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Old 03-03-2014, 05:17 PM   #61
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:34 PM   #62
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The older 5 cu ft refrigerator that was an option on my 2011 17B draws 1.5 amps @ 120v AC. I would have a difficult time keeping the batteries charged running it on the inverter unless I only did it while driving. Even then, it would leave nothing to recharge the batteries...
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:10 AM   #63
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So Jon (and others), I'm gathering that most everyone runs the propane for the refrigerator while moving from place to place? We used to do this with our camper; however, since this is our first trailer ....
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:27 AM   #64
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I run the reefer on 12v when driving. It's a habit I got into from the pop-up days. While admittedly probably not a huge risk, you are required to have all propane devices off at gas stations. I've never been challenged, however!
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:37 AM   #65
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Thanks Bob. In reading through some of the posts, it seems like some run with the propane and some with the 12v so was curious as to what was best for keeping things cold. (Only 18 days before we leave for Chilliwack ... )
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I don't have a 12v choice, so I run on propane while driving.
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Old 03-04-2014, 12:14 PM   #67
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About the longest we've ever gone on 12v has been 5-6 hours, with most of that being driving time. I do have a beefier battery and heavier duty alternator in the truck, however, so I feel I'm OK when driving. For any kind of a long stop I'll switch to propane, but that's battery drain considerations. Frankly, I personally haven't noticed any significant temperature difference between propane, 12v, or 110v. I think it's a function of the ambient temperature, although others may have different experiences.
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Old 03-04-2014, 12:43 PM   #68
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Good point about ambient temps. And Jon, I know that you've been all over in your travels so it's good to know the propane works well.
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I run my fridge on 120V for at least a couple of days prior to leaving. I freeze a chicken ( cut in half ), steaks, hamburger etc. at home and load up the RV freezer to assist in keeping the fridge cold. Fridge is loaded up the day before leaving.
I shut the fridge down for travel. No propane and no 12V ( don't have it on my 5 cu. ft. ).
Fridge stays cold if it's not opened. I bought ice cream in Cannon Beach, Ore. and at home in Vancouver, five hours later, it was soft enough to scoop easily.
Of course here in the rain forest, we don't get the heat like SW US.
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We have always run propane when traveling and never had a problem although when on ferries you have to turn off all propane (we then do what Glenn does... nothing just shut it down). We also fire the fridge on 120V 2 days before leaving and fill the fridge up. Always like to keep it full, I call it thermal mass other call it beer.
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