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Old 09-19-2016, 10:57 PM   #31
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I am not sure what problem you had running on 12 volts, but we have used 12 volts while traveling about 15,000 miles with the TV and the solar panel charging the batteries and we always arrive at the campground with batteries fully charged and refrigerator cool. 12 volts works for some of us just fine.
Takes too long to cool down and it does use lot's of battery . You have a newer trailer , maybe not the same refrigerator we have . Even with older Dometic refrigerators spanning over 24 years that worked very well ,we had , gas and 120 was the way to cool refrigerator . In fact could arrive at campground without pre cooling and refrigerator was down to 40 degrees in 5 hours . The newer refrigerator never could get away with that . Have to precool 1-2 days before we leave on a trip . Now if I had a truck frig with a compressor like at home there would be no problem using 12 volts . Still do not have roof solar so wouldn't even chance running batteries down using 12 volts . We use propane when traveling and if hookups 120 . Always bring a cooler for backup . 12volts has never worked for us . Pat
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:27 AM   #32
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Takes too long to cool down and it does use lot's of battery .
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12volts has never worked for us .
I suppose it depends on your expectations.

With any of these traditional absorption-cycle RV refrigerators, 12-volt DC operation is intended only to maintain temperature while driving. It's not for pre-cooling at home (so time to cool down is not an issue), where you would use 120V AC or propane; it's not for use while camping, where again you would use 120V AC or propane (so battery capacity should not be a factor).

12 V DC operation is for use while towing, when you don't have shore power and might not want to use propane, or might have difficulty keeping the flame going. For that, it can certainly work and I wish I had it in my motorhome's refrigerator (which, like most larger units, has only 120V AC and propane).
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Old 09-20-2016, 01:07 AM   #33
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I suppose it depends on your expectations.

With any of these traditional absorption-cycle RV refrigerators, 12-volt DC operation is intended only to maintain temperature while driving. It's not for pre-cooling at home (so time to cool down is not an issue), where you would use 120V AC or propane; it's not for use while camping, where again you would use 120V AC or propane (so battery capacity should not be a factor).

12 V DC operation is for use while towing, when you don't have shore power and might not want to use propane, or might have difficulty keeping the flame going. For that, it can certainly work and I wish I had it in my motorhome's refrigerator (which, like most larger units, has only 120V AC and propane).
Going back many years many RV refrigerators do not have 12 volt . Nothing new . Wouldn't miss it and don't use it . Pat
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Going back many years many RV refrigerators do not have 12 volt . Nothing new . Wouldn't miss it and don't use it . Pat
Guess I should add most importantly when we have ever tried 12 volts refrigerator temps start to climb . Why we find it not useful to use . Pat
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Old 09-20-2016, 09:46 AM   #35
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Fridge off while travelling.

Last summer (2015) , we did an extended trip in our stickbuilt trailer down the Oregon Coast and back up I-5. Most days on the coast are not scorching but we hit hot weather inland. It had a Dometic fridge (forget the exact model but 2013 vintage) that worked like a charm. It was 120VAC/LP Gas, no 12VDC option.

When we were moving from location to location, we never ran with the fridge on. It would keep the freezer goods frozen and the fridge items cold the entire time. Our travel times were typically 3-5 hrs but as much as 7-8 on occasion.

Was this fridge just an anomaly or have others found this? There seems to be a lot of discussion around running this appliance while traveling. Do most folks find their fridges warm up during travel days to the point that it is detrimental to there frozen goods or items in the fridge?

When we travel on the ferries to the mainland it is mandatory that all LP tanks are turned off in transit. So I never even considered running the fridge while underway until I started reading this forum. Just curious if others who live in a temperate part of the continent have had success only running their fridge once set-up at the campsite?

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Hi: kendo... A lot of the problems related to the fridge issues are mfg's design changes. Having an external drain line is great...No pan to overflow but warm air can enter the fridge if the evap. cup is dry. Also depends on how well sealed the body of the trailer is... as the MaxxFan can pull cold air from the fridge allowing more warm in. Most of these issues weren't there with the older fridges. Alf
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Drain Line

Funny you mention the drain line. Our fridge had one also but not with a cup. What they did was add an extra 2' or so of drain hose, loop it, then exit it out the side vent. it never drained worth a hoot but was always full of condensate.

As far as a "Funfinder" trailer being air tight, I highly doubt it. So maybe these two things = great running fridge. LOL...

May have to look at doing the "Drain Loop" as an alternative should I find the cup always empty and that being a source of warm air into the fridge. It worked before, just not great for draining the tray inside the fridge!

This forum has been a wealth of "Tips and Tricks", all taken with a grain of salt. Everyone's location, camping lifestyles, destinations are different for the most part. But a lot of us have ended up here due to issues well beyond appliances and purchased (or are purchasing) a solid investment in an Escape trailer.

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Last summer (2015) , we did an extended trip in our stickbuilt trailer down the Oregon Coast and back up I-5. Most days on the coast are not scorching but we hit hot weather inland. It had a Dometic fridge (forget the exact model but 2013 vintage) that worked like a charm. It was 120VAC/LP Gas, no 12VDC option.

When we were moving from location to location, we never ran with the fridge on. It would keep the freezer goods frozen and the fridge items cold the entire time. Our travel times were typically 3-5 hrs but as much as 7-8 on occasion.

Was this fridge just an anomaly or have others found this? There seems to be a lot of discussion around running this appliance while traveling. Do most folks find their fridges warm up during travel days to the point that it is detrimental to there frozen goods or items in the fridge?

When we travel on the ferries to the mainland it is mandatory that all LP tanks are turned off in transit. So I never even considered running the fridge while underway until I started reading this forum. Just curious if others who live in a temperate part of the continent have had success only running their fridge once set-up at the campsite?

Cheers,
Ken
Not an anomaly, at least our 3 cubic foot one has always worked like that. I did reinforce the insulation on the top as per Dometic, caulked leaks, and made sure the drain tube has a catch loop. Always travel with it off. Frozen stuff stays frozen. Never any problems.
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When we were moving from location to location, we never ran with the fridge on. It would keep the freezer goods frozen and the fridge items cold the entire time. Our travel times were typically 3-5 hrs but as much as 7-8 on occasion.

Was this fridge just an anomaly or have others found this? There seems to be a lot of discussion around running this appliance while traveling. Do most folks find their fridges warm up during travel days to the point that it is detrimental to there frozen goods or items in the fridge?
Yes, we find the refrigerator warming up during travel does happen, but on the other hand we've rarely gone from set up in camp to set up in the next one with as little as 8 hours, and never in less than 5 hours.
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