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Old 07-17-2016, 08:03 AM   #1
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Solera 24r ,. Do I keep the propane feed on while underway to maintain refrigerator or will it run off of house batteries?
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Old 07-17-2016, 08:20 AM   #2
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If i'm not mistaken your Solera has a Dometic fridge, It will not run on the batteries alone. so if you don't have your generator running (110V) and if the fridge is in auto it will switch to propane automatically with the loss of 110V power. If you want the fridge to run you have to leave the propane on.
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Old 07-17-2016, 12:06 PM   #3
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X2 on the propane left on.
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Old 07-17-2016, 12:32 PM   #4
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Just to let you know, that fridge is duel fuel. 120v electric is used to heat the ammonia on shore power and propane heats it when no 120v or in flight obviously. Bats do not heat, they do however run the fridge electronics. Hope that helps.
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While "Still Kickin" is absolutely correct wrt the power used to heat the ammonia for the cooling loop, the fridge also needs 12 volts for its control circuits. Won't run with the 12 volt cutoff switch turned off.
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Old 07-17-2016, 05:49 PM   #6
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That's what Still Kickin' said - batts. needed to run the electronics. I guess the clarification - just to be clear... - is that the 12V circuit must be on for DC power to the refrig control circuitry, whether running on shore power or propane. DC power is always needed for the refrig.
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Old 07-19-2016, 07:19 AM   #7
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I pretty much knew that. However, that leaves another problem. Can you legally run with the propane feeding? Is it 100% safe to run with the feed on? I'v been checked at different bridge and tunnel entrances. Nothing like reaching your camp and discovering that you forgot to turn on the propane, Only the Brits enjoy warm beer.
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I pretty much knew that. However, that leaves another problem. Can you legally run with the propane feeding? Is it 100% safe to run with the feed on? I'v been checked at different bridge and tunnel entrances. Nothing like reaching your camp and discovering that you forgot to turn on the propane, Only the Brits enjoy warm beer.

I'm not aware of any states that prohibit it, but others can speak up if they do. As far as bridges and tunnels there are thousands of them. Some prohibit propane tanks period, requiring a bypass route, but most of those permit RV size tanks. Some may require gas off, but you will have to check specific tunnels (mainly) for their requirement. Sorry, it's just too big a question nationally.

Here are some examples:

http://www.cbbt.com/travel-informati...s-regulations/

http://www.panynj.gov/truckers-resources/

http://goldengatebridge.org/tolls_tr...strictions.php
(personally I don't think an RV would be deemed a vehicle transporting hazardous cargo...)


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Old 07-19-2016, 10:24 PM   #9
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I got this tip off of one of the forums, but can't remember which one. We run the fridge for a day before leaving for a trip. While we're on the road we shut the fridge off and load it up with five or six freezer packs. They keep the fridge cold all day while we're traveling. When we get to a CG and hook up to shore power, we put the freezer packs up in the freezer. They freeze up over night and we just move them back to the fridge the next morning before we take off. haven't had to use the fridge off of propane yet ..... probably will when we go boon-docking.
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Old 07-21-2016, 09:06 AM   #10
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We traveled for 11 weeks across Canada and the US. We left refer set to auto at all times which switched it to propane when we were not on shore power.

(I did switch the refer to off when refueling to prevent the igniter from firing while at the pumps)

Propane use was quite minimal.

Took a ferry across lake Michigan and that was the only time that I actual shut the propane off at the tank.

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