Caravan fridge struggled to stay cool in high temperatures
Whilst we were away in Croatia this summer we were fortunate to have temperatures of c32C+. However the caravan fridge, a Dometic RM7401L struggled to keep within the temperature range safe refrigeration of food - we were running it on mains electricity but the voltage may have been slightly lower than that in the UK. The awning was up on the fridge side of the 'van so the vents were shaded from direct sunlight.
I did try pointing a desk fan, which we had with us, at the outside fridge vents and that did seem to help the fridge work more effectively. I did the latter because I vaguely remember someone saying that they had fitted computer fans inside their fridge housing - or am I imagining that!!!??
Is there anything that I can do to improve the fridge's performance in hotter climes? It is fine in the UK where it is not so warm. Would getting the fridge serviced be likely to help? The fridge has never had a full service in the 3 years we have owned the 'van. Is fitting small fans inside the fridge cavity likely to help.
Interesting our, 10 year old, Coleman 3-way chest fridge coped fine in the same temperatures - even producing ice cubes on the refrigeration "bar". I know that uses a different type of refrigeration process.
I remember that we had similar problems in Summer 09 at Lake Annecy and I meant to look into the problem further but then forgot!!??
Thanks in advance for any advice.