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Old 07-19-2014, 08:40 AM   #15
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Would being off level cause the fridge not to work?
If you are comfortable walking in the galley, the Scamp is level enough for the fridge. It has to be way off level before the fridge stops working. The inner workings of the absorption fridge are the same, regardless of the heat source, AC or LP gas.
Where in VT are you? (PM me if you want to, I am central VT)
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:56 AM   #16
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It's been a couple of weeks since this thread was opened....
What was found to be the problem??? Share the wealth/news.
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:14 AM   #17
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So the answer is... and it's a little embarrassing...
The Scamp is fine, fridge works and internal wiring polarity is correct.

With some more fiddling I realized that the GFI circuit on my house receptacle was tripping, but only occasionaly. So I could test for power at the end of the extension cord and confirm power. However, the next step of plugging in the fridge apparently wiggled the extension cord enough to trip the GFI. Turns out the extension cord was bad - probably a small and inconsistent short in its internals. I replaced it with a different cord and all is well. I'm not an electrician, but I'm guessing that the same current leakage that was periodically tripping the GFI was also confusing the polarity tester into indicating a reversed polarity.

So as an early poster postulated - often its the simple things.
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:52 AM   #18
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So the answer is... and it's a little embarrassing...
The Scamp is fine, fridge works and internal wiring polarity is correct.

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So I am assuming that the fact Scamp connects the battery with the Black to positive and the white to negative made you think the polarity was reversed? If so your not the first to have been confused by that!
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Carol,
No, my circuit tester was indicating a reversed polarity when I was using the defective extension cord.
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No, my circuit tester was indicating a reversed polarity when I was using the defective extension cord.
That would do it also!
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:33 AM   #21
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Ahh yes the simple things not working. I hate when that happens.... each and every time it happens to me. Glad you tracked down the problem and all is well.
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