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Old 07-28-2012, 09:25 PM   #1
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Need help with 1st sunseeker

I just tbought a 2004 3100 LE Sunseeker. This is my first real rv. Got it used with no manuals so im learning everything.

First- how do i get my fridge to come on I pressed the on button with it plugged in and it didnt seem to get cold. The light above fridge near check light doesnt work either. How can I tell if it is working


Second- where is the panel box in the rig.
I was running AC and left it on for a could hours and it just shut off. Not sure why because it has been working fine but it was the first time I had plugged it in to my 30AMp plug at my house. not sure why it cut off because the breaker on the box was fine.

Third- Is it ok to leave the lp gas turned on. I have not tried the Hw heater or the fridge with the gas. Does the gas ignite itself??


Fianlly where can I find a manuals on line to learn more about this

THANKS in advance
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:35 PM   #2
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Make sure the fridge is plugged in. There should be removable panel on the outside of the camper. Remove that, and there should be receptacle with the fridge plugged into that.

The fridge can take up to 24 hours to cool down.

A model of your fridge posted here will help members help you with your problem. That should be posted on the left or right wall on the inside of your fridge.

Again, with the water heater, we would need a model number, and ideally a photo of the outside part of the water heater.

As far as the AC, 1st make sure the house breaker has not thrown. If that is OK, then there should be a power center, probably near the floor, and possible under the fridge. Check the breakers in that.

You can get many of the manuals needed by going to the appliance websites, finding your model, and downloading the operational instructions.
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:08 PM   #3
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Manuals and power

fmf421, welcome to the forum.
We need a bit of information to help you out.
What chassis do you have?
Ford E-350, E-450?
Chevrolet?

Power Center - I have a 2006 Sunseeker 3100 with the Ford E-450 chassis and the power center is in the back of the coach in the bedroom, below the right side of the bed. If it is there pull the cover down and you will see the circuit breakers and 12v fuses.

Just to make sure, did you happen to plug the cord into a 220v outlet? That has happened to a couple of people on the forum recently, with expensive results. Hope not.

LP gas, I turn mine off between trips and only turn on right before we leave. I don't want to lose any to a leak (none so far).

Don't try the water heater until you have filled and "burped" it by lifting the relief valve lever and letting it reseat. You can get to that by removing the outside cover from the water heater. Make sure the water heater is not bypassed, there might be a valve on the inlet line, make sure it is lined up to let water in.

Refrigerator - Look inside the door frame for the nameplate sticker. Like mtnguy said with a make and model you can use the google to locate most of the manuals. I posted a set for my 2006 the other day here and they might help:

2006 Brochure and some manuals for Sunseeker

Do you have a battery installed for the coach (not the chassis starting battery)? This would be in a separate compartment. You need good 12v either from the battery or the converter (need 110v to get that) for the fridge to operate on LP gas. Do you have a battery disconnect switch and is it turned on? Mine is located just inside the door at the base of the cabinet. Without 110v plugged in and the switch off I do not have 12v power to anything except the slideout.

Let us know and we'll try to help.

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Old 07-29-2012, 08:28 AM   #4
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AC issuse was a tripped breaker under bed. Any idea why it tripped. Only had ac on Med plugging into 30AMP. Nothing else was even on??

2004 Sunseeker 3100LE
E450 Chassis

Fridge is a Dometic Americana
HW heater not sure could not find name


thanks for the info. i will get the namw of the fridge and post later. I installed a 30AMP plug to my preaker box on my barn so It should be 200v.

I will try to play with this today some and post more questions.

(vasnipe)Yes there are 2 batt in compartment on pass rear of rig. I have on off key at steps on cabinet base when u come in. there are 2 aswitches there also. 1 is electric step and I have no idea what other one does. Please advise I anyone knows.

I will look for panel box later.

Also that water heater birping thing thats sound over my head. Step by step directions would be great when ever anyone has time and also what to do when your done with the trip to drain the water heater. Then I guess you would have to go throught the birping process again for next trip.

I will post more info later

Thanks have a good sunday!!
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You did mean to say 120 VAC from the barn correct? Not 200v as typed.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:11 PM   #6
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oops yea its supposed to say 120V
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Water heater fill and "burp"

OK, here we go with filling the water heater and "burping" it with the relief valve to ensure it is full.
1) Connect water hose to the coach. Do not turn on yet.

2) Locate your water heater, mine is under the galley sink.

1st photo #4096 is my water heater located under the galley sink.

3) Make sure the bypass valve (if installed) is aligned to let water into the water heater. (Normally used to bypass the water heater when winterizing the coach, but that's another topic).

2nd photo #4092 shows bypass valve aligned to let water into the water heater.

4) Turn the latch and line it up with the slot in the door, lift and remove the water heater cover/door and set aside nearby.

3rd photo #4074 is the water heater door with latch
4th photo #4077 is latch aligned and lifting door

5) Locate the relief valve, should be at the top. Lift the lever, it should latch open.

5th photo is water heater with door removed. #4079
6th photo #4080 shows lifting the handle
7th photo #4081 shows the handle lifted.
8th photo #4085 shows the anode rod partially removed and the tank dry.

6) I started with my water heater anode rod removed and the tank dry. Make sure the anode rod is installed (with a layer of teflon tape on the threads) and tightened "snug". My socket is a 1/2" drive 1 and 1/16th inch that I bought at Northern Tool. Do NOT overtighten or "gorilla" the rod, you might have a hard time removing it at a later date, as happened to another forum member earlier this spring.

9th photo #4086 is the 1 1/16" socket
10th photo #4089 is the rod installed and snugged in place.

7) Turn the water hose on and fill the water heater until water starts to come out of the relief valve. When that happens push on the valve lever and it should snap shut. Water will drip for a few seconds and then stop. That is normal. Your water heater is now full and ready for you to turn it on and heat water for dishes, showers, etc.

11th photo #4093 shows water coming out of relief valve.
12th photo #4101 shows water coming out of water heater from the anode rod.

Now, you have just returned from a trip or you're getting ready to winterize the coach and want to drain the water heater. Reverse the fill process.

1) Bypass the water heater
2) Remove the water heater door
3) Lift the relief valve lever
4) Loosen and remove the anode rod/plug. Stand to the side as you loosen and start to back it out so you won't get too wet. When the water stops draining put the rod loosely in a thread or two and close the relief valve.
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Water heater fill and "burp" photos 3.
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Hope this helps.
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wow thats great Thanks for the info. Im asuming the water heater will refill itself with the bypass valve open from the fresh water tank.

That helped out a bunch.

Can you go through the steps to get the LP fired up, havnt even tried it yet. Does it ignite itself? And what is the other switch at base of sink by entry step

Thanks again for help
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