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Old 06-24-2013, 12:23 PM   #21
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Propane is easy though.......just sayin'.
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:26 PM   #22
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Jim,
I do a lot of night driving and with those 2x55 watt auxiliary lights on the FJ and with the trailer lights on, I doubt I'm putting much back into the battery bank, let alone the refer operation. Daytime maybe, but I drive with my lights on in daytime also (without the auxiliary lights). Yes propane is easy but I always like the option, if need be, in case of an emergency and wish to plan accordingly.
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:48 PM   #23
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How big is your charge line back to the wiring harness, Jim? I could see how running lights would put a lot more draw on it. In Canada we have daytime running lights, but they do not draw as much as full lights, and are headlights only. If given the option (though not available when I got my trailer) I would get the 12V on the fridge too, you just never know......
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:50 PM   #24
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I know there has been discussion about using propane while driving but that is what we have done so far. I suspect if the fridge was down to operating temp on propane or 120 and then switched to 12 volt while driving the dual six volts would be fine. I will try it this weekend and report back. We are headed to Jasper so 3-4 hrs of driving should be a good test.
I run on propane while driving and have had no problems.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:21 PM   #25
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I have never had any problems either but I remember a few threads that have raised questions about it.
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How big is your charge line back to the wiring harness, Jim? I could see how running lights would put a lot more draw on it. In Canada we have daytime running lights, but they do not draw as much as full lights, and are headlights only. If given the option (though not available when I got my trailer) I would get the 12V on the fridge too, you just never know......
Don't know my wire size, I am assuming that very little makes it back to the trailer batteries and that solar and my "reserve" is enough to get me thru a day of driving. My problem is a lot of times I start at night and will drive all night. I have been using propane in the past but would like to use 12v, if the option is useable.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:37 PM   #27
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Back when I was considering the 3 cu. ft. 3-way fridge, Reace told me I would need a #10 ground from the tow, and that the vehicle would keep the fridge running on 12V, but that would leave nothing for charging the trailer battery.
So, if you leave camp with depleted batteries, us the 12V feature, you arrive at your next camp with depleted batteries. Those with solar might not find this an issue.
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:35 PM   #28
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Traveling in Southern Oregon right now. With 4 to 5 hours travel and fridge OFF a chicken breast and steak stayed frozen in 3.0 freezer. One problem we discovered is you can't get a growler in standing upright. Should have gotten the 4.3
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:10 PM   #29
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Dang, you guys might have to resort to buying single serving beers.
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Jim, my wife just said in response to your post, "that it would be a sad, sad day".
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