Jayco RV Owners Forum

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-19-2017, 06:19 PM   #1
Junior Member
lfcave's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Omaha
Posts: 23
Refrigerator won't work

Our new in June Jay Feather 7 was used 2 weeks ago on a 4 day trip and the refrigerator worked great. It cooled down before leaving on propane and switched to electric when we were at the camp site. It remained cool on the way home on propane.
Planning on leaving tomorrow on a 3 week trip, I turned on the frig on propane to precooked. The pilot lights but the frig won't cool down. It has been on propane for 6 hours and is just as warm now as when I first turned it on.
Does anyone have any ideas?

lfcave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2017, 06:28 PM   #2
Senior Member
Grumpy's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Where ever the boss says we're going.
Posts: 6,318
Hows the freezer? Fridge could take awhile, possibly overnight.

Grumpy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2017, 08:30 PM   #3
Senior Member
RogerR's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Mapleton
Posts: 701
Is the main burner working or just the pilot light?

If the main burner is working flat out it should cool unless the coolant has leaked out.

Could be that the pilot is working but the burner is not coming on due to some failure in the controls.

In mine, the pilot came on but went out when the main burner tried to come on. I cleaned the pilot area, blew out the dust and it worked.

It takes up to 24 hours to cool down all the way in warm weather. A little less in cooler weather.
2017 SLX 195RB
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland, gas 3.7 V6
Andersen WDH hitch
Dometic Milenco Aero mirrors
RogerR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2017, 07:44 AM   #4
Junior Member
lfcave's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Omaha
Posts: 23
Just the pilot light is working. I did check the 2 fuses on the circuit board last night and they were fine. I plugged it in to house current but forced it to propane. There doesn't seem to be any attempt to light the main burner and the pilot light stays lite. Temperature in the whole frig is 84 after 20 hours.
lfcave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2017, 09:01 AM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Albany, OR
Posts: 623
Pilot light?
What model of refrig do you have? I thought all relatively new refrigerators now used an igniter rather than a pilot light. Are you sure what you are seeing is not the actual heat source flame?
As said earlier, these refrigerators are just a chemical process, as long as they have heat, they should cool. In fact just last week we had a friend whose refrig would not light (spark). I just connected 12VDC to the propane valve and lit the burner, it cooled just fine. We just connected/disconnected the battery to maintain temp over the weekend.

2015 Jayco 27RLS
2015 Ford F250 6.7PSD
DanNJanice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2017, 09:40 AM   #6
Senior Member
mike837go's Avatar
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Campbell Hall
Posts: 2,838
X2 on Pilot light?!?

Has the fridge been operated out-of-level (especially accidentally)?

Did you notice a particularly acrid odor?

If "yes" to either of those, things may get expensive.
TT 2015 19RD "TheJayco"
TV 2003 F-350 "Montblanc" - Housebroken chore truck

Sitting in The Cheap Seats.
And proud of it!
mike837go is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2017, 09:47 AM   #7
Senior Member
Loosenuts's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Kennesaw
Posts: 172
You got 12v?
The fridge needs propane and 12 volts to work.
Maybe make sure your battery is charged and your breaker for your 12v is on??
Charles King
Kennesaw, GA
My 28RLS Mods and Observations

Read About My Camping World Nightmare
Loosenuts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2017, 10:51 AM   #8
Moderator Emeritus
Rustic Eagle's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 7,711
Assuming that the refrigerator LP is functioning properly (should hear the flame at the exterior access panel), confirm that the temperature control sensor (thermistor) didn't get knocked off the aluminum cooling fins inside the fridge. There is a clip that holds it in place.

Also, the cooling process brings the freezer compartment down to temperature first, then the lower compartment follows. I find placing a couple bags of ice in the freezer it cools down faster, and once at operating temperature with the freezer maintaining 75% capacity or more the entire refrigerator runs more efficiently.


2016 GM 2500HD 6.0L/4.10
2018 Jay Flight 24RBS
2005 Jayco Eagle 278FBS (retired)
1999 Jayco Eagle 246FB (retired)
Reese HP Dual Cam (integrated sway control)
Rustic Eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2017, 11:30 AM   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 1,315
Also, if your main burner looks like a pilot light, (there is no pilot on these fridges except on the smallest pup fridges, and they must be lit manually, so you would know if you had one), then check your propane flow.

How full is the tank? Do your stove burners light at full burner volume? If no, check the tank level and the tank valve. Close the valve, and then reopen slowly.

If you have good stove action, check the propane lines at the fridge. Is there any blockage (spider nests) or kinks in the lines?
2011 Jayco X19H (purchased 2015)
2008 Jayco 1007 PUP (purchased new, traded for the X19)
2012 Chev Traverse LT with TP
bankr63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2017, 12:00 PM   #10
Site Team
norty1's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 14,046
Don't expect it to sound like water heater when on gas. Even when on the flame is not big/ noisy.

Sounds like electrical. Have you checked DC and connections on the fridge board.

2011 351RLTS Eagle, Mor/Ryde suspension & pin box
06 F350 Lariat PSD, SRW, LB, CC, EGR delete kit, 16K DrawTite hitch, Timbrens, TST TPMS

Can't find what you're looking on JOF? Try:Jayco Owners Forum Custom Google Search
norty1 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Jacyo, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:48 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.