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Old 04-08-2012, 10:02 AM   #11
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NO! You do NOT have to have an inverter to use an 18cf electric refrigerator.

The inverter is in the front of the 5th wheel, it has both 12V and 120V coming into it, and with the switch on the front of it, you decide which source you want it from. I worked in the power industry for over 4o years, and if you DON'T open your doors a refrigerator or freezer will stay cold up to 36 hours. So, in an RV I would say a few hours would be OK. With your gas/electric you have now, you will have a A/C plug for it to plug into, so you can just plug it into it. The amperage is about the same, so there is no worry there.


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Old 11-19-2012, 10:07 PM   #12
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Hoping someone can help. We have the 36RE with the 18cf fridge you speak of as well. We have been having problems with our batteries. (4-6volt). They are not getting fully charged. They are brand new. We do not quite understand the electrical system of the rig: inverter, converter and charger? We also have a wfco 9855 battery charger and it produces 13.6 volts. The switch you refer to on the inverter, when should it be on or off? When should we have the battery disconnect off? Why won't the batteries get fully charged when connected to shore power? Are we missing something or could the inverter or converter or charger be bad?
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:36 AM   #13
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I had the same problem with my batteries and it was because I didn't have the batteries hooked up right. The diagram that is inside the compartment wasn't right.
The inverter being turned off and the battery disconnect should only be done if your going to winterize it, or store the trailer. As far as some of the comments earlier on, I was told at the factory and also by the dealer that the factory does not install the 4 batteries, that the dealer does that. The 18cf electric is hands down the way to go. Ask anyone that's been RV much the gas and electric have been a lot of problems and have even caused a lot of fires. Another great part of the 18cf electric one is the amount of ice it makes.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:55 AM   #14
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I had the same problem with my batteries and it was because I didn't have the batteries hooked up right. The diagram that is inside the compartment wasn't right.
The inverter being turned off and the battery disconnect should only be done if your going to winterize it, or store the trailer. As far as some of the comments earlier on, I was told at the factory and also by the dealer that the factory does not install the 4 batteries, that the dealer does that. The 18cf electric is hands down the way to go. Ask anyone that's been RV much the gas and electric have been a lot of problems and have even caused a lot of fires. Another great part of the 18cf electric one is the amount of ice it makes.
That's good to know bc we followed the diagram. How do we know how to connect them? Do you have a diagram? We've had the camper since June 2011 and we are on our 2nd set of batteries we have purchased. I want to be sure not to ruin these we just bought.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:20 AM   #15
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This pic is how we have ours connected
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Ok to clarify, I have three positive and three negative chassis cables so I put two together and one by itself like the diagram you show, how there is a split. Then what you have to do is add 2 short cables one from the far right batteries negative terminal to the second batteries from the lefts negative terminal. Then another one from the first batteries on the lefts positive terminal to the third battery from the lefts positive terminal. What this does is tie the batteries together.
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Also I would highly recommend a system like this. Pro-Fill RV | Flow-Rite I picked one up at a rally, they sell them at Camping World to keep my batteries water full and it is awesome and I think I paid $40. The batteries are hard to get to on my rig. All you do is replace the fill caps with the ones they have then cut rubber tubing to tie all four batteries together and then there is a quick connect line you add on also. Then when you want to fill, which I do about every two months you just connect the hand pump to that connection really easy and them you give it a few pump till its firm and then disconnect the pump. Its so simple.
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Ok to clarify, I have three positive and three negative chassis cables so I put two together and one by itself like the diagram you show, how there is a split. Then what you have to do is add 2 short cables one from the far right batteries negative terminal to the second batteries from the lefts negative terminal. Then another one from the first batteries on the lefts positive terminal to the third battery from the lefts positive terminal. What this does is tie the batteries together.
Thanks for info, let me be sure I understand: We leave the way we have it wired currently (like diagram) but ADD the additional 2 short cables you address? We already have the water fill system you suggest. It is sper easy to use. Yay!
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Correct,
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:23 PM   #20
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On our way back home today, we stopped to find our fridge had come open. The screw lock knob had pulled right out. We had a lovely mess to clean up. This has happened to us twice. The first time, we questioned if we had screwed it in tight enough, but today I had it so tight I was worried I would scratch the fridge. Anyone else experience this problem with this fridge and have any solutions on how to avoid? For now we have screwed it back in and taped the doors to make it the remainder of the trip home. But need a permanent solution. Thinking about adding a plastic washer on the device to hold both doors.
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