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Old 06-14-2018, 06:29 PM   #1
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I am a seasonal at a dry camp which means we use propane, batteries and a generator. My question is about my Fridge. Do I need to have my 12 volt battery connected to my trailer to run my fridge that is running on propane or can I just light the pilot and let the propane do itís job. I was told I still need my battery hooked up regardless. Is this true?

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Old 06-14-2018, 06:41 PM   #2
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the fridge still has 12v controls for temperature, etc, and the interior light, I presume, so probably not
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Old 06-14-2018, 06:45 PM   #3
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My guess would be that your fridge has an electric igniter for the gas. That was always a limiting factor for our dry camping because we didn't have a generator to recharge the battery.
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Sorry, are you saying no I donít need to have my 12 volt battery hooked up or yes.?
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That was my dilemma before we got our generator but I’m finding that my new battery drains quickly and I was hoping it’s not the fridge. I thought I could just light the burner and leave the propane on and it would be fine. I know the interior light and indicator light won’t work without a battery but so thought the fridge would still run.
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Sorry, are you saying no I donít need to have my 12 volt battery hooked up or yes.?
YES. You need the battery hooked up and charged.
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Old 06-14-2018, 07:47 PM   #7
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YES. Our fridge does not cool unless battery is connected. In the manual for our Dometic DM2852 page 8, it states: "Make sure that a continuous12 VDC supply is available for the electronic control to function."
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Old 06-14-2018, 07:58 PM   #8
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The control module runs on 12v. Unless you have a very old fridge, there is no pilot the fridge uses DSI an electronic spark generator. Bottom line you need a fully charged battery to run the fridge on propane.
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What is the make/model of the fridge? If it's a Dometic, you might be able to lower the power consumption by disabling the door heater.
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A two way Dometic fridge. It came with my Cherokee forest river trailer
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