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Old 07-30-2015, 11:26 PM   #1
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HW 296 fridge?

What to do? It's take forever to cool when you get set up. Could you leave it on auto with the battery and propane unhooked? And plug in a couple days before you go camping? I don't liked the access to it. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-31-2015, 12:12 AM   #2
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That would be your best bet with leaving it on auto and plugging in to 120 a day before you leave. I can't remember if those switches are click on and click off- I'm thinking you have to hit the buttons several times to get to correct setting. But you would still have to load all your cold stuff in a container and load fridge when you get there.

Entire reason why we purchased the 277- fridge is direct accessible from the door.
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Old 07-31-2015, 02:41 AM   #3
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Put on 110v AC the night before you leave.
once you hookup to leave, switch it to 12v DC.
and when you arrive at the campground, switch over to propane IF you don't have electric hookups. if you do, switch it back to 110v AC.
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I find that the auto setting does not switch to battery. It seems to flip between propane and shore power and if it finds neither of them, the check light comes on and you have to turn the fridge off to reset. And if you can't access the fridge when the pup is closed, it makes it hard to switch it. Like hondaman, we got the 277 due to the ability to get to the fridge.
if you have the pup opened up the day before the trip and you have shore power, I would turn the fridge on. Switch it to battery just before you close it up, the converter will work to supply the fridge dc power as long as you are plugged into shore power at your house. Once you hook up the tow vehicle, the power then comes through the battery.
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Old 07-31-2015, 09:44 AM   #5
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Yes. Before I go camping I will connect the battery and plug in to AC power two days in advance. The fridge is set to auto.

When I drive to the campground I will unplug and open up the propane so it chills while I drive.

When you arrive, your fridge is nice and cold.

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Put on 110v AC the night before you leave.
once you hookup to leave, switch it to 12v DC.
and when you arrive at the campground, switch over to propane IF you don't have electric hookups. if you do, switch it back to 110v AC.
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Or just leave on auto and let it switch to propane while driving. Then as stated before you will have to bring a tote to load fridge at destination.
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Start up the day before on auto/AC load refrig next day and make sure your propane is turned on. Unplug drive to camp ground as frig will be on gas. Get to CG if AC available plug in refrig will revert back to AC. Simple and food is cool no extra cooler. Later RJD
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Old 08-01-2015, 12:34 PM   #9
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So when I lower the top leave fridge on auto. Turn off AC and Gas. Wait until next trip. 1,2 or 3 weeks get out of storage a day early bring home and hook to the AC? Is this correct? After seeing the lay out and less storage on the 277 I'm glad we went with the 296.
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A trick I have learned is I can access the fridge space through the outside storage if you leave the inside cabinet door open you can shimmy your self through. Just make sure nobody is videotaping you ;-)
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