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Old 11-15-2015, 05:15 PM   #1
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Refrigerator Power Option

The fridge in my old camper was a three way which allowed me to use DC to keep it cold while traveling to and from campsites. However my new unit only has AC and propane. Obviously AC is not possible while traveling which leaves the propane option. Is it safe to travel down the road using propane to power the fridge? I have seen a few RV's burning on the side of the road over the years and cannot help but think it may have been caused by using propane while moving. Is there a chance the pilot light could be blown out by the winds, then filling the camper with gas? Am I correct or is it safe to use the propane while underway?

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Old 11-15-2015, 05:23 PM   #2
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I have never heard of one operating off of DC power to cool it. All that I know of are AC/propane. Most all RV's use the adsorption fridges in them, and the newer Coach's come with residential fridges in them that operate off of "Inverted" 120 VAC.
Anyway, yes, you are just fine to go down the road with it cooling on propane.
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The RVs that you have seen with a fridge fire probably did not have the factory upgrade installed. However, anything can happen with electrical and propane.

You should be able to run the fridge on propane while going down the road. We have on all RVs that did not have electric only.

Your statement "Obviously AC is not possible while traveling" puzzles me as I believe that to be an incorrect statement. With a bank of batteries and the proper inverter you can power your fridge off of AC. I replaced our Norcold with a house fridge about 3 years ago and could not be happier!!
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........................... Is there a chance the pilot light could be blown out by the winds, then filling the camper with gas? Am I correct or is it safe to use the propane while underway?

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Modern propane appliances have a flame sensor that when a flame is not detected will shut the propane supply to that appliance off. That wiull answer your flame blowing out question.
Further, your RV fridge has Direct Spark Ignition (DSI) which ignites the burner when commanded by the fridge control board. So, you do not have a pilot light in the fridge as is years past.
Bottom line......your propane fridge is safe to use while underway. Just remember to turn the unit off (at the fridge) when refueling so there will not be a flame present.
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Old 11-15-2015, 06:26 PM   #5
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I have never heard of one operating off of DC power to cool it. All that I know of are AC/propane. Most all RV's use the adsorption fridges in them, and the newer Coach's come with residential fridges in them that operate off of "Inverted" 120 VAC.
Anyway, yes, you are just fine to go down the road with it cooling on propane.
I have the three way automatic option in my 1999 Lance Truck camper. It will pull off of the vehicles DC power, or AC or propane at the campground.

Thanks for your input.

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The RVs that you have seen with a fridge fire probably did not have the factory upgrade installed. However, anything can happen with electrical and propane.

You should be able to run the fridge on propane while going down the road. We have on all RVs that did not have electric only.

Your statement "Obviously AC is not possible while traveling" puzzles me as I believe that to be an incorrect statement. With a bank of batteries and the proper inverter you can power your fridge off of AC. I replaced our Norcold with a house fridge about 3 years ago and could not be happier!!
Thanks for the input. Regarding my statement on not running on AC, I was referring to powering it with AC while running on the road.

Thanks for your input.

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Modern propane appliances have a flame sensor that when a flame is not detected will shut the propane supply to that appliance off. That wiull answer your flame blowing out question.
Further, your RV fridge has Direct Spark Ignition (DSI) which ignites the burner when commanded by the fridge control board. So, you do not have a pilot light in the fridge as is years past.
Bottom line......your propane fridge is safe to use while underway. Just remember to turn the unit off (at the fridge) when refueling so there will not be a flame present.
Thanks. That answers my question.

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I have the three way automatic option in my 1999 Lance Truck camper. It will pull off of the vehicles DC power, or AC or propane at the campground.

Thanks for your input.

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DC heating coils? must have some large wires going to them as the "Amp." draw would be large.........Learn something new everyday.
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...Bottom line......your propane fridge is safe to use while underway. Just remember to turn the unit off (at the fridge) when refueling so there will not be a flame present...
Agree...that's one reason you have propane.
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Ours is 3 way and it has large wires too.

It only operates when voltage is above 12.6 or somewhere above resting voltage so it will only select dc if engine is running and alternator charging battery.
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The thing is...a refer really doesn't need to be powered up while on the road. They are insulated enough to keep things cold and frozen for a number of hours. If you are on the road for 8-10 hours everything will still be frozen or cold.

I have gone 20 hours without power and everything was still frozen and cold. Just don't keep opening your refer all the time to get a drink out.
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Thanks for the input. Regarding my statement on not running on AC, I was referring to powering it with AC while running on the road.

I power my AC/propane refrigerator from AC inverter while traveling. No need to consume propane when the engine alternator will keep the batteries charged.
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Many refrigerators have three way power, very popular in early campers as well. Yes on traveling with propane to power the ref. Many will use the furnace as well during cold weather travel.
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:31 AM   #14
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Don't stop searching for a 3 way refrigerator. They are still being installed in some new RV'S. I believe Dometic makes several different sizes. Also, as others have stated, you can run a 2 way off of an inverter if you have one.
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