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Old 04-29-2016, 01:29 PM   #11
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So as I live in an apartment complex and can't really have the TT there and plugged into any electricity to cool down the refrigerator for a day prior to leaving for a trip, I plan on going to where it is in storage, turning on the propane and insuring the refrigerator is setup on "AUTO" to run via propane and then going back to hook up the next day to the TV and hitting the road. This should work well as an alternative to early cooling down too, right?


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Old 04-29-2016, 01:48 PM   #12
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So as I live in an apartment complex and can't really have the TT there and plugged into any electricity to cool down the refrigerator for a day prior to leaving for a trip, I plan on going to where it is in storage, turning on the propane and insuring the refrigerator is setup on "AUTO" to run via propane and then going back to hook up the next day to the TV and hitting the road. This should work well as an alternative to early cooling down too, right?


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Yes. Just be aware the refrigerator uses a small amount of 12v (even when on propane) for the control board.

A day or so won't matter to the battery but don't leave the storage area and shut of your battery cut-off switch as you typically might. The refrigerator will quit.
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Old 04-29-2016, 03:03 PM   #13
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All of the articles I've read on the subject say not to travel with the gas on due to fire risk when stopping for fuel and at other times. I've had a personal experience with a broken spring on the trailer, which resulted in a shredded tire which somehow broke a propane line. Fortunately, someone saw it happen and signaled me to stop. I turned off the tanks before a fire started. These articles also say the fridge loses only one degree an hour when turned off. I've been travelling with it turned off for a couple of years and after a 300 mile trip the stuff in the freezer is still frozen and the stuff in the fridge is still cold, and that included opening it briefly for a drink or snack.
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Old 04-29-2016, 03:53 PM   #14
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A day or so won't matter to the battery but don't leave the storage area and shut of your battery cut-off switch as you typically might. The refrigerator will quit.
A-frames and popups don't have battery cutoff switches unless an owner installs one.
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Be aware that if you live or camp above 5000' you probably can't run your fridge on propane (not enough air in the air :-)
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Old 04-29-2016, 04:22 PM   #16
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Never had problem with fridge on propane at higher elevations. Spent most of last summer in the 6500 - 9500 range


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> Never had problem with fridge on propane at higher elevations.
> Spent most of last summer in the 6500 - 9500 range

Just going by the manufacturer's instructions. We live above 5000' and generally go UP to camp. If our fridge runs at all on propane, it doesn't stay very cold. We get more consistent results with electricity (if we have no electric hookup, we use a big cooler with ice and/or cold packs).
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Old 04-29-2016, 05:46 PM   #18
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Cool frig for 24 hours (if possible, if not as much as you can) and add food. Put frig control on AUTO and it will run on 120V when plugged in, 12V when attached to the tow vehicle & propane when not plugged in to 110V or 12V. It's amazing how smart your frig can be!!!!
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I realize that efficiency takes a hit, but this thread is about cooling while traveling, not boondocking. Took forever it seemed to boil spaghetti water at 8900 feet. We only use propane on the fridge going from full service campground to full service campground.


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Put frig control on AUTO and it will run on 120V when plugged in, 12V when attached to the tow vehicle & propane when not plugged in to 110V or 12V.
Not quite. The unit runs on either 120v, or 12v AND propane. The unit will not run on 12v only or propane only.
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