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Old 08-23-2012, 11:25 AM   #31
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Maybe herk could do the math on how long you could run the residential fridge on a say a group 24 deep cycle.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:28 AM   #32
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Thanks, dunnnc.

Let me fish a little further: What if we installed a small wattage inverter that allowed the refer to run off your batteries during transit? Most residential refers only pull about 1-2 amps when running.
I will take one, let me know if that option is available for my crusader when I trade my lacrosse in next year. Bigger fridge, inverter while traveling, shore power when available, gas when no hookups...
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:33 AM   #33
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I know there is a lot associated with perspective , I'm from the tent style of camping jumping into a MH and im still giddy about having the ability to have ice cream while camping...
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:02 PM   #34
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f1100, this is a "sales pitch" from the supplier of the refers/inverters that he made to Prime Time regarding an "overnight" scenario:
  • Turn inverter off when your Tow Vehicle is turned off - eliminating 12V draw. At this point, the refer is cold.
  • Turn inverter back on ONLY if you open refer and for approximately 1 hour.
  • The start up draw for the refer will be higher but momentary.
  • The additonal draw for 1 hour to get the refer "cool" again, will be approximately the same as two typical double 12V pancake lights in your unit.
I'm not an Electrical Engineer (and I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn last night) so I can't say if this is right, wrong, good, or bad. Just their sales pitch to us.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:30 PM   #35
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f1100, this is a "sales pitch" from the supplier of the refers/inverters that he made to Prime Time regarding an "overnight" scenario:
[*]Turn inverter off when your Tow Vehicle is turned off - eliminating 12V draw. At this point, the refer is cold.[*]Turn inverter back on ONLY if you open refer and for approximately 1 hour.[*]The start up draw for the refer will be higher but momentary.[*]The additonal draw for 1 hour to get the refer "cool" again, will be approximately the same as two typical double 12V pancake lights in your unit.
I'm not an Electrical Engineer (and I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn last night) so I can't say if this is right, wrong, good, or bad. Just their sales pitch to us.
Interesting to say the least.

Mildly intrigued !
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:02 PM   #36
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Don't ya'll offer a bigger double door fridge in some units? It is gas/elec right, I have never seen one in person so I have no idea. Is that something that could be offered in more models, and is that enough room for your wife, or still need a full size res fridge.. And as a side note I sure hope ya'll figure out how to have a gas/elc in the outdoor kitchen. And maybe offer an outdoor kitchen in something other than a bunkhouse model. That way when I get these kids moved off and I am ready for an upgrade I can have the best of both worlds... Prime Time is prob going to be stuck with me for a long time. I was just fixing to post about and experience I had yesterday when I came across this post and had to chime in. I will post on the Prime Time page for all to read..
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:14 PM   #37
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Thanks, dunnnc.

Let me fish a little further: What if we installed a small wattage inverter that allowed the refer to run off your batteries during transit? Most residential refers only pull about 1-2 amps when running.
Now you talking !! We would no longer have to have our propane tanks on going down the road. But I think this has been tried by a member on his absorption fridge, and it still ran the camper battery down.

But, I would still want a propane fridge for dry camping. If you could incooperate both a 12 volt going down the road, 120 volt for hookups, and propane for dry camping, then that would be great. Hey, wait a minute, those types of fridges are in many fold down campers.......but are small, of course.....that is what you are trying to stay away from.
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:35 PM   #38
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Now you talking !! We would no longer have to have our propane tanks on going down the road. But I think this has been tried by a member on his absorption fridge, and it still ran the camper battery down...
Had a 3way frig in our El Camino slide in and on 12v, it was ok while running down the highway, but within about 4hrs, it would drain a LARGE 12v Combine battery and the truck battery(one time). After that, I always made sure we either turned it on 110 or gas as soon as we stopped.
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:02 PM   #39
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Dometic 4-door 12 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator

Prime Time has built several Lacrosse Models with a special promo Dometic 12 cu. ft. 4 door refrigerator. WE HAVE ONE!!! Had it at the FROG Rally in Goshen. Great working refrigerator, as stated earlier, it is important to have the beer cold after set-up. LOL !!
We had the kids stay with us for a week at Darian Lake on the way to Goshen, the refrigerator was great, most meals where done at the campsite, lots of room and it maintained a temp of 35 to 39 during very hot weather.
Prime Time will probally do this promo again in the future. When we purchased ours it was on the basis of the large refrigerator, Prime Time sent me a list of the dealers who purchased them and we negoiated with three of them and purchased the unit last year. As I have said before, my wife bought a $30,000 refrigerator and they tossed the trailer into the deal !!
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:12 PM   #40
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Remember RVguy that 1 to 2 amps at 120v is 10 to 20 amps at 12v. So you will drain a battery fast.
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