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Old 07-19-2012, 10:20 PM   #1
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Is my refrigerator working correctly??

Have a 2013 Rockwood Windjammer 26 foot trailer. This is our first RV trip and the refrigerator stops cooling once disconnected from the RV 110 volt hookup. Our refrigerator stops cooling when we tow the trailer. The refrigerator is a Norcold unit that says it can operate from electricity or propane gas. I keep the refrigerator control switch in its "auto" power on setting (runs on electricity or switches propane when no electricity.)

The Rockwood manual is not clear (to me) about refrigerator operations while towing the trailer. I THINK the manual says the refrigerator will operate using the trailer's 12 volt battery power. I also thought 12 volt power from the brake cable connected to my pickup truck would keep the trailer's 12 volt battery charged while the truck's engine is operating and also keep the refrigerator operating while we tow. Should we keep the propane valve open so the refrigerator can operate from the gas while we motor down the road?

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Old 07-19-2012, 10:27 PM   #2
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The refrigerator needs either 110v or 12v & propane. I keep my propane on all the time and the fridge too. When on auto mode, if you unplug from 110 and the fridge goes into trouble (not working on propane), try lighting a burner in the stove for 30 seconds or so and then retry the fridge. Sometimes the line needs bled a little.
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Have a 2013 Rockwood Windjammer 26 foot trailer. This is our first RV trip and the refrigerator stops cooling once disconnected from the RV 110 volt hookup. Our refrigerator stops cooling when we tow the trailer. The refrigerator is a Norcold unit that says it can operate from electricity or propane gas. I keep the refrigerator control switch in its "auto" power on setting (runs on electricity or switches propane when no electricity.)

The Rockwood manual is not clear (to me) about refrigerator operations while towing the trailer. I THINK the manual says the refrigerator will operate using the trailer's 12 volt battery power. I also thought 12 volt power from the brake cable connected to my pickup truck would keep the trailer's 12 volt battery charged while the truck's engine is operating and also keep the refrigerator operating while we tow. Should we keep the propane valve open so the refrigerator can operate from the gas while we motor down the road?

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It's propane or 120v. The refrigerators do not run on 12v DC.
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Funky,

Is it safe to tow with the propane valve open so the refrigerator stays cold? Otherwise we dump all the food in our refrigerator when we start traveling to next place. Please don't laugh at my questions - I am a baby RVer.
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You need to make sure your gas bottle(s) valves are open, (tanks are filled right?) and check your fridge before leaving home by disconnecting shore power (or throw the main breaker) and make sure the fridge switches to gas. Please don't take offense at the question about the bottles being filled... I have been there and done that. And yes, towing with the gas bottle valve open is normal.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:52 PM   #6
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Yes. Run with the gas open on both tanks.

There are no stupid questions here. Stupid answers.... maybe.
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Hey Beanoil,

Thanks for setting this newbie straight!

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Old 07-19-2012, 10:55 PM   #8
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Yes. Run with the gas open on both tanks.

There are no stupid questions here. Stupid answers.... maybe.
Thanks Funky!! This is a big learning curve for a city slicker starting out with no idea what is right or wrong.

Thanks!!

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Our shore power coming into the trailer on our 233S is right there below the fridge. You can here that gas kick on as soon as you disconnect. Even if I'm near a breaker at the campsite and disconnecting that end, I can usually hear the gas fire. I'm guessing you either need to turn the valve on or bleed the lines good from the stove.

No worries about asking all kinds of questions. We all had to learn sometime too!
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...No worries about asking all kinds of questions. We all had to learn sometime too!
And some lessons were quite costly for some of us.
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