Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: Search
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  



Open Roads Forum  >  Search the Forums

 > Your search for posts made by 'wopachop' found 544 matches.

Sort by:    Search within results:
Page of 28  
Next
  Subject Author Date Posted Forum
RE: Is this a bad circuit board? (fridge)

I cant seem to trick my circuit board into 24/7 operation. Its a dometic with the temp probe only. No dial controls. I can leave the probe dangling in the wind and the graph will look the same with spikes every couple hours indicating the cooling cycle starting and stopping. With a dangling probe, i should see air temp get down to say 35ish and stay there? Because the electric heater is still turned on for constant cooling? THe graph would not show the normal spikes. It would be more rounded with temp rising very slightly according to ambient temps. Reason i ask is for super hot days when im opening the fridge a lot. Would be nice to just pull the probe off and let it danger during the heat of the day.
wopachop 06/21/21 01:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Is this a bad circuit board? (fridge)

Nice info thanks. Its like a cooler in the sun versus in the shade.
wopachop 06/21/21 12:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Is this a bad circuit board? (fridge)

Ok pretend the temp setting has the fins at 30F so the air temp will read roughly 40F. If you dont touch those settings, and leave the fridge closed for days, why would you see a fridge air temp down at 35 or 36F? The heating element should have turned off back when fridge air temp was closer to 40F.
wopachop 06/21/21 11:12am Tech Issues
RE: hooking up a second battery

Be careful if the spare battery is from an automobile. A car battery is not meant to be run down like a trailer battery. Maybe everyone can chip in and rent a genny? It's another deep cell battery. Where I am going doesn't allow generators or I'd be doing that. I have access to several.Familiar with equalization charging? You could show up super charged. Every little bit would help.
wopachop 06/20/21 07:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Favorite foods to make bulk and freeze for the road?

Not very budget friendly but i found frozen burgers or pizza from your favorite spot are nice when out camping. I warm things up in a large pan with a lid on low heat. Walk away and come back 30 or 60 mins later. Nice knowing it wont burn if out talking with friends. Come back to the trailer for a beer and you have a toasty in&out burger ready to eat. The lettuce and tomato are not all that happy being frozen and then reheated. If you let the buns get nice and toasty it sorta balances out the potentially soggy inside part of the bun. edit: in terms of bulk you would already be going to the restaurant. Buy more on purpose to freeze. A frozen in and out burger wrapped in foil in the fridge is like a block of gold when out camping!!!
wopachop 06/20/21 06:30pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Seeking refrigerator tips... in AZ and heat is hampering...

Actually thats not true. Its not the most effective. Fans on the cooling fins i consider the most effective warm weather fridge modification. Next is additional fans in the back ventilation section. I think most fridges have a small one back there. I can hear mine rattling away sometimes.
wopachop 06/20/21 05:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Seeking refrigerator tips... in AZ and heat is hampering...

The cheapest and most effective warm weather fridge mod you can do is the cardboard trick.
wopachop 06/20/21 05:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Seeking refrigerator tips... in AZ and heat is hampering...

Hope it works out. Another trick i do during the summer is try to use more frozen foods. I got a beer in the freezer right now getting cold. Even stuff like leftover pizza can go inside the freezer instead of the fridge. Oh...check this out. Cut a piece of cardboard the width of the fridge and 1 foot tall. STuff that to the bottom section of the fridge. It will retain cold air from dropping out every time you open the door. I did that last year and the same piece of cardboard is still there. Made a thread with pictures.
wopachop 06/20/21 05:15pm Tech Issues
RE: hooking up a second battery

Be careful if the spare battery is from an automobile. A car battery is not meant to be run down like a trailer battery. Maybe everyone can chip in and rent a genny?
wopachop 06/20/21 05:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Ever heard of spraying insulation with a home d rental?

I know what you mean about keeping insulation fluffy and not compressed. Ive installed a decent amount. Hate the stuff. My walls are solid foam. The ceiling has lots of open space. Its maybe 5" thick and only has a little 2" flap of insulation laying on top. Thought i could spray additional insulation above the existing. Keep it fluffy and loose. Would have to reduce down the hose diameter. Shoot....with all the existing speaker holes and ceiling vents. I could almost stuff insulation in there by hand. Cant really hurt. Wont be able to access every bay but thats ok. I could stuff a few handfuls in. Then push it back gently with a pole.
wopachop 06/20/21 03:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Ever heard of spraying insulation with a home d rental?

Oh darn. Will go take a looksie.
wopachop 06/20/21 03:01pm Tech Issues
Ever heard of spraying insulation with a home d rental?

Pretty sure home depot still rents those insulation blowers. Not the liquid can stuff but actual fluffy material you spray into an attic or wall space. My friends 2002 weekend warrior stays so much cooler than my 16 Stealth. My ceiling has 2" thick material laying up there. In prior summers i thought spraying some insulation in there would be rather easy. Worse case its too heavy and pops some panels. I remember reading Mex talk about putting really thick foam board directly onto his ceiling. Thats an option. I have 1" foam in my windows. Any ideas for adding insulation that does not include removing the ceiling panels?
wopachop 06/20/21 02:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Is this a bad circuit board? (fridge)

I think i have a new question. Will often makes threads that are too long and confusing. (edit...it just happened again below. sorry) Can we talk about how the cooling fins are getting colder? Which effects the air temp correct? I have a fan blowing directly onto the cooling fin where the temp probe attaches. I want to believe the fridge will keep the electric element ignited and hot, until the temp probe gets cooled down to a certain level. I understand that the cooling fins will reach this low temperature before the entire fridge is cooled. But the part im confused about is below: 1. With the fridge doors closed for days at a time, and 3 fans blowing inside my fridge, why does the electric element turn off while the air temp inside the fridge is 40+ degrees? Remember doors are closed for days and lots of air circulation. 2 fans on the fins and 1 fan on the lower shelf blowing upward. I would expect my graph to show a more consistent lowest temp. I consider the probe a mechanical device. It works or its broken. While the circuit board can have a mind of its own. Terminator style. Im no stranger to circuit boards i will be soldering our home oven circuit board today. No joke will take a pic. The display died. A couple resistors are super hot and burned the board. Looks as if the solder joint is wiggling where it hits the board. I can tell a repair took place there because the solder looks chunky and different. It was a used board bought online a couple years ago. I think their repair came loose. Hows that for confusing a thread? I enjoy thinking. Its fun when you guys tell me im wrong. Not the first time and wont be the last. Thats how you learn is through making mistakes.
wopachop 06/20/21 02:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Seeking refrigerator tips... in AZ and heat is hampering...

Actually, by far the BEST location for the muffin fans is at the top of the condenser blowing out the roof/upper vent. Much more linear flow/less turbulence over the condenser.Have you come across centrally located fridges? The lower vent is through the trailer floor. Curious your opinion on fan placement for that type of setup. My manual wants me to put the fan down low in the floor space. I did that because it was easy. Trying to think of the difference between pushing air and pulling air. Turbulence as you mention.
wopachop 06/20/21 01:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Mini Swamp Cooler (Arctic Air) - Legit?

Small swamp coolers work great to blow on you. Hard to cool a trailer with them. I would focus on making your AC work better. Search youtube and you will find some mods. Some ACs have the plastic shroud that restricts air flow. You can cut out portions of that plastic so the AC can vent off its hot air easier. Another option is forming a temporary shade over the AC unit. Use a box fan inside the trailer. Put a wet towel in front of the fan and it will cool the air slightly like a swamp cooler. You can buy the blue swamp cooler material at home D. I made my own 5gal bucket swamp cooler a few years ago. Worked on. Not enough air to cool the trailer. But the cool air blowing onto your body feels nice. Is your AC ducted? If yes, you can screw computer fans in front of the ducts to help pull air through. I did that and liked the results. Helped to blow the cold air down to where i sit which happened to be below a duct.
wopachop 06/20/21 01:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Is this a bad circuit board? (fridge)

Ok then lets forget the term "cycle". We can call it something else. What do you call the cycle of the electric element turning on, heating the stuff inside the pipes, then turning off? This happens many times a day. I would call that a cooling cycle but it seems to bother doug so lets call it something else?
wopachop 06/20/21 12:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Seeking refrigerator tips... in AZ and heat is hampering...

Doubt the fella in AZ is boondocking with fridge on propane. Your stove is pressurized with propane. How many people turn off the tanks before bed? The hole you make to add cold air behind the fridge will be higher than the lowest vent. If there was a propane leak, it would fall down and out the trailer. If any of this seems confusing or dangerous then dont do it. If you are somewhat mechanically inclined and able to think for yourself then determine if you see an actual risk. This is not a daily ritual. Its just when temps get to scorching level and the absorption fridge just cant cool when its getting 100F air up the backside.
wopachop 06/20/21 12:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Is this a bad circuit board? (fridge)

I think youre way off with #1 and #2 Doug. Thanks for helping though. #1. The tstat runs in cycles, no? It cools until the probe reaches a resistance. Then the burning stops. Once the resistance rises to a certain level the burning starts again. Is that not a cooling cycle? Whatever you want to call it, that is the topic im hoping to discuss. #2. I agree the air temp will vary slightly from food temp. But they are very close and in my experience you can measure air temp and get a good idea what the food temp is. To say "NOT AT ALL" is plain silly. Ive been gauging air temp right next to a bottle of water with a dial thermometer in it. Promise they are always very close. Enough to determine if your fridge is cooling properly or if youre running a bit warm come summertime. Back when I was in the RV biz, if you called Dometic tech support and reported interior air temp rather than the temp from a container of water, they would all but hang up on you. Air temp is unreliable - you need a thermal mass to determine actual accurate interior temp. Why do you think the manufacturers attach the themistor to the refer fins (thermal mass) as opposed to just let it dangle in the wind?The probe on the fins controlling temp is much different than an air temp thermometer telling you current air temp. The fin temperature is controlling what the fridge does. The air temp is just a basic understanding of what the current temp might be. Food temp will be lagging behind.
wopachop 06/19/21 10:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Seeking refrigerator tips... in AZ and heat is hampering...

There is a muffin fan inside the fridge, but adding another may be my next step depending on my results.Im running 4 fans. 3 inside the fridge and 1 outside. Going on my 3rd year of mega hot full timing with an absorption fridge. I want to help you if interested. Ive tried lots of weird stuff. The old folks on here 24/7 wont comprehend these new techniques. Their intentions are good but their info is just mediocre outdated nonsense they typed over and over back in the day. Up to you to decide. All im trying to say if that if youre in AZ and its 110F outside i can help you to make your absorption fridge get below 40F.
wopachop 06/19/21 10:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Seeking refrigerator tips... in AZ and heat is hampering...

Is the fan battery powered? If yes, it might work better inside the fridge blowing onto the cooling fins. You need both. Fans inside the fridge. Fans behind the fridge in the vent area. The evaporative cooler might be supplying enough air flow in the vent area. If thats the case, putting the other small fan inside the fridge blowing onto the cooling fins will help a bunch.
wopachop 06/19/21 09:17pm Tech Issues
Sort by:    Search within results:
Page of 28  
Next


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2021 CWI, Inc. © 2021 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.