Vitrifrigo DP2600CMC

Submitted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 21:03
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Hints needed please. Have just had to defrost the fridge after only 6 weeks on the road and it was a nightmare. What are we doing wrong? There was at least 1/2" frost in the top and on further invesigation another 1/2" underneath the freezer compartment above the drip tray in the fridge section. Is this normal???

Basically had to empty the whole fridge to defrost the freezer.

After 11 years of travelling and our first compressor fridge experience, a little disappointing to say the least. With a three way, I only defrosted a few times a year. And, yes I am very careful about how many times I open it up and am as brief as possible.

We are running on setting 2.

Please don't tell me it would be worse if we were in the tropical humid conditions! We have been in perfect conditions so far this trip.

Anne G
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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 21:35

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 21:35
Sounds possibly like the door isn't sealing closed properly??
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Reply By: Rockape - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 21:49

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 21:49
if it has no defrost cycle (which I doubt it will have) that would be about the right amount of time for it to frost up. If you have had high humidity that will cause it.

Also as Alby has suggested look at the door seal and how many times the fridge is opened and closed.

Have a good one

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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Friday, May 13, 2011 at 06:30

Friday, May 13, 2011 at 06:30
Hi Anne. My Brother is on the road full time and they have to defrost theirs monthly. Unfortunately they are not frost free. I guess that is to save on battery power. I have often wondered what would happen if a small computor fan could be fitted into the freezer. Cheers, Bob

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Friday, May 13, 2011 at 09:49

Friday, May 13, 2011 at 09:49
Using our 2 door 150 model Vitri., we would expect to do a defrost in the fridge section by 6 weeks for sure..... maybe sooner. Goes with the territory fas as I can see. The freezer goes a long time though without a defrost (gets opened infrequently - that might be the key ?). Couple of thoughts - our builder installed extra door catches to keep them shut on rough roads - we use the Glad zip bags extensively for packaging fridge goods - probably reduces available moisture in there. As you say - defrosting is a pain in a van (but I've had worse nightmares :-o). We put frozens in the car's waeco and the rest just sit around while we put some hot water inside to hurry the process up.

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Reply By: carlsp - Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 06:44

Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 06:44
Ian we used to do it every 2 weeks. You will find when camping that once iced up it uses much more power as well.
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Reply By: wendys - Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 17:08

Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 17:08
I would expect to have to defrost mine every 4 to 6 weeks, depending on how far north we are. I also have the small one with the freezebox at the top of the fridge. I empty the freezer (usually just stack the frozen stuff in a plastic bucket), take the drip tray out altogether. Empty the contents of the top shelf of anything too high, and place an ordinary household tray on top of what is left on top shelf. This catches any chunks of ice that fall off, but gives more circulation under the freezebox so it defrosts quicker than if I leave the drip tray in. It usually does not take very long before I can loosen off the ice, then wipe out any ice shavings.
I put a handtowel along the bottom of the fridge, in front of the vegie tray, in case of any melting ice that misses the tray.
Is usually all done in 20-30 minutes.
The three way may have needed less work, but the Vitrifrigo runs so efficiently in the hot places, that it is worth it.
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