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Old 04-21-2014, 10:35 AM   #1
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Running Refer on a power inverter?

Hello all,

I just want to get the views that people have on this subject. I would like to run my Norcold N302 on a DC power inverter. After looking at the parts list for the N302, the heater is a 120v/180w which comes out to 1.5 amps. Now on the flip side of that the DC amps are 16.6.

So like I was asking in the beginning what is everyones thoughts? Would you do it, have you done it or would you never do it? What are the dangers if any?


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Old 04-21-2014, 01:15 PM   #2
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So are you saying to run on an inverter as opposed to direct battery or gas?

16A is quite high, I would be surprised if that was correct.

I personally run mine on AC and then switch to gas when AC power goes away.
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:20 PM   #3
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Well to give an insight on why I am asking. We have a 2013 Jayco 185RB, the refer has been replaced due to a design flaw from Norcold. Now the new refer will n0ot stay lit on propane, dealer claims that it was a gas pressure problem.

Now my wheels start to turn and I think what if we go for a 2 week vacation and the propane does not work. That is why I was wondering what peoples thoughts are on running the refer on an inverter if the propane acts up again.
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:45 PM   #4
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My father in law had problems with his Fridge, turn out it was the propane regulator. Easy and relatively in expensive.
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That is what the dealer says that the regular was bad. So given that the refer has been the source of heartburn in the short year that we have owned it. I was just trying to implement a backup to the propane.
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Old 04-21-2014, 02:00 PM   #6
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On shore power, no problem just run off electric.
Boondocking, extra batteries, Inverter, Solar Charger, Charge Controller, ....
Maybe cheaper to just cary an extra Regulator. Of coarse with the other stuff your free to stay longer and it can run other stuff too.
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Dealer claims and issues aside, where will you get the DC power to run the inverter to run the frige on AC?

While driving, you *could* run a separate 12 volt line from the battery properly sized to handle the load, with something like an Andesen connector to keep the connection solid.

Powering the system from batteries is going to take a pretty big bank and from a generator, pretty noisy...
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Old 04-21-2014, 03:04 PM   #8
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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.....
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I am looking at this solution for, if I am drive and the propane will not stay lit, then I would turn on the inverter until we get to a campground then use shore power. This would not be a 3 option to run the refer. Just a fail safe option.
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That will work
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