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Old 06-05-2015, 11:45 AM   #1
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Dometic 211 refrigerator not cooling

So I bought a 1980 scamp that was in fairly good condition. I have replaced the seals on 2 leaking widows and removed and retaped etc the vent. The problem that I am currently having is the freezer makes ice, so it is cold and working, but the fridge is warm. It doesn't seem to be cooling at all. Any ideas on this or tricks that I may not be up on? It can be ran on gas or elect. and I first tried gas and left it on all night. I am now in the process of trying elect, but too soon to tell.

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Old 06-05-2015, 12:19 PM   #2
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Here is where a interior circulating fan would help. Also, there is a heat sink on the side of the freezer. Make sure that is not blocked.
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Thanks David. I will look and see if I can find the sink you are talking about.
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Old 06-05-2015, 05:51 PM   #4
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The freezer freezes so its working. have you placed a large container of water in the fridge so you can actually measure what is getting cold inside. a small empty box will not feel cold once you open the door. its not like the thermal mass of your fridge at home. The small fridge is better at keeping something cold than making something cold.
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For some reason it seems to work much better on electric than on gas. It did cool off and get the water cold. Since this is my first go around with an RV refrigerator, I was probably expecting more. Your explanation helps a lot! Thank you for taking the time to clue me in.
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Old 06-05-2015, 09:32 PM   #6
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I usually put a 2 liter bottle of frozen water in the fridge. It really helps.
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Old 06-06-2015, 08:36 AM   #7
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Your model of Dometic frig probably has two separate thermostat knobs; one for when on gas, and one for when on electric. Check to see if the gas one is set too low.

Since you get ice in the freezer, you are way ahead of the game and have a working frig that just could use some fine-tuning.
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If your freezer is freezing you are good to go - an empty frdge in an RV never works well - the fuller the better performance .
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