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Vitrifrigo 3 ways fridge in campervan not working on batteries

The Vitrifigro (Model 5060, dated 2006) in my second-hand campervan works OK on gas and mains power but not on house battery power. The indicator light for battery power clicks on and off continually and there is no cooling, even though the house batteries are fully charged. However, when driving and the batteries (house and starter batteries) are all receiving charge from the alternator, the fridge works OK. I have previously gone back to the campervan dealer about the fridge and he replaced a fuse, which seemed to fix the problem but only for a while. I would be grateful if someone on Fixya could throw some light on this frustrating trouble before I go back to the dealer again.

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  • Tim24 May 11, 2010

    I have now read in a motorhome users's manual that running the fridge on the house batteries while the vehicle is stationary will drain them flat in less than an hour, so it seems that the answer is to use the batteries only while driving and to switch over to mains power or gas when stationary. I am obviously still learning about using a motorhome successfully!

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You can fit a relay connected through the vehicle ignition that will prevent the fridge running on 12V unless the motor is running, this way you will not drain the battery.

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