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Old 07-20-2014, 04:10 PM   #41
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All things being equal, plugging into a 120 volt source is all you need to run the fridge.

However, nothing ever is that simple.

As stated previously, in order for shore power to run the fridge there has to be a solid 12 volts of DC power available.

Normally, the converter will supply that 12 volt control voltage. If the converter is (broken/disconnected/just not getting to the camper due to an open fuse), the battery should supply the 12 volt control power until it is dead (or too low).

If the battery is dead (voltage below 11 volts), even if you FIX the converter, it may not turn on. There is circuitry in the converter to prevent you from powering up a "shorted" or "dead" battery.

That is why you ALWAYS disconnect the battery to troubleshoot the converter.
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Old 07-20-2014, 05:31 PM   #42
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Just for info, the buttons in the freezer compartment will chill hours before the fridge coils.


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Old 07-20-2014, 06:44 PM   #43
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Thanks everyone! I'll let y'all know what I find out after my next trip to the trailer.


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Old 07-20-2014, 07:50 PM   #44
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If you find that it is bad and you are out of warranty, I have a 55 amp WFCO sitting in my garage. You pay the shipping and it's yours. I went to Progressive and changed it out. It's about 6 mos old works fine, just wouldn't ever drop down to 13.2 float, from reading parasites all the time. The progressive will not do that. Just send me a PM or something. Hope you get it figured out......
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Old 07-24-2014, 12:05 AM   #45
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Checked the 40 amp fuses in the converter and they were good. Also noticed the microwave was dead so I took the trailer in for service on Monday. Dealer said they can look at it by the end of the week. I'll let y'all know what they find.


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Old 07-24-2014, 07:22 AM   #46
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Checked the 40 amp fuses in the converter and they were good. Also noticed the microwave was dead so I took the trailer in for service on Monday. Dealer said they can look at it by the end of the week. I'll let y'all know what they find.


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Would have been nice to know you had other 120 volt issues besides the converter. The good news is the "fix" could be as simple as a loose wire at the power center's circuit breakers.
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:17 AM   #47
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I wish I would've caught it sooner too but I didn't notice the microwave was dead until this past Monday when I was doing further troubleshooting. When I noticed it was dead I stopped what I was doing, called the dealer and dropped it off.


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Old 07-24-2014, 07:38 PM   #48
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Well hopefully it's nothing too major and they can get you back on the road again soon enough. With microwave not working too I'm at a total loss.

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Old 07-24-2014, 07:42 PM   #49
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Yeah, I'm totally frustrated at this point. I'm hoping they're not going to have it for weeks like most dealers have been telling me, but then again I know it's that time of the year where service departments are the busiest. I was hoping to take a trip in August but I'm not holding my breath now.
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Just wanted to give a quick update.
Got word today from the dealer that the converter is bad and so is the microwave. They're waiting on a response from Forest River's warranty department before they can move forward. Hopefully that doesn't take too long and hopefully the replacement parts won't take too long to get.
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