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Old 02-08-2014, 07:45 AM   #1
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Refrigerator While Driving

I have medication that must stay cold before use.
Cooler / ice not always available on the road.
I am not comfortable cooling the refrigerator using propane while driving.
Planning on using the electric.
Question is - Is it running off the house batteries while driving and is the engine alternator enough to keep the batteries charged and operating the refrigerator while traveling.
Thanks for your help / advise.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:02 AM   #2
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You bet assuming fridge has a DC mode. We used it all the time on the road.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:06 AM   #3
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Unless you had a 3-way fridge installed, your unit runs on propane or 120 AC. You will either need to run the generator or propane while traveling. It won't run on battery.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:15 AM   #4
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I have medication that must stay cold before use.
Cooler / ice not always available on the road.
I am not comfortable cooling the refrigerator using propane while driving.
Planning on using the electric.
Question is - Is it running off the house batteries while driving and is the engine alternator enough to keep the batteries charged and operating the refrigerator while traveling.
Thanks for your help / advise.
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Buy a (12V) plugin cooler for your Meds.Youroo!!
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:26 AM   #5
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Running the propane will be no problem. Have done it for almost 20 years. But if your against it and your refrig does not run on 12volt you can install an inverter.
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I purchased a 12V cooler years ago and still use it today to transport medication.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:40 AM   #7
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Running the propane will be no problem. Have done it for almost 20 years. But if your against it and your refrig does not run on 12volt you can install an inverter.
Both good options. My vote would be for the 12v cooler though. If you're concerned about the alternator keeping up with it then the cooler should (can't guarantee) have less of a draw than an inverter running the whole fridge.

The inverter though would serve multiple purposes, i.e. boondocking.
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:13 AM   #8
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The engine alternator will keep the house battery charged no problem. I run my fridge on the auto setting in my sunseeker witch is supposed to go to either electric or gas and i believe it runs on electric most of the time and auto switches to gas if needed. I see no reason to have a 12 v cooler when you have a rolling house with all the comforts of home
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The engine alternator will keep the house battery charged no problem. I run my fridge on the auto setting in my sunseeker witch is supposed to go to either electric or gas and i believe it runs on electric most of the time and auto switches to gas if needed. I see no reason to have a 12 v cooler when you have a rolling house with all the comforts of home
I think if you do some research your Fridge is (Gas on 12v) or (110) NOT (12v only). Youroo!! They don't want to use Gas on the Go.
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I have medication that must stay cold before use.
Cooler / ice not always available on the road.
I am not comfortable cooling the refrigerator using propane while driving.
Planning on using the electric.
Question is - Is it running off the house batteries while driving and is the engine alternator enough to keep the batteries charged and operating the refrigerator while traveling.
Thanks for your help / advise.
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The 'electric' source for the fridge is 110 shore power. Your fridge is a duel fuel source unit (batteries are not the fuel source). You will always need the 12v house batteries for the electronics no matter if you use Propane or shore power 110. It is very standard to drive (or pull) a camping unit with the propane on for the fridge when traveling down the road. It is good that you are not 'comfortable' using propane while driving. I commend you. All who take to the roads should always have the hazards of this in the forefront of our minds. Read up on it and talk to other camper users and your comfort level will increase. Check your equipment around the fridge to make sure that the flow pipe is clean and not obstructed by any wasp nests or spider webs. imo, you should have no worries driving down the road with the propane on ( I have done it for over 30 years). If you go into a filling station, that would imo be the only time that I would shut the 12v switch off at the fridge. shutting the 12v off will close the propane off at the fridge. when done filling, pull forward a little to get away from any gas fumes and turn on the 12v. You should hear your propane come on. I have never shut my fridge down when fueling, as I use Diesel and there is no fumes to ignite.
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