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Old 08-20-2014, 06:51 PM   #1
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Running the refrigerator on propane

Hello everyone. I started full-timing about 15 days ago. I am not retired yet I still work full time. And I do not have shore power unless camping at a site. My question is running the refrigerator on propane my understanding is that it does not use much but I would need to leave on my battery disconnect on for the lights and fan on the refrigerator. Some days I take my unit to work other days I take my car. So really my question is on days I do not take the unit to work can I leave on the battery disconnect for a day without draining the battery all the way down and how long would it take me to bring the battery back to charge when I get home. And what will be a better way To recharged The batteries.the generator or driving the vehicle? Thanks
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True the fridge control board needs 12v power to operate the propane solenoids and keep the burner functioning.
If the fridge is the only draw, a good set of batteries ( you didn't say what you have for 12v, battery power) should last days.
The gen set would be the least expensive way to recharge.
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I have to 2 coach batteries and the unit is new so the batteries should be good. Any idea how long I should run the generator every day to recharge the battery?
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Comes down to, battery state of charge and what your converter/charger is capable of. Best guess 3 hours.

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Running the refrigerator on propane

You said you are full timing, but some days you drive the car, others the RV. So where do you stay when not at work if not a camp site? Is it on someone's property or by someone's house?

If so, you may find that it is not very expensive to have a power box installed, just like you have in the camp site. I added one to the house and just keep it plugged in, I use one of the water spickets for water to the coach, and got a macerator pomp to simply pump into the sewer clean out as needed.


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It is on someone's property but there is no electric and it is only temporary
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Wow run the generator for three hours a day just for the refrigerator seems a bit much.
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Ok. Just a thought. Maybe if you could find a spot with availability to electricity, you may want to consider this.

Have you looked into an RV and/or MH park for longer term parking? Some are as low as $300/ mo.


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No but that sounds like a good idea thanks
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What about installing a solar panel on the roof to keep the battery charged?


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That may be some cash outlay.... I assume he is looking for a less expensive solution as a temporary full timing situation.


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Maybe somewhere down the line a solar panel will be nice. But not as of right now
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I'm guessing my batteries recharge as i drive the unit as well am I correct
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We have stayed in a few campgrounds without hookups for up to 4 days at a time. I was a little worried at first because we were using all the electrical components alot. We have an Inverter and could even watch the TV's as much as we wanted. I only ran the generator about an hour in the morning and then about two hours just before quiet time. That seemed to keep everything working and the batteries charged. If your batteries are low I would run the generator while driving as I believe that gives more of a charge than the engine.The propane useage from the fridge was minimal.
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