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Old 03-15-2011, 04:19 PM   #29
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There are a lot of people that are against using propane while driving and there are some fridge's that will not stay lite while driving.

You need to turn them off when refueling.

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Hmmm. No problem with driving with propane except my perception. I incorrectly assumed it couldn't/shouldn't be done. If the propane will work while driving it should be the solution to my problem.
Thanks for the assurance.
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Old 03-15-2011, 04:58 PM   #30
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There are a lot of people that are against using propane while driving and there are some fridge's that will not stay lite while driving.

You need to turn them off when refueling.

Bill K
Now that I think about it, last November, while traveling to Florida, I did attempt to drive with the furnace on and at times it stayed lit and other times it went out. The same situation would apply with the fridge unless I was able to shield the intake. (as I noticed was mentioned in an earlier post) I have a battery meter I can plug into a 12v socket and now that I have swapped my lights to LED the battery has almost no draw and rarely needs recharging. With a 12v 2-way fridge I can leave the fridge on all the time, recharge the battery while traveling and not have to worry about stopping for gas... and the circle continues. The decision may come down to economics; which system can I get at the best price. My current fridge, used as an ice box, has served me in a pinch but it's not ideal. I really want to upgrade. I appreciate all the input. I now understand more than before and can make an informed decision.
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:13 PM   #31
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Do you still use your 12v cooler while driving? Has anyone else had that situation where it drained your truck battery? I am planning on buying one and wonder if I should buy a quick starter too. ty
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:50 AM   #32
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Do you still use your 12v cooler while driving? Has anyone else had that situation where it drained your truck battery? I am planning on buying one and wonder if I should buy a quick starter too. ty
Last year I took a long (7,000 mile) road trip with my Miata. I started the trip with a 12v cooler on the seat beside me. I left it plugged in all day. Around midnight of the first day I stopped for gas and the car wouldn't start; the battery was DEAD. Granted, the cooler was an older one but fairly small and the battery wasn't new and may have been on it's last legs but... driving the car wasn't enough to maintain the battery AND run the cooler. It's possible that my experience was 'a perfect storm' of old cooler, old battery...) but if I were to do it again I would only run the cooler for an hour and shut it off for a hour...
BTW... I have replaced the fridge in my Trillium and now it works on AC or propane; I have not connected the 12v...
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:57 AM   #33
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Hi: All...Actually with our former 13' Boler the fridge worked best on 12V. while driving. The air bypassing the vents at 60 mph drew out the heat enough to make cellery popcicles and frozen head lettuce!!!
The BIGGIE thing to remember is to switch it off while sightseeing or stopped for shopping.
Our new 5.0 is only dual fuel propane/110V so we find we can drive 6hrs. or more with it off. If stopping/shopping etc. I try for a shady spot in the lot and just start the propane while not driving...or just simply keep the door closed!!! p.s. Barrie Maybe your fridge just needs a new thermal coupler...about 75 bucks from a good RV fridge tech!!!
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:12 AM   #34
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I am planning on leaving our 12v Engel on as much as possible. I have not yet wired the TV charging system (just finally finishing the rebuild of our 13' Scamp) but are people using a battery isolator in the TV charging system? I would think that would remove the possibility of a dead TV battery? At least that is what I have planned...
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Old 06-03-2011, 11:39 PM   #35
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absortion fridges running on propane use no power (except maybe a light in the fridge)
The thermocouple produces the power for operating the gas valve.
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Old 06-04-2011, 05:20 AM   #36
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We will be living in the camper off and on for 3 months (when we are not there we will be back country camping). With 12v I can leave the fridge on while we are out and not worry about an open flame. We can also use the fridge while driving down the road. The only drawback I can see is the "system" is a bit more expensive than the propane fridge. The "system" includes solar, 110 charger, TV charging and 2 6v golf cart batteries.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:14 AM   #37
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The electrician who re-wired my Surf Side told me the switch for 12V/Shore power/propane condenser-type fridge could be left on 12V setting when plugged to shore power and it would make no difference to cooling performance or anything else. But it seems that the consensus is that it cools better on shore power setting, and best on propane. I'm going to study this on my trip and stay to Newfoundland. I believe that while rolling the only option I have to keep the fridge on is the 12V setting. I believe that using propane while rolling is a safety hazard - correct?
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The electrician who re-wired my Surf Side told me the switch for 12V/Shore power/propane condenser-type fridge could be left on 12V setting when plugged to shore power and it would make no difference to cooling performance or anything else. But it seems that the consensus is that it cools better on shore power setting, and best on propane. I'm going to study this on my trip and stay to Newfoundland. I believe that while rolling the only option I have to keep the fridge on is the 12V setting. I believe that using propane while rolling is a safety hazard - correct?
Alan
Yes, that is the consensus, 12v while en route, propane or shore power while camping.
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