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Old 08-24-2016, 03:53 PM   #11
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Fridge switch

My rig is super simple, a Forest Hill tent camper, Freedom. No TV etc. As I understand it, the switch switches the fridge line off when movement stops, as in when you park your car. I was thinking it would mean I couldn't forget and come back after a hike, lets say, and find the car battery dead. Hmm, and what happens when you stop to camp???

So, no one here has used one of these???
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Old 08-24-2016, 04:50 PM   #12
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If it shuts off after 15 minutes automatically what good is that when you are gassing up? Time between ignition off and gassing up is about one minute and you would still need to manually shut it off if you are so inclined, which I am.
If you were referring to my comment earlier, I think I misworded that a little. What I meant to say was that the refrigerator turned off the gas supply when the TV ignition was turned off then it restarted the gas flow / auto ignition about fifteen minutes later.
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Having become convinced from my reading that I would rather not drive with the propane on (though I know many people do), I would like to run my 3-way fridge on battery without having to worry if I will forget to disconnect the plug to the trailer if I stop for very long. This switch does that if no motion is sensed, so I understand. I would have to have someone install it for me. No idea how to get at the wires going to the fridge. No idea even where they run.
I always tow with the fridge on DC because in my 2 PUPs the flame blows out pretty regularly when on the move. With the continuous run fridges in the PUPs, re-lighting is a manual procedure.

I've never had an issue with leaving the TV connected and the fridge on for stops as long as 90 minutes. As I near the one hour point on a stop, I'm generally getting ansy about switching over to propane. Especially since I realized the A-frame fridge (Dometic 4332, IIRC) draws 13.2 amps on DC. The A-frame does have a dual battery installation so I can power the fridge on DC for a while without taking the TV battery down very far.

If I'm on my way to a dry camp, I will switch to propane for anything more than a 5 minute stop. That's because my TV (Kia minivan) drops the charge line to 13.2V (from 13.9V) as soon as the starting battery is charged (about 5 minutes). So I can't get more than a trickle charge into the A-frame batteries for most of the drive. And I want to start a dry camp with fully charged batteries (I like my heater and water pump to work for the whole trip).

Hope this helps
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Old 08-28-2016, 10:18 AM   #14
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My Salem Hemisphere has a two-way fridge, it's AC/Propane, not a 3-way like was in our Hi-Lo........if we want the fridge on while we travel even though it's AC will it run like through the converter???
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Old 08-28-2016, 01:19 PM   #15
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No, but it should have an auto setting. When it looses AC power, it should automatically switch to propane and back again when power is restored.
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