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Posted: 06/25/12 12:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nalphins@charter.net wrote:

My battery only will open slide but not turn on coffee pot...what gives??


Unless you have a 12v coffee pot, you need to be plugged in to shore power to make coffee...or use an old-fashioned percolator on the stove. I guess you could run 110v off an inverter, but you'll kill your battery PDQ.

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Mile High wrote:

2112 wrote:

Fridge will only work when traveling while the engine is running. Stop for an hour on a hot summer day and your ice cream will melt. Ask me how I know.
OK, how come your ice cream melted? Did your propane changeover fail to start or are you running one of the new residential fridges on an inverter and the batteries dropped too fast?
As said, the controller still requires 12V to operate. The propane is useless without the controller to control it. Without the battery or 12V provided by the TV, no fridge. I used my last TT for about two years without a battery. It went bad and I realized I really didn't need it, no slides. The down side was the fridge didn't work when you turned off the TV.


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Posted: 06/26/12 03:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2112 wrote:

Mile High wrote:

2112 wrote:

Fridge will only work when traveling while the engine is running. Stop for an hour on a hot summer day and your ice cream will melt. Ask me how I know.
OK, how come your ice cream melted? Did your propane changeover fail to start or are you running one of the new residential fridges on an inverter and the batteries dropped too fast?
As said, the controller still requires 12V to operate. The propane is useless without the controller to control it. Without the battery or 12V provided by the TV, no fridge. I used my last TT for about two years without a battery. It went bad and I realized I really didn't need it, no slides. The down side was the fridge didn't work when you turned off the TV.
Ahh - the rest of the story. You didn't mention you were running the trailer without a battery. Makes sense now.

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You need it for the breakaway switch for sure. Since you have a new 5th wheel, your converter more than likely doesn't require a battery in place (don't know of any new converters that need one). Even if all I did was go to full hookup campgrounds, I'd still have a couple of group 27's for the occasional power outage so I could continue to run the heater, fridge and other 12V stuff.


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lovemountains wrote:

The propane refrigerator with electronic controls MUST have either battery power or 110 in order to work.


Our new dometic requires 12VDC on propane or AC.

Pull the DC fuse to the reefer and see for yourself on AC ...

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Its true I disconnected the battery and frig went down, thank goodness I was looking for problems...

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The Big Country comes equipped with a battery disconnect. Even after two months, the battery should be ok, assuming you have a deep cycle marine battery.


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