2 years ago my RV fridge broke. It cost me $800 to fix it. Less than a year later it stopped working again and it cost me $160 to fix it even though I got a free circuit board. It still never worked right. The freezer worked fine but the fridge compartment wouldn't cool below 50 degrees. The repairman said to turn it off for a few hours and then try it again. It could be vapor lock he said. I turned it off for a few days and turned it on again. 50 degrees. I gave up and switched to propane power. To my surprise, it worked. I was happy because a replacement fridge with installation would cost me over $3,000, but I wasn't happy with my new monthly propane filling chore. People recommended a bigger propane tank. I said I couldn't lift anything bigger than 7 gallons. People recommended a stationary tank with fill-up service. I balked at the added cost of delivery plus the added cost of maintaining the dirt road so that a propane truck could get down it. I was resigned to continue my monthly propane chore until I could fix up the mobile home, buy a regular fridge and sell the RV.
The last time I got my propane bottle filled was approximately a month ago. I have been watching the green light on the fridge because when it turns red it means I need to switch to a full propane bottle quickly or else my ice cream will melt (we can't allow that!). Yesterday I went outside to check the bottles. I thought maybe I left both bottles open because I hadn't run out of gas yet. One bottle was full, the other nearly full. I was perplexed. I went back inside and looked at the fridge. It was set on electric! The last time I got propane I must have forgotten to push the gas button to switch it over. I checked the fridge temp...40 degrees plus or minus. Yea! My fridge fixed itself! I am so happy! Perhaps it was just vapor lock after all or maybe it didn't like working so hard in the summer. I am very glad it is working now and I hope it continues to work. I was already thinking about the discount I would have to give for a propane-only fridge when I sell the RV. Hopefully it will hang on for a few more years. This also means that my annoying propane fill-up chore only has to be done twice a year because I only use it for the stove top. One less chore, what a nice surprise.
Oh and another nice surprise was my electric bill for last month...$36.99. Nice and low. I will enjoy it while I can. Air conditioning season is right around the corner.