Temp Of Fridge - Talk To Me.

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  1. TheWM

    TheWM Read Only Funster

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    Ok - so another topic I understand that is quite popular...

    Got no gas yet, so put the beers in the fridge and put the ehu on last night. Whilst when I checked this morning they had chilled they were not cold. I understand that putting stuff in the fridge would lead to it taking longer to cool down, but how long should I expect the fridge to take to get to 'cold'.

    And how will (should) it perform just being left on leisure batteries for two days?
     
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    will it actually run on the 12v leisure batteries?

    unless its a compressor type 12v normally only comes into play when you are driving along, and then it will normally only maintain the temperature rather than reduce it.

    As for putting stuff in it when first put on...guess that depends on how much and how warm they were :)

    I normally leave the fridge empty and on EHU for at least 12hours before putting anything in it - not sure if thats the proper way but it works for us!!

    In all honesty - the most effective cooling on ours is gas
     
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    Well that a fortuitous time to ask the question as we bought a fridge thermometer yesterday in Lakeland in Stratford.

    Put it in the fridge running on a mix between gas and 12 volts from solar and the fridge was running at 6 deg and the freezer at -10.5 deg.

    Not sure how long it will take to cool the beer but as long as the fridge goes down far enough it will happen relative to the amount of beer you put and it's temperature and the cooling capacity of the fridge.

    Martin
     
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    It's a thetford 3 way, so I'm assuming that it will run on leisure battery?
     
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    A quick Google shows that I may have a thetford n112 fridge.
     
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    That looks very similar to ours. On auto select, it will run on mains, if the is EHU present, gas if not, and 12v if the engine is running.
    On EHU or gas, it will take about 12 hours to get properly chilled, we are off this weekend, so the EHU was attached this morning, beer should be perfect temp tomorrow morning! :D
     
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    I assumed I could run off the leisure. Appears not :( That's ok. I drink ale and they don't have to be super chilled. Plus I do have lots of whisky and rum. The kids food on the other hand....

    They'll have to use the coolbox!
     
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    Or just pop out and get some gas, if you have the old bottles then it isn't expensive. The fridge doesn't use much gas at all.
     
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    Best cooling is on gas as thet is what they are primarily designed for.
    12v is only to "maintain" the temperature whilst travelling & is only fed when the engine is running.
    When you try mains electric can you feel any warmth/heat coming from the exhaust area/top vent of the fridge?
     
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    What they said :)

    Also, have you got vent covers fitted? If so then take them off when the day time temperature is above 8 deg C as cooling is impaired if the heat can't get away.
     
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    Yes I want to get gas but as imported from Germany I don't have any bottles or the correct pigtails. I had hoped to have had this sorted but the supplier for gasit had no stock (although have found another supplier yesterday).

    Vent covers. I assume this is on the outside of the vehicle? Not that I am aware of.
     
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    Not the best pic but only one I have currently. I'll look when I get home but would they open and close?
     

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    A 3 way fridge will ONLY run on 12v when the engine is running, otherwise it will flatten the battery in approx 3/4 of an hour
    never mind 2 days, hee hee
     
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    not a very good picture ..but looks as though covers are on ... no doubt some one will put me right
     
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    yes winter covers are on
     
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    Ok thanks. Off they will come when I get home! Do both need doing?
     
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    yes
     
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    Unless some idiot has stuck a fuse in the holder for automatic selection fridges when it is not an auto select fridge, then it will carry on running on 12v until manually changed over to gas or elec.

    It took me a while to figure this out, unfortunately killing the battery off in the process having forgotten to switch it from 12v a few times when stopping just for a short time.

    I'm not sure whether it was the previous owner or the dealership checking that it ran on 12v (and then forgetting to take the blooming fuse out) as part of their hab check that put it in.
     
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    Only need vent covers on when outside temp gets below 10c or its really blowy, or when your giving the van a wash
    having them on in this heat will hamper the cooling process quite a bit (been there done that :))
     
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    Ok - en route home now. Really excited even though the m25 seems to be stationary :(
     
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