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Old 08-27-2015, 09:53 AM   #1
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Generator question for a Jay Series Sport 10

Rookie when it comes to using the 3 way control.

Going dry camping this weekend and just want to ensure I've hooked everything up correctly.

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1) Is the generator considered A/C on the 3 way switch to control the fridge?
2) D/C would just be the battery correct?
3) Should I just run the fridge on propane and leave the switch on "Gas" for the entire trip? or switch it from gas to A/C when it's running off the generator?
4)Does the 3 way switch need to be changed to A/C when the generator's running to run the electrical for the rest of the trailer or can it be left in "gas"
5) Suggestions for keeping the fridge cool while travelling? Should it be run on gas or would the D/C battery keep it cool (short distance)

Any advice would be appreciated
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:58 AM   #2
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1) Yes.
2) Yes
3) Lots of folks here do that. I'm not so fond of leaving the propane on while underway. I leave the fridge off when traveling.
4) Personally, I leave the fridge on gas during the whole trip and use the genset only to recharge the battery and run 120V appliances when necessary (under 4 hours/day)
5) Don't bother with the DC mode. It'll discharge your battery and won't keep the food much colder than not running the fridge at all.
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:02 AM   #3
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leave it on propane the amount used is negligible. The fridge settings only affect the fridge.. If you have A/C on the fridge being on AC might as well might overload the generator.
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...snip.. If you have A/C on the fridge being on AC might as well might overload the generator.
C'mon the fridge is only 800W. And the OP didn't mention the size of his genset.

But that did remind me when the orifice clogged and I had to run my 1.8KW genset to keep the food cold while I fixed it. I could hear the genset load up every time the fridge cycled.
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Old 08-27-2015, 11:44 AM   #5
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Old 08-28-2015, 05:22 PM   #6
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I ran the fridge almost exclusively on propane for a 3 week trip with no problems and did not run out.
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While traveling you can run on DC. Then you don't have to worry about the flame being blown out. That is why the DC mode exists. Just don't stop for more than 10-15 minutes at a time. Switch to propane if you do.

Most 3 way refrigerators in pop-ups use about 200 watts on AC. Not 800 watts. But even so when running on a generator keep the refrigerator on propane.
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Hi. More than likely your pup will not run on gas as you are traveling down the road you probably have a kill swich that will shut the gas off when you lower the roof. On the Coleman pup that we owned when you lower the stovetop and sink it released a switch in the back which killed every thing even the fridge on A/C and propane. Thats why they make it able to run off of the battery
.but it will drain your battery quick. Also I learned the hard way not to leave the truck and trailer plugged into each other over night . Got home late one trip jumped out of the truck and decided to take care of it in the morning, big mistake it drained the battery on the truck dead cost a $100. To get a new one. It assent a fun way to end a great week off.
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Hi. More than likely your pup will not run on gas as you are traveling down the road you probably have a kill swich that will shut the gas off when you lower the roof. On the Coleman pup that we owned when you lower the stovetop and sink it released a switch in the back which killed every thing even the fridge on A/C and propane. Thats why they make it able to run off of the battery
.but it will drain your battery quick. Also I learned the hard way not to leave the truck and trailer plugged into each other over night . Got home late one trip jumped out of the truck and decided to take care of it in the morning, big mistake it drained the battery on the truck dead cost a $100. To get a new one. It assent a fun way to end a great week off.
The kill switch you are referring to only affects the ceiling lights and possibly a vent fan. It has no effect on the refrigerator on DC or propane. It will run on propane with the roof down. If yours would not there was a problem with it.
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