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AC doesn't cool

We full-time in our RV and typically boondock (solar). In 2022, I estimate we stayed in an RV park perhaps for up to two months. All of this to say that we don't use our AC much, since we don't have enough battery capacity to run it while boondocking. So, during our latest stay in an RV park, it was into the 80s in south Texas and I turned on the AC. It clicked on and it sounded like the AC compressor came on but the air coming out of the unit wasn't particularly cold. It's a 2009 RV with a rooftop AC unit. Any maintenance / troubleshooting tips to try? Do these have freon that I can check / add if needed? Thanks! Jorn
jornvango 03/06/23 04:44pm Tech Issues
Connect multiple portable solar panels?

We have a portable 100W panel from Renogy that comes with a built-in controller. Two cables go to the battery connect on the RV. How hard is it to connect a second 100W panel? I assume we'll need to buy a 100W panel without a built-in controller? Thanks!
jornvango 11/21/22 03:37pm Tech Issues
Copper Canyon?

We made it back from Alaska and are now staying in New Mexico ... eager to cross into Mexico. Since we have never visited the Copper Canyon region, we're wondering if there are any major safety concerns driving our RV across the border in southern New Mexico? (Antelope Wells or Columbus) We'd like to drive via Nuevo Casas Grandes (visit nearby ruins) and Laguna Babicora (sandhill cranes & snow geese spend winter here) to the Copper Canyon area. We're thinking of camping for a few weeks in the Creel area (I believe they have a former KOA campground here) and visit nearby areas in/along the canyon, and nearby Basaseachi waterfalls. Thanks!
jornvango 11/21/22 03:31pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Refrigerator is dead

Update: the fridge is working again. A guy came by to help troubleshoot. He tapped his hammer on the control board and instantly the fridge came alive! So, he said some electrical connection probably corroded and the tap of the hammer restored the connection. He recommended to replace the control board. Makes sense? I'm about to look for the replacement board.
jornvango 08/13/22 11:45am Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator is dead

Update: after tracing where the wire loses the voltage, I got that fixed. I confirmed that the wire going into the control board at the back of the fridge is now receiving 13.3V However, the fridge is still not turning on. I just did some research and, once I get back home, will check the control board to see that 12V power is leaving to the fridge power button.
jornvango 08/12/22 05:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator is dead

Looks like it's either Dometic RM2351, RM2451 or RM2551. Unsure how to know which of these three as the Dometic manual schematics in the RV lists these three for what matches what I see at the back of the fridge. I tested both fuses on the control board and they're ok. I tested 12V power leaving the RV's power center and it's ok. When the power arrives at the back of the fridge, the multimeter only shows around 2.9 so not sure if I'm testing it wrong or if there could be an issue for the 12V not reaching the fridge and I should check the cable between the fridge and the RV's power center.
jornvango 08/11/22 12:49pm Tech Issues
Refrigerator is dead

We have a 2009 Casita trailer with original Dometic fridge. We're full-timers and typically boondock so the fridge uses propane and 12V. Today, out of nowhere, the fridge went dead. The "ON/OFF" button doesn't do a thing. I figure it may be time for a new fridge looking at the age, but, as these things usually break in the worst possible location, I'd like to see if I can get it going again as we're currently in the middle-of-nowhere Alaska for the summer and are not going back to the lower 48 until the end of September and there's no RV repair shop in hundreds of miles here. Anyone have any troubleshooting steps I can try? I already checked the 15AMP fuse and it's good (that would have been too easy a fix!). Thanks!
jornvango 08/10/22 11:37pm Tech Issues
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