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Old 09-26-2013, 07:53 AM   #15
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If the new RV has a residential fridge, it will be electric only, and will be powered off a separate set of batteries by an inverter, when not on shore power.
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I will learn more about this unit which has a full size residential fridge and freezer.....
That's a whole different ballgame than what has been discussed!

Propane isn't an option for you. A residential fridge operates on 120VAC, so you'll either have to run a generator or have sufficient inverter and coach battery capacity to operate when towing. It has to see 120VAC.

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So it's ok to keep the frig. funning on gas as you tow it down the road. Newbie here, so forgive my ignorance.

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I've towed with the fridge running on propane for the past 20+ years. Modern RV propane systems are protected by excess flow valves in case of a line rupture. The choice for me is propane or ptomaine.

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While towing our travel trailer does the fridge run off the battery of the truck or does the LP need to be on to keep it cold and running?
Your refrigerator may run on 12 VDC, propane, or 110 VAC. Or it may run on propane, or 110 VAC only (even though, like the heater, 12 VDC is still required for the controls and fans), or, if it is a residential refrigerator, it will run only on 110 VAC (supplied by power pole or inverter).

If you look at the top front, you'll see a control panel. It will list the different methods of operation available and show, with an indicator lamp, which mode it is currently on.
There is a switch that allows you to manually choose which power source to use, or you can select automatic.

Additionally, any 12 VDC requirements are supplied by the camper, and not by the truck. Depending on your tow vehicle, your truck may not charge the camper battery at all. Fords generally have a charging circuit for the trailer, while GM products do not.
Generally speaking, if you have a propane capable fridge, that would be the preferred method of running the unit while on the road.

@TXiceman, my full size twin door Norcold is a three way. Of course, it was built in 1988...

@Jim, yes, it's ok to keep the fridge running on the road.

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