Lakes Entrance is hardly a tough place to do double time. It’s beautiful, there is plenty to do and see and the weather perfect.
The fridge saga continued with the flashing and clicking when we plugged it into power. No matter what we did we could not get it to calm. Being less than halfway through our trip we decided to seek help. After a few phone calls Greg located Wizard Appliances in Bairnsdale back 35km the way we had just come. It was late in the day so we arranged to take the van there first thing in the morning.
In the meantime, we had to work out what to do with our freezer full of meat and fridge full of supplies. The car fridge was turned into a freezer which we could run on 240 in the caravan and the other goodies we dutifully labelled and put in the camp kitchen fridge. We told the office we would be back even though our van would be gone. This so they would hold our site for us, and off we went next morning.
Of course, as happens so many times when you take something to
be fixed, it worked fine when Brad plugged it in to his 240v.
He fiddled around and tested lots of things, even dusted out all the dirt that had collected in the fittings and it all continued to behave. We paid him cash and off we went. Before we went too far Greg decided to pull over to see what happened when we stopped as it should try to light the gas. Away it went flashing and clicking like a mad man so we turned around and went back.
This time we were able to show Brad what was happening. It’s a 3way fridge and somehow it was getting its knickers in a knot when it was trying to determine which it should be selecting. The control panel turned out to be the problem with a couple of the circuits shorting. No worries … Brad had a replacement so he installed the new one. Nothing happened because there are 2 boards and they wouldn’t talk to each other. Eventually he rang Dometic only to find out that the boards in our fridge were made in Canada and they are now supplied from China so we would have
to get both boards new. These had to be ordered from Melbourne with an unknown arrival date. Marked ‘Express’ and ‘Urgent’ meant as early as 23hours or up to 5 days. Most likely 48hours. So, we had some time to kill.
Brad gave us a lone Engel fridge but funny thing was, when we got back and plugged the fridge in … just in case … it worked fine.
It’s a tough life fishing, winetasting, dining out, shopping, walking, sleeping in, catching up on some much-needed washing, chatting with the locals all in such a lovely location.
We constantly were being told by the locals ‘not to be fooled by the green appearance of the countryside as they were in a state of severe drought’. Hard to believe but when we were told places had been buying water in for several months, it was harder to discount.
Today we got the call that the parts had arrived so we’re off to Bairnsdale early tomorrow, then continuing on to Mallacoota.
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