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Old 05-05-2012, 12:35 AM   #11
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Yes !
I'm sure its something simple.
If you don't have a volt ohm meter its time to get one to keep in camper!
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:04 AM   #12
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I am currently running on electric. I have no power to the frig. Button for w/h on. No warm water(has been on for hours). I just can't think of any thing else that I haven't checked.
Trying not to let it ruin a beautiful wkend here in IA
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What brand of fridge do you have (Dometic or Norcold)? What brand W/H
(surburban or Atwood)? Are there any lights lit on the control panel above the fridge? Do you know if the W/H has been taken off of bypass mode (winterized mode)?
If you go outside and just crack open the W/H "blow off" valve, is the water hot (be carefull, it could be 180 degrees)? If so, then it sounds like the outlet valve on the W/H is still closed and it is probably still in bypass (winterized) mode. Also, (bad news) if the W/H was turned on without water in it, the the heating element is most likely burned out (this takes only seconds). But, you can still use the W/H on propane until you get the elemant replaced.
Now the fridge is another problem. If it's a Dometic and there are no lights on the control panel then it sounds like the thermo couple switch has been tripped. If that's the case, it WON'T run on propane either. On the outside of the TT behind the panel for the fridge, check the 110 volt outlet that the fridge is plugged into for power. If you look on the right side, there should be a piece of sheet metal shield protecting the "chimney" for the propane burner part of the fridge. If you take that shield off, there should be a small round disk looking switch riveted or screwed to the chimney. The switch is resettable by pushing the button in the center however, should be replaced since it has been weakened and will possibly trip easier in the future.
P.S. If this switch is tripped, it shuts down ALL power, 110 volt AC and 12 volt necessary to operate the propane igniter and gas valve.

Let us know what you discover and good luck.
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:05 AM   #13
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Go outside open the Water heater door. There may be a small switch in there... (there is on mine). For fridge check your fuses etc... Most RV era are friendly folk... Might ask around the camp ground for someone to help ya... I can always spot the guy who has been Rving for a while.

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Old 05-05-2012, 09:17 AM   #14
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What brand of fridge do you have (Dometic or Norcold)? What brand W/H
(surburban or Atwood)? Are there any lights lit on the control panel above the fridge? Do you know if the W/H has been taken off of bypass mode (winterized mode)?
If you go outside and just crack open the W/H "blow off" valve, is the water hot (be carefull, it could be 180 degrees)? If so, then it sounds like the outlet valve on the W/H is still closed and it is probably still in bypass (winterized) mode. Also, (bad news) if the W/H was turned on without water in it, the the heating element is most likely burned out (this takes only seconds). But, you can still use the W/H on propane until you get the elemant replaced.
Now the fridge is another problem. If it's a Dometic and there are no lights on the control panel then it sounds like the thermo couple switch has been tripped. If that's the case, it WON'T run on propane either. On the outside of the TT behind the panel for the fridge, check the 110 volt outlet that the fridge is plugged into for power. If you look on the right side, there should be a piece of sheet metal shield protecting the "chimney" for the propane burner part of the fridge. If you take that shield off, there should be a small round disk looking switch riveted or screwed to the chimney. The switch is resettable by pushing the button in the center however, should be replaced since it has been weakened and will possibly trip easier in the future.
P.S. If this switch is tripped, it shuts down ALL power, 110 volt AC and 12 volt necessary to operate the propane igniter and gas valve.

Let us know what you discover and good luck.
Hey that worked!!!! The switch was tripped. Water heater working also
Thanks-you saved me some repair money. Drinks/meals on me if we ever meet
I appreciate it. Now to enjoy the weekend!
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:26 AM   #15
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