Troubles on the road, 2015 17 Casita - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-02-2016, 10:57 AM   #1
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Troubles on the road, 2015 17 Casita

Prior to leaving for our summer 2016 I checked all systems and did required maintenance. Three days out refrigerator is not working. Control panel does not light up.

I have checked breakers and fuses with no results.

Additionally, now the propane furnace will not operate.

All these systems were operational prior to departure. Trying to find someone to work on a frig following Memorial Day weekend on summer tourist route across SD is hopeless. We are in transit to Missoula MT for the summer.

Any suggestions
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Old 06-02-2016, 11:24 AM   #2
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How well does your stove top burners work? May have to work the propane shut off valve at the tank a couple of times.

There is a safety valve in there that activates if there is a rush in propane. I had one get stuck due to internal corrosion after emptying a bottle and the line went empty. Open the bottle too fast after a completely empty bottle and the inrush can cause the safety valve to activate and stop propane flow. Can also limit the flow in a partial blockage.
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Old 06-02-2016, 11:35 AM   #3
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First thing I would check for would be a low battery. If it is only reading 12 volts (or less) then it is "dead," and this condition would not appear when plugged in to shore power in your driveway because your converter is making the 12 volt power from your AC input. When on just the battery, and if it is not a healthy charged battery, it may not have sufficient voltage available to operate those appliances.
Not so common, but another possible cause would be a failure of the furnace circuit board. Sometimes when the furnace is turned on, the fridge control panel can't handle the loss of, (or low,) voltage available and consequently will also quit working.
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Old 06-02-2016, 12:31 PM   #4
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First thing I would check for would be a low battery. ...
This was my first thought also but OP did not specify if his problem was while on shore power, off, or both.

Plug into shore power (most anywhere will do if you have the adapter) and see if stuff starts to work. Check battery voltage on and off shore power and/or use a hydrometer. If battery checks out then see if the fridge and furnace are getting power at the appliances themselves.
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Prior to leaving for our summer 2016 I checked all systems and did required maintenance. Three days out refrigerator is not working. Control panel does not light up.

I have checked breakers and fuses with no results.

Additionally, now the propane furnace will not operate.

All these systems were operational prior to departure. Trying to find someone to work on a frig following Memorial Day weekend on summer tourist route across SD is hopeless. We are in transit to Missoula MT for the summer.

Any suggestions
Hi: Jerrymcs... Our fridge has a 110V box behind the fridge, where it plugs in. Sometimes it as simple as it came unplugged in transit.
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Old 06-02-2016, 01:31 PM   #6
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Battery new, doesn't work on shore power. Frig is 3 way
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Old 06-02-2016, 01:54 PM   #7
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If there is no or low 12 VDC to the refrigerator it will not work on AC , DC or propane . You need 12 VDC to power the refrigerator control board for anything to operate. My 2013 Casita refrigerator would not run in any mode because my DC was down to 10.4 volts.
There is also a fuse in line with the control board.
There is a 12 VDC terminal strip on the back side of the refrigerator mounted on the floor where you can check for DC voltage.
I believe there is a red and a white wire connected to the terminal strip which is powered from the battery / converter.
The refrigerator does not have a transformer and rectifier to create 12 VDC from 120 VAC. It's only source of control power is from the battery or the converter.
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If you're sure that your battery is good, I would do a voltage check at the power input terminals on the furnace and fridge to see what, if any, power is actually available to those appliances. It could be that you may have an open circuit (cut, loose or broken wire) between your converter and those items. If you do have at least 12.6+ volts, then perhaps you have a bad circuit board on the furnace.
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Old 06-02-2016, 03:05 PM   #9
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... Three days out refrigerator is not working. Control panel does not light up. ...
Additionally, now the propane furnace will not operate.
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One of MANY possibilites:
Converter fails (or blows a fuse) and three days out the new battery is discharged to the point that furnace and fridge will not come on. Plugging into shore power does not help because the battery is dead and the converter will not charge it nor will the converter power the on board 12 volt stuff.

But you really need to do some methodical examination including checking that the gas is at least getting into the camper (does the stove work?), checking (with a mulit-meter) that there good power at the fridge and furnace, finding out if the converter is actually outputting power, etc and so forth. The best we can do from limited information is guess.

If you are not familiar with the wiring or not comfortable or equipped (with a meter for example), then if you are at a campground perhaps you can find someone there who can help you by looking things over in person, taking voltage readings, etc. Maybe someone who has a camper (any brand) that looks like it needs a lot of constant TLC.. that guy probably knows how to fix things.
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Sounds like you tried to run the Fridge on 12Volts and destroyed the battery.
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Sounds like you tried to run the Fridge on 12Volts and destroyed the battery.
OP said the furnace and fridge are not working on shore power either now... I don't have a Casita but I am pretty sure that they should work on shore power, even if the battery was discharged and even if it were discharged to the point of being damaged (assuming that the converter is working).
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OP said the furnace and fridge are not working on shore power either now... I don't have a Casita but I am pretty sure that they should work on shore power, even if the battery was discharged and even if it were discharged to the point of being damaged.
I agree . When my battery went bad , the refrigerator and furnace on my Casita would still operate when plugged into 120 VAC shore power . The 12 VDC required to run the refrigerator and furnace was being supplied from the converter's power supply when running on shore power.
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I agree . When my battery went bad , the refrigerator and furnace on my Casita would still operate when plugged into 120 VAC shore power . The 12 VDC required to run the refrigerator and furnace was being supplied from the converter's power supply when running on shore power.
And I used a trailer for two years with no battery at all (using shore power with converter)! So I think we all agree that the converter can be the problem. Perhaps it failed completely or perhaps only partially it is not supplying enough power as someone said. Perhaps its only unplugged or has a broken wire. Checking for power at strategic places will help a lot. Some other things will not.
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It does seem most likely to be either a propane problem or an electrical problem, trailer-wide. If you still have gas to the cooktop, that would point toward electrical. If the fridge will work on AC, that would point toward a propane problem. If you can narrow it down to one or the other, it will help.
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