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always amazed
Reg. Feb 2008
Posted 2020-09-16 6:06 AM (#173246)
Subject: Refrigerator problem


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Have 1999 dometic refrigerator in my trailer. When I turn it on it cools down fine but then several hours later it heats back up. So I took the panel off my trailer where frig is located. I unplugged the refrigerator from trailer. The used an extension cord and hooked the refrigerator up directly to an outlet. It is now working perfect. So why won't it stay cool hooked up to my horse trailer??
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RustyScupper
Reg. Mar 2013
Posted 2020-09-16 9:10 AM (#173247 - in reply to #173246)
Subject: RE: Refrigerator problem


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I am by no means an electrician or RV refrigerator expert.  Most RV refrigerators are either 2 way (AC or Gas) or sometimes 3 way (AC, Gas, DC).  

I would venture a guess that there is something wrong with your converter, or your RV power cord that is plugged into 110 or the recepticle where the refrigerator is plugged into on the trailer as this is what you are eliminating by plugging it directly into an extension cord. 

If you start out with the refrigerator plugged into the trailer and it quits working, do any of the other 110v items work?  (ie: 110v Outlets, Microwave, etc).  If so, this would most likely eliminate the converter.  Does the outlet that the refrigerator plugs into on the trailer is it a Ground Fault recepticle?  Sometimes they go bad.  When it quits working, is there 110v at the plug that the refrigerator is plugged into?

Some trailers have a completely seperate RV power cord and some are hard wired.  If yours is seperate, is it possible that it is loose where it connects to the trailer?  (should be inserted and then a slight turn to lock)

Hopefully that helps.  

 
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always amazed
Reg. Feb 2008
Posted 2020-09-16 2:10 PM (#173249 - in reply to #173246)
Subject: RE: Refrigerator problem


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Thank you. Looks my outlet on the trailer is a normal
It doesn't have locking action to it. I think my trailer cord is fine because air, lights, and microwave work. Is the converter fixable or you just buy a new one?
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RustyScupper
Reg. Mar 2013
Posted 2020-09-17 5:23 AM (#173250 - in reply to #173246)
Subject: RE: Refrigerator problem


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We are missing something here.  When the fridge is plugged into the outlet on the trailer and it quits working, what do you have to do to get it working again?  Is the trailer plugged into 110v when it quits working? 
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Steve-O
Reg. Mar 2016
Posted 2020-09-23 6:03 AM (#173264 - in reply to #173246)
Subject: RE: Refrigerator problem


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Household refrigerators use refrigerant and a compressor.  RV refrigerators are absorption type ( no compressor )   They  use heat to move ammonia through the lines to transfer heat.  RV style fridges have to be level.   Check the trailer with a construction level.
 
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