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Old 09-23-2011, 06:48 PM   #1
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fridge on or off?

I am leaving my camper at a camp site for the next 6 weeks .
We have full hook -ups on week-ends but must unplug when we leave on Sunday and plug back in when we arrive on Friday.
Any comments or opinions on leaving the refridgerator running on propane while we are gone? I know the gas usage is minimal, but is it safe to leave running unattended?
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:00 PM   #2
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my concern isn't abt the propane; there are several safeguards if something goes wrong.

my only concern is if the battery will hold up that long. may want to give it a dry run w/o anything perishable in there to see.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:29 PM   #3
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Sure, no problem, the frig will run fine on propane when you are gone. I do not see any problem with the battery running a few milliamp's for monitors.
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:57 PM   #4
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my Dometic fridge has been constant "ON" since June (several months) as i've been using my TT for business travel.
the downside is that it builds up ice in the freezer compartment.
so, every now and again, i turn it off for a short time to defrost.
i usually remove most perishables items out when i defrost.
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:28 AM   #5
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My guess is that you can use a full 20 LB tank of propane in 6 weeks.
Maybe more.
Also guessing your battery will power the necessary control board for
a week but not much more so you will need to return every weekend to
plug in and re-charge.
Turn on both LP tanks in case one runs empty.

Finally is the cost of a tank of LP worth it for you to leave the fridge on
all that time while you are gone.

Also if the fridge does go out for some reason is there going to be spoiled
and possibly smelly food in it when you return.
What happens if you are unable to get there one weekend??

Just my 2¢ and some "food for thought" for you!
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Bypass the whole issue by asking the campground owner how much he/she would charge you to stay plugged in with only the refrigerator running. (No water heater or AC)
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:40 PM   #7
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left fridge running

Had a great weekend up at YOGI. the rain stopped and temp was 80*+ and wicked humid.
pool was great and A/c got a good workout.
emptied the fridge and left the gas on as a trial run for the week.
My battery is brand new and could /should get a good workout .
I heard it is not good to constantly top off without taking the charge down 75% or so.
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