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Topic: Refrigerator & propane
Posted By: flamingo_betsy
Subject: Refrigerator & propane
Date Posted: 29 Sep 2010 at 9:13pm
Hi everyone!
I have another question, and I know someone can help.
I am getting ready to go about as "dry" camping as I ever plan to. Since I hadn't gone any place for several weeks, I had turned off the propane tank. I usual turn the refrigerator to the propane mode when traveling but after turning the propane tank back on, the refrigerator doesn't seem to work on that mode. As soon as I change the mode, the little red light flashes.  It continues to flash even after a few minutes.
I've read where you should light the burners to bleed the air out of the lines just in case.  Did that, left them on for a couple minutes.
I also filled up the fresh water tank & turned on the water pump, ran water out of the hot water spigot & everything worked fine.  I turned on the hot water heater & the water was hot after a few minutes.
It seems like everything else with propane is working fine. 
Any suggestions to figure out why the frig isn't working?
Thanks,
Betsy



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Happping Podding from Flamingo Betsy, Dixie Doodle, our agility star, Hisaw's Indigo Rose, the crazy Aussie puppy, & the two JRT's, Sophie & Bouncer.



Replies:
Posted By: TravelGypsy
Date Posted: 30 Sep 2010 at 7:27am
Try this...it worked for me when I had the same problem....press and hold the MODE button for several seconds/minutes.  If it doesn't fire up the ignitor...give it a minute or two and try again.  Turns out I was just 'switching' between modes and not actually turning ON the propane mode.  Worked for me last weekend when I took a last available, non-electric sight at the state park and had to improvise my plan for the weekend.   A little quality time with the frig manual and a cup of coffee usually sets me straight!    Hope this works for you!

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The Gypsy Caravan
JRo & Topher (he objects to the CRo I assigned)
Nick, Will & Em
R-172 2011 & Honda Odyssey 2003


Posted By: Butterfly_Lee
Date Posted: 30 Sep 2010 at 9:40am

Yes this has happen to me also, I just light the one of the burners on the stove for a minute.  My theory "is that air (pressure whatever) gets in the line and needs an outlet for the gas to get though to the fridge". 

Once I do that the fridge turns right on.
LeeClap


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Posted By: Outbound
Date Posted: 30 Sep 2010 at 11:00am
Originally posted by Butterfly_Lee

Yes this has happen to me also, I just light the one of the burners on the stove for a minute.

+1


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Craig :: 2008 Mazda Tribute :: 2009 r-pod 171, The Johnnie Ray


Posted By: gepaine
Date Posted: 30 Sep 2010 at 12:46pm
According to my copy of the Dometic manual (and my actual experience), pressing and holding the Mode button is only for turning on or off the refrigerator. Once the refrigerator is ON, you can't actually "turn ON" a mode by holding the button. Simply pressing and releasing the Mode button switches the refrigerator between the 3 available modes. Once a mode is selected, it will start up without having to hold the button.
 
It may have seemed like holding the button for "seconds/minutes" caused the propane mode to turn on, but more likely, the regrigerator went thru multiple startup attempts before the burner lit. (In propane mode, it will attempt to ignite the propane (you can hear the ignitor sparking), and if there is no ignition, it will wait a predetermined time and try again. I don't know how many times it will try before turning on the red failure light. This whole process might take 30 seconds or more, and if you continued to hold the button during this time, it may have appeared that holdong the button caused it to turn ON. However, it would have done the same thing if you weren't holding the button.


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Posted By: Tom and Carol
Date Posted: 30 Sep 2010 at 8:11pm
I decided to try the propane mode on our way to a campground after running it in electric mode overnight before leaving.  When I got to the campground is when I noticed the light flashing.  So, I guess I too will be looking to the manual for help when I get a chance.

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Tom and Carol
R-Pod 177
2006 F-150


Posted By: HuronSailor
Date Posted: 30 Sep 2010 at 11:27pm
Originally posted by Tom and Carol

I decided to try the propane mode on our way to a campground ... When I got to the campground is when I noticed the light flashing.
 
Although some friends of ours had an RV who's fridge ran on propane while on the road, I don't think the fridge on the rPod is meant to run on propane while underway - only 12V. I'll bet the pilot just blew out.


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Posted By: Phil H
Date Posted: 01 Oct 2010 at 7:28am
I have run ours on propane on several trips - while driving - works great Smile

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2010 R-pod 171 (sold)
2010 Surveyor SV251 towed by a 2010 Chevrolet Avalanche


Posted By: HuronSailor
Date Posted: 01 Oct 2010 at 9:18am
Oh. I stand corrected. Good to know.

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Posted By: Ned
Date Posted: 01 Oct 2010 at 7:34pm
We run ours on propane on the road with no problem.

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Ned
Rocket Pod RP-173
Miramichi, NB
2005 Ford Escape


Posted By: TravelGypsy
Date Posted: 02 Oct 2010 at 9:40am
Please refer to the Troubleshooting section of your manual (page 24 in mine) under the Failure"  The refrigerator does not cool in gas operation mode" where it describes the solution to the problem.  

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The Gypsy Caravan
JRo & Topher (he objects to the CRo I assigned)
Nick, Will & Em
R-172 2011 & Honda Odyssey 2003


Posted By: Tom and Carol
Date Posted: 02 Oct 2010 at 7:14pm
Is there a shut off device for the lp gas other than the one on the lp tank.  The owners manual seems to suggest that there is, but gives no diagram or indication where this shut off is.  Should I open the service panel on the outside of the Rpod to find this?

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Tom and Carol
R-Pod 177
2006 F-150


Posted By: Outbound
Date Posted: 02 Oct 2010 at 8:30pm
Originally posted by Tom and Carol

Is there a shut off device for the lp gas other than the one on the lp tank.  The owners manual seems to suggest that there is, but gives no diagram or indication where this shut off is.

Yes there is, but its not the type you're expecting.  The valve on the fridge is electrically controlled by the fridge's brain.


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Craig :: 2008 Mazda Tribute :: 2009 r-pod 171, The Johnnie Ray


Posted By: Tom and Carol
Date Posted: 03 Oct 2010 at 9:54am
So I guess it's either working or it's not and there is nothing I can really due to check this out.  Is that correct?  Thanks for the reply.

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Tom and Carol
R-Pod 177
2006 F-150


Posted By: Outbound
Date Posted: 03 Oct 2010 at 7:29pm
Originally posted by Tom and Carol

So I guess it's either working or it's not and there is nothing I can really due to check this out.  Is that correct?

That's pretty much it.

I would suggest trying it again under ideal circumstances:
- park and level the trailer
- fully open the valve on the propane tank
- light the stove and let it burn for two minutes; turn it off
- turn your fridge selector to propane
- wait for two hours.  don't fiddle with anything on the trailer

If the fridge light is still flashing, there's something wrong.  It may be as simple as a spider's nest up in the fridge's igniter.  It may be a clogged propane line.  It may be that something wrong with the fridge's electronics.  It may be another failure.  At this point, it'll be time for a trip back to the dealer.


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Craig :: 2008 Mazda Tribute :: 2009 r-pod 171, The Johnnie Ray


Posted By: flamingo_betsy
Date Posted: 03 Oct 2010 at 9:38pm
Well I really wanted to figure this out before I left for the weekend.  Since someone had mentioned holding the mode button in, I tried it.  What it did for me was to turn off the refrigerator completely rather than just changing the modes.  I turned the refrigerator back on & it worked!!!
I guess my refrigerator just needed a reboot!
Thanks for all the help.
And I had a great time at the weekend agility trial!!! Lots of ribbons!
Betsy


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Happping Podding from Flamingo Betsy, Dixie Doodle, our agility star, Hisaw's Indigo Rose, the crazy Aussie puppy, & the two JRT's, Sophie & Bouncer.


Posted By: Tom and Carol
Date Posted: 04 Oct 2010 at 12:21pm
I didn't realize it, but my wife informed me that the stove didn't light right away when we last used the pod.  To me that sounds like air in the line, which would keep the fridge from igniting.  I'll try again on our next trip.  To be honest, I expect to have electricity when I camp, so I probably won't need the lp function.  However, if it is suppose to work, I want it to work.Smile

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Tom and Carol
R-Pod 177
2006 F-150


Posted By: TravelGypsy
Date Posted: 04 Oct 2010 at 11:37pm
Betsy...glad that you had a great weekend and that the simple solution worked well for you.  Big smile

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The Gypsy Caravan
JRo & Topher (he objects to the CRo I assigned)
Nick, Will & Em
R-172 2011 & Honda Odyssey 2003


Posted By: CubFanMan1
Date Posted: 11 Oct 2010 at 12:52am
The fridge will most likely not light on the first try when you are low or out of propane, or unit has been sitting stored for a while.  You may still be able to light the burners on the stove and start the water heater if you are running low on propane but the fridge requires a good, steady supply of propane. 

If the fridge does not light on the propane setting the error indicator light will come on.  You cannot just switch to another mode then back to gas to reset the error.

The fridge needs to be reset by pushing and holding the mode button until it (the whole fridge) turns off then pushing and holding the mode button again to restart.

This may take several resets to purge air from the gas supply lines to the fridge.

Hope this helps


Posted By: GaRedneck81
Date Posted: 31 Jan 2011 at 1:19pm
Just got back from my first offical camping trip(dry-very rustic), and I also experienced not being able to use the refridgerator on propane.  The red light flashed all weekend and never lit. Lit both stove burners to bleed any air out; but never even heard the reefer even try to lite.  The heater worked great; although very loud..... Also had the front door side stablizer bend about 2 inches ???? Will have to get it replaced; hopefully under warranty...Everything else worked great.

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GaRedneck81
U.S.Navy-Retired
Heavy Chevy 5.7 liter
RP-172
Kennesaw, Ga.


Posted By: Lark
Date Posted: 31 Jan 2011 at 1:39pm
I run my 171 on propane on the road. however, when you stop to gas up you should turn off the propane mode, no open flame when you gas up.
 
 
Lark F-150, R171


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Lark



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