Originally Posted by rockfordroo
That's strange that the light would have a heavier wire, but I'm not surprised by anything these RV guys do.
I found the pic of the switch I was looking for. I don't know that every fridge with a switch has it here, but this is where it is on this guys fridge.
Hey-that looks like MY hand!!
Just to recap and maybe avoid confusion.
If you have the switch to shut off the heater - it will be found in the
area of the pointing finger! That is a foto of my previous unit. Note- in my
case I found that after traveling on an extra bumpy stretch of highway the
switch would be moved to a sort of center position where it was ON! I guessed
the freezer door trim was bouncing just enough to contact the
rocker and move it.
We boondocked one time and found our batteries sucked nearly dead in 2
days because I'd forgotten to check the switch. I popped the switch out
and taped off one of the wires to prevent that from happening again.
The OTHER switch we've been discussing is the interior light switch.
If you DO have the heater and don't have the little rocker switch (as
shown by the pointing finger) you can pull the cover off your light switch
and snip the wire going to the heater to permanently disable the 12v heater.
I've done that on my current unit and as mentioned I believe it was the
skinny wire going to the heater and the fatter wire powered the light.
Go figure- I'm not sure if the wire gauge was actually larger or the insulation was just thicker....
Finally if you decide to do this little mod be sure and disconnect shore
and battery power or you'll likely wind up looking to replace one of the fuses on back side
of the fridge! Ask me how I know....
Plus my fridge had an incandescent bulb and it would get hot enough to burn you
in mere seconds so you don't want it on with the light cover off.