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Old 05-15-2016, 08:52 AM   #1
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Will my Fridge last three days on Battery?

We have a 2016 27' FC FB. I need to store it for three days, temporarily.

Will my battery last long enough for the whole three days to supply 12V while it runs on LP?

The battery will be fully charged when we store it, and I have plenty of LP. The only thing that will be on 12V is the LP detector, and the fridge battery 12V circuit.

If not, I'll make alternate plans for some of the food inside. It is not a huge deal either way, I was just curious if anyone knew off hand.

Thanks!
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Old 05-15-2016, 09:05 AM   #2
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yes, I would think your battery will last 3 days. I assume you have no solar, of if you do, storage is inside so no solar benefit. Have you figured your total parasite drain, including the minimal electric demand of the Fridge control panel? The total electric drain from "nothing" i.e., subwoofer, propane detector, etc. could be half an amp an hour, or 36 amp hours over 3 days. With my batteries, this would use about half of my available amp hours. My guess is your batteries will be OK after 3 days.
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Old 05-15-2016, 09:19 AM   #3
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It certainly should, fully charged.


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Old 05-15-2016, 09:45 AM   #4
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Not a problem.

Even if it did conk out before you got to it things will stay cold for a least a day in a closed refrigerator. I know this because we had to shut ours off when we took it on long overnight ferry ride and everything was fine.
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Some things to check....

If your fridge has a setting for "low ambient control" make sure it is off. This leaves the light in the fridge burning all the time to generate some heat to trip the thermostat when it is cold (outside or inside). If it has a "Climate Control" switch (strip heater in the door to prevent condensation) make sure it is off. The fridge itself takes only about 0.3 amps. The other two settings take 1.5.

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Old 05-15-2016, 10:35 AM   #6
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Thanks all!

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Old 05-15-2016, 11:01 AM   #7
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Thanks all!

Much obliged.

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Check to make sure that any AV units buried in the cabinets are not in some kind of Stand-by mode, as our Pioneer stereo radio receiver has a default "disco light show" mode which does not turn off, except after extensive user input to the unfriendly control panel. An alternative is to physically remove the face plate (this is a car stereo basically) as one might do to deter theft from a car.

One of idroba's last posts here was a good explanation of how he added an On/Off switch to control this hidden parasitic drain, in Post #27 here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f450...em-148311.html

Your AV units may go into a deeper True-Off mode, but this is worth checking.

Good luck!

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PS -- Probably goes without saying, but the water pump, water heater and furnace should also be off. [ "measure twice cut once . . . " ]
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Turn off the TV antenna signal booster too
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Old 05-15-2016, 12:32 PM   #9
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Turn off the TV antenna signal booster too
Good point -- and the inverter which supplies (from the batteries) 110 volt power to some outlets. The owner's manual probably has a section (or more) about conserving batteries.
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Old 05-15-2016, 01:01 PM   #10
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If it's not a big deal why not pull the food out, put the batteries in store mode, and not worry about it?

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We just left on fridge on Lp/battery for three days and we had plenty of capacity left. I don't think our monitor drop more than two "clicks".
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We also like to put several of those "blue ice" type things in the freezer and fridge if there's room, as they help to buffer against temperature swings. They may also prove helpful in keeping the food cold longer if the batteries run down for whatever unforeseen reason (e.g. if the capacity of those charged batteries were lower than expected).

Alternatively, there are some really good coolers out there with even more insulation than your fridge. Here's just one example (full disclosure, I don't own one of these yet myself): http://www.amazon.com/Igloo-Super-To.../dp/B00CJJAWJ4
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Old 05-15-2016, 03:16 PM   #13
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Water pump and furnace are the largest battery vampires. No concern to you if not being used. If you do not have the fan to vent the refrigerator... no problem. With fan, not much to be concerned. Ours ran at 39 degrees at Number THREE on the readout and frozen solid freezer good. The interior temperature gauge we double check of our own will indicate a lower temperature than the one you see on your external readout.

Check for vampire battery users like mentioned earlier. No ceiling fans left on automatic...

The refrigerator is the least of power users and little at that for us. We needed to connect the tow vehicle for a shower or early morning furnace use when the interior was in the mid 30's... which is refreshing, but 51 degrees is a treat.
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Propane

Is propane an option??
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