Stuck at campground no outlets, water pump or fridge working

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  1. Cozart77

    Cozart77 New Member

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    2015 Rockwood freedom1640ltd

    Just purchased used. Got to campground plugged into power source, outlets and pump working. Noticed fridge not. Husband played around with fridge controls on outside of trailer. Now, no outlets, no fridge, no water pump. Tried resetting gfi, does nothing, Doesn’t even act like you are pushing buttons. Power source appears good from box, now have extension cords plugged in there. We were plugged in with power cord into the normal camper outlet.

    What is going on, I am clueless and not very happy with this maiden voyage
     
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    Converter breakers and fuses?
     
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    Check the breaker on the power pole.
     
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    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    Turn off fridge from 120V ac and see if you can reset gfi and the outlet work? If that fixed issue, run fridge on propane until you can fix the fridge gfi issue.
     
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    How do you know the fridge is not working on 120? They don't make any sound. Did you precool before you left It takes time for it to cool down!
     
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    Believe it, your camper doesn't care whether you're happy or not, nor will being upset about it do anything to solve your issue(s). ;) From what you've told us so far you've just been guessing, without much understanding of how the two electrical systems in your camper are designed to work - that's your first mistake. Second is "playing around" and not knowing what you're doing when the proper approach is to use a DVM (digital voltmeter) to methodically measure voltages in both systems until you find the source of the problem. It's difficult for any one of us here on the forum to tell you just what's happening as we're not there nor are you giving us any clues based on voltage measurements you've taken, and where. For example, you said the fridge is not working - not working on what? Gas? 12vdc? 120 vac? Hard to analyze a problem when we have so little to go on. This may sound harsh but the reality of owning any recreational vehicle is that you can't expect to go out and just use it without at least a basic understanding of how the various systems in the camper are designed to work and what to do about it when something doesn't. Start by reading through your owner's manual which although sometimes vague will at least offer a basic understanding of the systems involved. Good luck! [:D]
     
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    Clarification: husband watch instructional video from Rockwood on fridge, neither 12v or 120 was on so he choose 120 as the video instructed. This caused the outlets inside to stop working.

    We printed owners manual and reviewed carefully, however the owners manual tells you crap nothing about a refrigerator, and all it says in the electrical portion is “ your have GFI outlet, press reset” we did that with no resolve. The manual the. Basically says tough crap, call an electrician. The manual actually has four pages on how to tow and back aN RV but actually
    Nothing informative about your actual camper
     
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    So things worked until you put the frig on 120 AC.
    Take it off 120 AC and check all breakers. The ones in your camper and at the power pole.
     
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    Back to my original question how do you know it isn't working on 120? If you have propane I would just use that until you can work out the electric portion at home.
     
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    We had been at the campground for quite some time and no change in temp. We just shut the refrigerator off completely
    Now and will just use the coolers. We only have one more night, so not a huge deal. Spoke to a repair shop this morning when we get home they are going to give it a once over for us.
     
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    Once they do their once over, have them give you a walkthrough of each system. What it does and how it works.
     
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    The owners manual can be pretty lacking. They will give you just the basics and it will be mainly about the trailer itself The individual appliances have their own manual that is much more detailed. See if you can find the model number then download the manual for each appliance.
     
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    It appears that you didn't do a camp driveway set up at all and test all the systems. They are really pretty simple, but you need a basic understanding of how they work.
     
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    Update: we have a sink in our camper that folds down, there is a button it engages when the sink is set up, if the button is not engaged properly it’s like a kill switch for all electric. When we were opening and closing the Refridgerator we must have bumped the sink off the button. Everything is working as designed now. Thanks for the help
     
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    Unfortunately there's no such thing as "all electric". Your camper has 2 distinct electrical systems - 12 vdc supplied by the battery or by the converter when the trailer is plugged into shore power, and 2) a 120 vac system which of course only works when plugged into shore power. That galley mounted kill switch disconnects 12 vdc power to the overhead lights so when the roof is down in the travel position the lights can't get hot and burn the tenting - it has nothing to do with the 120 vac system.
     
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