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Old 05-02-2023, 06:58 PM   #1
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We have a 2003 casita which has the original dometic fridge. Does the fridge use or require 12 volt when running on propane? Will the fridge still work (on propane) with a low or dead battery? Thanks Mike
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We have a 2003 casita which has the original dometic fridge. Does the fridge use or require 12 volt when running on propane? Will the fridge still work (on propane) with a low or dead battery? Thanks Mike
It depends on the model of refrigerator. Some require 12V to hold the gas valve open, others use a thermocouple powered gas valve that the flame powers.
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Old 05-03-2023, 07:21 AM   #3
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Have you tried to remove/disconnect the battery and see if the fridge runs?
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Old 05-03-2023, 08:21 AM   #4
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Thanks Hopefully it is the one that uses a thermocoupler. We frequently camp in remote areas without hydro and use a honda 2000 generator as needed. Our prior trailer would automatically switch between electric and propane and shutdown completely if there was no 12 volt or hydro. Our 2003(new to us)Casita works great on propane and I intend to use it that way all the time. As suggested I will disconnect the battery and that will tell the tale. Thanks Mike
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according to Gene on the Casita forum, the switch over date from the manual fridge to the automatic fridge was in 2005. If yours has the rotary dial to select ac/gas/dc then no it does not require 12v to operate. The downside is no auto switch over from AC to propane either. I have the same fridge in our 98 17SD. Its a RM2453 and the auto version is a RM2454.

This is assuming that you have 17' foot Casita, if its the 13 or 16' then I am not sure.
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Thanks Yes yours is the same as mine and as long as it works fine on propane it will be good for what we do. Mike
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