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Old 01-04-2017, 07:58 AM   #1
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On road refridgerator operation

Which is best? Run it on propane or on battery inverter? I assume the engine running will sufficiently keep up with the charge on the batteries, right?

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We run on propane with our TT.
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While traveling, I run mine on the inverter most of the time.
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We use the 2000 watt inverter to operate the fridge while traveling!
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In my experience Gas fridge of that era are generally not wired to run on the inverter. Unless you have two outlets behind the fridge. One for the ice maker through the inverter and one just off shore power ( fridge ) if you do you can of course plug the fridge into the ice maker plug and run it off the inverter.
You could save propane ( minimal) by running off the inverter. The downside is if you turn off the engine and forget to manually switch back you'll drain the batteries ... gas fridges are generally more power hungry than a newer residential in electric mode.
We ran in gas mode via the auto switchover when traveling.
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Propane on the road and when we ovenight or camp without electric.
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Which is best? Run it on propane or on battery inverter? I assume the engine running will sufficiently keep up with the charge on the batteries, right?

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That's my understanding. I see no reason to burn propane if the inverter is large enough to handle the load.
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I would suggest that many travel trailers and 5th wheels do not have inverters so those who want to run their electric/propane refrigerators while on the road either have it off or are running it on propane. If a unit has a residential fridge, I assume it would be off or run off some sort of inverter. We installed a 2000 watt PSW inverter/converter in our 5th wheel but still run the fridge on propane when traveling. As full timers, our fridge is never turned off unless the freezer is being defrosted.
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If inverter is an option use that and save your propane, yes the engine alternator should be able to keep the necessary charge.
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Inverter. Alternator is built to make power, That is all it does. Might as well use it while running the engine. It is not a lot of propane saved but even if it is a little it is a savings in money and stretching the time between fill ups just a little. I suppose some will come in and say it will over work the alternator. I did a little reading on that and found that alternator in my rig and learned the alternator is built to produce twice what my inverter/fridge power draw is. Even if I am wrong alternator replacement is pretty simple and not costly.
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I use propane while traveling for refrigerator and furnace if needed. I do not believe the outlet where the Norcold 1200 LRIM is connected to where you can use the inverter, even though I have a 2000 watt inverter.
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I set mine to automatic Easter weekend and leave it there until Thanksgiving. I do shut it off when refueling, gasoline or propane. Propane usage is pretty minimal. Not much more than a oversize pilot light.
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I set mine to automatic Easter weekend and leave it there until Thanksgiving. I do shut it off when refueling, gasoline or propane. Propane usage is pretty minimal. Not much more than a oversize pilot light.
My rig will use up my whole 25 gallon tank of propane in about 5 weeks if i run the fridge full time on propane. no furnace, light cooking on the stove.

It aint leaking. I have power for the winter and have used not even a third of my propane since sept. We spent 6 months or so with no power and had to fill up propane every 4 weeks or so just to run the fridge.

I am sure some fridges are better than others.
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