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Old 12-08-2015, 02:02 PM   #21
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Zero degrees? Where in the world are you in that Aluminum Igloo? Just get to the nearest Interstate and look for an "S" on the sign then keep heading in that direction until you can keep the windows open all day and night.
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Old 12-08-2015, 02:52 PM   #22
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Regarding the fridge: Last spring ours stopped working when we were camped at 8000 ft and it was 29 degrees overnight. I'm not sure if the weather/altitude was the reason, but the refrigerant had developed a "bubble" which prevented circulation and wouldn't cool.

A certified Dometic repairman literally flipped our fridge upside down in two directions to get the bubble to go away. Being on the road may also make it go away. Just a thought...if your fridge is still broken.
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Old 12-08-2015, 03:01 PM   #23
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I also had intermittent furnace problems for about a year. Even with shore power, the furnace would occasionally refuse to come on or 'stutter' when trying to come on.

I could temporarily fix it by going outside under the furnace hatch and wiggle the wires a bit. There are a couple plastic connectors that join a wire into another wire. The connectors have a little piece of metal that pierces the insulation to make a connection. They had developed a slight corrosion and were no longer reliable. After a few times, I became impatient with the problem. I cut each joint apart and soldered the wires together with a shrink tubing cover.
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Old 12-08-2015, 03:22 PM   #24
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Back up heat

Get to a Walmart and buy a "Buddy Heater", at least you'll have some emergency back up heat and can use it when Boondocking.

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Old 12-08-2015, 04:22 PM   #25
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Based your last thread about your refrigerator malfunction and this thread on your heater malfunction.
I would say your battery's are too low to function the electronic controls.
It is not uncommon for battery's to be sitting on the manufacture/dealers shelf for a long time before you bought your rig.
And as stated, You can check each cell with a battery hydrometer, etc.
If one cell is good and the rest are not, metering will show a good voltage across the terminals. However that will not start your car or run your appliances.
If it works with the TV plugged in and running, and doesn't when not when not plugged in. Guess what?
You can try to charge the battery's by using a direct connection from the TV to the trailer with jumper cables. This is a lot more amperage than your umbilical can provide and will charge them. If they are chargeable.
My guess is the battery's are shot.
Best of luck.


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Old 12-09-2015, 05:21 AM   #26
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Yesterday was the fridge (still not working) in our 2015 25FC. Now we stopped for the night (on the road all day), and the furnace won't turn on.
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Bonnie
After reading Dennis's comment and your fridge thread, Bonnie, the batteries came into sharper focus. Their condition should be examined closely, and hopefully are still under warranty.

Confirmation that you are getting a solid charge from the tow vehicle is also important. Plenty of spots for loose connections, missing fuses, or corrosion of contacts, all of which would compromise the charge actually reaching your batteries.

That switch in the furnace compartment obviously is also a link in the chain.

Please let us know what you find/do, as your new knowledge will become part of the incredible resource which this forum is!

Good luck,

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PS -- Bonnie's thread on the fridge:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f425...se-144396.html
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Old 12-10-2015, 10:13 AM   #27
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Made it to our destination in AZ day before yesterday. Moving truck arrived yesterday and we spent the day with them unloading into the storage. Good news is we have a place to stay (thank God for family), until we have the Airstream settled. I think it's pretty certain the batteries are the problem. Getting shore power hooked up today and checking the batteries per conversation with Airstream tech. We are grateful to all our Airstream friends for all your help. I'll keep you posted.
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Old 12-14-2015, 09:25 AM   #28
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Made it to our destination in AZ day before yesterday. Moving truck arrived yesterday and we spent the day with them unloading into the storage. Good news is we have a place to stay (thank God for family), until we have the Airstream settled. I think it's pretty certain the batteries are the problem. Getting shore power hooked up today and checking the batteries per conversation with Airstream tech. We are grateful to all our Airstream friends for all your help. I'll keep you posted.
Wondering if you have time to update us? Hope it all worked out . . .

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Old 12-15-2015, 12:44 PM   #29
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Peter, I haven't updated you all because we're still trying to work out the problem. Just got off the phone with the repair shop. Per Airstream, they tried replacing a fuse for the furnace, but it blew. So, now they know that the problem is the furnace, not the wiring as they thought. Now we are waiting for Atwood to get back to them to see what to do and how it will be covered. Thanks for staying in touch.

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Old 12-17-2015, 05:19 AM   #30
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Thanks Bonnie, so the batteries checked out OK? No rush, but I am curious to hear what happened, as I have a new trailer with issues like new batteries to be considered next year. You also had some fridge problems I believe, and the batteries did seem to be a possible common link for this too.

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Old 12-18-2015, 08:03 AM   #31
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The batteries were run down, but were fine once recharged. I think the fridge was 'operator error.' It's working fine now. After going back and forth with Airstream and Atwood, looking at the blower motor and then the wiring, the repair shop seems to have concluded that it is the blower motor.

According to Debbie at Affinity RV, who has been taking care of the details, Airstream has said they will cover the initial labor. Atwood, the furnace manufacturer, said the warranty is not extended to second owners, but they will cover it this time. I was dissapointed to hear that since I assumed that the warranty transferred to us covered everything.

Atwood said they would send a new blower motor in 2 or 3 days, which means the repair shop might not get it until Monday. So we may or may not have it back by Christmas.
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Old 12-18-2015, 09:02 AM   #32
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Thanks for the update. Good to know the batteries are OK. Any chance low battery voltage caused the blower motor to burn out early? Bet Atwood is thinking that, but good of them to cover some part of the total.

Merry Christmas!

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Old 12-19-2015, 09:09 AM   #33
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No one has mentioned to us that the low battery caused the problem, but Atwood told the repair shop that the blower motor is a known problem.
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Old 01-24-2016, 06:31 PM   #34
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Finally, the end of the story, sort of...

So, dear friends, it turned out that after sending the wrong part and leaving everyone hanging, Atwood closes their plant for 2 weeks over the holidays. It seems like it would have been an easy thing to tell us (or the repair shop). Does their left hand not know when their right hand is closed?! Once the plant was reopened and the correct part was sent (sometime after the 1st of January), the repair shop had it fixed in 2 hours.

The furnace is now working quite well and we are toasty warm.

The End,
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:44 PM   #35
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Wow, that took awhile, is it OK to say 7 weeks.
Glad it is working, troubleshoot often seems like a lost art anymore.
Now you will be good for many years to come.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:52 PM   #36
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Thanks for the follow up Bonnie, glad it worked out!
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