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Old 11-25-2002, 07:42 AM   #29
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An article in the latest issue of Good Sam states traveling in a Motorhome with the refer on gas should be avoided.
So who cares which article is wrong or right, it's up to the individual to make the right decision for themselves and their loved ones.
One thing people should consider is the difference between pulling a fireball and driving in a fireball.
Winner, if a Motorhome is equipped with a 3-way refer, it is completely beyond me, why anyone would even remotely consider using the gas function while traveling. The 12V function is only effective and reasonable with the motor running and the alternator charging the coach batteries and supplying extra voltage to the refer.
There is no other situation when using the 12V function would make sense.
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Old 11-25-2002, 07:57 AM   #30
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(FYI I chose to edit a few of the above posts so ast to keep this thread on track and eliminate uneccessary pokes- no offense or personal slights intended)

To quote Trailer Life mag this month- "experienced Rv owners will use their judgement and decide what is best, as to running your refrig on gas, there are no laws against doing so in any state at the present time".

So y'all do what you think is best for you and yours. It is terrific to have this forum for different points of view concerning this and so many other topics both controversial and not.
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Run the fridge while traveling?

RE: 12-Volt RV Refrigerator Mode Useage:

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. . . If a Motorhome is equipped with a 3-way refer, it is completely beyond me, why anyone would even remotely consider using the gas function while traveling.
My '64 Overlander always travels with its 3-Way Refrigerator in the 12-volt mode. I don't think that there is any reason why anyone with a 12-volt mode option would want to travel in any RV with the refrigerator on LP when the 12-volt mode is available. Of course, I have the history of Murphy's Law when it comes to fuel stops as per my earlier post.

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Old 11-25-2002, 08:04 AM   #32
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I will agree on the murphy's- my dad owned a gas station- car repair biz for many years, and only once had a small fule spill due to someone driving out with the hose still in their tank...
hope your unlucky experiences are over in that area!!
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Old 11-25-2002, 11:34 AM   #33
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We bring ice chests when we go for longer trips, and keep the perishables in there. We use the ice later for drinks. Block ice lasts for several days in 110degree heat in a decent ice chest. I open the chests only for seconds at a time - no browsing for snacks. My fridge gives me no options in this regard, so I got used to the ice chest method. My 110 system in the fridge is not working, and it will not stay lit while driving, so I just put some blue ice in the freezer to help it along later, and light it up once we get there. It usually cools down to the mid 40's in just 3 or 4 hours.
After reading the posts in this thread and using common sense, I doubt I would run the propane while driving. I will buy a 3-way fridge when the budget allows for it and then feel safe while driving with the fridge on. I am, however, wondering about the safety of 25 or more amps travelling through the entire rig through the 7-way connector to the fridge heater, with the pigtail moving around etc. I might get a very secure single pole connection system once the 12V fridge is a reality.

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The posts in this thread feel sort of incomplete, and a bit confusing. I would have rather read it before editing and dealt with whatever was there. I am not sure I like the moderators editing the posts. It is easy to click to another post if offended. It's impossible to get the feel of the post if edited by another person. It should be up to the member to edit her/his own posts if asked by other members, or perhaps the moderator's duties should be to make suggestions of edits, instead of being allowed to make choices on what we can read and what not.
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Forgive my ignorance, but what is the safety issue regarding pulling "25amps . . . through the 7-way connector to the fridge heater with the pigtail moving around, etc."?

What could happen? Fire?

How to avoid this?

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Hi Emily,
The 25 A would be a maximum current that would flow from the tow vehicle to the refrigerator when it is being used on 12V. It is a considerable current, and one needs to make sure that the wiring and connections are very secure, to avoid excessive heat, fires and sparks. You typically only find currents this high flowing to the battery from the alternator, and perhaps to the dash a/c system, or electric radiator fans of tow vehicles. It is not an extremely high current, but higher and more constant than most things powered in a car or truck.
I would make sure that the charging wire for the 12V supply from tow vehicle to trailer is of sufficient size to handle this load, and that the pigtail and it's connectors are free of corrosion and are in a very good mechanical condition. I could see how on older rigs ( like mine) with looser contacts and/or corrodet pins problems might occur. The pigtail on my trailer moves around quite a bit when turning corners, sort of tugging at the vehicle side connector. The combination of this movement, the high current, possible corrosion, and loosened-by-age contacts would worry me enough to take extra safety measures before connecting a 12V refrigerator.
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UWE- sorry if the editing bothers you, but then what is a moderator for if not to moderate?
I edit only when I feel that the post has references in it that are offensive to some other member, and serve no purpose other than to poke at someone or someone's ideas. However if the posts are sparring back and forth over an issue and it makes sense then it stands. I am not prudish, by any means...
I hope to help keep this forum a pleasant and engaging place as it has been thus far.
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