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Old 01-13-2008, 12:47 PM   #1
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We have a 2005 Holiday Rambler Vacationer and have some problems that I need to know if I should worry, not worry and take to a shop or not.

1. The inside left side of my freeze is bubbling. Freezer works fine but those two lumps are bothering me.

2. My furnace will only work normally if the outside temp is below 40. If its above 40 the furnace will work for five minutes than go out but the fan will continue to run and not shut off.

3. The main board inside says that my grey tanks are full but the outside gauge says they are not. It cannot be the sensors if both places are reading diffferently. Expecially with the gates open to run straight out.

4. Will my converter charge the chassis battery like it does the house batteries or should I start the rv every now and than or put a trickle charger on it?
Any help or suggestion to any or all of these would be appreciated.
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Old 01-13-2008, 12:47 PM   #2
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We have a 2005 Holiday Rambler Vacationer and have some problems that I need to know if I should worry, not worry and take to a shop or not.

1. The inside left side of my freeze is bubbling. Freezer works fine but those two lumps are bothering me.

2. My furnace will only work normally if the outside temp is below 40. If its above 40 the furnace will work for five minutes than go out but the fan will continue to run and not shut off.

3. The main board inside says that my grey tanks are full but the outside gauge says they are not. It cannot be the sensors if both places are reading diffferently. Expecially with the gates open to run straight out.

4. Will my converter charge the chassis battery like it does the house batteries or should I start the rv every now and than or put a trickle charger on it?
Any help or suggestion to any or all of these would be appreciated.
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Old 01-14-2008, 07:30 AM   #3
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Lee,

1. Bubbling or lumps is subjective terminology. Call your refer manufacturer "Tech Support". They will be able to ask you specific questions and render an opinion.

2. Not normal and I would get it checked. It could be either a thermostat or heater problem.

3. Not critical, but nice to have working, if you do much "Dry Camping".

4. Don't believe that your converter will charge your chassis batteries only the house batteries. I use a product called Trik-L-Start. Easy to install and only costs about $50. You can Google for it.

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1 If its your refer freezer there may have been some water when defrosting that got behind panels and not dried out at one time. When freezer refreezed caused side panel to buckle, check out this LINK for further help.

2 Here is another link to help with FURNACE PROBLEM.

3 Do not know what type of indicators you have but if you have an adjustment screw, like some of us have, maybe they never adjusted the inside indicator.

4 Your converter charges the house batteries this can be used to keep up your chassis battery.
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Old 01-16-2008, 04:12 AM   #5
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No adjustment on my gauges.
Talk to Norcold, no help but they did suggest I get the fridge replaced if possible.
I think that the circuit board is flexing with the weather and causing the problem there so I now have an appt for tomorrow to get it all looked at.
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Here are my thoughts:
1. No ideas.
2. My guess is that your overheat sensor is being activated. Typically, when a furnace kicks out and the blower continues to run, it is either that or the sail switch. The overheat sensor itself might be bad but I'd start with checking the airflow. Make sure nothing is blocking any vent inside. Then, make sure that tehre is nothing in the combustion compartment outside. A mud daubber wasp nest could just drive you nuts.
3. Your best bet is to try to figure out how the sensors are wired. Sillier things have happened than have a manufacturer put in two separate sets of sensors. It could also be the the logic board for the sensor reading full is bad.
4. If you are having problems with the chassis battery, it might be because of a parasitic load from a CO sensor or the like. You can either troubleshoot that and rewire it to the house batteries or simply consider additing a shutoff switch to the chassis batteries. I have two very large ones at the end of their life and can leave the RV sit for 30 days without problems.
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As suspected the circuit boards for both the sensors and the furnace were bad.
The fridge they determined that the lamination was delaminating and are trying to get Norcold to approve replacement.
I am going to order a trickle charger solar panel.
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Lee, have you checked the chassis batteries with a voltmeter while plugged into shore power to see if they're getting a charge from the converter? On our coach the converter charges both house & chassis batteries.

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I have and I have also done a drain test to see if there was anything drawing any additional juice.
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