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RE: Update: Norcold code “Flame detected where not expected”

See update on first message
brholt 09/16/21 12:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Update: Norcold code “Flame detected where not expected”

Well, Truck Campers are not in my line of sight. Very few of those in Texas. BUT, Your type problem is reported over the years on Truck Camper Refers. For some reason, the way Truck campers are installed in trucks causes a flame problem on various models of refers. They used to make kits(Norcold and Dometic) to stop flame out in transit in truck campers. This would have to be addressed by both Norcold and Northwood. Remember, the FL just means NO FLAME. It failed to either LIGHT or RELIGHT and the ignition process timed out after 3 tries. The other factor is, you have the refer in a slide out and you have the 2 upper and lower access doors and a normal install with no slide room, would have a roof vent. THAT may contribute to the air flow causing a flame out. Doug Doug, This seems to be a different problem in that the refrigerator is reporting a flame where there isn’t supposed to be one. This is not a “no flame” error
brholt 08/16/21 11:17am Tech Issues
RE: Update: Norcold code “Flame detected where not expected”

1. Do you run the refer on AUTO? If so, then if you are connected to CG shore Power, the Refer will NEVER go to LP and have a chance to fault out. You need to select LP while camping and see if the refer stays ON. 2. In Transit would normally point to a wind blow out, but the Norcold has a 3 try relight. So, if the flame blows OUT it should relight. Unless there is enough outside air to keep from relighting in Transit. 3. The main thing is, you need to test on LP while stationary for a few days and see if it errors out. Doug PS Refer Gas valves don't "stick" and then "unstick". Thanks for the reply. 1. Yes, in the campground I have turned off auto and run it on gas only to check to see if I would have any problem. It has run without incident for several days. Trying it again at this campsite but so far so good. 2. Yesterday we traveled for 7 hours and I stopped several times to check it. In the first hour it “kicked out” with error code “5”. Reset it and it ran for the rest of the trip. I get the possibilities of it blowing out but I don’t understand how that would create the error code I am getting. Any other ideas?
brholt 08/16/21 09:54am Tech Issues
Update: Norcold code “Flame detected where not expected”

We have a Norcold N7XC two way refrigerator. Error code “5” ( 5 light blinks) is said to be “flame detected where none is expected.” We are seeing the fridge occasionally trip off while driving with this error code. We push the power button twice and it starts right back up. This does not seem happen when stationary and only some times when driving. We are talking to an authorized Norcold repair place and they are a bit baffled by the behavior. They expected it to trip off and stay off as they thought it indicated that the propane valve was sticking. Dos anyone have any thoughts or ideas? Followup: Found a certified Norcold repair place. They talked to Norcold and replaced the burner assembly under warranty. So far so good .
brholt 08/15/21 07:27pm Tech Issues
RE: solar question

I’ll throw in my two cents. When we camped in the wet side of the Pacific Northwest in Winter in the forest in the rain our solar did nothing. However, just about everywhere else it has allowed us to not use our generator except for ac when boondockking. We have 385 watts on the roof and I’m glad we do.
brholt 08/01/21 04:47pm Truck Campers
RE: RecPro RV A/C

Another option I just got an email from Truma indicating they were bring there AC here: “ Simply Better Truma Aventa: Innovative Smart configuration maximizes cooling performance while minimizing noise. The Truma Aventa rooftop air conditioner is be the first Truma air conditioning product offering to the North American RV market. The Aventa is German engineered for the perfect balance of cooling and humidity, creating ultimate comfort while minimizing noise in a modern, energy-efficient, low-profile design. To learn more about the Truma Aventa air conditioner visit go.truma.net/aventa”
brholt 07/09/21 03:44pm Truck Campers
RE: One jack not functioning AF811

Make sure it is not the button on the remote controller.
brholt 06/23/21 01:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Insurance!

There are insurance companies that know exactly what a truck camper is and will write a separate policy. Fine one of those companies. Suggestions welcome! For Washington/Oregon PEMCO knows what it is doing
brholt 06/21/21 04:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Insurance!

I would be very careful about this. When looking for insurance I talked to a number of insurance companies about the camper and several told me that it would be covered as cargo. When I asked them if they would cover me if I loaded a $50,000 grand piano in the truck and crashed it there was silence, a check with the supervisor, and then the said it would not be covered. There are insurance companies that know exactly what a truck camper is and will write a separate policy. Fine one of those companies.
brholt 06/16/21 06:58pm Truck Campers
RE: RE: Front hitch

My front hitch is rated at 1,000 lbs tongue weight and 10,000 pounds towing. Front hitch
brholt 06/14/21 06:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Nor Cold 2 way??

Works on AC but not on propane AO airflow/draft is sufficient for removal of heat AC Element and Propane transfer roughly the same heat energy to boil the ammonia coolant into a vapor SO Dirty Burner assembly OR LP System Pressure is Low (S/B 11"WC --0.4psi. IF low the flame temp will be low and heat generated will not boil the ammonia in sufficient volume to absorb heat from food compartment) **10"WC is 0.36 psi....can not visually tell difference between 11"WC and 10"WC. Need a manometer to measure system pressure...with at least 50% of appliances in service +1 Had pretty much the same experience with our 1150 one time. Worked on AC, Fridge warm on propane. Looked at the burner and you could see it was noticeably smaller then normal. Was going to take it apart to clean the next day but it was working. Looked at the flame and it was burning brightly
brholt 06/10/21 04:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

I finally took my1150 off. Checked my bed. On my 2013 the bed still looks flat. Brad
brholt 05/12/21 10:36am Truck Campers
RE: voting and driver license issues with full time

For me Capital One bank was done with a PMB (Edcapees) but the credit card was not
brholt 05/11/21 06:14pm Full-time RVing
RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

I totally get where you are at. We are in contract on our house, sold two of our vehicles, and in less then two weeks we head off to be full time in our truck camper. I would be lying if there weren’t a few butterflies now and then. Still, life is short and I don’t want to be one to not have tried it. I look at it an adventure and a journey and feel good about what we are doing. Moreover, if things don’t work out the way we hoped we will try something else. All we will have lost is a bit of money. You can analyze stuff to death but at some point it is better to just jump.
brholt 05/07/21 08:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Built-in generator oil change

On my old AF1150 the hole in the "shield" didn't line up with the drain plug. I took a Dremel and made opened the hole to an oval shape to allow me to access the plot
brholt 05/03/21 05:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

I will take a look at the bed on my 2013 DRW next time I take the camper off, in a week or so. I’ I haven’t seen any issues with the bed or frame. I do see a fair amount of “flex” and I have always had “creaking” sounds with the windows down at low speeds on some “bumps” over the 9 years as I have carried a 1150. I have always assumed they were normal and have never been able to figure out where they are coming from. .
brholt 04/19/21 02:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Winegard GateWay Router

20G is way too low for my purposes. while we were traveling, we were in the 100G range, but I was also using it for work. I've since pushed work stuff back on my work hot spot, but that's a the biggest data user. To low for us too. However, we primarily use our phones on T-Mobile which gives us unlimited on the phones and 40G on each line for hotspot use. The Gateway is used as a supplement and when T-Mobile doesn’t have service.
brholt 04/13/21 09:22pm Technology Corner
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 is breaking my 2016 Ford 350 dually

2013 dually here. Truck has been hauling 1150’s its whole life. Nothing visible at this point.
brholt 04/13/21 09:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Winegard GateWay Router

We have a Gateway router. I don’t have any personal experience with trying to use a sim designated for another device on the router. From browsing the web I see mixed results. It also seems the cell companies are getting better at stoping this. I do have some experience with the Gateway. First, it doesn’t seem that it is set up to work with Spring or T-Mobile. Second, I had a lot of trouble getting it to work with both Winegard and AT&T. The problem always seemed to be on their end and I spent a lot of time on the phone while they tried to figure out the reason I was getting 3G instead of 4 G speed. In both cases they finally got it to work and it worked well. As for plans Winegard’s is very expensive. AT&T prepaid, however, offers a plan where you pay $300 ( plus tax) for one year of service giving you 20 GB per month with one month rollover of unused data. We are currently using that with our Gateway and are pretty happy with it as a alternative for out main T-mobile phone plans
brholt 04/12/21 05:30pm Technology Corner
RE: Who is a Full Timer with a Camper?

I guess we qualify. We are now beginning our full time travels in a truck camper (F350 DRW, AF1150). The house is empty, the house contents have been reduced to valuable or sentimental items and packed into a container which gets picked up Friday to go into storage until it’s shipped to where we decide to settle in a number of years. We are in the process of selling the house, and we moved in the camper 3 nights ago. We means my wife and I, two Golden Retrievers, and two cats. Although one never knows for sure we have taken a number of multi-month trips that gives us confidence we know what to expect. We had an AF1150 for the past 9 years in doing these trips and last year looked at upgrading our TC in anticipation of going full-time. I might note that we looked but never seriously considered other kinds of RV’s because we liked the size and flexibility the TC’s offer. We looked at Host, Lance, and Eagle Cap but kept coming back to AF and their 1150. We had never felt cramped with the full wall slide of the AF1150 before and with the changes Northwood made (more ceiling room in the bedroom, cathedral ceiling everywhere else) it felt even more roomy. We ordered a new 1150 in March and finally got it in October, We took a 7,000+ mile trip from 12/2/20 to 2/3/21 as a shake down trip. Things went very well and we really liked the more roomy feeling of our new AF. Some examples of our system we have developed over the years. In the truck in the backseat we have Fords underseat and behind seat storage, “footwell” storage boxes (Orvis) and then another layer of boxes (Frontrunner Wolf and Cub packs) over the rear seat and footwell boxes. There is then a cover and dog beds allowing the dogs to ride on top (with “seatbelt” straps to their harnesses). They get a good view and we get a lot of a storage. Downside is some digging to get at stuff but if you think about it there is a lot of stuff that is “seasonal” or used only rarely, e.g. an 18 volt power drill). And we still have the ability to use the rear seat with some work. The truck has an armored storage “vault” in the center console to allow us to keep valuables reasonably safe. Speaking of tools, tape, glue and repair and emergency stuff we have a small selection of the most commonly used in the camper and a wider selection of less commonly used, e.g. sockets, in the truck. We use Eagle Creek medium packing cubes for clothes in the “hampers” Northwood puts beside the beds. You can get 12 cubes in those storage hampers so one cube for socks, one for underwear, one for .... you get the idea. Very convenient and easy to use as you can see what is in the cubes and we have multiple colors cubes as well. The smaller packing cubes work great in the overhead rack above the “hampers”. In the rear hitch we have an aluminum storage rack where we carry a Clam Quickset screen room with wall panels as well as a outdoor mat and assorted other things. I could go on but it is pretty amazing how much “stuff” you can pack into a truck and the AF1150 and not fell cramped. One more example. Our cats are older and one is in early kidney failure so he gets fluids inserted under his skin everyday. So we are carrying 15 bags of one litter saline solution for him. I could go on but we think A TC is an ideal full time set up for us. We are small so we fit everywhere. No worries about parking or getting into a gas station. Campground may be full for the 40 ft fifth wheel but it amazing how many places can squeeze in our 25 ft unit. With 4 wheel drive and decent ground clearance we can get into and out of lots of places other RV’s can’t (and the Autosocks we carry let us handle snow and ice like a champ as we experienced this January in the mountains of California). Between the truck and the camper we have plenty of storage. 385 watts of solar and a built in generator give us all the power we need, Tanks are big enough to give us good self contained capacity. And when we stay somewhere for awhile we can just drop the camper and run around with the truck. Who knows, maybe a year from know we will be singing a different tune, but at the moment we are excited and looking forward to traveling a North American with our truck camper,
brholt 03/31/21 10:34pm Truck Campers
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