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Old 06-09-2018, 02:26 PM   #1
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Powering Refrigerator while towing

Hi friends. At a year into the whole RVing, I wish to run my refrigerator while I am towing. I own a Salem 30KQBSS. I have watched some videos but all of those videos seem to say there is a Gas or Electric switch on the refrigerator. Am I missing it? How do I power my refrigerator while on the move?
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Old 06-09-2018, 02:44 PM   #2
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Our North Trails bumper pull trailer had an RV fridge (assuming that is what you have). Right above the door on our fridge, there was a switch that allowed us to switch between electric and auto. In auto mode, if not connected to shore power, the fridge would turn on propane mode - what you use when driving. It takes a long time for the unit to completely cool down using this mode, so if you can plug into shore power before taking off on your trip and make sure you switch to auto/gas power before driving, that should work.

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Old 06-09-2018, 02:46 PM   #3
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If it is a "Gas/Elect" turn on the Gas and have a Charged 12 V Battery! Turn the switch to "Auto" and Hit the road! Youroo!!
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It would help if you posted make and model of fridge.
Have you read the fridge's manual?

Unless you have a residential fridge powered through an inverter, it has to be on propane while traveling.
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Old 06-18-2018, 01:43 PM   #5
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I have wired an inverter into mine and I run the fridge on electric from the inverter with DC supplied from my 7 pin on my truck. Works great, but rather than using your vehicles power to charge the batteries, it goes to the fridge instead.
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Old 06-18-2018, 01:48 PM   #6
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Welcome JANeidig. I see it is your first post.

The search function will bring up many discussions on how to use your refrigerator when traveling. I will warn you though... this is a very heated and much debated topic with some approving using propane while traveling and others strongly against it.

In the past week or so there is (yet another) thread about this very topic and it is opinionated for sure!
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Why use Propane when you can run the fridge off your 400 W inverter and have your tow vehicle supply the 30 A of DC? If you want to know more, let me know.
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Why use Propane when you can run the fridge off your 400 W inverter and have your tow vehicle supply the 30 A of DC? If you want to know more, let me know.
Because R/V manufacturers specify they can be run on propane while traveling simply the way they are built from the factory, without having to add an inverter and consequently require charging of the battery.
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Why use Propane when you can run the fridge off your 400 W inverter and have your tow vehicle supply the 30 A of DC? If you want to know more, let me know.

Most tow vehicles only supply power to trickle charge the batteries. Your method will most likely completely drain the RV batteries. Just run it on propane, that's what it's designed to do.
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Us Engineers don't want to spend money on propane when you dont need to. I don't know what kind of vehicle you have, but I have a 30 A circuit to the trailer on my 2018 GMC Sierra. That is A LOT of power. Trickle charging is 3 A. 30 Amps of DC is 3 Amps @ 120 VAC. My refrigerator pulls 2.5 A. Plenty of power from truck.
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