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Old 05-06-2016, 10:27 PM   #51
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Actually, if you are stopping for fuel, no need to run it on 12v, just shut it off, then turn it on again. It's not going to get hot in the 5 or 10 minutes you are pumping fuel.
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Old 06-20-2016, 01:45 PM   #52
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Folks:
I'm more than a little confused as to the best option for running the frig (while towing). I've read most of the existing threads on this question and remain more than a little confused. Escape's orientation video clearly recommends running on 12V (after pre-cooling on 120V) and indicates the frig will use little power if it is already cool. If this is possible without draining the trailer battery (ies)? If so, it would seem to me to have the advantage of not having to remember to turn off the frig (if running on propane) at fuel stops. As reported in this thread, people's experiences seem to vary quite a bit. We have a 17B (new last year) with a 150W solar panel and dual 6V batteries. We have the 4.3 cu. ft. frig. Our tow vehicle is a 2008 Toyota 4Runner (V6). What experience do people have running the frig on 12V for drives of say 5-6 hrs. with simiiar equipment? We normally only have short stops for fuel or restroom breaks but would switch to propane if stopping for longer periods. Most responders seem to recommend running on propane, but will 12V (as recommended by Escape) work--without significantly discharging the trailer batteries?
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Old 06-20-2016, 02:05 PM   #53
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I'm more than a little confused as to the best option for running the frig (while towing)............... We have a 17B (new last year) with a 150W solar panel and dual 6V batteries. .............
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We have 2015-17A with the stock frig. (3.0), and the 150W. solar/Grp 29 battery. We started out on propane for the first 3 days. In the morning when we took the ferry across to the Olympic Peninsula, I switched to 12V. DC, then forgot to switch back. Sun, then rain in the afternoon. That night (deep in the Olympic rainforest where direct sunlight occurs at noon only) the battery was down to close to 12.0V. Switched to propane, and left it there for the next 2 weeks; everything was fine.
Sorry I don't have quantitative answers; I run on propane all the time now.
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Old 06-20-2016, 02:05 PM   #54
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You know it never hurts to experiment sometimes. With dual six and solar you should be fine. Cool it down and try it, then report back your results. Be sure and get a good inside/outside thermometer and install one in freezer and one in refer for observations.
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Old 06-20-2016, 02:11 PM   #55
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Fridge on Battery while towing?

Dave we have always run our RVs on propane when travelling with no problems. When we take ferries we switch to 12 volt, then switch back once departing the ferry. While fuelling the truck I usually stop at small stations or card locks and pull up to the first pump thus the trailer is quite a distance away from the pump.

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Old 06-20-2016, 02:40 PM   #56
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If set on battery, I don't think you have to turn fridge off when stop briefly, but you do need to unplug the 7-way cable or your car battery and/or trailer battery would drain (see response from senior member at beginning of thread).
Also, I would think dangerous to have propane on while driving, sparks could fly up from chain dragging and explode.
Alternative - night before trip, plug in and cold, load up on morn, while off, stays cold 4-5 hours.
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Old 06-20-2016, 02:54 PM   #57
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We have a 19 with dual 6v batteries and 150W solar panel. Our tow vehicle is a Jeep Grand Cherokee with the battery and alternator in the TV connected through the 7 pin plug. We took a 3 week trip recently to southwest national parks, and ran the trailer refrigerator on 12v all the time while traveling. We had no problem with the battery draining. We had sun most of the time while traveling and the battery was always fully charged when we arrived. We usually stop every 2-3 hours for breaks or lunch and never disconnected the 7-pin. We always turn the propane off while traveling. When we stop for the night, as part of our unhooking, we turn on the propane and if we are dry camping, turn the refrigerator to propane, or if we have electric, turn it to 120v. It works so well, we see no reason to change. The power is basically free (sun and tow vehicle running anyway) and we don't use any propane while traveling.
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Old 06-20-2016, 02:55 PM   #58
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We have never used the 12V option for powering our fridge. Majority of the time (probably >90%) we use propane, and the other 50% of the time we use 120V AC power.
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Old 06-20-2016, 03:00 PM   #59
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What I take from this discussion is that either way works. It comes down to your level of comfort with the risk of using propane while traveling vs. the risk of any battery drain while traveling.
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Old 06-20-2016, 03:05 PM   #60
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We always run propane when traveling, never had any problems. And, it hardly uses any propane even on a 8 hour drive. When we are parked, I use 120V.
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