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Old 05-13-2016, 10:53 AM   #1
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Newbie question re: fridge

Hi there, taking my first trip this weekend!

I have my 27' Class C 2015 Forrester plugged into the house power.

Couple of questions about the fridge:

1) When I turn it on, does it automatically start cooling using the house power or do I *have* to press the auto button so it knows what source to cool it from?

2) When travelling, does it automatically kick in to propane, is this advised or will it drain my propane tank?

Thanks for any help

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Old 05-13-2016, 11:06 AM   #2
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When your fridge is set to 'auto', it will use shore power when your camper is plugged and propane when not. It will switch back and forth automatically. You can turn off the fridge entirely if you don't want to use it.

Leave it on auto while you travel. The fridge sips a tiny amount of propane and is preferable to a fridge and freezer full of spoiled food.
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Old 05-13-2016, 11:09 AM   #3
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Thanks a lot!

So, is it the norm for people "in between" trips to be plugged into the shore line at all times and with the fridge going?
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Old 05-13-2016, 11:13 AM   #4
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I keep my camper plugged in just so the battery stays charged. Unless you plan on keeping your fridge stocked, turn it off and shut off your propane at the tank. When your ready to head out again, turn on the propane, turn on the fridge, load it up and hit the road.
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Old 05-13-2016, 11:23 AM   #5
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There should be a power switch. Turn it off and prop the doors open. Two days before you go, close the doors and turn it on. Day before, load. Day of turn on and purge gas lines and go.
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Old 05-13-2016, 11:40 AM   #6
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One 'other' thing to consider.

We typically do not run the fridge going down the road.
Unless we think we are going to be traveling more than 4-5 hours there is simply no need.

We turn on a couple of days prior and try to be all loaded in an hour or two before pulling out. Once the refrigerator/contents gets to temp, it easily stays there for 4+ hours turned off. And if you've got room, throw a bag of ice the freezer or a couple pre-frozen freeze packs in the fridge for additional off time.
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I do as above, turn it off with the doors propped open when it is at my house. I do fill it as suggested above but I leave it on propane when I travel down the road. Good Luck
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From a room temp start it takes a while to cool down to operating temp. I allow at least 4 hours befor loading. Also these units to not like to be overloaded. Leave room to circulate air.
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This is all assuming your RV is parked on level ground while it is turned on (either power source). Otherwise your refrigerator will go bad ($$$).
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When your fridge is set to 'auto', it will use shore power when your camper is plugged and propane when not. It will switch back and forth automatically. You can turn off the fridge entirely if you don't want to use it.

Leave it on auto while you travel. The fridge sips a tiny amount of propane and is preferable to a fridge and freezer full of spoiled food.

Ditto X2
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