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Old 03-08-2016, 11:22 AM   #11
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Thats what im thinking. Save the propane... Run it off the inverter.
Good idea! Why not? Just don't forget to switch the fridge to propane when you turn off the engine. it will drain the battery pretty quickly. When you plug in, the transfer switch should drop the inverter for shore power...but test it!
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Old 03-08-2016, 04:30 PM   #12
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According to my production manager, they are not changing how they wire a unit based on the fridge. So, that outlet is wired to the inverter every time.
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Old 03-08-2016, 09:47 PM   #13
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I am a new owner of a DX3. My prior motorhome did not have an inverter, but it did have a 100-watt solar panel. Rarely did I operate the generator, except to exercise it. In contrast, the DX3 batteries quickly become depleted.

With the DX3, when parked and not connected to shore power, could someone tell me how I might expect to use the generator to recharge the coach batteries? For example, should I:

1. Allow the Xantrex Xanbus Automatic Generator Start to automatically turn the generator on when the batteries are low,
2. Manually turn the generator on every evening,
3. Manually turn the generator on every morning and evening, or
4. Follow some other schedule?

Turning the generator on in the morning and/or evening would also offer the advantage of being able to use electric appliances, such as microwave oven, toaster, electric coffee pot, and so forth.

If the generator was turned on once per day or twice per day to keep the batteries charged, would that not be sufficient to keep the batteries charged to allow the refrigerator to operate on electricity?

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Old 03-09-2016, 07:19 AM   #14
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[SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman]I am a new owner of a DX3...
When you want to make coffee...turn on the generator and run it for as long as you want. When you are on the road, the alternator will do most of the work to get the batteries back up to snuff.

You need to run the generator a certain number of hours if not connected to AC, not driving or without solar. Run it when you want. The autostart will back you up and run it when it needs to be run.

With a residential reefer my whole generator model has changed. I run the generator when I make coffee, and let it run for a while. Now I have installed a Trimetric monitor so that I can be confident of the battery bank state of charge. You have an autostart which should keepyou out of trouble.
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Part of that depends too on the state of the fridge. If you are just starting out that compressor will be running all the time to cool down. Once it is mainly established (unless you are standing in front of it, doors open trying to decide on dinner) it will draw less power...but definitely more power than an LP fridge would draw.
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I have the frigidare residential unit. I've ran it on inverter mode while traveling. It works great. I will be curious as to how a residential holds up the RV compared to an absorption type. time will tell..
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