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Old 07-14-2016, 01:20 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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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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Old 07-14-2016, 02:01 PM   #3
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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, 08:45 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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You might need to push the reset button on far right and then try again.

This is the optional fridge on the 17. The only button I see on the right is the button to adjust how cold you want the fridge. Is the reset button at the back of the fridge?

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This is the optional fridge on the 17. The only button I see on the right is the button to adjust how cold you want the fridge. Is the reset button at the back of the fridge?

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Sorry, I don't know where I got the idea that you had the same fridge, as the 17' would be different --- think I only looked at the year. Since it is the first trip out, good chance as someone has mentioned that something is in the burner. I can only tell you to do what others have said and keep trying a few times after checking the burner. Hopefully, it is a minor matter to do with not having been used a while. I don't know if you have a reset button.
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Old 07-14-2016, 10:14 PM   #13
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We just got back from a trip to Yosemite and had the same problem. We e-mailed Escape and Reace said to push the "triangle" button on the unit--we couldn't find it! Does anyone know where it is?

But, when we put the fridge on battery and then selected the propane, the propane worked and we used propane the entire week. It was a work-around for us and we are pleased with the outcome. Now that we are home, we'll have more resources to figure out what is going on....
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Inside your fridge is a label. It will give the model number. If you post that, maybe somebody with the same fridge can help.
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We just got back from a trip to Yosemite and had the same problem. We e-mailed Escape and Reace said to push the "triangle" button on the unit--we couldn't find it! Does anyone know where it is?

But, when we put the fridge on battery and then selected the propane, the propane worked and we used propane the entire week. It was a work-around for us and we are pleased with the outcome. Now that we are home, we'll have more resources to figure out what is going on....
Ha, ha, ha, that is the reset button on ours which is inside on strip of buttons. I take it you do not have such a strip you use inside the refrigerator to operate it, as some of us do, far right for that button. So you may have a triangle someplace else. Or not!

P.S. I should not say reset "button" because it is merely a flat place on a strip that you push, just as for operating.
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Success! I think!

Just went out to the trailer again to try it. Took the cover off outside first then went in and pressed the buttons. Rushed outside to "hear" for the clicking. Clicking she was. Could not tell if it was lit so I took the screw out that holds the metal cover. On the second cycle, it seems to have lit. Going to leave it running for a few hours to see if the fridge cools more on propane than it did on 110.

This whole scenario begs the question (which I asked before) is it better to leave the propane bottles "on" or turn them "off" when the trailer is not in use. BUT... will I lose all my propane over time if I leave them on?!

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I have always had better luck with 120v than propane and if available I use 120v operation. Leaving your propane system "on" can run the risk of leaks if unattended. I use propane while towing and find that it is almost just as cold as with 120v.
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Leaving your propane system "on" can run the risk of leaks if unattended.
What leaks are you referring too? My guess was gas, but don't want to jump to conclusions. There is no more risk of gas leaking whether turned to gas or electric.
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Yes, propane leaks anywhere from the tanks to the appliance, was where I was referring to. There has to be some release other wise you would not have to reprime the lines each season..
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This whole scenario begs the question (which I asked before) is it better to leave the propane bottles "on" or turn them "off" when the trailer is not in use. BUT... will I lose all my propane over time if I leave them on?!
While it makes good sense to leave the tanks shut off when the trailer is unattended for a long time (that is, in storage), there is no reason to shut it off while you are camping - whether you are using anything propane-fueled or not. If propane is leaking out of the system, the loss of propane should be the least of your concerns... any leak needs to be fixed.
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