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Straylight 09-03-2015 03:17 PM

I'm going to assume your fridge is like mine, a Dometic something-or-other. Mine is three-way, which means it runs on 12V (aka, "runs when the car is running"), propane (also called LP, or liquid propane, and which you'd need to turn on first), and 120V ELEC (aka, "runs when you're plugged into shore power). Mine has a circular switch on the bottom right that alternates between OFF, ELEC, 12V, and LP. For my fridge-testing purposes, I hooked the rig up to my house for a while and clicked the switch over to ELEC; the fridge got cold after a few hours. The important thing that I found in the fridge manual was that you really need to wait a while; I found the best way to check the fridge was to put my hand on a piece of metal in the freezer area.

My rig has two vent fans, one above the shower that's pretty simple (two little buttons, one of which runs the fan and the other of which runs the shower lights) and one in the sleeping area. (I guess there's also a vent fan on the hood above the cooking range.) It took me a bit to figure out the sleeping area one. If yours has a dial with numbers, a dial with thermostat-style colors (blue to red), and a little four-pronged hand crank, then yours is like mine. Here's what I figured out:

I think you need to turn the little hand crank to open up the plastic vent above the fan before you can turn the fan on. After that, turn the numbered dial to something other than 0 and turn the colored dial around until it clicks. The fan should start up. I've been able to run the fan off the house battery when the rig is not plugged into shore power.

I'm not sure I have a "micro monitor." Can you post a picture? Here's my rig, for comparison:

(that's me with the grumpy sun-in-my-eyes, stop-taking-pictures-and-let-me-play-with-my-new-toy face!)

Straylight 11-25-2015 03:18 PM

In the spirit of giving back a bit to this forum, and because I found absolutely nothing about my American Cruiser on the 'net and I've had to labor through all of my repairs myself, I'm gonna keep this topic alive for a bit and offer my newfound knowledge.

I've got an American Cruiser built on a '97 Dodge Ram 3500 chassis. The previous owner kept all of the documentation, and I can provide copies of it to anyone who asks if you give me a day or two to get it scanned.

Most of the information I've found about Class B stuff in general has been relevant to the American Cruiser build I have, and all of the appliances I have are pretty standard for RVs, so the good news is that even though the company disappeared, you're probably going to be okay.

Rahn 06-24-2016 10:39 PM

Hi Straylight,

I have just bought a 1997 American Cruiser and cannot get the water system
to function correctly.
I would really appreciate if you can forward the user manual to my email at:


rjf7g 06-25-2016 02:11 AM

The owner's manual is not very helpful - I have a 1999 American Cruiser. Are you trying to get the fresh water tank to supply water or the city water connection?

Rahn 06-25-2016 05:32 AM

My issue is with the on-board water tank.
Connecting the out side water source works fine.


rjf7g 06-25-2016 06:03 PM

Does your pump work? My switch is located at the tank level indicator panel on the passenger side at the rear door. My pump is located under the dinette seat closest to the fridge. There are two drain valves in the bottom cabinet under the sink. Will you fresh water tank hold water or is it draining as you fill it?

Regardless, remember to sanitize the fresh water tank once you get everything working!

Midwestsurfguy 06-06-2017 02:56 AM

American Cruiser side window gaskets and seals?

I am new to the forum! I am trying to fix the leaky windows on my American Cruiser 2000. Where can I get new gaskets or seals? I found a place under the couch right behind the drivers seat that was moldy looking and had obviously been wet many times. I took a hose to it this past Saturday and found that the windows leak. When I ran water down the slider it gushed in side through the track and over flowed. I would liie to find a place to get gaskets. i am not sure how to get the windows out to replace the seals. Any help would be much appreciated!

PS: I have quite a bit of documentation with it. Separate manuals for each appliance and feature if it help anyone.

mkguitar 06-06-2017 04:03 AM

for rubber seals- check steele rubber products

the online catalog shows the dimensions in profile and once you have a match swapping is fairly simple using a string to remove the window and reinstall- check youtube

I use various of their products on a number of classic cars for windows, trunk, door etc

you could also try an auto glass shop- try your local Safelite, they might enjoy using your old van to train some of their techs


GWylie 03-06-2018 05:42 PM

Adding Solar
Has anyone added solar to their American Cruiser? Just purchased a 1999 model and I'm trying to determine solar viability.

BBQ 03-06-2018 06:05 PM


Originally Posted by GWylie (Post 68807)
Has anyone added solar to their American Cruiser? Just purchased a 1999 model and I'm trying to determine solar viability.

Adding solar is easy (and inexpensive).

Lots of DIY turnkey solar kits on the market.

Check out AMSolar, Zamp, Renogy... they all have kits for RVs.

Lots of youtube instructional videos.

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