Originally Posted by Hannah
I am very new to this so this will be a very elementary question to most of you but I need help. I just returned from a 2 wk trip in my new Class C. Leaving again in 3 days so don't want to unload refridg/freezer.
Can't get the propane to come on. Read the manual and still didn't work. The dealer gave me a 30 amp to 20 amp converter plug. Can I plug my RV into my house current (with a grounded cord) and run just the refridgerator off of house power?
You can easily run the fridge off of your house current as long as you don't try to run the AC or microwave (without checking how much power you can actually pull without tripping breakers or damaging the house wiring).
The procedure I use to turn on the propane (some tanks like mine are sensitive to the emergency shutoff in the pigtail nut) is:
Make sure both are full (weight them if needed)
Turn OFF both tanks
Wait several minutes
Indicator should be RED
Select the tank opposite the one that has the shortest hose path to the tank.
Using the tank with the SHORTEST path (NOT the one selected)
SLOWLY crack the valve - I MEAN SLOOOOW - the first 1/4 turn is critical).
This should charge the line to the regulator and allow pressure to build up before you select the tank you just opened.
Slowly rotate the tank selector to the open tank
Indicator should go GREEN
Go inside and start ONE range burner
It can take several minutes to purge the air and replace it with gas before it can be started with a spark or match.
If the flame goes out or the burner is low on HIGH, the safety valve has tripped again and you need to start over - just even more slowly open the tank.
Once the burner is lit and in "HIGH" is blue and tall; open the other burners and light them as well; THEY should also be blue and tall.
Got to the closed tank and slowly open it. You should be able to keep the indicator green when you switch back and forth.
You have now purged your tanks and lines.
The fridge should then run on GAS when the "GAS" button is pressed.
When "AUTO" is on and shore power is available, it will not use GAS. It should "auto"matically switch to GAS should the power go out.
If there is no shore power and no gas; the "check" light will come on and alert you to melting ice cream.
Hope this helps.
PS - you still need 12 volts DC to run the fridge (GAS OR AC!).
It comes from the battery and converter on shore power and the battery alone when disconnected. Make sure you do not have your battery cut out switch engaged when not on shore power.