Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-30-2012, 10:55 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
1985 31' Excella
Santa Fe , New Mexico
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 19
Fridge doesn't like shore power

The domestic in my 85 excella is working just fine with gas, but as soon as I plug into shore power it shuts down. Since I am brand new to this and I don't have a clue what's going on, are there any airstream jedis out there who can suggest how I might remedy this?

Land Grover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2012, 11:21 PM   #2
DKB_SATX's Avatar

1975 Argosy 24
1976 Argosy 28
Alamo Heights , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 5,712
Images: 1
Blog Entries: 7
Assuming your refrigerator is an auto-switching model, it's detecting the availability of 120v power, switching off the gas and failing to cool on 120v.

I'd say that the most likely problem is that the 120v heating element has failed, since the 120v input needs to be present to make it try to switch away from gas. In the short term, you should be able to set the refrigerator to gas-only operation. The electric heating element can be replaced, if tests find that the element itself is the problem. Hopefully someone with more detailed knowledge of auto-switching fridges will reply, but there are several useful threads on here about the electric heating element.


Il Carriaggio 1975 Argosy 24 | Il Progetto 1976 Argosy 28 Center Bath | WBCCI# 15566

He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. Sir Winston Churchill
DKB_SATX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2012, 06:13 PM   #3
Rivet Master
WineStream's Avatar
2005 30' Safari
Jeromesville , Ohio
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,855
Images: 24
I had a different issue but still one that resulted in replacing my elec. heating element. I have a Norcold, but I would assume the element is very similar for Dometic. I figured such a repair was going to be very labor intensive and expensive. I finally bit the bullet and dug in. I had the element out in less than 15 minutes and the replacement shipped to my house was less than $50. Don't be afraid to dig in there.
WineStream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2012, 06:24 PM   #4
Rivet Master
Foiled Again's Avatar

2012 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Vintage Kin Owner
Virginia Beach , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 5,677
The prior posters are probably right - but one question. Have you checked the circuit breaker? On my 2006 to reset a breaker you have to push it all the way to the solid "off" position, then push back "on". The flipped breaker kinda looks like it's still working because it doesn't always go all the way to the OFF position when it pops.

Today is a gift, that's why they call it the present.
Foiled Again is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2012, 07:40 PM   #5
Rivet Master
HowieE's Avatar

1991 34' Excella
Princeton , New Jersey
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,309
Images: 12
If you re comfortable with a multimeter disconnect the power and disconnect the wires going to the heater element in the chimney. While set on the lowest resistance check for continuity across the element. If the element is open that is your problem.

If it is not open check the fuses on the board. the higher current one will be for the element. If the fuse is good plug in the power and read voltage on the wires going to the element. If you do not have voltage there it may be the control board but go through these checks before you go to a dealer because they may want to sell you board at $175.00+
2004 Excursion 4x4
1991 34 ft. Excella +220,000 miles, new laminated flooring, new upholstery, new 3200 lbs axles

HowieE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2012, 07:46 PM   #6
Rivet Master
TBRich's Avatar

2006 19' Safari SE
Tucson , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 4,369
Images: 64
Another simple thing to check is to make sure that the refrigerator is plugged into the 120 outlet behind the frig in the compartment. If it's not plugged in, it can't run on electricity but it can still run on gas.

TB & Greg and Abbey Schnauzer
AirForums #21900 . Membership Chair, 4C
Unit #3954
Travel Log: AZBambi...On the Road Again
TBRich is offline   Reply With Quote

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

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:08 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

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