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Old 10-28-2015, 10:45 PM   #61
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Have always experienced difficulty changing fridge mode from one power source to another. Alarm goes off, then have to shut off for a few seconds then power on and select source.

Interesting to hear Carl's experience of better cooling with 12V under tow. Tried that twice during same trip last June. First time got a fast drain; second time worked great. Will try 12V again in future when sun more overhead.
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Old 10-28-2015, 10:45 PM   #62
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Might check the battery connections

Ellen,

One other thing you might check is making sure the battery connections are tight. we had one loose connection when we picked up our 21, which resulted in some low readings and excess light flickering. Once I tightened the nut on the terminal, everything became much better.
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Ellen,

One other thing you might check is making sure the battery connections are tight.

Excellent advice.
Tight and clean.
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Old 10-29-2015, 08:05 AM   #65
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Ellen,
My suggestion is that if someone does not come with a generator, check to see if the camp host has 120v to get a charge.
If not, take the trailer to town and use a gas station or anywhere you can find to get an hour's worth of 120v. The 120v will use your onboard converter to charge you batteries ten times faster than any sunny day. It will be hard to try everyone's suggestions if your batteries are low.

A one hour charge at 120v should last you for days even without much help from solar. Only time I run fridge on 12v is while driving on a sunny day--and even then I switch back to propane in early afternoon to let the sun fully charge batteries by sunset.

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Old 10-29-2015, 10:01 AM   #66
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Not sure why you think one hour's charge on the WFCO converter will be ten times faster than the solar charger would. My experience with dual 6'V running low after four days off grid with no solar was that it took about two days to get them charged back up.

We had our single Group 29 12V go to 50% recently(on systems display) and down to 11.4 on solar display yet when the sun came out it took about 2-3 hours to fully charge.
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:08 AM   #67
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What size refrigerator do you have in your 17B TT ? The 3 cu ft refer is reported to have adequate cooling ability. The 4.3 refer does not cool adequately even with extensive mods. Helpful suggestions related to the refer should be based on the refer size. Welcome to the world of absorption refer's some of which are rated SN (subnormal).ETI could substitute the Dometic Americana RM 2454 used by Oliver trailers during the build of 19 and 17 trailers. Basically the same size. It will fit through the door!!!!!
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:32 AM   #68
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I think if you do not have 120 volt or a generator available I would see if I could hook up jumper cables from the TV to your batteries (May be difficult or impossible with a fifth wheel). You will get more amps into your batteries with that setup than plugging it in to the vehicle plug. Then let your TV run for several hours at 1500 RPM. This is a Handyman Bob tip. There is more voltage drop using the wires in the vehicle. Just a thought.
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:17 AM   #70
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It would make sense that if the batteries are dead the fridge electronics won't work to turn the fridge on.
It should take about 5 hours of shore power to bring the batteries up to around 90%
Why are the batteries not charging is the question.
Is the 12volt connection from the tow vehicle working?
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