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Old 08-31-2016, 11:59 AM   #1
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Propane use to cool refrigerator

Wanted to ask folks about using the propane on my 5th wheel to cool the freezer and refrigerator before using my trailer. I am not able to bring my trailer to my house prior to leave on trips. That being said, I wanted to see if there would be any issues with me using my propane to do this about 24hrs prior to use. My only concern is the fact that I have to leave the trailer batteries on for that amount of time. Will this be OK? Didn't want to run the batts down etc. Please advise.
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I have done it that way for years with no issue.
Thank you. Again, new to RVing and have not camped using the propane yet. Have always had a full hookup and have used electric or the generator to cool everything down.
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Wanted to ask folks about using the propane on my 5th wheel to cool the freezer and refrigerator before using my trailer. I am not able to bring my trailer to my house prior to leave on trips. That being said, I wanted to see if there would be any issues with me using my propane to do this about 24hrs prior to use. My only concern is the fact that I have to leave the trailer batteries on for that amount of time. Will this be OK? Didn't want to run the batts down etc. Please advise.
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That should cause you no problems if the house batteries are fully charged.
(A RV absorption refrigerator uses very little 12V power when operating on propane).
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That should cause you no problems if the house batteries are fully charged.
(A RV absorption refrigerator uses very little 12V power when operating on propane).
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It only uses 12V power to ignite the flame and power the thermostat. Just make sure that BOTH propane tanks are turned on so your automatic switch-over can work as intended.
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It only uses 12V power to ignite the flame and power the thermostat. Just make sure that BOTH propane tanks are turned on so your automatic switch-over can work as intended.
Correct, except that when not plugged in the auto switchover will know that 120vac is not available and will stay on propane.

Concur with Mel, the actual 12vdc usage is very low, and for that matter so is the propane use. Think of it like a pilot light.
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Correct, except that when not plugged in the auto switchover will know that 120vac is not available and will stay on propane.

Concur with Mel, the actual 12vdc usage is very low, and for that matter so is the propane use. Think of it like a pilot light.
The auto switchover, that was referenced was between the 2 propane tanks. When 1 runs out it switchs over to the other.
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The auto switchover, that was referenced was between the 2 propane tanks. When 1 runs out it switchs over to the other.
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RV's are supposed to be self sufficient. Would you be worried about going boondocking for a couple of days? You shouldn't need to worry unless your batteries are marginal.
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RV's are supposed to be self sufficient. Would you be worried about going boondocking for a couple of days? You shouldn't need to worry unless your batteries are marginal.
Exactly. It shouldn't be an issue at all.

I think you will find 24 hours is a good goal for letting the refrigerator get nice and cold and stay nice and cold from the very start of your trip. It takes several hours to get to full efficiency anyway so having it run prior to your trip will allow your food to stay frozen and drinks to stay cold.
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Don't forget to pre cool the stuff you put in the fridge......😀
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