Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-04-2013, 11:36 AM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
1979 30' Argosy
Lexington , Kentucky
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 20
Replacement refrigerator not working

We're ready to give up and get rid of the 1979 Argosy that we've only had 1 week. The guy we bought it from told us that the old refrigerator would probably go at any time and should be replaced, which we did. Now, wishing we hadn't listened to him. Anyway, we got the "new" used refrigerator and installed it today. Came from a reputal company, but had to be shipped, so company isn't local to help us. Anyway, plugged it in and NOTHING! The old refrigerator that we took out was working. We also bought a new microwave to replace the one that came in the camper. So, the microwave is working, but not the refrigerator. Both are in the same outlet, just as the old refigerator and micro were. I'm not an electrician, so not sure what to look for. Something that concerns me, though, we did a battery replacement and it isn't charging. Could the two due to some related problem? But, the microwave works. Please help me out. Getting so discouraged!
__________________

__________________
kimberlyjan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2013, 11:52 AM   #2
Rivet Master

 
1986 31' Sovereign
Miami , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,653
Blog Entries: 13
If the new used refrigerator has a control board, then it needs 12 volts for that as well as 115 volts and or propane for the heat source.

More information would be nice, like model number of the refrigerator...

Mike
__________________

__________________
n2916s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2013, 11:56 AM   #3
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,204
Images: 25
Hi and welcome to Airforums, Kimberlyjan!

Sorry you are having some problems dealing with your equipment. Don't worry though, lots of knowledge here to help you get back on track.

Regarding your refer (which is what we call refrigerators in RV land), are you confident that it isn't working? I say that because they can take hours to cool. Many members here start them up the day before they leave on trips for that reason.

Secondly, is it level? That's another key factor: they do NOT like to be off level when working.

Why not give us a model number and description of the refer while you're at it? Mainly the size. Is it a full-size one, or a smaller one?

Hang in there, help is on the way!
__________________
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2013, 11:58 AM   #4
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
sandlapper's Avatar
 
1993 34' Excella
York , South Carolina
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 2,430
Images: 7
Don't get too discouraged, remember, an RV frig is not like the one at home. No noise to listenen for, and may take 4-6 hours before it starts cooling. The freezer should get cold first, the the lower part. Give it some time before you shoot it. It will cool quicker on LP.

If the batts don't charge check the converter. It is essentially a battery charger.

Good luck.

John
__________________
John
WBCCI #3892
Region 3 , 1st VP

Go often to the house of a friend, for weeds choke the unused path........Emerson

Never pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he will just kill you........a wise old man.
sandlapper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 08:24 AM   #5
2 Rivet Member
 
1979 30' Argosy
Lexington , Kentucky
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 20
It is a full size dometic 2652. There's no power. The lights on the outside nor the inside are coming on. We have the camper plugged up with shore power instead of using the battery, since the battery won't charge-- our other problem! So discouraged!
__________________
kimberlyjan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 08:49 AM   #6
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,204
Images: 25
OK, thanks for that info.

What you need to know is that even if you are using it on 120V, you need to have the 12V DC connection made, as pointed out by another poster. It is necessary because that is what powers the "brains" (circuit board) so that the refer can work.

The connections for that are often just a small, white plastic block with setscrews on the top. Two bare wires (or a wire with a plain, pointy lug on it) goes into the holes (one in each) and the setscrew is tightened to make a solid connection and to keep the wire from falling back out of the hole.

Then you should have lights, and who knows, maybe even cooling happening!

Oh, the 12V wires should be fairly obvious. Probably just haging around at the lower back section of the cavity that the refer sits in. There is a hatch on the outside that allows you to get at the 12V connection; look in there to find the wires. They should be fairly substantial, and you should really only find two of them.

Let us know how you make out?
__________________
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 08:52 AM   #7
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,204
Images: 25
ps: here is a link to your refer's installation and operating manual. Print it out and read, read, read!

http://dutchmen.com/image/data/docum...fer_Manual.pdf

or click here, if that link breaks
__________________
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 09:55 AM   #8
2 Rivet Member
 
1979 30' Argosy
Lexington , Kentucky
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 20
Thank you, Aage. Rain has just let up and my hubby had to go in to work, so at the moment, he's not here to try this out or for me to even ask if he hooked this up. When you say 12 volt, do you mean that the battery has to be working? See, we're just having all kinds of bad luck with this camper. We went and bought a brand new battery, but it isn't charging, so we took the battery out to see if it will charge on a battery charger. Anyway, makes us think the charger in the camper is bad also. More money to spend, I'm afraid! When hubby gets home, I'll have him to read what you've sent and show him the manual, which we didn't have, so thanks again for that! I'll let you know!
__________________
kimberlyjan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 10:17 AM   #9
cwf
Rivet Master
 
cwf's Avatar
 
1999 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Hillsboro , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 5,936
Images: 2
Kimberly,
Sorry your "honeymoon" with your new family member is being difficult.

On the bright side, you are learning the details early and will be far more comfy that you will be able to handle her little tantrums.

Love ain't easy but worth it.

Peace
Channing
__________________
Peace and Blessings..
Channing
WBCCI# 30676
cwf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 10:35 AM   #10
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,204
Images: 25
You're most welcome, Kim. I don't know if your husband has a bit of knowledge of 12V systems (it's really not complicated, but looks like it will be to the uninitiated), but the thing to do now is to look into the 120V to 12V power supply. You were right to remove or at least diconnect the new battery, since, if the converter (what we call that 120V to 12V power supply) isn't working properly, it's possible to hurt that new battery, and life will never be too happy in your trailer.

The 12V system includes all the lights in your trailer, the fan above your stove, and the fan above the seating area that comes on when you open its roof vent a certain amount. Also, your furnace runs on 12V, but the converter needs to be plugged in to house current, or your battery won't last very long.

So you can see, you need to know that the converter is in good shape.

What you can do while your husband isn't there, is to print out the manual and read through it. It's full of a lot of stuff you don't need to know, but by reading, you can at least figure out how to operate it...

Keep us informed!
__________________
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 10:40 AM   #11
Rivet Master
 
adonh's Avatar

 
1976 31' Sovereign
Missouri City , Texas
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1,233
Images: 1
Blog Entries: 6
Is the new/used RM2652 the same unit that was replaced. My original Dometic refer in my 1976 Sovereign did not have 12v power and no lights. So the old unit may not have had 12v power as the new/used RM2652 has and there may not be a 12v connection at that point in the trailer. Just a thought.

On the battery question. Is the converter working at all. Are any lights in the trailer working while on shore power.
__________________
Don Hardman
1976 31' Sovereign
adonh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 10:43 AM   #12
2 Rivet Member
 
1979 30' Argosy
Lexington , Kentucky
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 20
No, we replaced a dometic 100 with the new used 2652.

If the converter is bad, would it still be humming, because it sure does hum like it's working?
__________________
kimberlyjan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 10:46 AM   #13
cwf
Rivet Master
 
cwf's Avatar
 
1999 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Hillsboro , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 5,936
Images: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by kimberlyjan View Post
No, we replaced a dometic 100 with the new used 2652.

If the converter is bad, would it still be humming, because it sure does hum like it's working?
You must use a meter to check proper voltage. Not only the noise.
__________________
Peace and Blessings..
Channing
WBCCI# 30676
cwf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 10:57 AM   #14
2 Rivet Member
 
1979 30' Argosy
Lexington , Kentucky
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 20
Ok, hopefully we have a meter to check the voltage. Thanks so much to all of you for your help. I'm just about in tears over this camper that I was SO excited about getting.
__________________

__________________
kimberlyjan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.