I think I have a fridge problem

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  1. Emmenay

    Emmenay Read Only Funster

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    Here goes,

    As far as I'm aware through the wonderful world of google, my dometic RM6401 fridge should not work on 12V unless the engine is running.

    What I am finding though is that the internal fridge light stays illuminated when its switched to 12V and the engine off, but as soon as I start the engine the light goes out. I may be wrong but I'm assuming the internal fridge light is a good indication that the fridge is on or off, would this be right?

    Many thanks.
     
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    My fridge light comes on as soon as I switch the fridge on,but the heating element doesn't start working till the engine is running. Have never checked if the light is on whilst driving as the fridge is at the other end of the camper from the steering wheel.:Wink:
     
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    So I can't just set the cruise control and walk to the fridge then...Only joking :Wink:
     
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    The fridge light works on 12v whatever the fridge itself is currently being powered by.
     
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    not sure what van you have but some older British vans (swift for one) disconnect the hab 12v system once the engine is started, which would explain why the light goes out.

    turn on a 12v light in the hab area then start the engine....if it goes out then that's the problem solved.

    easily disabled if you can find the N/C relay which controls this function.
    in my kontiki it was below the wardrobe and found by chance :RollEyes:
     
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    So if the fridge light goes off with the engine running, safe to say the fridge is off. I can see this being a problem.......
     
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    No....the fridge has a dedicated power supply from the alternator with the engine running, but only to the heating element... nothing else.
     
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    Haha yes its a swift Kon tiki. When the engine is running, the control panel shuts everything down in the hab area but according to the manual the fridge should still work
     
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    Ahh that would make sense then.

    I must learn to read and type quicker :Doh:
     
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    correct......fridge will draw more than 10amps and would flatten your battery in a few hours so it has its own supply from the engine via a (usually) 30amp relay.
    start the engine, the relay triggers, fridge runs, turn off and it deactivates.
     
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    Just followed this thread with interest, and I'm probably going to sound a bit thick, but am I right then that when we pull into a service area for a meal stop and leave the fridge switched to 12v it is actually switched off because the engine is not running?
    We have in the past panicked and nipped out to switch it to off fearing that we were draining the battery.
     
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    Dont worry, It will not drain your battery as the relay has switch the power off when you turned off the ignition.
     
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    Yup my fridge light work whenever the door is open whatever it's set to..........
     
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