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Old 08-20-2016, 07:19 PM   #1
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Help, first timers on the road, fridge not working!

I hope someone here can help us. My husband and I are on the road with the 2005 BT cruiser. Our domestic fridge has always worked well. A few days ago we had the propane tank filled and now my husband is wondering if perhaps it was overfilled. This is what's happening with the fridge: it works it works great when using the generator or plugged into shore power. we pulled over to cook dinner, and after my husband turned on the propane, the fridge stopped working. The light on the fridge is on. Then my husband turned the propane tank off, and now it appears ( wishful thinking) that the fridge is cooling a bit. We are on the road traveling with the generating on, and the propane off. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!
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I hope someone here can help us. My husband and I are on the road with the 2005 BT cruiser. Our domestic fridge has always worked well. A few days ago we had the propane tank filled and now my husband is wondering if perhaps it was overfilled. This is what's happening with the fridge: it works it works great when using the generator or plugged into shore power. we pulled over to cook dinner, and after my husband turned on the propane, the fridge stopped working. The light on the fridge is on. Then my husband turned the propane tank off, and now it appears ( wishful thinking) that the fridge is cooling a bit. We are on the road traveling with the generating on, and the propane off. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!
did the propane stove work after he turned the propane off? are you certain that when he turned on the tank he didn't actually turn it off? and then back on instead if off?
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It's not uncommon to have to purge the propane line of air after filling the tank.

Light your stove all burners and let them burn for,a few seconds. Once they are burning steady the line should be purged.

Try to light the fridge now.
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The propane stove definately turned off, when my husband turned the tank off outside.
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Thank you for your reply, please bear with me, because I'm not certain how to reply on this forum....my husbandturned out the propane from outside and lit the stove , and then turned off the gas outside and the stove flames went out. Then he turned the knobs to off on the stove. So we know that the propane Is definitely off now. The fridge is
Fridge is only working on the generator now..
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I am not familiar with your RV, but are you level? Only takes a few degrees off level for them to stop working.
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Thank you, yes we were level at the time. We are now driving through the Atlanta area where it is hilly, however.
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Because it worked till the refill tells me it was the source of your problem. So I would start from scratch by turning on the propane by opening the valves slowly. Then relight the stove burners till thee flame settled down to a nice blue. Shut off the stove and turn the fridge back to gas. You may still get the check light for three or four times till it get good had flow. Just reset it each time. Good luck. I have the Dometic unit and they work quite well. Just take your time.
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Did your husband go outside, turn ON the propane tank, come inside, turn ON all the burners on the stove and let it burn for a minute or so.
If the stove works well, turn it off, turn your refrig from 12v/110 to GAS and see if it cools.
You can wait a few minutes after turning refrig to GAS, go outside and put your hand on the refrig vent---is warm air coming out of vent?
Let us know so we can approach this in a systematic approach, not try to shotgun it!
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When I turn off the propane for filling I will usually have to start the stove to purge the lines and then the refrigerator a number of times before it stays on.
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Thank you! We so appreciate this. This is our first trip out of State, and it is so good to have support on the road. We will try everything you said, as soon as we make our next stop and then we'll let you know how it goes.
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Thank you, we will do just that at our next stop. Thank you so much and we'll let you know how this progresses.
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If the fridge is working on propane you should be able to hear the flame. Other option is to open up the access and see if the flame is on.
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Be sure burner is clean on the fridge.If not the burner will not light. I clean the scale from the chimney off the burner every once in awhile.Tom
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