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Thursday, April 12 Oswego, NY

The plan was to leave today, stopping at the Lickdale campground in Jonestown, PA. Like all my plans, this has become subject to change.

On Tuesday I fired up the refrigerator - it takes 12-24 hours to cool down the first time it is started. Funny thing - I keep a remote temperature sensor in the freezer & lower sections, and watching them from the house showed them going up rather than down. That is something new, but I've never started it in 40° weather, so I went to bed with it a couple of degrees above the outside temperature. Woke up Wednesday & both sections were at the outside temperature. Not good, not good at all!

Since the trailer is just 1 year old, the refrigerator is still under a 2 year warranty, so I looked up the nearest Dometic Service supplier, gave them a call & hauled the trailer off to Camping World in Syracuse. After an hour or so in the shop they came back with the bad news - the cooling unit had failed. That is unusual in a new refrigerator particularly if it hasn't developed a leak. They called Dometic to find the availability of a replacement & a couple hours after that Dometic hadn't called back, so they suggested I take it home & they would call when the replacement arrives. Could be anywhere from a couple of days if the cooling unit is in stock at Dometic, or weeks if not. Since the 5 cu. ft. refrigerator is not all that popular size, I'm not optimistic that it will be on the short end of the timing, but who knows?

The loose plans were to spend a couple of days in Washington, DC to tour a couple of museums, then a couple of 150 - 200 mile hops to hit the 5th Annual SE Spring Eggscursion in Townsend, TN on the 19th.

So, I will be patiently waiting here in Oswego for the parts to come in (not - at least patiently!) I guess the good thing is it happened before I left. Trying to replace it while on the road would have been difficult.



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