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Old 10-04-2012, 10:29 PM   #11
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sounds like you got a pretty poor PDI, if you thought the vehicle would recharge the battery in a short time and that the fridge should be cool in a hour.

is this a new trailer?

suggest you slow down and do some driveway camping before taking off.
get familiar with the RV systems and make sure everything works.

unless you have a tow vehicle with mods to the wiring, it will only trickle charge the battery at best.

and most of us, plug in the trailer the day before, set the fridge on auto and wait at least 12 hours for fridge and freezer to cool. freezer usually cools quicker since it's smaller. remember, it cools by absorption, not by a compressor, which is how your home fridge cools.
then we put the fridge on propane for the drive to the campsite.

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Old 10-05-2012, 06:23 AM   #12
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The PDI was mediocre, I bought it used from PPL in Houston, they do the PDI before you get there, plug them in the day before you arrive so the fridge and air are ginning real good, then they go through it with you when you get there, they explained the gas mode, probably showed me how it worked, but if it was plugged in and switched back to auto mode before it lit it would have reverted to shore power anyway, I don't think they were hiding anything, but it was a pretty quick walk through show and tell. I've been exploring everything on my own, so far this is the only issue I haven't been able to figure out on my own, through this forum I have had all of my questions answered, emailed FR several times, they are not very helpful in my opinion, seems like they have a boilerplate response...."contact your nearest FR dealer".... "______ makes those, contact them".

I keep the unit in storage so I don't have the luxury to plug it in very much ahead of time.

Like my wife says...... "in the next house"..... that list is growing, large lot, 3 car garage and now enough driveway to keep the trailer at our residence....add a a power outlet close to that spot.

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Old 10-22-2012, 12:37 PM   #13
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The fridge works, I don't think the battery had enough to fire it, I was leaving the battery hooked up while in storage for a week, I decided to unhook it last time I put it up, started everything when I got there and could tell it was working by the time I got home to load, about 15 minutes.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:47 PM   #14
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Lots of good info already presented here, but here is another thought. Is your fridge in a slide room??

Ours is and it worked great during the PDI, but after the first trip the the check light was on....Turned out that the gas line pinched when the slide was in due to a routing problem. A quick fix once we knew what was going on. Works everytime since then.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:54 PM   #15
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My fridge is the second gas appliance in the line from the tanks to the stove. Mine is piped water heater, fridge, furnace, then stove. When I change tanks, or let system sit for more than a month without the gas on, I have to turn the stove on, and get a good flame, purging "old" gas or any air in the system, before either my fridge or furnace will fire properly

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