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Old 08-09-2013, 04:47 PM   #11
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Good to know, thanks all for the responses.

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Old 08-09-2013, 05:01 PM   #12
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We leave the propane on all the time, at home and on the road. We live in the country and have frequent power outages. We leave some food in the fridge and want it to run on propane if the power goes off. Have never had a problem at home or on the road.

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Old 08-12-2013, 08:16 AM   #13
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Upon inspection of the breaker panel on the Solera (this is a forum for Solera owners) I noticed there isn't a dedicated breaker and/or markings for the circuit that runs the fridge on the 110v side. Is the circuit piggybacked on to one of the other ones. There is nothing written down on the circuit guide paper on the panel in my Solera. Thanks.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:01 AM   #14
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There is an outlet in the refrigerator compartment that is connected to the non-GFCI circuit in the Solera.

At least that's the way it is on my 2012.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:52 AM   #15
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The fridge takes such a small amount of power they don't run a dedicated line just for it. The heating element is only about 600 watts.
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Old 08-12-2013, 02:26 PM   #16
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When you say heating element in conjunction with refrigerator that seems confusing. So, that begs the next question. Is the fridge in the Solera driven on the a/c side by a heating element driving the compressor? And that element consumes 600 watts. That is a fair amount of power given that a standard 15 amp 110v circuit can handle 1650 watts, which is 36% of the total designed load for a 15 amp circuit. In any event, which circuit has the fridge on it, if anyone knows.
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:22 PM   #17
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This is not a compressor type fridge, it is an abosorption fridge. When you are on propane it has a burner that heats the ammonia and as it heats to a gas it travels up the tubes in the back of the fridge and as it condenses the ammonia causing it to cool which cools the fridge, and then the condensed ammonia returns to the bottom to start all over again on the return tube side. When you are using electric hookup it is now using an electric heating element to do the same thing as the propane burner was doing on propane operation.

Yes it is about 1/3 the rated 15 amp breaker but there is still no need for a seperate breaker for it and if you are using more than the rated breaker then it well trip. If they put in a new breaker for every time you were going to use 600 watts then they would need a lot more breakers and a lot more wiring.

I don't have a Solera yet but have owned about 15 or more other RVs and have been RVing for about 41 years now. As far as which breaker the fridge is on there is a very simple way of telling. Just get an extension cord and take the cover off the outside vent on the fridge and plug the extenion cord into it the outlet. Then bring the extension cord into the coach with you. Plug a table lamp into the extension that you just plugged into the 110V outlet in the back of the fridge. Turn on the lamp. Now start shuting off one breaker at a time till the lamp goes off and that is the one that is for the fridge. Or just leave the lamp outside and shut off a breaker and go out and look if the light is on or off.
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:30 PM   #18
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Butch, you the man! Thanks a bunch for the excellent explanation. I'll do the extension cord trick to locate the circuit.
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:36 PM   #19
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Is it my understanding the dometic fridge will work on 110 volt at home to cool off prior to travel? Should batteries be on? Want to save my LP if possible. Thanks
You really must have the 12VDC on also. That contributes the control power, without it nothing else can work.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:04 PM   #20
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Here is the bottom line with the batteries in the coach you can plug into your house with an shore line and run the frig. & lights in the RV but not much more..........while you get ready for a trip.
The 15AMP (brick & sticks)house breaker can do that with no problems just use a good heavy extension cord not a lamp cord............



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