Dometic CF-25 refrigerator/freezer. I know, if I were more of a minimalist I would make do without it, eating and drinking things that didn’t require refrigeration. But cold beverages and not needing to replace ice are things that really matter to me.
The fridge is my biggest consumer of electricity. Since there’s less sunlight in winter to charge my house batteries, and therefore less power to run anything other than the fridge, I tried an experiment.
Other van dwellers with setups similar to mine turn the fridge off at night. True, it’s cooler at night so a well insulated fridge should be able to hold temperature fairly well. But well enough? Let’s find out.
The temperature raised degree overnight. No problem.
When I turned the fridge back on at about 10:00AM the error light started blinking. Uh-oh. What did that mean? I turned the fridge off and on again. Still the blinking light. I disconnected and reconnected the power. Still blinking.
The manual is in a box under the bed but I didn’t feel like digging it out, so I found the manual online. It told me:
I searched online for deals on replacements, just in case. Yikes, prices have gone up.
I checked the fridge again, in case it had decided it was ready. The light was still blinking.
I distracted myself with some puttering around and straightening up.
Then the error light was off and all was once again right with my world. My Dometic CF-25 just isn’t a morning person. I can live with that.