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Old 11-25-2017, 09:15 PM   #1
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Escape 5.0TA 3 way fridge amp requirement

Question for the forum. For the new 5.0TA's, with the 3 way, 6 ft^3 fridge, what is the amperage requirement when operating at 12 volts? We're on our way up to pick ours up and the owners manual for our 2018 Chevrolet Colorado, with the HD trailer package, discusses a charge line for the 7 way connection that (para) "assists battery charging". And it is only active with the lights or the tow haul mode turned on. I'm guessing that the fridge requires ~25 amps, which is much more than the 5-6 amps required for max battery charging. So, if my charge line is lacking, I need to let Trademasters know the day before our 5.0TA pickup, when we're getting our Anderson hitch and pickup bed plug installed.
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I'd guess more like 14 amps, which is what the old RMD8555 is. Someone with the new model will need to look.

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Thx Padlin. I was extrapolating from the 15 amp requirement on my 4 ft^3 fridge in my old 17' Casita, but modern fridges may use less.
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I just checked the 6 cu ft fridge in my 21 using the Bogart battery monitor, and it drew 14.5 amps on DC.
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If you are looking to push 15A through that connection you'll need 8 awg for a 80-100' run (round trip), that's with a 10% voltage drop.
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If you are looking to push 15A through that connection you'll need 8 awg for a 80-100' run (round trip), that's with a 10% voltage drop.
Thx again, padlin. I'll bet I'm covered in the Escape itself. I just need to make sure that I'm my Colorado charge line fuse/breaker, and my Colorado charge lineis up to the job. Trailmasters claims "many" such hookups on vehicles essentially identical to mine (some have posted here), so I will quiz them tomorrow.
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I just checked the 6 cu ft fridge in my 21 using the Bogart battery monitor, and it drew 14.5 amps on DC.
Might want to check your amp meter. We got the first peek at our 5.0TA yesterday. Our Dometic 6 ft^3 uses 23 amps on 12 volt operation, and I BELIEVE they use 30 amp breaker. Trademasters says that they have had no negative feedback on at least 2 almost identical installations (Anderson hitches and in bed 7 way plug installs on second gen Colorado's, to pull 5.0TA's), but they are going to check my charge line/fusing anyhow. They should be done in 15 minutes, and I'll gig them on check out....
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I'd guess more like 14 amps, which is what the old RMD8555 is. Someone with the new model will need to look.

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Yes, I do. Is that a breach of forum decorum? I asked in the towing subject area because the question included towing charge lines and the like. If admin admonishes me, I promise to never do it again....
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