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Old 03-23-2014, 06:40 PM   #1
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Putting fridge on shore power

Please have mercy on a newbie. I'm not an RV-er type person, in as much as I'm not very handy and driving big things makes me nervous. That said, my kids are obsessed, so I hooked up with a used 2010 Rockwood freedom 2010 232XR.

It's a nice unit, but I can't seem to get the fridge working. I'm on shore power, lights and outlets working. Probably an obvious question .. I'd spend more time searching but I'm time crunched, as I'm on a trip with kids right now.

Any help appreciated -- either straight info or links.


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Old 03-23-2014, 06:44 PM   #2
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is switch on fridge on "auto" and not "gas"?

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Old 03-23-2014, 06:45 PM   #3
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Can you tell us what kind and model the refrigerator is or maybe a picture?
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:52 PM   #4
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Possibly a silly question pjc, but when you bought the unit did the refrigerator work? (i.e., did you test it out and confirm it cooled?)
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Old 03-24-2014, 03:04 AM   #6
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Can you tell us what kind and model the refrigerator is or maybe a picture?
It's a Dometic.

I'm fairly confident it worked when I bought it due to the reputation of the aler. (I know, famous last words... but due to unusual circumstances on my end I had to move fast).

I've been looking around for some switch like the one Idaho Ford posted but can't find it.

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the OP has a popup, so it should have a 3-way fridge, not a 2-way fridge like most of us have.
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:19 AM   #8
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Your controls are on the outside of the trailer behind the vent panel. There should be a knob and ignitor button for the gas, a red switch for 12V, and a green switch for 110V. Don't run the battery unless you're hooked up to the tow vehicle and don't switch on more than one source at a time. It does take quite a while to cool those down, so pre-cool them before you leave.

This is the one out of my old 2280BH. Probably the same one.

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Since you are new, be aware there is no compressor, so it will not make any noise when it is running. Also know, these refrigerators have no internal fan (they make battery powered units you can put inside), so when you open it, it never really feels cold inside. But, rest assured, that if it is working well, that fridge will freeze the eggs when running on propane! Do a google search for Ammonia absorption refrigerator and you will get more info than you can process, LOL.

FYI, manuals should be available if you look online.
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aha!!! I think it is working now. It doesn't feel cold inside the fridge yet, but heat is now venting out the back panel near the fridge control panel.

What a great forum. Thanks guys. I might have more stupid questions to post in the future but for now I have all the important features running

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