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Old 04-23-2014, 10:47 AM   #11
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You can, and should, turn the fridge off while you drive.. it will hold temp for over 6 hours if you dont open the door.. When you stop for lunch turn the fridge back on till you leave again..

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Old 04-23-2014, 06:22 PM   #12
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I have my 1000w inverter (200w surge) hooked into one side of the 50 amp service where it can drive the tv, microwave and fridge at the same time. This is in case I need to run the fridge off the inverter which I do when going down the road instead of using propane which the fridge will do automatically when no ac power is present. I have a remote on/off for the inverter mounted inside the RV. The inverter itself is mounted close to the batteries and hooks to the batteries (2 group 27 exides)with heavy duty inverter cables. Of course the main purpose for the inverter was to power the tv and microwave when boondocking or just stopping for lunch or in a rest area for the night. The inverter cost $69 at a Pilot truck stop and the remote switch was $15 from amazon. The cables I already had from a previous project.

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Old 04-25-2014, 09:39 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Jmooney View Post
16 amps per hour is a lot to give from you battery array.

If you have two group 27 batteries, and want to stay within the 50% use range then you have approx 100 amps DC to give.

100/16 is 6 1/4 hours.

If the fridge cycles on and off every 15 minutes, you will get 24 hours...... Assuming your not running anything else.

Perhaps I'm wrong.....
I've always run my fridge on AC while at the campground and on DC while driving. I turn it off at stops longer than a gas up. The alternator from the truck charges the batteries in route and the fridge uses battery power. Am I wrong with this? Is the fridge drawing more power than the alternator is providing? So far all my trips have been less than 3 hours but we are taking our first long vacation with the trailer this year with a 600 mile tow so will I have trouble if I do this? I am woefully ignorant about electrical matters.

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Old 04-25-2014, 11:19 AM   #14
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I think that's what he is saying - only running on inverter while driving, so yes - I think the truck will keep up with the power consumption

I just didn't want other readers to think that always running on Inverter was not a power issue
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:25 AM   #15
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Thank you all for your thoughts. As I said before I am just a little gun shy about trusting the refer on propane, not because I think that it is unsafe but I have had the flame blow out and had food loss. The trailer is back in the dealer as I type this for the refer not working on propane. I think that this makes it number 5 for the same appliance. The dealer has replaced the refer, propane regular and what ever else, so we will see what happens.

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