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Old 10-06-2019, 07:59 AM   #1
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While towing R-Pod on a trip. Do you use gas or battery to keep fridge cold until you get to where your going?
I also have a 36 foot 5th wheel and I run it on gas while towing with no problem. New to the R-Pod and was just wondering is it as safe as the bigger campers going down the road. I'm a proud owner of a 2019 180 Pod and will use it when its not conv., to pull the big 5th wheel.
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Old 10-06-2019, 08:26 AM   #2
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I have always used gas since I cant use battery power to run ours. I use shore power to get it cold before trips then put it on gas right before we leave. Never have had any problems.
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Old 10-06-2019, 08:36 AM   #3
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Old 10-06-2019, 01:29 PM   #4
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I've never quite understood the concern about running a 2-way refrigerator on gas while driving down the road. The engineers that designed these units have made them about as safe as any gas powered device and the flame involved is enclosed in a way that it's isolated from the surrounding structure.

Changes have been made over the decades that make them even more safe.

I've never turned off my refrigerator unless I am fueling (my TV is gas) but back on as soon as I'm ready to hit the road. Over 40 years and no problems yet, or even foreseen.


For those who are so worried about running their refrigerators while driving down the road, how do you sleep at night with the refrigerator running on gas (dry camping or boondocking).

The internet is a great place to share information but unfortunately it's also a source of bad, inaccurate, information as well.

Here's one bit of information on Dometic RV Refrigerators that run on Electricity or Propane from the Internet. They have "CSA certificates" which is the Canadian equivalent to UL and it means the units (design) has been tested for safety. Unlike UL, CSA is recognized worldwide.

People are certainly free to do what they want but fear of running a refrigerator while driving is unwarranted.
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While towing R-Pod on a trip. Do you use gas or battery to keep fridge cold until you get to where your going?
I also have a 36 foot 5th wheel and I run it on gas while towing with no problem. New to the R-Pod and was just wondering is it as safe as the bigger campers going down the road. I'm a proud owner of a 2019 180 Pod and will use it when its not conv., to pull the big 5th wheel.
I'm not aware that the Rpod has a fridge that runs on battery power. I thought they had 2-way fridges, NOT 3-way fridges or 12v only fridges.
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I'm not aware that the Rpod has a fridge that runs on battery power. I thought they had 2-way fridges, NOT 3-way fridges or 12v only fridges.
if one wanted, they could run the 2-way refrigerator from an inverter. The load would be the heater only which is pure resistive. No huge inrush like a compressor would draw.

How much current that would be available from the tow vehicle's charging system would be questionable though so the batteries might be a lot lower than when starting the drive.
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if one wanted, they could run the 2-way refrigerator from an inverter. The load would be the heater only which is pure resistive. No huge inrush like a compressor would draw.

How much current that would be available from the tow vehicle's charging system would be questionable though so the batteries might be a lot lower than when starting the drive.
True, but Rpods don't come with an factory inverter. The OP would have to install one.
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I'm not aware that the Rpod has a fridge that runs on battery power. I thought they had 2-way fridges, NOT 3-way fridges or 12v only fridges.


Our rPod 180's Dometic fridge has a battery option on the panel, but it apparently is not hooked up for battery operation. We use shore power for pre-trip loading, gas on the road and while camped, if shore power is not available. If 120vAC is available, we use it.
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Run on gas when under way - electric when plugged in.
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Our rPod 180's Dometic fridge has a battery option on the panel, but it apparently is not hooked up for battery operation. We use shore power for pre-trip loading, gas on the road and while camped, if shore power is not available. If 120vAC is available, we use it.
Pete, do you have a model number for your fridge?
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