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Old 09-03-2016, 09:59 AM   #1
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Fridge - Propane+ 12 VDC vs. shore power

We were camping this last month and had problems with fridge not cooling when on propane and 12 VDC but got home and hooked up to shore power and fridge works like a champ. What is the problem? When camping the time before this last time the fridge worked fine on propane and 12 vdc.
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Old 09-03-2016, 10:02 AM   #2
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1. out of propane?
2. propane not flowing? (Can you light stove top burners?)
3. battery voltage low?
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Out of level?
How long has it been on?



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Old 09-05-2016, 06:41 AM   #4
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Propane full, stove lights and battery voltage good. We camped all of August and believe camper was level. Back home and plugged in now fridge works. Maybe I should try the propane and battery again?
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What model fridge? I have the identical problem with my RM 2193.
No DC, no propane (although there is a flame), but works like a champ on AC.
But the differences between the models is a big factor. Some have electronic circuit boards, some like mine have just a control board that is basically all mechanical.

Model number on mine was inside.
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Old 09-05-2016, 07:13 AM   #6
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Yes - try it at home! On all my trailers I could hear the flame when the refer was on propane and the burner was doing it's thing.
Turn yours on LP (or auto and unplug the trailer) and see what it does.
You should hear sparking and then the faint flutter of the flame burning.
Give it a day and see what the results are.
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Once a year before the first long camping trip I pull the jet and clean it with carb cleaner and blow it with air. You can really hear the flame then and the fridge cools like a champ.
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Not sure of the reason, but my fridge also runs better on 120Vac than propane.
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Old 09-05-2016, 01:27 PM   #9
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Is your flame a healthy blue, and not yellow? If so,,,,,you could possibly have something as minor as a bug or spiderweb in the venturi blocking air mixture. You could benefit from checking that you have 11 inches water column pressure coming out of the valve to the burner. Any service tech should have a pressure tester,,,,,I do.
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We were camping this last month and had problems with fridge not cooling when on propane and 12 VDC but got home and hooked up to shore power and fridge works like a champ. What is the problem? When camping the time before this last time the fridge worked fine on propane and 12 vdc.
Were you above 6000 feet camping ?

12v will "maintain" but not really "make" things cold.
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