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Old 11-05-2011, 09:59 PM   #1
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Do you tow in "use" or "store"?

I'm a bit confused. Should I be towing with the use/store switch by the front door in the "use" or "store" position? I've been towing in "store" under the assumption I would not be running down the batteries.

If in the "use" position while towing will the juice from the tow vehicle charge the house batteries?

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Old 11-05-2011, 10:10 PM   #2
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I don't have such a switch but can tell you the tow vehicle generator does charge the house batteries when towing.
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Old 11-05-2011, 10:15 PM   #3
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We go with "use". Don't know why, it just works :-)
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Old 11-05-2011, 10:50 PM   #4
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Hi, once I pull my trailer forward and start getting it ready for a trip, I turn the "use" switch on and leave it on until our trip is over. Mainly because I will have my refrigerator running.
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Old 11-05-2011, 11:15 PM   #5
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I'm pretty sure that if you have the switch in Store mode, there won't be 12v supplied to the fridge control board and the fridge won't cool when the engine is off, or maybe not at all. To be sure, disconnect your shore power and connect the umbilical to your tow vehicle. Turn the engine on so that the alternator is providing charge voltage to the trailer's batteries. Now put the switch in store mode and check to see what does or doesn't work in the trailer. Then switch the engine off and see if those things that did work have quit. The battery will always supply voltage to the tongue jack and the breakaway switch for the brakes regardless of the switch position.

Some prefer not to travel with the gas valves open, so if you don't run your fridge en route it probably makes little difference which way you have the battery switch set.

The only time I set the switch to Store is when I've been parked more than a day on shore power so as to not overcharge the batteries.
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Old 11-05-2011, 11:31 PM   #6
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We have towed Lucy for over 80,000 miles in the "use" position. We run our refrigerator on LP while underway, and this would not work in the store position. We also use Lucy's bathroom while traveling. The water pump would not work in the "store' position.

I don't see any advantage to towing the trailer on the road in the "store" position.

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Old 11-05-2011, 11:57 PM   #7
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Perhaps my question should have read "do you leave the switch in "use" and turn on the LP to keep the frig cool?"

I towed from Gulfport, Mississippi to Fremont, California in October with average 4-5 hours driving each day with the LP turned off and the switch in "store". If we had over a one hour stop I would turn on the gas, flip the switch to get a bit of cooling going. Each night I checked the stand alone refrigerator thermometer in the frig and at each stop the temp. was satisfactory.

In my last RV, a class "B" I had a 3 way frig and drove on "battery" which I miss with this unit. I was always told not to drive with any flames going, I don't mind the gas open but I'm a bit shy of having a flame.

Since I'm new to Airstreams and travel trailers in general thought I'd ask.
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We run Lucy's refrigerator on LP while underway. We always have. Many folks run this way. Others are not comfortable with doing this. Do what feels right to you.

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Old 11-06-2011, 01:40 AM   #9
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We travel with the switch in the "use" mode, the LP valves open, and the refrigerator turned on. We don't want to take any chance with food spoilage.
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Old 11-06-2011, 03:12 AM   #10
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You are correct... Batteries will not charge in STORE position. My dealer told me that I should never worry about putting the switch in STORE position unless I'm going to leave it for two weeks or more without a shore power connection.
Our fridge is a three way, so we do tow with it on the battery setting, but most people I know tow with the LP on.
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Does an o6 classic have a three way fridge?
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Airperson,

The easiest way to answer that would be to have you look at the power button on the front of the fridge. Mine has three modes, identified by a power cord(electric/shore power), battery (battery only), and flame (LP gas). Every time you press the button, it switches between the three modes.

If you choose a mode that's unavailable or not working, there is a small red alert light that will come on.
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Thanks, will go over to storage lot and have a look. AP
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Old 11-06-2011, 05:48 AM   #14
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I've found that the batteries still drain in the "store" position (to unsatisfactory levels over a period of time), so I installed a battery disconnect switch.
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