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Old 08-21-2020, 01:58 PM   #1
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HELP! Furrion 12v fridge dead?

We have a brand new 2021 16bhs with a 12v Furrion fridge that we picked up on 7/3/2020- Everything worked great for a week &half camping trip we took but when we came home we pulled the quick battery disconnect to make sure we didnít drain the battery while storing. Then the night before we had planned to leave for another camping trip I went and turned the battery disconnect back on and the refrigerator is not working- no lights, no cooling, nothing. The battery converter that is loud when refrigerator runs tried to start for about 2 seconds and stopper (it does this each time when turning disconnect)- never any lights in the fridge. We pulled the fridge out and the glass fuse in the back is reading conductivity. The battery reads 13.5 and all other 12v things are working (lights, radio, hot water heater). Of course Iím being told itís a 6 month wait to get it into the shop. Iíd like to try and fix ourselves so we can enjoy our new camper more than once this year. Any help or tips on what to try would be appreciated!
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Old 08-22-2020, 10:09 AM   #2
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Since you're trying to get this done before winter, you may want to contact the manufacturer of each of the components (battery, converter, fridge, etc.). Most can provide you with some basic troubleshooting to find a switch that needs to be flipped or a fuse that needs checking.
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Old 08-22-2020, 12:38 PM   #3
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We have a brand new 2021 16bhs with a 12v Furrion fridge that we picked up on 7/3/2020- Everything worked great for a week &half camping trip we took but when we came home we pulled the quick battery disconnect to make sure we didnít drain the battery while storing. Then the night before we had planned to leave for another camping trip I went and turned the battery disconnect back on and the refrigerator is not working- no lights, no cooling, nothing. The battery converter that is loud when refrigerator runs tried to start for about 2 seconds and stopper (it does this each time when turning disconnect)- never any lights in the fridge. We pulled the fridge out and the glass fuse in the back is reading conductivity. The battery reads 13.5 and all other 12v things are working (lights, radio, hot water heater). Of course Iím being told itís a 6 month wait to get it into the shop. Iíd like to try and fix ourselves so we can enjoy our new camper more than once this year. Any help or tips on what to try would be appreciated!
Yes call the refrigerator manufacturer and get them to walk you thru the trouble shooting. Youíll have to google for the number but thatís the best thing to do.
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Old 09-19-2020, 03:49 PM   #4
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Same issue

I am having the same issue with mine. Did you find out anything from Furrion?
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Old 09-19-2020, 05:52 PM   #5
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Is this your refrigerator?
Have you checked the 2 fuses or just 1?

You sure your batteries are good? Under load, lights on what is the voltage?
What is the temp set at? Is it on ?
Sorry I need to find out more information from you to help.
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Old 09-20-2020, 06:33 AM   #6
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I checked all the breakers and fuses in the breaker box. We are plugged up to 120v the lights and usb charging ports all work. We have the temp down on 3rd from last. We also have the juice pack and the voltage is 12.1 under load unpluged from 120v.
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We have a brand new 2021 16bhs with a 12v Furrion fridge that we picked up on 7/3/2020- Everything worked great for a week &half camping trip we took but when we came home we pulled the quick battery disconnect to make sure we didn’t drain the battery while storing. Then the night before we had planned to leave for another camping trip I went and turned the battery disconnect back on and the refrigerator is not working- no lights, no cooling, nothing. The battery converter that is loud when refrigerator runs tried to start for about 2 seconds and stopper (it does this each time when turning disconnect)- never any lights in the fridge. We pulled the fridge out and the glass fuse in the back is reading conductivity. The battery reads 13.5 and all other 12v things are working (lights, radio, hot water heater). Of course I’m being told it’s a 6 month wait to get it into the shop. I’d like to try and fix ourselves so we can enjoy our new camper more than once this year. Any help or tips on what to try would be appreciated!

Sorry just to be basic. When you pulled the glass fuse out, behind the frig. you did check to see that there was 12V on one side of the fuse holder??

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Old 09-20-2020, 07:19 AM   #8
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The voltage of 12.1 is less than 50% of the battery. Plugged in indicates the converter is shot!

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When you plug the 120 in the converter will begin charging.

About 14 volts is bulk. The fan that cools the converter will run until the battery is partially charged. Likely less than an hour.

If the battery is indeed 12.1 volts then the converter will lower its voltage to about 13.7 or so. Will likely not go to bulk mode. They are all a little different.

It then will take 24 hours or more to fully charge the battery. When the converter voltage drops to 13.1 that is pretty much fully charged.

Reading the voltmeter over about 12.6 is surface charge. Will settle down after an hour or so of minimal use.

At this point I would try the fridge. They do not like low voltage. First thing the light should work. Tells you it is getting 12 volts.

This eliminates the converter and battery as the issue thus, it is the fridge. Yes it should run on the converter. You need to narrow down the issue. Then it is the old, is the fridge getting power. Fuses all over the place and a voltmeter. Having an alligator clip to attach the voltmeter to a ground lets you use two hands.

Batteries are the weak link of modern rvís. The dealer likely put a little marine battery on your unit. Worst case it will not last 5 hours.

An installed battery monitor is a good plan.
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Old 09-24-2020, 11:49 AM   #9
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Solution found.

Thanks for everyone's assistance. It turns out there is an inline fuse in the back for the refrigerator. (Because why use the fuse panel just below it). I was able to remove the refrigerator and buy a new fuse to replace it. Everything has been working fine for two days now.

Extra Info for those who have a similar issue.

1. Open the refrigerator door, there are 2 square head screws remove those to remove the vent cover.
2. Behind the vent cover are 4 square head screws mounting the refrigerator, remove those.
3. Open the freezer door there are 4 square head screws mounting the refrigerator, remove those.
4. You and a friend slide the unit out. Place a towel, blanket on the floor and lift the unit while removing it. There are screw heads on the bottom and you don't want to scratch your floor.
5. Remove the panel in the bottom back of the unit.
6. ON the laft hand side, hard to see is a black inline fuse. Check the fuse for connectivity and replace if necessary.

I used these.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 09-28-2020, 07:45 PM   #10
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The Furrion 12v 10 cu.ft. fridge in our 2021 16FQ died after 2 weekends of use, the dealer we purchased it from went through the troubleshooting and are being told that it needs to be replaced. They tell me that they've replaced others on warranty with the Everchill 12v. Seems like there might be a more widespread issue with these, but I'm assuming the dealer checked the fuse... ��
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