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Old 07-09-2014, 01:19 AM   #1
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5 cu. fridge performance

We are in Merritt at Moonshadows RV. I wanted to test my new solar panel and the indoor/outdoor thermometer so got a site without services. It's actually a tenting site, right on the Coldwater River and well treed.
I have no idea how the solar is performing since I only have crude instruments. If I run out of battery, I'll know roughly where I stand.
I'll post later on the fridge. So far, not so good. I drove with it turned off ( four hours ). It was 38.5 F when we left home and 46.6 F when we arrived. Temp in the trailer at camp was 79.5 F and rose as high as 87.1 F during the afternoon.
What with making supper, and grabbing a cold beer, it's now 48 F in the fridge at 10 pm. 77F in the trailer.
I cranked it up to 7 and we'll see what the temp is in the morning.
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Old 07-09-2014, 02:05 AM   #2
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Thank you for reporting on solar testing and refrig. Hope you have an enjoyable trip.
I am disappointed to learn of the warm refrigerators. Our 2002 Scamp (just sold) with a 4.x cf Dometic worked as expected. We lit the propane the day before our trip started and turned it off after we emptied it at home.

Have you tried driving with it lit?
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Glen...It sounds like your beer temperature might have gone over the recommended temperature guideline as set by the US Food and Drug Administration. Perhaps you need to transport your beer in a ice chest while traveling.
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I should clarify that I do turn off the frig on ferries, tunnels, and gassing as required by law.

But the majority of time I keep it 'on' and make our rest stops on relatively level surfaces.
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Temp in the trailer this morning is 70F. Inside fridge is 40.3.
I think ice for a beer cooler is in order.
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Just got back from the Rockies with our 19, driving through Nevada and spending a night in Winnemucca. The 5.0 fridge was a bit stressed in full sun in the afternoon. I turned it up to 6 and things were fine in the morning, and the remaining drive home.

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Someone here, and I'm not saying who, is expecting the fridge door to close itself, like at home. I think she realizes now, that she has to push it closed. Also not saying that is the root of the problem, but may be a contributing cause.
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Glen...Nobody likes skunk beer. Keep your stash safe and ice cold.
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Maybe a dumb question, but doesn't the 3-way fridge use 12v power when driving, so you can be safe and keep the propane off? I kinda need to know this soon, as I plan to head out on my first adventure with Bailey tomorrow.... assuming she gets here tonight!!
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You can run the fridge on 12 v while traveling however, it will draw your battery down a good bit depending on battery 6v / 12v ( more amp hours on the 6 v) I did it for a 4 hour ride and with one 12 v battery I had 70% battery left on a 80 degree day.
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Most run it on LP while traveling it is designed to do that but remember you have to turn off LP tanks and appliances when getting gas, going through tunnels on ferries etc.
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