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Operating Your RV Refrigerator On Propane While Driving (is it safe?!)

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Is it safe to run your RV refrigerator on LP/ propane mode while traveling???

While driving you would need to operate the refrigerator on propane (or AC if you keep your generator on). This begs the question, is it safe to operate on LP while driving on unlevel ground?

The simple answer is that it's your RV and that's up to you. We always tell people that it's completely fine to run on LP during travel and that it's one of the big benefits of having a gas absorption refrigerator. Some people state that problems could arise from the off-level operation of hills and such but the cooling system should be able to operate just fine. The up and down driving will allow the ammonia solution in your gravity operated cooling unit to flow normally. If you are in an accident and break the gas line in the process, there is a potential for a fire and/or explosion as a result and that's important to know. 

Norcold refrigerators are capable of running 6-8 hours while losing no more than 4 degrees within the compartment. To ensure that, open the refrigerator as few times as possible. We also recommend running it on the coldest setting for a few hours before embarking on your trip. If, however, you prefer to use the refrigerator frequently during your trip, simply turn on your generator and run it on AC during your journey.

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Natural explanations for your RV refrigerator not cooling/ freezing!

Here are some natural reasons for your RV refrigerator's cooling unit to quit working properly!When will it NATURALLY not cool?When you are parked off-level!Since it's a gravity operated cooling unit, if you're off-level the ammonia solution isn't able to flow down the cooling unit and it will cause the whole system to overheat. Extremely low [...]

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Norcold Ice Maker Won't Make Ice! HELP

Is your Norcold ice maker not making ice? We can help! The ice maker found in Norcold refrigerators is made by Whirlpool and should look identical to the image below: Below is a list of Norcold refrigerators that will have this ice maker installed: N641IM N841IM N1095IM 1200IM 1200LRIM 1210IM 1210LRIM 2117IM 2118IM *the letters "IM" in the model number stand for Ice Maker.  This RV ice maker [...]

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Most Commonly Replaced Norcold Refrigerator Parts

Norcold Common Replaced RV Refrigerator PartsDon't leave on your trip across the country without having these parts on-hand!Planning a long trip and want to make sure you have some replacement parts on hand? You're not alone. Here is a small list of top replacement parts to get your refrigerator back in working order while on [...]

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Norcold Fault Codes F, no FL, or gas light flashing every second (LP/ Flame Problems)

Is Your Norcold Refrigerator Doing One of the Following? N611, N811 on light staying steady, gas light flashing at one second intervalsN400, N410, N412, N500, N510, N512, N621, N622, N821, N822 front display showing "F"N641, N642, NX641, NXA641, N841, N842, NX841, NXA841, 1200, 1210, 1211, 2117, 2118 front display showing "no FL", one after the otherFor all of the [...]

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What Causes Norcold Cooling Unit Failures?

What causes Norcold refrigerators to stop/ quit working?!Nearly everyone with a Norcold RV refrigerator has heard of the dreaded high temperature sensor recall. Is your refrigerator safe?!Norcold gas absorption model refrigerators (RV models) have cooling units that operate through the heating, evaporating, and condensing of an ammonia solution. This solution contains chemicals designed to fight [...]

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Take the Road Less Traveled, Norcold owners!

We're here just in case that Norcold stops getting... well... cold. With same day shipping starting at $5, our goal is to make Norcold refrigerator repair cheaper and easier than heading to your nearest service center!

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Norcold Refrigerator Won't Turn On! | Norcold Guy Checklist

Is your Norcold refrigerator not turning on?! No problem! We'll give you a list of things to check to get it back on as soon as possible.To be clear, what we're talking about here is the refrigerator acting as if it has no power at all. No display on the front board and no cooling inside [...]

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Norcold Fault Codes LI OP, O, or 6 flashes (potential fire hazard!)

Is your refrigerator doing one of the following?N610, N611, N810, N811 front light flashing 6 timesN400, N410, N412, N500, N510, N512, N621, N622, N821, N822front display showing "O"N641, N642, NX641, NXA641, N841, N842, NX841, NXA841, 1200, 1210, 1211, 2117, 2118front display showing "LI OP"These codes appear when either your high temperature limit switch has been tripped [...]

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How To Remove Norcold Door Panels

All panel type Norcold doors come without the front panels installed on the door. Panels come in all sorts of colors and styles including wood grain, black acrylic, white acrylic, and brushed aluminum. These panels slide into place on the door, being held in place by side retainers (black strips). These side retainers snap into [...]

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