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Old 05-09-2015, 09:02 AM   #21
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My understanding is that you still get a charge to the batteries, even with the battery disconnect in the down position
That is what happens with my 17B.
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:11 AM   #22
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With the battery switch off, only the solar is going to the batteries, nothing else. This assumes you are not connected to 120v. The purpose of the battery switch is to disconnect the batteries from any phantom drain while in storage. If you do not have solar then you will not have any charge going to the battery with the switch off. Thus it is important to leave the switch on.
What I'm not sure is if you turn the switch to off, does it disconnect any drain from your tow vehicle, if left hooked up? Someone may have to test that scenario.
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:38 AM   #23
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Just a thought: When I was having trouble getting my frig propane to light, it turned out that the igniter was touching something and not getting a good spark. I bent it back a tad and problem solved.
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:33 AM   #24
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Quick question in this discussion. My new 21 has twin 6 volt batteries with the new 150 watt Samplex solar panel and controller set up as well as the 1500 watt inverter. If the 21 is not hooked up to shore power and the battery disconnect is turned off, does the solar panel still provide charge to the batteries? Thank you in advance!

Your batteries will still charge from the solar system with the battery disconnect switch engaged. It just turns off 12v output.
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:36 AM   #25
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Just a thought: When I was having trouble getting my frig propane to light, it turned out that the igniter was touching something and not getting a good spark. I bent it back a tad and problem solved.

Yes, the piezo being out of position can cause an ignition issue. But, the issue here was getting the fridge control panel to turn on at all.
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Old 05-09-2015, 01:41 PM   #26
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My switch was on . I've never turned it off.
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Old 05-09-2015, 02:00 PM   #27
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My switch was on . I've never turned it off.
So it's working now but the battery disconnect wasn't on. Could have been a short, but based on your previous description of the problem, I would suspect that the batteries were low, because the control panel lights flickered then turned off. Later, it powered on.

If it happens again, I'd check the DC connections on the back of the fridge. It's really easy to use a cheap voltmeter to determine if there is DC power. If there isn't any, I would suspect a blown fuse or a dicey connection. If there is low voltage, I would suspect the batteries are low.

Anyway, glad you're up and running.
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Old 05-09-2015, 02:12 PM   #28
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Can I get some clarification about the need to turn the battery switch on when connected to shore power in order to supply 12v to the refrigerator?
The need is just to get 12V power to the refrigerator. The switch would need to be on if that power is coming from the battery.
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Isn't that what the converter does?
Yes, the converter produces 12V - instead of using power from the battery - when shore power is available.

Should you need to turn the battery disconnect switch on so that 12V power gets from the converter to the refrigerator? Not if the switch is just a battery disconnect, but it depends on the details of just where that switch is in the electrical system.

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The purpose of the battery switch is to disconnect the batteries from any phantom drain while in storage.
Absolutely. If anything is to be operated on 12 volts, that's not normally the time to use the disconnect switch.
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Thus it is important to leave the switch on.
I agree. Whether it is needed for the refrigerator or not, the battery disconnect switch should be on when you have shore power so the battery gets charged.
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Old 05-09-2015, 02:14 PM   #29
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A question for you Fox Hunt, is Lark stored under cover or in the shade? If so it's possible the solar panels aren't getting enough sun light to keep your batteries charged up enough to get things going and plugging in Lark gave them the life they needed.
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:42 PM   #30
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What is the pietso. We are camping at golden ears and our fridge won't ignite. It tries but then we get a warning light. Our trailer is 2 days old and a 2015 propane tanks are both full. Help!!!!!
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