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Old 05-11-2009, 08:18 AM   #11
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My wife takes injections every day for her osteo porosis the medication needs to be kept refrigerated at around 40 degrees and I dont want to drive with the propane on how many watts does the refrigerator draw and would an inverter take care of this problem to run the frige on 110 while we are driving or would this kill the battery I'm not worried about being low since we have a generator and will top off the battery when we set up for the night.

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Hi: Walt... Could you put her Med's in an insulated lunch bag with a freezer pack...all zipped up and in the fridge...bottom shelf. Then make sure to refreeze the pack at night when plugged into shore power for the next days driving. We use the reverse of this to prevent the lettuce from freezing...put it in the lunch bag w/o the freezer pack so is stays slightly warmer than the fridge.
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:55 AM   #12
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Re: refrigerator

We have always driven with the fridge on propane and running all the time,
the only place we have been asked to turn it off was on the ferries.
Everyone we have camped with or know does the same.
Have seen a couple of bad RV crashes, one the propane tank wasn't even
close to the RV anymore.....
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:34 AM   #13
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Re: refrigerator

thanks gbaglo, escape artist,and doug P.

All great Ideas but I'm not fond of the Idea of leaving the propane tanks open just me I guess. We travel now with the ice bag deal but was just wondering if there was a solution that would keep ithe meds cold without killing the batteries with an inverter. I don't know how long it takes to get the frige cold again after stopping for the night. Is there any problem with the pilot blowing out while driving?

Thanks again for all the Ideas it's great to have this forum to ask questions since all of you seem to have been there done that.

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Old 05-11-2009, 09:26 PM   #14
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Re: refrigerator

Hmmm.. I could be wrong but doesn't the 19ft have a fridge that is just two way.. propane & 110. So when traveling it has to on propane to keep things cold.. Also I think in case of a crash it would be just as probable that your cars gas tank can be compromised.. I imagine a ton of TT's are running on propane when being pulled.


FYI - we travel with the propane on with the AS..
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:47 PM   #15
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Hi:wpski... Walt, we have never travelled with the fridge on. Just make sure to turn it on as soon as you get near a "Currant Bush", or use the propane in a Wall o Mart parking lot.
I am sure that it is safe to tow using the propane and it should be wind proof but in the event the flame dies the propane shuts off auto pronto!!! You don't want it on while filling the tug... and lots of places won't let TT's or RV's in with it on!!!
Our fridge stays good and cold with the door closed and the beer is ready to drink while getting site set. I always take cans and use a hugger to prevent frost bite.
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Old 05-12-2009, 11:39 PM   #16
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Hi Walt....Off the top of my head, the fridge draws 1 amp on 110V....don't know how many watts that is....I will try to find out....

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Old 05-13-2009, 12:06 AM   #17
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Re: refrigerator

That calculates to 110 watts.

Tacoma has a 110V AC outlet in the back that puts out 400W when the engine is running. How about if you rig a pig tail on the fridge and then run a normal extension cord to the back end of the tacoma. When the truck is parked it can only put out 100 watts from the bult-in inverter. Good reason to eat fast food.

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Re: refrigerator

Thanks for the concern about using fridge or refrigerator.



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Old 05-13-2009, 10:31 PM   #19
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Re: refrigerator

You have to keep in mind that some appliances use much more power to start up than to run. I found a table recently using Google. I'll look for it again and post it if I find it.

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Re: refrigerator

One table:

http://www.absak.com/library/power-consumption-table

I Googled "power consumption of appliances". There are many others, but I didn't find the reference to start up. As I recall it can require 2 to 3 times as much power as simply running.

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