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Old 06-01-2011, 01:10 PM   #1
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So I am starting to check out what works and dosent. I plugged an extension cord from my house and the lights work inside. Is the fridge run on propane? It has been plugged in all might and I just thought to check the fridge and it wasn't cold. I am completely new to this so talk slowly and use simple words thanks!
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:20 PM   #2
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So I am starting to check out what works and dosent. I plugged an extension cord from my house and the lights work inside. Is the fridge run on propane? It has been plugged in all might and I just thought to check the fridge and it wasn't cold. I am completely new to this so talk slowly and use simple words thanks!

Hi,

I don’t have a Play Pac, but most likely your fridge is a three-way fridge that runs on propane, 110V AC (house current) or 12V DC (battery).

There are numerous troubleshooting techniques, but lets start with the basics, since you say you want it simple.

First, check to find out what kind of fridge you have. If you tell us what make and model it is, that would go a long way toward figuring out how to use it. On older three-way fridges, there will be a control area, usually found in the rear of the fridge, outside the trailer in the lower fridge vent. It will likely have two control areas and a big three position switch. The switch should be labelled something like “110V – OFF – 12V”. You set this switch for the power source you want to use. The “OFF” setting is for when you want to use propane.

Once the switch is set for your power source (you said you were using the 110V house power, so set it to that), then look at the thermostat. The thermostat controls the temperature at which the fridge turns on and off. There are likely two thermostats on your fridge control panel, one for gas and one for electricity. Turn the electrical one to maximum cold, coldest, 9, or whatever the setting is. The gas thermostat does not matter when you are running off electricity, but you may as well turn it to maximum cold also.

Then run the fridge for at least 12 hours. These three way fridges work very slowly. Put a thermometer or glass of room temperature water in the fridge, so you can tell if it is working or not.

If you do all that and it is still not working, then you need to troubleshoot. I did some of that last year, described in this thread here: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f54/trailer-fridge-now-working-properly-42642.html , and you can also go to this link for detailed fridge troubleshooting and descriptions :http://www.rvmobile.com/tech/Trouble/Index.htm

Good luck.
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:47 PM   #3
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Also don't forget to make sure the 120v circuit breaker is on or fuse is good for the fridge circuit.

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Wow thanks guys!!! You have been extremely helpful. I will use your advice to hopefully do a rest refrigerator run today. Next step... Plumbing!!
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It also helps to have a completely level trailer when using an older model 3-way (ask me how I know ). Purchase a cheap indoor/outdoor themometer (I purchased mine at Walmart, AAA powered <$10 ). Place the outdoor sensor in the refrigerator and use the monitor to view the temperature.. do NOT open the door.
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