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Old 07-19-2012, 11:41 AM   #1
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Hello, I have a question that I am getting conflicting info on, we have a 2008 19H hybrid. The fridge will run off propane or electricity. What I am confused about is this, I was told that while running on propane the fridge still needs 12volt in order to operate? I thought it was just propane that was needed, am I wrong?

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The fridge will operate on propane as long as there is 12 volts also.
Need propane and 12 volts.
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Thanks, so would need to keep the battery charged, any idea how much drain it would put on battery?
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I am not sure which fridge you have, but the draw on the battery from a fridge will be fairyly high.
This all depends on many factors such as how cool is the fridge before you dry camp, how warm the outside temp is, how often the door is opened because of the light and the cool air in the fridge will escape.
Normally we camp at water and electric sites. The one time we dry camped, we were able to run the fridge and a few lights off the battery for the day. We left the next morning so I can not tell you exactly the current draw of the fridge using the battery. There will be other dry campers that can help you better with your last question.
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"I am not sure which fridge you have, but the draw on the battery from a fridge will be fairyly high."

This is true ONLY if you have a 3-way refrigerator and you select the "DC" mode. Those are mostly found in pop-ups.

You likely have a 2-way which will run on AC or LP (Propane). In this case the 12V is needed for the control board and the igniter. The demand on the battery is very low.
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We have run our fridge on gas for a 3 day boondock with no problems at all. Used lights sparingly as well.
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Yep. Should run for a while. You just have to remember you have other devices that pull power such as your propane alarm and your tv amp if you forget to turn it off. Notion can easily get through a weekend on the single battery if you use it very sparingly.
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Thanks, so if I hook up for a few hours a day to the tow vehicle and let it idle I should be able to keep the batteries charged enough for a few days.
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Relying on the TV to charge the RV battery is a poor choice. It will not charge to 100% and what it does do amounts to not much more than a trickle charge. It'll help....but not much.

Spring for an inexpensive generator. 1000W should serve this purpose. Plug the trailer into it. Let the converter do the charging. Most late model converters have a 3 stage charger. Much, much more effective than using the TV.
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