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Old 05-06-2014, 02:07 PM   #1
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battery or propane to run fridge while driving

We are getting ready to take our first trip in our Jayco Melbourne... we are wondering if some of you that have been traveling a lot have any ideas about which is the most cost effective or any other best way to run the refridgerator while driving with propane or battery.
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I didn't know there were still 12v. refers out there.

I'm not sure about cost effectiveness, but I see no reason not to use propane when traveling. It really doesn't use that much. Our rule of thumb is not to use it unless its more than 5 hours or so. The fridge really doesn't get all that warm on short trips.
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I thought it was weird to hear ya'll talking about using propane for your refrigerator on the road. But, I had to make sure that I was remembering right that I had mine on the entire time. So I took a pic. just to be absolutely sure. Why would they stop making 12vdc refrigerators?
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I thought it was weird to hear ya'll talking about using propane for your refrigerator on the road. But, I had to make sure that I was remembering right that I had mine on the entire time. So I took a pic. just to be absolutely sure. Why would they stop making 12vdc refrigerators?
I am pretty sure the DC wattage listed there is for the DC lighting in the refrigerator only - not for keeping it cool. I know some people who run the Fridge off an inverter while driving.
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Interesting... I was wondering why it was so low. I would think that a fridge running off the tv's alternator instead of propane would be an awesome idea. Anyone know why they don't anymore?
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The 12V is for the control board. It is always in use whether on shore power or propane.

12VDC cooling is typically found only in 1.5 CF refrigerators in pop-ups. They draw 10+ amps. Even those should be set to propane if stopped for more than 30 minutes.
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I start mine on shore power but when ready to go it switches to propane and thats how we roll I have traveled from Washington to Montana and never had a problem. I know that some people have stated that there are some places wrere you have to turn off the propane and maybe some states have rules against it.
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I thought it was weird to hear ya'll talking about using propane for your refrigerator on the road. But, I had to make sure that I was remembering right that I had mine on the entire time. So I took a pic. just to be absolutely sure. Why would they stop making 12vdc refrigerators?
They draw a lot of power on 12V most of the ones now that are 3 way are very small
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I don't think they are very efficient on 12v either.
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In the owner's manual Jayco recommends turning the propane off and setting the reefer to 12v operation when traveling. Apparently there is a risk of the refrigerator's flame igniting fumes when refueling and the propane tanks causing a fire or explosion if involved in an accident. While this is probably a good idea, most people I know still run their reefer's on gas while traveling.
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