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Old 04-10-2012, 05:06 AM   #1
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Im very new at this . I am having trouble figuring out my Sibir Refrigerator on my used Dutchman Coleman travel trailer . The inside light comes on but it does not cool inside . I understand it runs both on gas or electric . I just bought this trailer and have no idea if it even has lp gas in the tanks,,, but shouldnt it work on electricity only for now ?? What would happen if I plugged it in from the outside vent DIRECTLY to a 110 outlet from my garage?????? Im trying to determine if the fridge has an electrical problem in the switchboard . I've checked the fuses and all are good . ANY advice would be greatly appreciated !! <----me confused !!...lol...

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Old 04-10-2012, 05:47 AM   #2
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RV fridges are kind of slow to cool. How long have you had the rig plug into power? Also, check the gas level. The cool faster on propane.

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Hi rogielee,

RV refrigerators require 12V to operate the circuit board whether you're operating the fridge on LP or electric. Is your battery charged, and is the 12V cutoff switch (if there is one) turned on?

The fridge should operate on 120V electric (provided there is also 12V), and plugging it directly into a household outlet will work.

You should be able to loosen the hold-down clamp on the LP tanks and attempt to lift them to see if they feel heavy enough to have at least some LP in them. Also, make sure the valve at the top of the tank is open. You can also test to see if there is any LP coming out by attempting to light the stove. Be patient - if the LP has been turned off for an extended period of time, there may be lots of air in the lines.

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Old 04-15-2012, 06:47 AM   #4
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Most old Sibers do not need 12 volt to operate. Make sure the switch for power is on and the t'stat turned all the way up. If you have and know how to use and amp probe check the draw on AC It should be between 1.9 and 3 amps depending on the size of the heating element. If you have no current draw, I would remove the wires going to the heating element and hook them directly to 120 volts and see if you have draw that way. If not the heating element is bad. As stated above RV refers take a long time to cool, given the age of yours, leave it plugged in for at least 24 hrs and then do a temp check.
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