Post by hoosierpoet on Aug 25, 2012 18:48:23 GMT -5
We need a fridge for our new '61 Airflyte, and are leaning toward straight bottled gas (which is what it came with) or two-way gas & electric. But I have what may be a stupid question: Can you leave a gas fridge running while the trailer's in motion, or would that be dangerous? If it has to be shut down while traveling, then I don't really see a purpose for the bottled-gas mode; we plan to camp at sites with electric hookup pretty exclusively. Input would be appreciated, thanks!
Post by orbitmonkey on May 31, 2013 16:37:23 GMT -5
i leave my propane running my fridge all of the time while travelling. never an issue... ever. however, ensure that your pilot light and the exterior door to the back of your fridge does not allow direct wind in. it will blow out your pilot light. then there is a real probability that the gas will fill up in your trailer....and as propane lays low, one spark and no mo shasta! the issue is ensuring that your pilot light is not affected by the wind. there are laws against this in various provinces up here in canada...but i think that is for those that have suffered darwinism.
Let me slip in here since I miss you guys and I have a bit of road wisdom that might help someone. I have been on the road for over 3 weeks, running a 2- way fridge on LP gas on the highways and hooked into electric at night. It's super cold on AC, but on LP gas, not so much. I'm carrying two milk jugs of water which freeze overnight while I'm plugged in. I put those in a small ice chest (very handy on the dinette bench next to the fridge) and put milk and meats in the ice chest while on the road, then transfer those few items back to the fridge and freezer after I plug in. It's a bit of a pain, but I don't really think there's any perfect way to keep food cold. I would be happy with a top-of-the-line ice chest, but there's that nice big fridge that it seems like I should be using - and the ice chest won't fit in that vertical space so that would mean redesigning the interior. Ack.
Ron, the fridge I'm using now is in my 1994 Class C mini-motorhome, and it's a Norcold.
I'm stumped about what to do about the Morphy-Richards Astral in my '64 Frolic; it's LP gas only and hasn't been connected for quite awhile. I'm not sure I want to even spend money taking it to someone to check it out (if I can find that someone), and even if there happens to be a replacement part available, will it be worth it? The LP gas just can't cool more than 40º below ambient temperature.
I have the same refrig in the Airflyte, the Astral LP gas only model...also a '64 btw...and I am in the process of trying to make a testing rig that I can use outside the trailer...just in case the worst happens. I am of the impression the likelihood that it will work is slim to none. I am considering a couple options. The one I keep coming back to is replacing it with an icebox. Combined with a number of really good coolers that are available, I am pretty sure a weekend of camping could be accommodated without the fridge. Of course that is a different story than your road-traveling is... (I also have a Norcold dual-electric fridge in the Compact, which does work, but would look out of place in the Airflyte...)
I talked to a local RV repairman who I just found and he told me the chances of it working are slim to none. (He has a few parts, but very few left.) The problem for me is that that aqua fridge is what gave the Frolic its sex appeal. Do you think I can use it as an ice box if I drill a hole in it and put in a drain tube? I'm thinking it would have to have a way to use those lousy bags of ice because frozen jugs would only work for a day or two at the most. Let me know if your testing system works and what it shows. And I'd better hear from you or I'll be worried. =0
Post by orbitmonkey on Jun 1, 2013 18:38:50 GMT -5
lopo.... it is possibly your thermostat. they are fairly inexpensive and are easy to re and re. try this before you drop the $40 odd bucks; have you tried taking the fridge out and sitting in upside down for a awhile..then flip it back upright and fire it up?? sometimes the ammonia accumulates at the lowest point and isn't cycling effeciently.good luck. anyone have a nice advocado coloured coleman fridge? my lil compact didn't come with one!