Out of the blue I got an email from one of the companies I’d contacted about a thermostat saying they now had one in stock complete with it’s housing. Still not knowing whether the one I’d ordered from England would arrive I decided to take a chance and drive to Sangar Caravanas in Cartagena and buy the one they had, I could always return the one to the UK if it ever turned up. The thermostat came complete with it’s housing, making it a little easier to fit. I returned to my camping spot mid afternoon and set about fitting it. It was actually quite easy to fit and only took half an hour. When I’d finished I switched the fridge on with crossed fingers, it started straight away, things were looking good. Because I’d cleaned the fridge and left it open to avoid any mildew forming I knew it would take some time to cool down. I usually hook up to the mains for a day when I haven’t used the fridge for awhile so I don’t run the leisure batteries down. After a couple of hours the compressor was still running, the sun was setting so I had no power coming in from the solar panels. To save running the batteries down I switched the fridge off and will try again tomorrow, hopefully it will be a sunny day and the solar panels will keep the batteries topped up while the fridge gets down to it correct temperature.
If replacing the thermostat doesn’t solve the problem I may just have to buy a new fridge, I hope not, as they are quite expensive. It always amazes me that you can buy a huge fridge/ freezer for a home for half the price that a small one costs for a camper or motorhome. A replacement for my camper would cost around €1000.00 so I have my fingers crossed that the new thermostat solves my problem.
It seems I've been travelling all my life. For the past eight years I've been following a simple, nomadic lifestyle full time touring in a camper van and meeting with other like minded travellers.
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