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Old 08-10-2013, 10:46 PM   #1
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Getting a jump on the fridge

We have a 2013 233s and my wife and I were wondering if we could run the fridge on battery while towing it so it would be cold when we got to the campground. Thanks
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fridge runs on propane while traveling or boondocking.
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:55 PM   #3
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Fridge runs on (Bat & Propane) needs both while on the road! Youroo!!
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We have a 2013 233s and my wife and I were wondering if we could run the fridge on battery while towing it so it would be cold when we got to the campground. Thanks
Ben M... Yes, put it on auto and it will use the gas and 12v..
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Unless you have a very long trip to the campground it won't cool much in a short time.
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You need to have it cooled an stocked before you leave then yes you'll be fine.



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Old 08-11-2013, 01:09 AM   #7
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Ben, The refrigerators in TT take a long time to come to temperature. It is best if you can turn your unit on at least 24 hours before you,are ready to go camping. If you can't plug in shore power then you can cool it with propane. You need charged 12 v batteries. I don't know what model your fridge is but most have an 3 function switches. Off, auto or gas. When in auto it will automatically switch between gas and 120v. I leave mine in that mode until I come home and turn it off. Make sure when you turn it off that you use the blue attachments that keep the doors open so mold does not grow in the fridge.

Now, when the unit gets cold ( freezer will freeze first, then fridge will cool down) make sure the food you put in is already a cool temp or frozen if going into the freezer. These units do not do well when you load them up with room temp stuff or unfrozen food. Don't overload the units. They are not your fridge in your home. Go to the camper store and buy a thermometer for your freezer and your fridge so you can monitor the temps

Enjoy your new camper...
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Fridge runs on (Bat & Propane) needs both while on the road! Youroo!!
Yes, I assumed poster thought it only ran on electricity.
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:38 PM   #9
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If you get it cool on 110 for a day or two before leaving, and pre-cool the items you are carrying, then there is no need to run the fridge.

I had a zip-lock bag of left over chili accidentally get frozen and stuck to the floor of the freezer. I didn't want to risk damaging the freezer, so I figured I'd just let it thaw out and throw it away. We left the campsite at around on Sunday, and at 4:30pm on Monday, I got home from work and the bag of chilli was still very cold with a slighyly frozen center. The fridge was still cold too. A bottle of water we left in there was still cool and refreshing.

These little fridges take a while to cool off, but once cold, they stay that way for quite a long time, provided you stay out of them. Running on propane while towing might be perfectly safe, but I prefer to not do it.

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What I do, is keep some gallon and half gallon (cleaned) milk jugs filled 3/4 full with water stored in my deep freezer at home. When I turn on the camper fridge I fill both the fridge and freezer with the frozen milk jugs. I have had it cool to temps in less than 4 hours that way.
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