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Old 03-12-2014, 08:35 AM   #1
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Question Running the refrigerator

I just purchased a used 2012 13 ft Scamp. I am in love! I am wondering if it is best to run the refrigerator on electric or gas. Any thoughts on this?
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:21 AM   #2
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Ok, I just figured out how to look at past posts on this subject. It appears that gas is the way to go with the frig.
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:49 AM   #3
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What kind of electric power are you using ?

If you have access to 120 Volt AC aka shore power, that's your best bet. Propane gas works better than 12 Volt DC.
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I'm sorry, I should have been more specific. If I do not have access to plug in, is it better to run the refrig on battery or gas? It appears that the answer is gas.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:08 AM   #5
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I'm sorry, I should have been more specific. If I do not have access to plug in, is it better to run the refrig on battery or gas? It appears that the answer is gas.
Yup - Gas is the easiest way to go! The fridges tend to be real power hogs on DC.
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:09 AM   #7
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When at home, I often pre cool the fridge on AC. Camped I use propane. There are brave souls that will ride down the road with the fridge on propane. I'm not one of them. The 12 volt element is intended for travel but usually doesn't work well because the tow vehicle can't supply enough current to charge the battery and supply the fridge. A precooled fridge will stay cold (<40*) for several hours on a 70*-80* day. For long trips I bring an ice chest. Enjoy your Scamp and welcome to the group, Raz
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Thanks everyone for the quick and valuable responses. I have spent several hours just "being" in my Scamp while it is parked in the garage. I think I have most of it figured out. I like the idea of pre-cooling the frig before heading out.
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Thanks everyone for the quick and valuable responses. I have spent several hours just "being" in my Scamp while it is parked in the garage. I think I have most of it figured out. I like the idea of pre-cooling the frig before heading out.
Due to how long it takes most of our fridges to cool right down - turning it on at least 12 hours prior is always a good idea. Adding only cold foods to it also helps. I keep a couple of small freezer packs in the freezer compartment and use those beside the dairy products and meats while running down the road. Keep the fridge closed and it will stay cool for the day without running it on DC.
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Running the refrigerator

I, too, precool on 110v before leaving, and would not run propane going down the road. But I also deep freeze an Arizona Tea bottle (filled with water) and put it in the refrigerator for traveling. Recently, on an 8-day trip, it was still mostly frozen upon arriving home. Admittedly, propane is the best way to run these refrigerators with 110 only slightly less efficient. But if you are paying for a campsite with electric hookup, why use propane when you are already paying for the electricity. I only use propane if there is no electricity available.
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I actually try and keep a couple of large bottles of water along with a couple of plastic milk jugs in my freezer at home ready to go should I suddenly decide to take of on short notice & no have much time to cool the fridge down before leaving. The frozen water bottle works well at helping the fridge cool down faster and the larger milk jugs I use in my portable cooler. Once melted you have yourself good drinking water - although the one in the fridge may take weeks to actually melt.
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The night before I leave on a trip, I throw a couple of zip bags of ice in the fridge, plug in Scamp and turn on fridge to 110v. In the morning, unplug 110v, switch over to 12v, plug into car and go with fresh ice packs in fridge. If I have 110v at where I stop, switch over to that. Would like to use propane, but it is to hard to get lit. Would use 12v while driving in any case.
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Freezing milk jugs

Don't use the same milk jug two years in a row. The road vibration wears the plastic which leads to " why's the floor wet?"
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Don't use the same milk jug two years in a row. The road vibration wears the plastic which leads to " why's the floor wet?"

Which is why I use an Arizona Tea jug. The walls of these jugs are really thick.
I doubt that they would fail if used for 10 years.
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