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Old 01-23-2014, 07:20 PM   #1
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fridge does not work in gas mode unless hooked to shore power or tow vehicle

I have a Rockwood 2604. I'm new to dry camping and have just realized that my fridge is not working when I put it into gas mode when I'm not hooked to shore power nor hooked to my tow vehicle. My assumption was that it would work off the onboard battery but this is not the case. I have operated the fridge on gas frequently but always while hooked to my truck or to shore power. While it is in gas mode during dry camping, it appears that it should be working since the check light does not come on. But on my first dry camp overnight I discovered that the fridge was not operating. My battery is fully charged. Is there some in line fuse in the battery wiring that might be at fault? I have no power at all to run anything if I"m not hooked to the truck. Is this how it is supposed to be? Do I need to purchase a 2nd battery? Help please!
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:26 PM   #2
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Do you have a storage disconnect switch? Is it in the disconnect position?
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:31 PM   #3
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yes I have a disconnect switch but it is not in disconnect position.
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:36 PM   #4
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Check for a blown 30A fuse on the positive line off the battery...could also be a 30A resettable circuit breaker.

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Old 01-23-2014, 11:14 PM   #5
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Dead battery, no battery, corroded battery terminals, or main battery wire into camper cut or pinched.
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Old 01-24-2014, 12:50 AM   #6
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Here is a link to a troubleshooting PDF manual for your unit. Hope this helps...
http://www.fourwheelcampers.com/NewD...atorManual.pdf
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:09 AM   #7
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OK, this one is interesting because it works fine on gas when plugged in. This means all electrical circuits to the fridge, sufficient propane, AND the fridge are fine.

As stated, 12.0 volts (minimum) is required to have enough voltage to open the gas solenoid and run appliances. (about 45% capacity remaining)

A low/dead battery is suspect (IMO) in this case. A battery with low voltage may still work the lights (dim), but have insufficient voltage to open the gas solenoid (which could be slightly corroded and have a bit of drag which would increase the voltage needed to move the slug).

Check the furnace - is there sufficient voltage to run the furnace on the battery? If so - replace the gas solenoid in the fridge.

If not, replace the battery with one of more good quality deep discharge type 12 volt batteries.
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:59 AM   #8
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Ok, so I can interpret your post in a few ways:

1) Only the fridge isn't running but you have 12v for other things, like lights.
2) You have no power, not even lights.

So, which was it? Just the fridge or all 12v is dead. If all, did you have power the night before (i.e. drain the battery?)
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:35 AM   #9
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I have no power at all to the trailer - no lights, nuthin. I've replaced the 30A fuse, pressed the reset button (multiple times) on the circuit breaker that the fuse is connected to and checked all the wiring for as far as I can see. everything looks fine, nothing appears corroded or pinched. The battery has a full charge and will run the lift jack with no problem. would changing the circuit breaker help? any other ideas?
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:45 AM   #10
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forgot to say that I have not had power in the trailer since I started this dry camping adventure 3 days ago. I am assuming that the battery is not the culprit since it will run the lift jack.
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