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Old 05-08-2006, 11:14 AM   #1
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Well after a week of working our fridge has decided to quit...we had been working on the Boler and had been jacking it up could this have set it off? If it had worked and seems to decide whether or not it wants to work, do you think it is worth the $100.00 to get it looked at by a professional or just take it out and put a $200.00 electric fridge in???
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Old 05-08-2006, 03:12 PM   #2
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Which part of the fridge isnt working? The 120 volt hookup? The 12v hookup or your gas hookup? If the 120v isnt working i would try the gas. If it works you can narrow down the problem .
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Old 05-08-2006, 07:07 PM   #3
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I sure don't have an ounce of advice, Just wanted to give you my sympathies!!!

Since we only have the "icebox" or cooler in our camper- we think we just may get one of those coolers that plug into the car cigarette lighter spot for now. I noticed that car manufacturers obviously have thought of those sort of coolers- because I'll be darned if there isn't an "outlet" in the back of our new VUE!

If we like to use that sort of cooler- I just may turn the fridge spot in the camper to a storage spot.. we'll see.

BOY it's expensive to have appliances looked at, isn't it?? How OLD is that fridge? That may help you to decide.
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Old 05-08-2006, 11:48 PM   #4
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Well after a week of working our fridge has decided to quit...we had been working on the Boler and had been jacking it up could this have set it off? If it had worked and seems to decide whether or not it wants to work, do you think it is worth the $100.00 to get it looked at by a professional or just take it out and put a $200.00 electric fridge in???

These type of fridges require level. If you jacked up the trailer and had it non-leve for any length of time it could cause your problem.
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Old 05-09-2006, 12:03 AM   #5
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Is your trailer licensed?...if it is, take for a ride and then try it again....seems that you had it working when you set it off level for a while and that may have caused your problem....try the ride around the block a couple times and then fire your fridge and see if it works....good luck....Benny
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Old 05-09-2006, 08:34 AM   #6
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WE don't have the propane or 12V hooked up just the 110. As of this morning the fridge is working again so it must be the level thing. Sure hope we don't have to wait 24 hours everytime the trailer has been unlevel for the fridge to work. May long will be the first time out so wish us luck!

Thanks again!
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Old 05-09-2006, 08:35 PM   #7
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Good Luck! everything will be fine.....Benny
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Old 05-10-2006, 07:40 AM   #8
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Actually, the instructions for our refrigerator stated that the unit MUST be level to function (the exception being while towing... due to the movement of the coolant while on the road). It has to do with the location of the circulation/coolant drain lines (the manual explains why). Level means reasonably level... doesn't have to be perfect.
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Old 05-10-2006, 09:05 AM   #9
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Any refrigerator must be level to work. This has to do with the proper draining of the various lines. If a refrigerastor is started in a non-level position, proper refrigerant flow is not established, and in the case of many RV fridges, extended operation in this mode could damage the equipment. The only solution is to shut down the unit, level the unit, and wait overnight at least for all fluids to return to "standby" levels and conditions before starting the unit up again. Incidentally, that's the same reason you must leave any freezer or refrigerator delivered to your home stand without being plugged in for 24 hours.

Have a look at the link below. It explains the RV refridgeration cycle very well.

http://www.rvmobile.com/Tech/Trouble/cooldoc.htm

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Old 05-11-2006, 10:22 PM   #10
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Well, those of you that said the fridge had to be level were right! We levelled the fridge and low and behold...it works! So lesson learned, level the fridge before turning on! The Fridge is original to the camper (1978) so we are really lucky it works at all. We will see how it works out this summer and think about putting new one in after a few times of spoiled food I am sure! Thanks all for your sympathy and ideas, I have printed the info from the link you sent Victor so will study closely!
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Old 05-12-2006, 03:11 PM   #11
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The manuals found at http://members.shaw.ca/bolerama/manuals.html will be of help to explain how RV 'fridges work.

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