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Old 08-22-2014, 06:34 AM   #1
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Another Inverter question

Hi everyone. Relatively new Rv'er here but many years of car and tent camping. We recently bought our 2109s (and loving it). I had thoughts of adding an inverter, mostly just to be able to run the fridge while driving. Have done and will be doing some long travel days and usually have a well stocked fridge and freezer.
Camper is new and added a second size 24 deep cycle battery in parallel. I would think I could have an outlet from the inverter in or near the fridge compartment and just switch the plug that it's plugged into.
Any idea how big an inverter would be needed? Will my truck recharge the batteries while driving? Any downsides? Thanks

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Old 08-22-2014, 06:58 AM   #2
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Hi everyone. Relatively new Rv'er here but many years of car and tent camping. We recently bought our 2109s (and loving it). I had thoughts of adding an inverter, mostly just to be able to run the fridge while driving. Have done and will be doing some long travel days and usually have a well stocked fridge and freezer.
Camper is new and added a second size 24 deep cycle battery in parallel. I would think I could have an outlet from the inverter in or near the fridge compartment and just switch the plug that it's plugged into.
Any idea how big an inverter would be needed? Will my truck recharge the batteries while driving? Any downsides? Thanks

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Why don't you just run it on gas like everyone else.?

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Old 08-22-2014, 07:03 AM   #3
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Why not run it on propane? I would say the majority of people on this form run there fridge on propane while traveling. As far as your question, I think the fridge uses about 240W to run, that is a 20A draw at 12V, most TV's are not wired to give you 20A to your trailer. You would need to run a large gauge wire from your TV battery to the trailer connector.
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We have a TT and have put a couple hundred thousand miles on several models all while leaving the fridge lit on propane while driving.No problems so far!
I would use a 1000 watt inverter and the truck will most likely only trickle charge the battery so they will run down without installing some heavier charging wire back to RV...We always install one anyway & You will enjoy 110 when you are away from shore power for all the electronic toys! We have a 260 watt solar panel on the roof that helps out alot. Good luck & enjoy the new RV.
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Thanks for the replies. Not real comfortable with the thought of driving around towing an open flame but that seems to be the way to go. Of course will have to remember to turn it off when stopping for gas

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Of course will have to remember to turn it off when stopping for gas

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I don't either the flame is contained inside the refer behind the panel.
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Me either. Gotta remember 3 things:

1) They don't use pilot lights, they're on demand. So they're actually only flaming while cooling. Can't be any more than 1/3 of the time and probably much, much less. The chances of having a flame on at the time of fueling is not as big as most people think.

2) It's covered, contained, and well off the ground. It's gonna take a lot of gas vapors to reach that flame.

3) What's the distance between the fridge and your gas tank? In my case, it's like 30'. My fridge is often no where near the actual pumps.
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