs Steve and Ian.

Neil

Ps Ian, are you coming to the hubb next weekend as you look like your quite local.

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Re: Fridge modification.

Postby ianj758 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:50 pm

Hi Neil.

We can't make the HUBB this year.
In Albania travelling to Bulgaria at the moment.
We are however already booked for Stratford in September.

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Re: Fridge modification.

Postby crinklystarfish » Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:17 am

Re a point I raised upthread, on the trip we've just returned from I did some crude tests of the effect of keeping gel packs in the fridge.

Bottom line is it improves fridge performance and reduces power consumption.

It seems the principle taps into the sphere of 'thermal energy storage' - and very simply put - it improves performance because the cold gel packs 'hold their cold' whenever the door is opened and also 'help' the fridge to bring new 'warm' items placed in it down to temperature more efficiently.

The physical science is beyond me but I don't need to understand it to know that a combination of low thermostat setting, good external ventilation, keeping items in deep plastic boxes and leaving a couple of gel packs in there, do a great deal to improve the efficiency and reduce power consumption in an upright compressor fridge.

Of course - the last job before setting off on a trip is to remember to put the gel packs you've pre-cooled in your fridge / freezer at home into the darned truck fridge...

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Re: Fridge modification.

Postby Brian-reynolds » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:49 pm

Good one Steve.

Funny this as I was just thinking it is about time I had another try at sorting my fridge with its incessant on-off-on-off cycle.....

Off to buy some ice packs.....

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Re: Fridge modification.

Postby NeilandPat » Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:08 pm

The only problem I can see is that they taste like S*%T

No matter how you cook them they still taste like Gel packs . Your much better filling your fridge with real food Steve

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Re: Fridge modification.

Postby crinklystarfish » Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:52 am

Neil, you have to remember my go-to foodstuff on the truck is Pot Noodles so - to be honest - it'd probably be a close call... :D

Bri - from bitter experience and the info upthread it's pretty safe to conclude the electronic / electrical components of your thermostat pod are pooped. If I were you I'd get on to them sooner rather than later.

technical@dometic.co.uk
customerservices@dometic.co.uk

They probably will ignore you first time round (they did me) but persistence paid off.

It'd probably help if you told them you know from forum activity that it's a known fault.

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Re: Fridge modification.

Postby Brian-reynolds » Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:20 pm

Hi Steve, good call.

Bearing in mind I did try and call them many, many times and never got a reply....

I even confronted them at the Caravan expo at the NEC and the chap gave me a business card which he wrote an email address on the rear, but when I got home and looked at it he had written something like dometic@mickeymouse.com......

I should have read it there and then.... actually I probably still have the card here someplace....

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