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Submitted: Friday, Jun 24, 2011 at 20:48
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Hi all,

I have bought an old wind-up camper. The fridge is not working; The breaker trips on 240v, the 12v wires have been chewed though but the gas burns!

I tried it and it wouldn't work. I pulled it out, inverted it a few times and left it upside-down overnight and let it resettle for a few hours the next day. Tried again, gets hot enough at the rear, but she still doesn't cool. I can here bubbling and gurgling noises from the back, but otherwise, no joy. I have had it running a couple of hours and all it does is warm up inside, if anything. Should I be trying something else before shedding the weight?

My esky is looking good right now!

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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Jun 24, 2011 at 23:10

Friday, Jun 24, 2011 at 23:10
Hi Joshuah

If all else fails you could get a fridge technician to look at it. Some years ago we purchased an old wind up camper. The vendor said he had used the fridge on mains power but had never tried it on gas and although slow to cool it worked; he put cold stuff in it for family camping weekends and it maintained the contents (OK an esky does the same). We put it on mains power and left it all night and it didn't cool. We had a fridge technician check it out and he at first tried a new element, after which he concluded that the gas lines were blocked and not repairable. Fortunately we have a good fridge tech. who didn't charge us for this assessment. This turned out to be good new for us in the long run, as we purchased an upright Engel compressor fridge of the same size, a solar panel (used as a portable), controller and deep cycle battery (plus 12 v lights). This system worked well for us. We left the genny at home.


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Follow Up By: Joshuah - Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 at 13:26

Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 at 13:26
After reading the literature out there on bung 3-ways, I'm pretty sure it's terminal. The unit had been sitting there for 4 years before I got my hands on it...

Although the compressor fridge sounds great, I'm not going to spend big dollars to get a new cooling set-up either, so I'll remove the old fridge and slide my big esky in instead. I may bring the chescold but am reluctant to fire it up inside a van, so moving it around every day will become a PITA.

This site has oodles of info about ice and eskies and I'm confident I can get by on this, besides, it'll be a challenge! I already have a 10L fresh water Jerry can in the freezer and will supplement this with 2 saline 3L bottles to maintain the 10L ice state. I'll give my techni-ice sheets a go too.

If I win lotto, though, I'll be getting a new van with a working fridge.

Thanks Motherhen.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 at 14:05

Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 at 14:05
Hi Joshuah

Yes, costs of caravan fridges can be high. For our camper which we purchased for $4,000 we spent a further $2,000 on the fridge and solar setup - but that was seven years ago. If i was having a camper built from scratch, i would have built in two 12 / 240 v Engel car fridges which gives the option to run one as a freezer or only one at a time to meet needs. With upright lid they are more efficient than front door fridges. We have purchased our present Engels second hand (the old bomb proof models).

You probably know all this, but my website features keeping camping simple and has hints on having minimal or no fridge. Sorry, it is only new and some of the links have let me down so here are three places to start:

Do you need a fridge?

Foods to use if you don't have a fridge

Cooking ideas for non refrigerated foods



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Reply By: Joshuah - Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 at 20:56

Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 at 20:56
She's at the dump! Adios.
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