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Old 08-19-2012, 04:38 PM   #1
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Troubleshooting Refrigerator, Water Heater, Propane Heater on 2000 Coleman Santa Fe?


First post on the forum. We purchased a 2000 Coleman Santa Fe a few years back and have been using it basically as a tent with lights. Before we bought it, it had sat for many years. Until last weekend, we had never used it at a site with hookups. Over the weekend we had the opportunity to use it at a State Park. We wanted to use the refrigerator, but found that it wouldn't work on AC, DC, or Gas modes. 110 is going to the plug that the refrigerator unit plugs into, but there's no cooling at all going on.

Further testing showed that neither the furnace nor the water heater would light, leading me to think that there's something wrong in a central control panel, or a fuse box, or something of the like. Both inside and outside stoves work and there's power to the lights and the interior AC outlets. I've looked over all the manuals I could find and nothing gave me any idea of what to look for. Any ideas as to what I might try next to try to get these three systems going again?


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Old 08-19-2012, 05:28 PM   #2
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I would look behind a cabinet,On the floor on the side that the electrical cord enters the camper. I'm sure there is a breaker box. There also should be a battery box for DC lighting. Good luck

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Old 08-19-2012, 06:34 PM   #3
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These are typically independent appliances so the problems may all be unrelated if you have confirmed the basics of 110AC, 12DC (lights) and propane.

I did some searching and seems Colman sold those with Norcold or Dometic fridges. Which brand did yours come with? Here is the owners manual for the Dometic http://bryantrv.com/docs2/docs/rm2193.pdf It has lighting instructions and some trouble shooting/maintenance tips. You say the fridge does not work on 110, 12v or propane. Does the piping in the rear of the unit heat up at all? You might want to limit your troubleshooting to one source at a time. For example, on propane, do you get a flame? I recently added an entry to the POPup section of this forum on getting my fridge working on propane.

The furnace should have a wall mounted thermostat. There is a switch on the bottom of the thermostat that has to be on. There is also a breaker switch under the front cover of the furnace that has to be on. Of course there is a fuse in you power converter that should be checked as well. Once all three are okay, turn up the thermostat to force the furnace to fire up. The furnace fan will start first, then you should hear the electronic ignition spark a number of times to light the furnace. If it does not light after the third try it will pause for about a minute (with the fan continuing to run) and try again. If you have no fan operation, it is time to check for 12 volts. If you have fan, but no spark sound I can provide some more troubleshooting from previous experience.

At the first of the season both of these appliances take some time to light because it takes awhile for the propane to get through the pipes. My inside stove connection is next to these appliances so I typically connect my stove inside to purge the air out of the lines. Once it lights the others light more easily. (The fridge uses so little gas, it would take forever to purge the air out of the main propane line)

I do not have hot water so I cannot help much there.

Please provide a bit more detail on what you have tried and what results you saw or noticed.

The trailer will be more enjoyable when everything is working.

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All of the items mentioned need 12v to operate. Check 12v fuses.
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Thanks for the response.

The fridge is a Norcold.

Good news--the furnace does work. I was able to locate the thermostat and it started right up. That implies that it isn't a gas delivery issue.

I'll check the fuse housings on the fridge for 12v and 120v.
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I'm making progress. Pulled the control box and wiggled all of the electrical connectors to improve the connection. Now I've got a flame in the burner box. Looks like the refrigerator is running. I've switched it over to AC and I'll see if it's cold in a couple of hours.

The water heater is working now. Turns out I was trying to light it in the wrong place.
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:24 PM   #7
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anytime all your appliances do not work, it may be your main propane valve. the newer ones have to be turned off and back on if a surge of propane occured. also, if you ran completely out of gas, air will prevent units from coming on, so shut the valve off and then back on with appliances off, then light and relight until they stay running. good luck .

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