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Old 09-22-2016, 08:39 PM   #1
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Norcold 4 door frig, gas consumption

I am not sure where to post this question. I frequently use my motorhome when where i have no electric hook ups. I am trying to figure out how much propane my Norcold would use over a day or a week to keep itself cold. My coach has a 35 gal propane tank. Just wondering how much gas they consume.

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Try it in the driveway or at the storage lot if you store outside. Put some stuff in there, let it start with a full propane bottle, and try to open it at least once a day. At the end of a week, refill the bottle and see how much it takes. This will give you some kind of idea into how much it might use if the door isn't opened much. Opening the fridge more than once a day will use more fuel, of course, but you gotta start somewhere.

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Old 09-23-2016, 03:24 AM   #3
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I have a 2005 Dolphin with the larger 4 door fridge. My last two trips were a month and a half long and 2 months long. I used less than 3/4 of a tank on both trips using the fridge and hot water heater. I was surprised how little it used.
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Old 09-23-2016, 05:20 PM   #4
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My 4-door Norcold (1200LR, not in a slide, in a 2003 moho) uses 1/2 gallon of propane per day.

I posted about how I determined this number previously, in a thread about electrical costs, but it drifted; the drift starts in post #15, but here's the link to my numbers in post #18:

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Then I posted the results from another experience, further down that thread (post #38), and answered some more questions after that.
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I had a 38 gallon with the 1200 and filled once a year using the furnace and the refer for up to 6 months with about 1/2 time on hookups. And never took much more than 1/2 tank of propane. While not on hookups we would run the gen for about 4 hours a day on the diesel gen and 110 was auto switched off of propane for those hours. Now they did coincide with the high refer use, morning and evening so I am sure this played into the use. But there were always a number of days where the temps were in the 80-90 range in the desert so there were some higher use days.

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You could use an small auxiliary lp tank with an extend a stay valve, and see how long the auxiliary tank lasts.
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We winter in Quartzsite and all i can say is the 35 gallon propane tank will keep the 4 door happy for well over a month!
We only turn on HWH when needed and get alot of miles off the propane tank.
When we purchased rig the Norcold 4 door was cooked! Ended up gettin an Amish cooling unit. Been very happy for the last 2 years.
Dont think ill ever go residential fridge unless we end up with full hookups.

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