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Old 03-31-2013, 04:04 PM   #31
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It's disappointing to have an electrical problem, especially on the maiden voyage. The refrigerator uses very little DC, and only for control power, since the heat source is either AC or propane (unless that has changed since our 19 was built in 2012). The water heater uses little or no DC, so neither of those appliances should have been a factor. The symptoms suggest either a battery fault or a wiring problem. I like Barry's suggestion of disconnecting the batteries and seeing if they will take a charge from a battery charger. If they won't, there is a fault in at least one of the batteries. If they do, it will probably be necessary to look for a short or ground in the camper wiring. Good luck.

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Old 03-31-2013, 05:47 PM   #32
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I considered getting a 3-way fridge in my 17B.
Reace advised me ( since I was getting hitch and wiring for my RAV4 ) that I would need a #10 ground enable enough power to reach the fridge while towing. He also advised that if I ran the fridge on DC while towing, no power would be left over for the battery.
I got the #10 ground installed for $25 extra since the installer had to buy the wire ( heavier than he would normally install ). And, then I ordered the 5 cu. ft. AC / propane instead of the 3-way.
Did you happen to check the condition of the batteries prior to heading for home? Might provide a clue if you did.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:53 AM   #33
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I have the three way dometic fridge--but never use the DC. because I am afraid I will forget to turn it off and wear down the batteries. I just leave the gas on. (see other threads on running the fridge on propane while driving). I wonder how many other folks don't use the DC option?

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Old 04-02-2013, 10:27 AM   #34
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I run my fridge on DC while traveling and have little problems. I charge the batteries using solar while camping so they only need to be charged for the little I used during the night. Last summer while driving through Nevada and Idaho, it was very hot and it didnít seem that the DC was able to keep up with the heat so I switched to gas. It seemed better but the fridge was in the high 40ís when we stopped at night. As a side, on outdoor digital thermometer works great to monitor the fridge temp from the car.
Some cars have an automatic cut-off so when the engine is not running, the car battery is disconnected. I did not hook my RAV4 up with one so I had to remember when I stopped that the fridge was on DC (but I never did figure out if it used the trailerís or car batteries). My new truck does cut-off so no problem.

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Old 04-02-2013, 01:15 PM   #35
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The DC option was useful when we were on Ferries up in the Puget sound. They won't let you use gas or run your generator on the boat..... They do draw down our dual six volt batteries quickly - in a little over two hours, the charge level was down to low sixty percent.

The refrigerators do have a heavy DC draw.
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:17 PM   #36
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Hi: All...As far as I know the battery in the trailer is only charged by the converter. That means when it's plugged into 110V. power ie: your house or campground. To make it charge from the tug battery you must have the proper wiring from the charging system of your tug thru the connector to the trailer battery. This is how I set up the system in our former Boler so the fridge would run 12V. under tow. The danger here is stopping for lunch or shopping you should shut the fridge off or run the risk of two dead batteries. Alf
escape artist N.S. of Lake Erie p.s. The only battery I really care about is in my Pace Maker. How will I know if it's dead

Made the mistake of leaving the fridge on 12V while picnicking once. Dead batteries are no fun.
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:51 PM   #37
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Shouldn't the refrigerator's own insulation keep food goods cold for 2 or 3 hours without power?
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:06 PM   #38
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I think the refrigerator's own insulation will keep the food cold in most cases. We took the ferry from Nova Scotia to PEI last August. We turned the propane off while we were waiting in line, and it turned out they loaded the RVs last, so the wait was about 30 minutes longer than we expected. Anyhow, when we got to PEI and were able to turn the fridge back on, the food was still cold. We had a fair amount of food in the fridge and freezer, so I am sure that helped to keep things cool. I have an Accurite fridge/freezer thermometer that records the low and high temperatures, and while I don't remember the exact numbers, I do know that I wasn't worried about food spoilage.
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:41 PM   #39
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A pint of ice-cream, hard frozen, in the freezer for four hours without power, was soft enough to scoop easily.
I easily go five hours with the fridge off.
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:39 PM   #40
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We travel with our fridge off and have the same experience as gbaglo. We also use a couple of those blue plastic frozen rectangle/cube things (?) to help the situation.
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