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Old 11-03-2020, 10:20 AM   #1
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Refrigerator

i cant spell. anyway 1989 fleetwood tioga will the fridge keep going when i am driving down the road powered off of the trucks batt pack this our first motorhome and we a learning thanks
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Not enough information, but if it is a propane fridge, it will.
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Old 11-03-2020, 11:03 AM   #3
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A RV fridge will have a few switchs in the front panel. On, Off, Gas, Auto. There will also be indicator lights for what mode its in.

If it has them, it will run on propane while on the road. It still may need some 12 volt power to work.

If it looks like a fridge from home and no switchs and indicators on the front, its a 120 volt fridge. That would need an inverter to invert 12 volts from your batteries to make 120 volts for the fridge. Its not built that way be may have been converted.
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If it's an absorption fridge, which it probably is, yes you can run it while you're driving. They generally needs to be within six degrees of level front to rear, and 3 degrees side to side (when looking at the fridge) or it could overheat the components. Once you park you want to get your rig as level as possible. Just do not leave it running if you're parked on a steep incline, or you can damage it.
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2 way RV fridge
120VAC Power for electric element
Propane when no AC power is available
BOTH require 12VDC for controls

3 way RV fridge
120VAC for Electric element
Propane when no AC Power is available
BOTH require 12VDC for controls

And 3 way has DC Electric Element
OK for using when in transit ...vehicle alternator will keep battery maintained
NOT to be used to Cool fridge or when NOT in transit....High Battery draw Plus the element is small wattage which is OK to maintain a COLD fridge

12VDC required for ANY operation ....
Either from battery or converter
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2 way RV fridge
120VAC Power for electric element
Propane when no AC power is available
BOTH require 12VDC for controls

3 way RV fridge
120VAC for Electric element
Propane when no AC Power is available
BOTH require 12VDC for controls

And 3 way has DC Electric Element
OK for using when in transit ...vehicle alternator will keep battery maintained
NOT to be used to Cool fridge or when NOT in transit....High Battery draw Plus the element is small wattage which is OK to maintain a COLD fridge

12VDC required for ANY operation ....
Either from battery or converter

And for clarification purposes ... "AC Power" also includes running the generator so as to power a 2-way refrigerator on AC just in case one's propane system should ever fail or unexpectedly run out of propane when drycamping.


Should the above scenario ever occur, I for one would prefer to run the generator rather than loose all or some of the food in our 2-way refrigerator.
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For some odd reason, you see many truck campers with or advertised with three way fridges, but Class C's don't seem to have them generally. I am sure some do, but it is not the norm.

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