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Old 08-08-2015, 09:59 PM   #1
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Running the Refer on the road

I am asking a question about the refrigerator I think I know the answer to, but I want to make sure.

Back in the 80's, the refrigerator would run on propane, 110, and 12 volts. On my previous motor home it was propane or 110. This was not a problem at the gas station as someone could go back and turn off the refrigerator. This is not so easy with a trailer, but doable. I read what was provided in the manuals for the refrigerator, and could not find anything that said it could or could not run on 12 volts.

So, with all of that, two questions, first, do trailer refrigerators have the ability to run on 12 volts, and second, if not, do you turn off the refrigerator before pulling into a gas station??

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Old 08-08-2015, 10:27 PM   #4
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The original fridge that came in our Avion was a 3-way (12VDC, 120VAC, LP). It was replaced by a previous owner with a 2-way (120VAC, LP) Norcold. The 12VDC wire is still available at the rear of the fridge, tied up out of the way. It works great and we like it a lot, but if it's ever needed, I'll replace it with a 3-way. I don't like running it on LP going down the road, but I do and I turn it off before we go into a gas station. I'd much rather run it on 12VDC on the road and in a gas station.
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Old 08-08-2015, 10:33 PM   #5
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My 13 foot Scamp trailer has a tiny fridge with 3-way power. We run it on 12 volts on the road.

My 25FB Flying Cloud has a larger fridge with 2-way power. We have mucho solar on the roof (435 watts) and an inverter, and we run the fridge on 110 when on the road. Some travel days we end with the batteries 100% charged, some other days they are down by maybe 10 or 20 amp-hours.
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Two and three way fridges, they aren't picky about where they live ...
motorized, trailers, remote cabins ...

Our 75 has a 3 way, 12vdc on the road thank you.
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Old 08-09-2015, 01:59 AM   #7
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Running the Refer on the road

There is a big difference in proximity between a b van (as in the video) and a travel trailer. My fridge is more than 20 feet away from the fuel fill on my tow vehicle. When I pull in to fuel, my trailer is nowhere near a pump, or usually even under a canopy!
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Old 08-09-2015, 04:25 AM   #8
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Can't recall the thread, but there was talk about running the refer on an inverter while on the road. No flame! I am not sure why but I find it difficult and awkward using the search function on Airforums, maybe it is just me? I concur with AtomiccNo13. I travel on the road with gas for now.
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Thanks everyone. Turning off the propane is pretty much what I thought needed to be done. I appreciate all of the comments.

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When filling up, I use the first pump and the AS is 20ft ++ away from Pump, never pull in all the way under the cover and always stay w/you AS during fill-up.

I see so many walking away to go into station, fill-up and find a place to park after.
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Old 08-09-2015, 12:07 PM   #11
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Running fridge on solar

Hmm. Having trouble figuring out where to type!

We have had solar on every rv we've had since 2005, which is too many RVs, but I never thought to run fridge on 110 w/inverter! A lot of us used to run on 12V when that was still the norm, and then forget to switch it over and have dead batteries (pre-solar).

I don't supposed you have a diagram of how they placed the panels on your Airstream? If you do, I would sure like to see it. We will likely have a local guy install panels and I'm not sure how familiar he is with Airstreams. Our new Airstream is due in at dealer mid-September but that is 5 hours away and I would rather our guy do it. He's incredibly good with just about everything RV related.

Loved all this input.

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My 13 foot Scamp trailer has a tiny fridge with 3-way power. We run it on 12 volts on the road.

My 25FB Flying Cloud has a larger fridge with 2-way power. We have mucho solar on the roof (435 watts) and an inverter, and we run the fridge on 110 when on the road. Some travel days we end with the batteries 100% charged, some other days they are down by maybe 10 or 20 amp-hours.
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Does anyone have any info, just one case, of an explosion at a gas station caused by a RV gas fridge?
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Old 08-09-2015, 04:26 PM   #13
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Meant to ask about trailer, not RV. How many trailers or RVs are out there now running pilot lites on any appliance now?
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Hmm. Having trouble figuring out where to type!

We have had solar on every rv we've had since 2005, which is too many RVs, but I never thought to run fridge on 110 w/inverter! A lot of us used to run on 12V when that was still the norm, and then forget to switch it over and have dead batteries (pre-solar).

I don't supposed you have a diagram of how they placed the panels on your Airstream? If you do, I would sure like to see it. We will likely have a local guy install panels and I'm not sure how familiar he is with Airstreams. Our new Airstream is due in at dealer mid-September but that is 5 hours away and I would rather our guy do it. He's incredibly good with just about everything RV related.

Loved all this input.
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