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Old 05-26-2013, 12:54 PM   #1
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Fridge Power While Driving?

While driving, the refrigerator isn't getting any power. The LP was off because I'm not sure if it should be on when driving. But it still wouldn't use AC power, didn't seem to matter if the disconnect was on or not. So I'm wondering how everyone keeps their fridge running while driving?
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The generator or inverter is needed to power the fridge when driving if you don't want to use the propane. I think you'll find that most ( I do ) use the propane. Of course your batteries will have to be turned on for either way.
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I did figure out that without the disconnect switch turned on, the fridge didn't have any power. But with it on while driving, the fridge panel said it had no power to cool. I even tried turning on the inverter and that didn't help.
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Your inverter may not be hooked up to your fridge. Not all of them are. Try to turn on the propane or generator with the batteries turned on and see what happens.
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So is it normal to use LP or the generator to power the fridge while driving on the road?
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Thank you, I appreciate the help!
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If I missed it I'm sorry but it would help if you posted which MH you have. I'm thinking it's a National since you posted here. My Tradewinds will not run the fridge with the inverter on, so I run the generator if I'm using the ac or propane. Been doing it that way for since 2000 and so far so good. I do shut it down (both) when fueling.
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It's a 2007 Dolphin National RV.
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We have a Itasca Sunova 37L class A we use our propane 100% while traveling.
The only time I turn it off is when we have the propane filled. Also used the propane on our travel trailer 100 % of the time. Works great.

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A little Trick. The ice maker is connected to the inverter. Remove the refrig. outside access panel and switch around the 120V plugs.

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A little Trick. The ice maker is connected to the inverter. Remove the refrig. outside access panel and switch around the 120V plugs.
The reason the fridge often isn't connected through the inverter is because running the fridge on AC is a relatively large power load. The reason RV fridges are designed to run on propane is exactly for this sort of situation.
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It's a 2007 Dolphin National RV.
If it helps... I have a 2007 Dolphin. When we travel, we turn off the LP gas and the refrigerator itself. We find that the refrigerator stays acceptably cool (frozen items stay frozen) and we avoid the risk of having LP turned on while driving. About 8 hours would be the limit, I believe.
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