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Old 07-14-2016, 02:20 PM   #1
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1st trip out... Fridge won't operate on gas

Tuesday was our first trip out since picking up the trailer in Calgary last August. I don't think we fired up the fridge on gas even returning home from Calgary. It was always on shore power or 12 volt. Anyway, When we got to the campsite I turned on the gas at the bottles fired up the stove elements, then tried the fridge and got the blinking red alert sign as well and the blinking green light to indicate startup with gas failed. Instructions say fire up other gas appliances as there could be a air lock. So I fired up the hot water tank and even "tested" the furnace. Tried the fridge again, but still the blinking alert LED's. Guess I have to take it to a RV center to have them check the fridge. Or... does anybody have any other suggestions? We had shore power so it didn't spoil our experience.

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Old 07-14-2016, 02:42 PM   #2
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Make sure the door is closed securely. Not familiar with what model the 17 is currently using, you might mention that. Open the outside access door and check that it is attempting to ignite, there should be a loud clicking as the piezo lighter fires. Is the control panel lighting up? Can you switch to 12 volt for a quick check to see it is working as such?

After doing the above, provide more details so others can add.
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Try it a couple more times. It doesn't use much gas and there may still be air in the lines.

Remove the outside cover and listen for the igniter clicking/sparking while someone else turns it on. Open the burner covers and be sure the gas orifice and combustion area are clean and clear. Check/reposition the igniter gap.
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If you're new to this... Checking all appliances on gas is one of the mental checklist items I do a few days before we travel. 2 or 3 days ahead gives me time to fix something if needed.
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Try it a couple more times. It doesn't use much gas and there may still be air in the lines.
I agree. Running the other appliances ensures that the lines are full of propane (and not air), except for the final bit of line which runs only to the refrigerator - that's from under the floor to the control valve on the refrigerator. It could take a few tries to flush out that part.
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Tuesday was our first trip out since picking up the trailer in Calgary last August. I don't think we fired up the fridge on gas even returning home from Calgary. It was always on shore power or 12 volt. Anyway, When we got to the campsite I turned on the gas at the bottles fired up the stove elements, then tried the fridge and got the blinking red alert sign as well and the blinking green light to indicate startup with gas failed. Instructions say fire up other gas appliances as there could be a air lock. So I fired up the hot water tank and even "tested" the furnace. Tried the fridge again, but still the blinking alert LED's. Guess I have to take it to a RV center to have them check the fridge. Or... does anybody have any other suggestions? We had shore power so it didn't spoil our experience.

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Hi: fbalexander... Could be that the igniter points are mis-aligned.
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Tuesday was our first trip out since picking up the trailer in Calgary last August. I don't think we fired up the fridge on gas even returning home from Calgary. It was always on shore power or 12 volt. Anyway, When we got to the campsite I turned on the gas at the bottles fired up the stove elements, then tried the fridge and got the blinking red alert sign as well and the blinking green light to indicate startup with gas failed. Instructions say fire up other gas appliances as there could be a air lock. So I fired up the hot water tank and even "tested" the furnace. Tried the fridge again, but still the blinking alert LED's. Guess I have to take it to a RV center to have them check the fridge. Or... does anybody have any other suggestions? We had shore power so it didn't spoil our experience.

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You might need to push the reset button on far right and then try again.
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I once had a mess of spider web on the burner. I heard that spiders and other critters like the smell of propane.
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Old 07-14-2016, 09:45 PM   #10
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I agree. Running the other appliances ensures that the lines are full of propane (and not air), except for the final bit of line which runs only to the refrigerator - that's from under the floor to the control valve on the refrigerator. It could take a few tries to flush out that part.

Over the three days of camping I tried several times but all I got were the same LED's lighting up.

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