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Old 07-04-2013, 07:16 PM   #15
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Not an option for us we have a residential refrigerator. We have to use the inverter but when we are running down the road the alternator from the engine recharges the batteries. I know the one poster was worried about the drain on the alternator but actually it is not going to stress the alternator and most wear and tear on an alternator comes from the mechanical action of turning and the current usage will not affect that at all.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:33 AM   #16
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:54 AM   #17
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I use my inverter to power the fridge while traveling. I just have to be sure not to leave it that way when stopping for several hours. A few months ago I stopped for about 6 hours and forgot to put the fridge on LP. Even that would probably not have been a problem except that it was a cloudy day and the solar panel was not charging the batteries very much. To compound the problem I had a defective battery isolator relay that was stuck closed and keeping the chassis batteries connected to the house batteries, so BOTH sets of batteries were low when I returned. Fortunately I was able to switch the fridge to LP and wait a couple of hours for the solar panel to get the batteries back up enough to start the engine. They were only down to about 11.2 VDC so I was able to do that.
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We full time and dry camp/boondock as much as we can. I just leave the switch on auto. That way it can automaticly run off propane or electric. We have been doing this for the 3 yrs and are starting our 4th. In that time we spent $377 on propane. We also turn off the refig when we're going down the road to reduce the possiblity of an ignition source in the event of an accident. (also propane refig likes to be level when running). The only problem we've had when turn off the fridg when traveling is remembering to turn it back on when we get to where we're going. We also travel with our inverter off most of the time because it will cause a battery drain and most of the time we don't have any 120v needs. We just turn it on when we need it when not plugged in.
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We fire up the generator and run the fridge, water heater, and roof airs. I feel this is the best and most economical way to do it. Gen is very thrifty even under full load.
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:32 AM   #20
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I have always used propane, but that was because they didn't have inverters. In my latest coach, I just got back from a 6600 mile trip across the U.S. and back, and I ran the inverter full time. The fridge was always on AC and I had no problem with the alternator keeping the batteries charged.
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I have always used propane, but that was because they didn't have inverters. In my latest coach, I just got back from a 6600 mile trip across the U.S. and back, and I ran the inverter full time. The fridge was always on AC and I had no problem with the alternator keeping the batteries charged.

Be sure not to make the same mistake I did and leave the fridge on inverter while parked without shore power for several hours!
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Propane for us. Only exception is if I am running the jenny for AC needs. Then my fridge will automatically switch over to AC
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Propane for us. Only exception is if I am running the jenny for AC needs. Then my fridge will automatically switch over to AC
Exactly the same for us.
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:07 PM   #24
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Either way works well for us . Propane cost is minimal and if I use the inverter , the alternator keeps up easily .
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