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Old 09-20-2011, 06:42 AM   #1
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Refrigerator Question: Our new coach has a residential refrigerator. Do any of you have any experience running the refrigerator on batteries the night before so that we can load our food into a cold unit as we begin our trip early the next morning. The directions say wait 24 hours which seems like a long time to wait?

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Old 09-20-2011, 06:54 AM   #2
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If your battery bank is in ok shape then you should not have any problem. Since the refrigerator's compressor will run more in order to cool the fridge down it will consume the batteries faster than if it was already cooled. On my coach I've had no-problem doing this. However I will place frozen items on the top self of the fresh food side to help the fridge cool down. If the items you are placing are not already cold i.e. soda, beer etc you may again want to add more frozen items to help or leave them out. I REALLY enjoy having the resi fridge.

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Old 09-20-2011, 07:04 AM   #3
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We have never had any problems with starting it up the night before. Ours will already be making ice within 2hrs. of startup.
I believe what you are reading is that a new installation should be allowed to sit for 24hrs. before initial startup.
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:02 PM   #4
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Running a residential frige on batteries? Every one that I have seen are 110V. That probably means that you are running it from the inverter. My inverter is large enough to do that for over 24 hours unless something else is drawing it down. So, it all depends on the size of the frig and the size of the invertor and the battery bank!
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