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Old 09-20-2016, 12:24 PM   #1
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Pre cooling fridge

I have a 2017 Precept 31UL with the Norcold fridge, can I run it while driving? We have propane, gas and a converter but I'm confused as to which one to use. It sits in our driveway which is on a bit of a slant so hubby doesn't want to charge it with the generator if he doesn't have to. We are heading out for a week and I have too much food to put in a cooler until it gets cold enough.
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:35 PM   #2
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First, good choice to not running the fridge when the RV is not level when stationary.




You should level the RV and run the fridge for a full day on shore power and only put pre-cooled food in before you head out.


There are many folks here that run their fridges on propane while underway. The manuals say this is OK.


Personally, I leave the fridge on as long as my TT is level and stationary (while camping and at home). I close the propane tanks when underway.
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You can run it on either propane or electric if your camper is 1) level and 2) plugged in...3) you have propane to burn (duh ) It's up to you which to use... It makes sense if you are 'plugged in' that you would want to use electricity... this is what the 'Auto' switch on the norcold is for. It will switch to electric if available, and if not, it will run off propane automatically. If your electric is coming in from a generator, that works fine. The fridge doesn't care where the power is coming from.

The bigger issue is 'hubby doesn't want to charge it with the generator'... This is kind of a moot point because unless you level your RV, you shouldn't be running the fridge at all.

If you don't have shore power (or a running generator) running into the camper - you have to use propane. You want your camper to be level regardless. Both propane and electric operation require this.

The only time you should run your fridge when your camper is not 'level' is when you are on the road, driving as this keeps things sloshing around enough to prevent any problems with the fridge. If you can't park on the street to 'pre pack', you'll probably have to get by with putting your fridge items in at the last minute, turn it on, and hit the road.
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Over the years, we have typically pre-cooled the fridge about 1/2 day before loading up the cold food. We have found that adding cold food just prior to liftoff and just as we turn on the fridge is ok as a second choice. The fridge usually requires 12-24 hours to stabilize its internal temperature. But it helps significantly to add cold and frozen food to cool it down very quickly. Just be prepared for the frozen stuff to thaw a bit around the edges for a short while. So, ice can melt a bit and then freeze together. Popsicles or ice cream will thaw a bit. And frozen meat or veggies will begin to thaw at the edges as well. But not for long.
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Thanks, since I can't get it level for now I'll just have to use coolers. Putting in a cement pad in the back for it so that problem will be solved soon.
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Thanks for your post. We have a new 2017 MV29 and the fridge takes forever to cool itself down. I now believe that our former Norcold fridge (different model) was stellar and we became spoiled, as I didn't otherwise know that it might take so long to be fully operational. I will try your suggestions and see if that solves the problem.

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Old 09-22-2016, 09:18 AM   #7
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We have been running the Norcold fridge while driving and at camp in all our RVs over the years and have never had a problem.
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I think most RVers do travel with the fridge running on propane. This, despite the warnings that all propane sources should be closed off during travel, especially while refueling the TV or motorhome. This is because the propane feeds an open flame which operates the refrigerant evap system to cool the fridge. Gasoline fumes, in particular, which come in contact with this flame could erupt. Chances are slim, but they do exist. Nonetheless, most RVers do travel with the propane fridge operating, myself included. Same reason it is recommended not to use a cell phone when refueling.
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Thanks for your post. We have a new 2017 MV29 and the fridge takes forever to cool itself down. I now believe that our former Norcold fridge (different model) was stellar and we became spoiled, as I didn't otherwise know that it might take so long to be fully operational. I will try your suggestions and see if that solves the problem.

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we installed a small fan in the frig that we attach to the cooling coils. Our frig cools quickly with it, and the temp is very consistent. We actually had to change the setting as it was overcooling with the fan.
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Old 09-22-2016, 12:13 PM   #10
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Why bother with a cooler. Isn't the fridge already a cooler that will eventually get cold once you turn it on. Seems silly to pack an extra cooler.

We always empty our house refrigerator into the trailer fridge before leaving without precooling the trailer fridge.

I would bet the food stays cooler in the fridge than in a cooler.
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