#2461  by Holistic Palace
 Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:55 pm
We have a 3 way fridge - not sure of the brand but the dial also goes 1 -7 then after 7 max so maybe worth trying higher numbers for cooler temps ? Good luck
 #2466  by markandirene
 Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:11 pm
The higher number is usually colder. Good luck.
 #2493  by markandirene
 Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:56 pm
Our fridge is only about 50ltrs because of the size of our van, and is of the Electrolux brand. So the settings on the dial to achieve the same temperature in two different brands and even sizes of fridges could be different. At this time of the year we find our fridge to run efficiently on No. 5, but I usually ensure that the left hand side of the van that the fridge is on, is away from the hot afternoon sun. This means that the fridge doesn't have to work so hard as it is a little cooler around the vents. We have no additional fans to assist the fridge ventilation. We generally, when choosing a site to park up on, would have the outdoor living side of the van (left side) away from the afternoon sun to gain extra shade so that both we and the fridge benefit. We are fortunate that the fridge is on the same side. Maybe worth taking into consideration for those planning their own motorhome layout. Keep the fridge on the on the cool side, perhaps on the side of the extendable awning.
Trusting these comments may be of help.
 #2514  by Anne Barrett
 Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:55 pm
WE've got an electrolux 3-way fridge freezer which has an electronic auto select for power source and a range of temp selectors (about 5) from low to high but as we had no idea what temp there was in freezer (most important part) we got one of those battery temperature guages from Dick Smiths for inside/outside house temps. It has the outside temp sensor on a long cord (so you can put it outside window) but we put it inside freezer - cord is quite thin so doesn't affect door seal - works like a charm.
 #2754  by BGB (Him)
 Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:55 pm
We have a coolmatic 12 volt compressor fridge, we run it on 3.5
We have tried running it cooler ie. higher number, but found it used to much battery.
I have fitted a 12v computer fan to blow air up the back of the fridge to help out on these hot days. IT was easy to wire in as there is a fan on the fridge that blows air over the compressor. So it was just a matter of connecting onto that, to have it switching on and off with the fridge.
 #2762  by BGB (Him)
 Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:37 pm
Hi Mat & Molly
Our fridge is a fridge freezer combination. It draws 5.9 amps when running. It is more a case of it running more often if we put the dial any colder and the solar panels not quite keeping up. We have just added another panel since Christmas and that is making things work out better.
 #2768  by BGB (Him)
 Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:31 pm
Hi Eijo.
We have got four 64 watt panels. Our appliances are:- fridge freezer, water pump, 12v fluorescent lights, small inverter for charging nicads and running coffee grinder, gas heater fan, two laptops. stereo and portable washing machine occasionally.
Our worst case is when we are parked up not on power for a long time, because when we are moving about a the 100 amp 12v alternator I added to the bus motor does its bit as well.
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