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RE: Norcold refrigerator not working despite propane burning

According to a notice I received in the mail there is a Class Action Lawsuit for the Norcold 1200 Series, N8 Series or N6 Series. Two lawsuits have been filed against Norcold Inc., Thetford Corp., and The Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corp. There is a safety related defect in the cooling unit. 1. WHAT does that have to do with this thread? 2. This is a typical Class Action Lawsuit that will do NOTHING for the RV'er. ALL it will do is make the Lawyers rich and the RV'er will get a token amount, probably less than $100. Doug
dougrainer 05/24/16 06:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lot of water from A/C

Remember, he stated that there was a lot of water around the compressor. THAT would eliminate a duct work condensation drip. Probably but what if the water around the compressor is NOT the water that is leaking inside ?? And what constitutes "a lot" ?? Are you a professional RV Technician? Doug
dougrainer 05/24/16 06:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Norcold refrigerator not working despite propane burning

Another Norcold RV fridge issue.... WHEN RV fridges work correctly they take forever to get cold. Your freezer will probably never hit zero and may be 30 degrees after 24 hours. You need to wait more time. Just a tip, once I went to a dorm & residential set of fridges in my coaches, my ice cream has been solid as well as my ice. You can run them on inverters while driving. The setback is boondocking. Sorry I vent because there are so many bad RV fridge stories and I got sick of eating slime ice cream out of my bowls by personal experience. If you buy square/rectangle box type ice cream and have it against the rear wall of the freezer, you will get better results on ice cream. Doug
dougrainer 05/23/16 06:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Norcold refrigerator not working despite propane burning

Hello. I do not want to start a flame war here. I respect all opinions, but I want first to be done with troubleshooting my RV fridge. My first question is "what is normal"? What sort of temperature should I expect on the aluminum fins after, say, 1 hour of running on propane and seeing propane burn? In real time-NOTHING on the fins after 1 hour. The Cooling unit starts at the top(freezer) and then goes down to the fins. You will feel cold in the back wall of the freezer after 1 hour. The freezer after 24 hours will be 0 to 5 degrees. The refer fins will be 10 degrees colder than the items in the refer---water is 36 degrees after 24 hours the fins will be 26 degrees. There is no way to speed up the process. You MUST wait 24 hours for a complete cool to set temp. After 3 or 4 hours you will feel cool/cold on the evap fins. Doug
dougrainer 05/23/16 06:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lot of water from A/C

I think I will double check everything and replace the gasket. Guessing at the source of the problem and throwing parts at it often causes more problems than it fixes. You NEED to make a serious effort to find out where the water is coming from first. One post pointed out that the condensation drain probably has nothing to do with the weather seal gasket and I pointed out that your water source might be the duct work and not the A/C unit at all. If the problem was caused by a combination of high humidity and a slow condensation drain, it might go away by itself......for a while. Remember, he stated that there was a lot of water around the compressor. THAT would eliminate a duct work condensation drip. I have worked on hundreds of Ducted AC's and have NEVER seen humidity caused water in excess in the ductwork. Moisture on the ceiling, but not water dripping out. IF you have this type problem, you have a problem with your ductwork and not a problem with the AC unit. Doug
dougrainer 05/23/16 10:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Norcold refrigerator not working despite propane burning

We have a similar problem with our Norcold. Works fine on A/C. Propane flame fires up and is nice and blue, but the refrigerator and freezer do not maintain the cold temperatures attained from A/C use. Ice and cold stuff is already in there, but no cold is happening from the propane option. Anyone with comments from similar experiences and solutions are much appreciated. Especially solutions. And, no, please don't say, "Get a residential refrigerator." I am looking to the incredible number of experienced RV's out there to point out something that I may be missing. Your help is much appreciated! If it cools correctly on 120 and not on LP, there are only 3 problems it can be. 1. LP pressure is low 2. The orifice/burner is slightly clogged and needs cleaned 3. IF the cooling unit has been replaced, there is a Spiral Baffle in the chimney right above the flame that dispurses the heat evenly to heat. IF that Spiral is gone or rusted out and destroyed, the unit will NOT cool on LP correctly. You have to pull the refer to verify this. Doug
dougrainer 05/23/16 06:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lot of water from A/C

If your coil is freezing up then you have other issues. A clogged evaporator coil, or worse yet a refrigerant leak. If you don't have water issues when its raining then you can rule out the gasket. The gasket will be an issue if it is COLLAPSED from being too tight. It will still stop rain leakage. Doug
dougrainer 05/23/16 06:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generator Fuel System '95 Rexhall Vision

What you do is spray B12(Carb Cleaner) into the carb with the Air Filter removed. IF the engine fires and runs with intermittent squirts of B12, then you have a carb problem. Doug
dougrainer 05/22/16 12:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generator Fuel System '95 Rexhall Vision

Hi Doug, I can reach the fuel line by squeeeeezing over the drive shaft. I'll get in there with a head lamp and change it out. My bigger issue now is no spark to the gen. I took out the spark plug, reattached it to the plug wire and tried to start the generator. No spark. Not sure what to do now. That is a good idea, I can tell you from vast experience that a visual look at a fuel line cannot tell you if it is dry rotted enough to prevent fuel pick up. The cracks are extremely hard to verify. Doug
dougrainer 05/22/16 07:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lot of water from A/C

Hi I am have alot of water coming from the A/c but i dont know why? It never iced up and i could see it drip alittle my guess was condensation we went out for a little while came back ceiling soaking dripping on to the floor and the Dinette. I can't figure out where the water came from. I want on the roof took off the cover it was wer around the compressor and such. But i still cant see how it got in? What sould i.do next? If it was wet around the compressor and there is no rain, your drain holes are NOT draining the water. Now, IF you are positive the drain holes are clean and have no blockage and you get a LOT of water coming in, the USUAL cause is, the AC Mount bolts are too tight and you have collapsed the AC gasket down so far that the drain holes on the bottom of the pan are touching the roof itself. This is more common with RVP(Coleman) units but you do not specify what brand you have as you can do the same with Dometic units. ALL you have to do is pull the top covers that exposes the evaporator and then pour water onto the Evap drain pan and watch where it goes. IF the water does not flow quickly out of the drain pan thru the 2 side drain holes, then this is probably your problem. Doug
dougrainer 05/22/16 07:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Onan 6.5RV 3CR-16020P Generator Battery charging?

No Onan RV Genset has a built in charger. The choke should move if you move that wire. the wire should be loose to move and not rigid. Doug
dougrainer 05/21/16 07:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Nor cold n811 codes

I have a 2 week old trailer with a Norcold N811 in it. This past Saturday night, we somehow tripped the park breaker without knowing it and woke up freezing at 5 AM. Long and short of it is the furnace wouldn't run and I believe I starved the fridge of the necessary voltage due to running the battery down. I too have a 6 flash green indicator. I have since found a Norcold Service Bulletin for Trouble Shooting Power Boards and Control Panels. It is publication no. 631361A (5-31-07). It identifies the 6 flash code as probably being caused by (1) The open limit switch in the cooling unit canister has tripped, or, (2) The switch connections or jumper wire is disconnected. The only switch I am aware of is the thermal switch on the flue and it has continuity through it @ 13.2V. Any help would be appreciated...not that I just can't take it back to my dealer, but I am an instant gratification kind of person!! Plus, I dread the thought of having to leave it there for as long as we waited for it and now is camping season. Until this thread came up, I have never seen a code 6. I have worked on thousands of Norcolds over the years. So, your best bet is to do a hard Board reset as outlined in the Norcold Board reset procedure. The voltage drop should not have cause the problem as for the past 10 years or so, Norcold has engineered their boards to NOT be affected by a slow loss of 12 volt power. Doug
dougrainer 05/21/16 07:23am Tech Issues
RE: Norcold Fridge - Pilot/Flame is too big spreads??

He stated he turns the gas ON and then uses the Ignitor. That indicates (also because he has a tent camper) that he has a BYPASS controlled refer. Which will have a pilot. He really needs to blow out the back and the burner area with compressed air. All he did with the brush was cause the debris to fall inside the burner tube. Doug
dougrainer 05/21/16 07:18am Tech Issues
RE: Airxcel Heatpump model 6535

1. The Breakers are mislabeled. That is the AC breaker and not the Water Heater breaker. 2. IF the compressor starts and then runs a little before the Breaker trips, odds are you have a defective Compressor. Since the unit is 15 years old that is the most likely reason. If it just surges after that 20 to 30 seconds that is the compressor attempting to start. Likely problems 1. Start capacitor bad or blown 2. limit on compressor burnt wires shorting out 3. Compressor locked
dougrainer 05/20/16 12:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator Fuel System '95 Rexhall Vision

Usually on an older Gas model motorhome, the rubber fuel line that is connected on top the fuel tank has dry rotted out and has splits and cracks and cannot have the intergrity to allow the fuel pump to pull fuel out of the tank. You have to drop the tank to check and verify and replace this fuel line. Doug
dougrainer 05/20/16 12:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I can't imagine this many cables (UPDATED)

You have an older motorhome that had a Winegard type COAX video switch box which had up to 12 coax inputs and outputs on the back of the switch box The VCR had 2 coax cables from this box---2 You had a Coax from the outside cable input--1 Coax from roof antenna --1 output to TV1 --1 output to TV2 --1 output to AUX(TV3) --1 some had a RF built in modulator for DVD coax out --1 There was a SAT input coax ---1 Then they had a AUX Coax input ---1 total so far 10 coax cables Doug
dougrainer 05/19/16 01:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Could 10 year tires really be safe?

Trish, to honestly answer your question yes or no your tires need to be broken down off the rim. By breaking them down off the rim your tires can be inspected for inside sidewall damage. Inside sidewall damage is the cause of many blowouts. After your tire expert inspects your tires he or she can make a intelligent decision. I've run tires on my RV with 10 years 2 different times by using this method. Maybe when people make statements like this, THEY should do research and find out HOW MUCH a Tire company will charge to break down 6 or 8 tires just to inspect. Then reinstall and balance. That may make a big difference in the decision if they are spending hundreds of dollars just to inspect. Also, I doubt ANY Tire Company or expert would state that those 7 year or older tires are SAFE to reinstall and go down the road. They would not be stupid enough to incur the liability of stating those tires are still good. EVEN if they made you sign a liability waiver, the lawyers would still hang them out to dry if something bad happened. Doug
dougrainer 05/19/16 06:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: acceptable tire age

Tires should be replaced if 7 years or older. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. IF you purchase Tire/Wheel ESC protection, guess what? IF your tires are older than 7 years, that protection will not pay for any tire problems as they will state, the tires are too old for proper usage. That is in the small fine print:B They state they are not in business to replace old marginal tires regardless of the Tread left on them. I replace my 1975 Corvette tires every 5 to 7 years, even tho the Car has only 29,000 miles on it. Having a blow out while hot rodding around and the possible damage to the car body is not worth the risk for me. Doug below is from a Tire Rack seller website. This is for just CAR tires that do not have the stress that RV tires would have. While American driving conditions don't include the high-speed challenges of the German Autobahn, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company and General Motors have joined their European colleagues by recommending that tires installed as Original Equipment be replaced after six years of service. Read this link. http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/Documents/2014_Tire_Safety_SYM_Panel_4b_Kane.pdf
dougrainer 05/18/16 03:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Could 10 year tires really be safe?

Tires should be replaced if 7 years or older. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. IF you purchase Tire/Wheel ESC protection, guess what? IF your tires are older than 7 years, that protection will not pay for any tire problems as they will state, the tires are too old for proper usage. That is in the small fine print:B They state they are not in business to replace old marginal tires regardless of the Tread left on them. I replace my 1975 Corvette tires every 5 to 7 years, even tho the Car has only 29,000 miles on it. Having a blow out while hot rodding around and the possible damage to the car body is not worth the risk for me. Doug below is from a Tire Rack seller website. This is for just CAR tires that do not have the stress that RV tires would have. While American driving conditions don't include the high-speed challenges of the German Autobahn, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company and General Motors have joined their European colleagues by recommending that tires installed as Original Equipment be replaced after six years of service. Read this link. http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/Documents/2014_Tire_Safety_SYM_Panel_4b_Kane.pdf
dougrainer 05/18/16 03:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: House Battery Dies Quickly

Your Genset does NOT charge the batteries. Your Genset supplies the 120 volts to run the CHARGER for your batteries. If you have only a CONVERTER (you do since you have just 1- 24 series battery), then to fully charge a discharged battery that is below 50 percent discharged, it would take at least 4 to 8 hours(maybe more) to fully charge a 24 series battery. It all depends on what TYPE Converter you have and what its charger section is rated at. If you post what brand and model Power Converter, we can help you understand the charging parameters for that model. Doug
dougrainer 05/18/16 03:28pm Class A Motorhomes
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