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My wife is gonna kill me, please help

JTMills
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Hi all, just bought a used trailer so we r brand new to owning an RV. A 2011 Milan Eclipse to be exact. Anyway, the light-up flame electric fireplace, which is very pleasing to look at, won’t turn on. My wife is going to kill me because it was one ‘must have’ for allowing me to buy it. It came with an extra bulb, but I can’t get it to do anything when I turn it on. Any recommendations? Is there reset buttons, a fuse inside, or anything else that isn’t in plain site?
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2012Coleman
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Explorer
Definition henpecked:

A man, thoroughly and continually dominated, intimidated, bullied, or browbeaten by a woman, especially his wife or girlfriend.

I hope you checked the other systems out like:

The fridge - does it come on and get cool? Runs ok on propane? You know that you have to bleed air from the lines by lighting a burner in the stove first - right?
Water heater - does it heat water?
Air Conditioner - comes on and blows cold air?
Water Pump - runs and pumps water from sinks and shower?
Furnace - comes on and blows hot air?
Stove - burners come on?

Hopefully you saw all this stuff working before you bought it - except the fireplace didn't work, so chances are high that's a no.

You understand that you can't test most things by plugging the TT into a 120 volt plug via an extension cord running from the garage - right? You should have a 30 amp RV outlet (not clothes dryer) outlet installed where your power cord can reach it.

Do you know how old the tires are? You know what psi to fill them to before leaving and have a good spare? You understand the TT tires can look better than they actually are and the older they are - especially if they are made in china, the more prone to blowouts?

Did the roof and caulk seams get inspected - or had maintenance done in the last year? Even seen the roof?

Do you understand your tow vehicle's capabilities? Know about payload? Know how much weight a full tank of fresh water will add? And - has the fresh water system ever been used? Been sanitized? How do you know it doesn't have antifreeze in it?

She was having a meltdown about an electric fireplace - imagine if any of these other creature comforts are all of the sudden taken away?

I personally wouldn't go anywhere with someone who treats me like you describe - and now your going on a long trip to spend time with this person in a confined space? Life must be great as a punching bag.

Lots of luck to you - you will need it since we all know how that will go for you if things aren't picture perfect...
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bucky
Explorer II
Explorer II
Do you think back to how many people asked you if the fireplace was plugged into the house or if the trailer was? An answer would have had you back in the bedroom long ago.
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JTMills
Explorer
Explorer
Thank you.

time2roll
Nomad
Nomad
If the water source is unknown at the destination I haul a full tank of water. Not a big deal.

JTMills
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Explorer
Father-in -law fixed the fireplace. And it was simple. He removed the device and it wasn’t plugged in. How many of you said to do the same thing? Plenty. I hadn’t had time to before reinforcing were sent. She doesn’t like waiting. Relieved it wasn’t a major problem because we all know how that would have gone for me.

As for the good news, I caught 2 mice running havoc inside and sealed the undercarriage so they can no longer get in. I also replaced broken vent covers from our recent rain....which is how I knew to replace them. I am now in the good graces and all clear from my wife.

On a other note. We head out this Friday for a 10 day virgin run. Do you guys haul WITH water tanks full or do you fill closer to destination? If you do fill en route, are there typical places one can go to fill with potable water? We will be going from Spokane, WA to Pullman, WA

fla-gypsy
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Explorer
Not knowing any specifics of your fireplace I will step out on a limb and say this is a simple issue from not understanding how to start it or insufficient power from the house circuit. Either way you will suffer the wrath of not knowing how to deal with it.
This member is not responsible for opinions that are inaccurate due to faulty information provided by the original poster. Use them at your own discretion.

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noteven
Explorer III
Explorer III
Lwiddis wrote:
Please let us know where to send flowers prior to your demise.


:B

2112
Explorer II
Explorer II
I hate to say it but you don't need a fireplace, you need a good lawyer. What a miserable life!
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bucky
Explorer II
Explorer II
bucky wrote:
She already knows what you're up to. She's just setting the trap tighter as you go. Have fun.


I told you that she was on to you. Heck, she turned you on to this forum in the first place. Good luck with it all, sometimes not speaking is a blessing.
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toedtoes
Explorer III
Explorer III
Hopefully her dad will look at the RV and validate your decision to buy it. If everything else is in great shape, then a non-functional fireplace is like buying a wel-cared-for car with dirty floor mats. You just buy new ones and be glad the car runs perfectly.
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JTMills
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Explorer
All, sorry for not replying sooner. Cats out of the bag. She knows. The issue has yet to be resolved and she has called in her own reinforcements. We are not currently speaking and my father-in-law will be taking care of the issue from here on out. I don’t know what it will entail, but I want to thank all of you for rendering aid to this wounded soldier during my time of need. We fought a good fight. I will update you with the diagnosis as Im made aware of it. I don’t know when ‘he’ is coming, remember, my wife and I are not speaking. Mostly it’s just my wife not speaking. Your input has been valued and I look forward to returning the favor. As you have learned, Im not as RV savvy as you and will likely be of no help, but I will be here nonetheless. God Bless

toedtoes
Explorer III
Explorer III
I agree. I'd add that as the fireplace was a deal breaker for the wife, she is extremely unlikely to not check it out during the 5-20 weeks for the OP to "put $10 or $20 dollars a week away" until he has enough money to purchase a new fireplace.

Better idea for the OP is to simply tell the wife about the fireplace not working and that you figured it was better to buy this RV and get a new fireplace, then to wait who knows how long for another decent RV with a working fireplace.
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Gdetrailer
Explorer III
Explorer III
miltvill wrote:

If that does not work then put $10 or $20 dollars a week away until you have enough money to purchase a new fireplace. DW will never know. Then have a friend order the fireplace on their card and give them the money.


Honesty is often the best policy but honesty takes considerable trust between two people.

Dishonesty is easy and cheap but when caught in a lie, it will never be forgotten.

Pretty fair chance if you told the DW the truth she would go out and mash the button and it would turn on :S

Pretty sad state of affairs that one must hide an issue from their spouse over a $100 electric heater that for no reason isn't working :h

Things happen, things break, things can be fixed or replaced but trust in a relationship is extremely difficult to repair after being broken from lies.

miltvill
Explorer II
Explorer II
Plug the fireplace into an extension cord that is plugged directly into the house 110 outlet. That way you can eliminate your RV as the problem. Or plug something else into the outlet your fireplace plugs into and see if it works.

If that does not work then put $10 or $20 dollars a week away until you have enough money to purchase a new fireplace. DW will never know. Then have a friend order the fireplace on their card and give them the money.
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ReneeG
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Gdetrailer wrote:
Fire place may be "plugged in" to one of the outlet circuits and not hardwired to it's own circuit.

If using a plugin setup it might be possible the plug has worked loose from the outlet. Outlet may be hidden behind the fireplace.



True! Ours is plugged in but the cord and outlet are just outside it so it can be reached easily. Good point.
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