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Old 07-27-2010, 02:32 PM   #1
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getting the fridge going

We recently purchased a 2010 Airstream International 27FB and are having issues with the Dometic RM3762 refrigerator.

The refrigerator will NOT initially start when set on "Auto" power source with the trailer hooked up to electric (15 amp or 30 amp makes no difference). I have found that it will start with propane (selecting "LP" on the control panel) and then will run without issue on electric, when switched back to the "Auto" setting.

Anyone else had this problem and found a tidy solution? The manufacturer thinks it might be a wiring problem or the main power board.


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Old 07-27-2010, 03:10 PM   #2
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You should not have to ask questions here as you should have warrants from both Airstream and Dometic. If Dometic thinks it is the board why haven't they supplied one and advised you whee to have it changed?

Now short of using a voltmeter across the terminals for the heater you really don't have a way of telling if the unit is working on electric other than waiting an hour or so and felling the freezer plate. You can see or hear the flame when on gas but there is no indication on electric other than time.
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:30 PM   #3
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Thanks Howie. We have just contacted Airstream and Dometic about the problem and we will pursue a solution under warranty as necessary. We were just hoping that maybe it was something that others had encountered and resolved easily. Being new to Airstreams, we always consider "operator error" first.
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Also a new owner of a 27FB; I thought I had a problem starting up with 110v as well, but after letting it run overnight, it chilled down fine. Thus I learned that it takes several hours to get going.

As well, once we hit the road, it switched over to propane, but didnt run - the fridge heated up to room temp. Once I purged the gas line by running the stove and the heater, got things going again. Newbie discoveries that the old hands know.

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Simi Valley, California . . . That's a HOT place in July. Been there, done that! I'd welcome any question from Simi Valley . . . only problem, I don't have an answer. Hope ya get it resolved in a good way.

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Unhappy Related Refrig problem

I have a related question. We recently acquired a '92 LY and our Dometic R2620fridg now fails to to start on elec when the land line is plugged in. A call to our local rv dealer found that they believe that the "heating element" failed.
When I received the part, I see that it has 'blade' connectors, and the label states it is: 120v. Searching the Dometic site for manuals, some reference it operating on 12v. Also, my existing element is mounted to nut terminal connections. Should I assume this is an 'upgrade' for this element?

Is this the correct part?
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Old 08-01-2010, 03:44 PM   #7
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some units are 3-way. they can run on 12v dc, 120v ac or lp gas.
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In the past, when I was using the shore line, it would always show on the control panel that the fridg was on elec--now it still doesn't--it tries to start on LP...
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you'd have to check the manual for the control settings.... but you can try to turn the fridge off and then on and watch the panel lights. the switch should be set to electric. i believe it will automatically switch to what is working but you'll need to verify that.
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