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Old 07-26-2015, 12:13 PM   #1
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Our old motor home I had a inverter put in to run the fridge when driving it worked great. When we got where we where going I would switch to shore power.it never ran the batt down. I had to change the plug in from inv to shore or vise versa.this way I don't have to use propane to keep things cold in route. Good idea or not?
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Old 07-26-2015, 12:37 PM   #2
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No. The propane consumption is very low. Use it as designed.
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Old 07-26-2015, 01:47 PM   #3
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X2 with still Kickin, plus I've heard that using the propane the fridge will cool down quicker?
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This has come up before. Not aware that anyone actually tried it on a Solera yet. My memory of the earlier discussion says that about a 400 watt inverter should be sufficient. Also, as it is a heater element, a (cheap) pseudo-sinewave inverter likely will work. If used to maintain temp (NOT to initially cool the fridge down) I suspect it would work okay. As stated above, the fridge uses very little propane. I would consider the advantage to be not having to turn off/on for tunnels or ferries that restrict propane use. None of those I'm aware of around here - though I did have to turn it off for the Alaska Maritime Highway ferries (fridge maintained cold just fine on those segments of our trip - nothing thawed). Moving the plug when camping and disconnecting when wanting to run on propane seems more of a hastle to me than the benefit - couldn't think of an easy "automatic" method to switch among the three sources (12 volt inverted to 120 volt, 120 volt shore power, and propane).
If you do it, let us know how it works out.
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:37 AM   #6
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Would a pass through inverter work? No reason to plug/unplug that way.
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With a pass through inverter, I don't think the fridge would switch to propane for dry camping. Would likely pull the battery down pretty quickly in that scenario.
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Old 08-02-2015, 12:21 AM   #8
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It is not really any problem to swap plug ins I also don't use the inverter to start cooling from scratch I plug in to house power the night before then use the inverter to maintain the fridge when driving.
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