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Old 03-26-2016, 04:16 PM   #1
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Powering the refrigerator.

I have a new 2015 Coachman Encounter and have a question about powering the refrigerator. As long as the generator is running or on engine power/inverter (without being into external power) the refrigerator does not work. We are new to the RV world and want to stock the refrigerator before we start our trip but not sure how to get the refrigerator cold without running the generator for an extended time or running the motor. Any help would be helpful.
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Old 03-26-2016, 04:26 PM   #2
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Almost any refrigerator in an RV should work in 120 volt power. Many work on LP gas in addition to 120 volt power.

Is there a typo in your post? You are saying it DOES NOT work with the generator running, with the engine running or on inverter power.

Does it work when plugged your shore line is plugged in (external 120 volt power)?

What is the make and model of your refrigerator? Is it a "residential" type or an RV type?
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Old 03-28-2016, 12:11 PM   #3
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Hi chutingstar70,

Welcome to the forums!

What year, brand and model of RV do you have?

Most RV fridges are designed to work on 120 volt (house power) and/or LP. On LP they still need 12v power to run the control board. In a few cases there are some RV fridges that use 12 volt power to run also, but they aren't that common anymore. If you know which model of fridge you have it would help us to trouble shoot.

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Old 03-29-2016, 12:47 PM   #4
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I'm assuming that your Encounter is like mine and has a residential refrigerator. If that is the case, it should run off the coach batteries. Make sure the battery switch by the entry door is on. Then check the circuit breaker on the inverter, which should be in the outside compartment next to the entry door. Also check the circuit breaker for the inverter itself. One of these 3 should be the reason the refrigerator isn't running on batteries.
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I too am confused by the narrative. It reads that it does not run on generator or when the engine is running but also that the only way to get it cold would be to run the generator or engine for an extended time

Either way, the generator should be running the reefer in the same way that plugging in to shore power would, since the generator is merely supplying 120v without a shore power connection. So, if the generator doesn't work but shore power does that would mean a problem with the generator transfer switch...if there is one.

Now, as far as the engine running or not, that would only affect the battery charge and by itself wouldn't have anything to do with whether the inverter is working or its own transfer switch is working.

Yes, battery switch must be on (for inverter operation only) GFI on the inverter would prevent it from running off batteries as would a blown fuse or breaker in the inverter supply.
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I'm assuming that your Encounter is like mine and has a residential refrigerator. If that is the case, it should run off the coach batteries. Make sure the battery switch by the entry door is on. Then check the circuit breaker on the inverter, which should be in the outside compartment next to the entry door. Also check the circuit breaker for the inverter itself. One of these 3 should be the reason the refrigerator isn't running on batteries.


All good points. You also may just need to press the "on" button that should be just to your left of the stairs at the coach entry.
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