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Old 02-20-2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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Question Fridge heat source priority?

I have a question about the fridge in my new Wildwood 26TBSS. In the owners manual, that with the fridge in auto mode, AC has priority over gas, and DC has priority over both.

I can understand the AC over gas priority, but not the DC priority. Wouldn't that run down the battery if the fridge was running only off of the battery (DC)? Maybe I am confused in the way it's written.

Can anyone shed some light on this?
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:34 PM   #2
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I have a question about the fridge in my new Wildwood 26TBSS. In the owners manual, that with the fridge in auto mode, AC has priority over gas, and DC has priority over both.

I can understand the AC over gas priority, but not the DC priority. Wouldn't that run down the battery if the fridge was running only off of the battery (DC)? Maybe I am confused in the way it's written.

Can anyone shed some light on this?
When auto mode with shore power hooked up.
Fridge defaults to electric.
When shore power is disconnected.
Fridge defaults to gas.

Yes if your shore power is disconnected gas will run fridge but requires 12v to run circuit board and will drain battery unless your camper is hooked up to your tow vehicle.


Assuming the tv has power lead hooked up and working within the seven way rv plug.


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Old 02-20-2013, 04:34 PM   #3
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With the triple source fridge we had in our last TT, the DC only kicked in if you had no AC and no gas - it was the last resort for power, not the first. Maybe it's the wording that is confusing in the manual? The manuals aren't known for being all that user-friendly and/or helpful...

Edit to add, that you do have to have enough DC to fire up the gas. If you are completely dead battery the gas won't work on the fridge.

Also, there are two types of fridges. Some are dual-power - these are usually the larger fridges in larger TTs - they just run on gas or AC, there isn't enough DC power to run the fridge on only DC.

In smaller fridges like in a popup, they are truly triple power - they will run on AC if availble, then gas (requires a little DC to fire the burner on/off and run the control panel), or purely on DC.
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Wow, quick response!

That makes a lot more sense. Sounds like FR might have hired the same guys that write some of the equipment manuals I use at work (USCG Electronics Technician). I don't know what model fridge I have, but I will be checking to make sure when I take delivery if it is AC/gas or AC/gas/DC powered.

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I have a question about the fridge in my new Wildwood 26TBSS. In the owners manual, that with the fridge in auto mode, AC has priority over gas, and DC has priority over both.
That must be a generic manual that includes all fridge models. I'm pretty sure that the 2 door fridge in your unit will be AC or propane...no DC. The AC/gas/DC would only be for the small one doors fridges like in pop-ups.

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That must be a generic manual that includes all fridge models. I'm pretty sure that the 2 door fridge in your unit will be AC or propane...no DC. The AC/gas/DC would only be for the small one doors fridges like in pop-ups.

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Which is why I didnt include a 3 way version in my post ........
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Yep, it is the generic FR manual that I assume is the same manual that comes with all of the camper. You can even see it online at the FR website.
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3-way fridges are usually only in popups and truck campers.
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Wow, quick response!

Sounds like FR might have hired the same guys that write some of the equipment manuals I use at work (USCG Electronics Technician).

Off topic, but we installed a new electric oven yesterday. The manual states in bold letters, "Do not attempt to operate during a power failure." This is not a generic manual, it's for this model electric oven.
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Hmmmm, cooking by will power alone.....
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