In separate news I've been working on the fridge
. It's a little 1.8 ft^3 Dometic 3-way (I think it is Dometic). During our big summer trip the performance was disappointing but from what I've heard not entirely out of the ordinary. It can do 35-40F below ambient. But we were regularly hitting 95-100F and so regularly having food at 50-55F for long periods.
in the Parkliner
is held in only at the front panel by 6 rivets. During this A/C project I have pulled out the fridge
, cleaned it up real good (inside the box but also the burner/chimney/fins/etc), tweaked the metal baffles and replaced the rivets with rivnuts so I can more easily service it. I ended up testing it and still not getting great performance.
I have a stick on thermometer I put at the top part of the door. It reads ~40F when it's 80F outside. However the floor of the fridge with a couple bottles of water reads 33F. So... Perhaps that's okay and I've been reading a maximum temp. of the fridge vs. something more typical on the inside.
Yesterday I pulled the fridge out again (thanks rivnuts!) and "burped" it per some threads I've seen on the RV forums. Short version is: flip it upside down, on it's side, on it's back, etc for a few minutes per turn and then reinstall. Don't start for 1 hr after the "burp." I'll go check on it later today to see if that had any effect. If not I'll likely leave it alone for the next 3 seasons and look to get a compressor unit next summer.