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Old 04-20-2016, 06:03 PM   #1
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Camper Rookie needs help

OK so I knew nothing when I started but I am learning. I have a recently purchased 1998-99 Prowler by Fleetwood M-24J. It took me a few days on YouTube to understand some of how the electricity worked. I now have a battery. Everything including the 110 outlets work. But the fridge and hwh is not. Both can use gas or electric and there are like three switches that say water heater or two. I also don't know if it automatically switches over or what but I can hear the pilot light trying to light but I don't have any gas hooked up
Everything I found said if you have outlets working your converter is not bad. I removed the screw from the converter fuse box but still can't get the cover off. Afraid I am going to break something
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your converter only works when plugged into shore power, it 'converts' 120vac from your shore power cord to 12vdc to power 12v lights or other 12v circuits (12vdc is needed by your refer and water heater). The converter also charges (likely overcharges) your battery. Your water heater can work on either 120vac or propane. The water heater switch enables you to run the water heater on propane or shore power. The water heater has an electric element that will burn up if the water heater is NOT filled with water and you are plugged into shore power. Might also be a resettable snap disc on the back side of the water heater to protect the element. Make sure to fill the water heater with water, then try the water heater on 120Vac assuming you are plugged into shore power. You need propane (fill propane tank, check carefully for leaks) to operate water heater OR refrig on propane (12vdc also!).
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Thanks, it is plugged in and the battery is working. I'm thinking fuses. But I am getting gas Friday.
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Are the WH and fridge plugged into a 120V outlet? Maybe the previous owner unplugged them, rending them only useful on propane/battery combo.
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Check your propane bottles. If your fridge settings are set to gas the fridge won't work without propane, same with the water heater. Check in the outside fridge access, there is often a cord plug in and there can be a switch also. If this was turned off or unplugged the fridge won't work.
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