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Old 01-24-2012, 03:11 PM   #29
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Just so you know, 8 miles per gallon at 60 miles per hour equals 7.5 gallons per hour. Add 0.5 gallons per hour to run the censet, you have 8 gallons per hour which reduces your 8 mpg to 7.5 mpg. Or, drive six hours with genset on, burn 3 gallons, pay the man $12. Your money, your choice.
Yes, thats right and I calculated about 1 mpg cost for running the chassis air too last summer. But running toward the direct sunlight and 110-115 temperatures, I finally had to turn the chassis air on in the late afternoon, because the house a/c s couldn't keep up with all that heat radiating from the direct sun glare in the front windows.

I don't much go anywhere without running my generator. I don't like the refrigerator running on lp for some reason. Nothing factual, just a weird twitch I have.
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Old 01-25-2012, 04:22 AM   #30
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I don't like the refrigerator running on lp for some reason. Nothing factual, just a weird twitch I have.
Well, the twitch you have may end up costing you a burned up Norcold. It is a known fact that a majority of the documented Norcold fires have started due to faulty 120 VAC electrical heaters while running the fridge on electric.

I sure hope you have installed the latest Norcold recall and possibly have a Halon fire extinguisher in the rear near the electric heaters.

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Old 01-25-2012, 09:01 AM   #31
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Some years ago we sat in on an Onan generator seminar at a Winnebago Grand National Rally. The Onan tech said he never saw a generator that needed repair because it was run "too much." I distinctly remember him saying, "run the bejabbers out of it!" Every time I take the cover off my Onan I look for some left-over "bejabbers." Haven't seen any lately, so I must be running it enough.

On another note, if you think using .5 gallons per hour to run the generator is costly - I really feel sorry for you.

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Well, the twitch you have may end up costing you a burned up Norcold. It is a known fact that a majority of the documented Norcold fires have started due to faulty 120 VAC electrical heaters while running the fridge on electric.

I sure hope you have installed the latest Norcold recall and possibly have a Halon fire extinguisher in the rear near the electric heaters.

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I found out all the electrical appliances, inverter, etc including the refrigerator (Dometic) was replaced in late 2009 with all new equipment. The previous owner had someone rig up an electrical connection that didnt know it was 120 and wired the hookup for 220 and it blew everything (obviously).

Short story: yes, I found out it did get the recall work done when they put the new refrigerator in.

This electrical Norcold issue with fires...is it also an issue with Dometic refrigerators? I didn't know anything like that was an issue after the recall/newer equipment was installed?

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I had my engine generator go bad just as I left Texas for a 20 day run back to Ontario a few years back. The light blub in my head went on and so I ran the Onan all the way back. It kept the engine suppled with 12 volt power and kept the chassis batteries fully charged until I could get home and do the repair.
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I had my engine generator go bad just as I left Texas for a 20 day run back to Ontario a few years back. The light blub in my head went on and so I ran the Onan all the way back. It kept the engine suppled with 12 volt power and kept the chassis batteries fully charged until I could get home and do the repair.
Hey---what a great tip---I knew I was hanging around here for some good reason. Eventually we would "generate" some thing really worth while. I'm not sure I would have considered it in the same situation; sometimes the obvious escapes us all. Thanks for sharing.
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This electrical Norcold issue with fires...is it also an issue with Dometic refrigerators? I didn't know anything like that was an issue after the recall/newer equipment was installed?

Thanks Richard!

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I don't believe that Dometic fridges are having the same fire issues as Norcold is however, they do have a number of recalls that have needed to be done to various models over the years. It really depends on what brand and model you have.

There are numerous threads discussing the issues with the Norcold and all of the recalls within iRV2.com. Do a search and you will find plenty of reading material.

For many RV owners that have had Norcold fridge issues, they have removed them and installed residential fridges. Everyone that I have talked to has been thrilled with their decision. Most have installed a Samsung model RF197 which goes in with some minor modifications generally.

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My plan of attack for the summer is to crank the genny at the last stop I make before arriving wherever I'm going to spend the night. Being in a big 5er, that will get the A/C going, and be nice and temperate when I get parked and set up.

Second part of the plan is to relax with a lovely adult beverage...
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We run with it on when necessary for the reasons noted above, otherwise it is off.
+1 Me too.
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My wife is on oxygen so run the generator all the time to power her consentrator. If you don't use it you loose it.

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