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Old 07-21-2015, 05:46 PM   #31
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No way that buss block and fuse can be re-routed to back where it's accessible through the outside panel? Almost defeats the purpose of having an outside access point, except maybe for the propane connection.
The buss/junction block is adhered to the top of fridge and would be a pain to relocate and rewire. I will add an additional fuse where the batt pos wire was joined with a butt crimp terminal in the lower access point.
From the pictures it appears that the 4.3 fridge with the single fan location is below the absorption coil. The fridge with two fans location is below the condenser. I wonder which location is more effective.
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Old 07-21-2015, 06:07 PM   #32
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I got lucky on that part, I managed to get it back on intact. I cheated, I took out some of the little staples, leaving only ones at the ends and one in the center and managed to get them back in the original holes.

Also, when I went to push the fridge back in the opening there was no way it would go back in it was so tight. I had to trim the opening a bit. Ah, this fridge has been a learning curve.

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Mine was so tight I had to put a length of 1x3 against the fridge's bottom corners on the outside and beat it with a hand sledge just to get to come lose. After much more such "persuasion," I was able to wrestleit free from the inside. And like you, I had to do a little hand planning to get it back in. I did the same as you re-aligning the staples into their original holes. But since they wouldn't stay put, I "tapped" them with the butt end of a small hammer. Considering I spent a day and a half working on this and it fought me the whole way, I probably got a little too enthusiastic with the hammer. But I did learn a good lesson on how soft that trim really is.
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Old 07-21-2015, 06:14 PM   #33
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Mine was so tight I had to put a length of 1x3 against the fridge's bottom corners on the outside and beat it with a hand sledge just to get to come lose. After much more such "persuasion," I was able to wrestleit free from the inside. And like you, I had to do a little hand planning to get it back in. I did the same as you re-aligning the staples into their original holes. But since they wouldn't stay put, I "tapped" them with the butt end of a small hammer. Considering I spent a day and a half working on this and it fought me the whole way, I probably got a little too enthusiastic with the hammer. But I did learn a good lesson on how soft that trim really is.
Aren't you glad you bought a new trailer so you wouldn't have to fix up an old one. Glad, sort of, that I wasn't the only one to have to adjust the opening size to get the fridge back in. Happy though that the mods seem to be working and were worth the effort.

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Old 07-21-2015, 06:28 PM   #34
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Aren't you glad you bought a new trailer so you wouldn't have to fix up an old one. Glad, sort of, that I wasn't the only one to have to adjust the opening size to get the fridge back in. Happy though that the mods seem to be working and were worth the effort.

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Me too (fingers crossed).
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Old 07-21-2015, 11:06 PM   #35
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So I got my work done and the fridge is slid safely back in place. Now the testing begins. I am plugged into shore power, I set the fridge to 5 dots. It is Monday.

At 1 pm the fridge reads 59 degrees F and it's 87 in the trailer. At 5 PM the fridge is at 40 degrees F, trailer is 88 degrees. BUT... the shore power red light is now blinking!!! I re-set the power and use the same settings, 5 dots, shore power. No blinking. I come back later that night at 8:30 PM and the red blinking has resumed. No clue what's happening here. I switch to propane, 3 dots, for the night.
Next morning (on propane) fridge at 6 AM reads 25 degrees F, trailer at 58 degrees, so the problem has somehow to do with the wiring to shore power, I assume.

All through today I'm messing with extension cords and GFI's etc, all them are good... but a continuing pattern has emerged: When I reset the power by shutting the fridge down then restarting it on shore power the light panel seems to be back to normal. But I come back to check an hour and a half later and the fridge is blinking red again!

Tomorrow I disconnect and pull the unit out and begin a blind-man's search for answers. What have I done! (??)
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Old 07-21-2015, 11:40 PM   #36
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So I got my work done and the fridge is slid safely back in place. Now the testing begins. I am plugged into shore power, I set the fridge to 5 dots. It is Monday.

At 1 pm the fridge reads 59 degrees F and it's 87 in the trailer. At 5 PM the fridge is at 40 degrees F, trailer is 88 degrees. BUT... the shore power red light is now blinking!!! I re-set the power and use the same settings, 5 dots, shore power. No blinking. I come back later that night at 8:30 PM and the red blinking has resumed. No clue what's happening here. I switch to propane, 3 dots, for the night.
Next morning (on propane) fridge at 6 AM reads 25 degrees F, trailer at 58 degrees, so the problem has somehow to do with the wiring to shore power, I assume.

All through today I'm messing with extension cords and GFI's etc, all them are good... but a continuing pattern has emerged: When I reset the power by shutting the fridge down then restarting it on shore power the light panel seems to be back to normal. But I come back to check an hour and a half later and the fridge is blinking red again!

Tomorrow I disconnect and pull the unit out and begin a blind-man's search for answers. What have I done! (??)
Myron, how are your batteries?
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Old 07-22-2015, 07:48 AM   #37
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Myron. You did plug the 115 volt plug back in correct? Make sure its tight and and plugged in good to the 115 outlet.
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Old 07-22-2015, 08:10 AM   #38
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I'd call Reace. If anyone knows these systems, it'd be him. If anything, he could help you narrow it down. Like you said, at this point you're working "blind." He could at least give you a pair of glasses to try on.
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The 115 does not have to be plugged into the trailer outlet. Before you pull the fridge I would just plug the fridge 115 plug straight in known good power supply without GFI's or extension cord connections. Something might be overheating.
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Shore power red light blinking

Myron, I am confused. When you say the red light is blinking, do you mean the surge protector / EMS? Is there another red light on the fridge?

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