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Old 08-08-2022, 06:31 AM   #1
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Refrigerator cold when travelling?

Sorry if this is a dumb question… but we’re newbies at this. How do you keep your fridge/freezer running or at least cold while travelling from one destination to another? Thanks
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What type of fridge to you have?

If the residential fridge, you will need to make sure your battery is on and turn on the inverter. If not residential fridge, turn on the propane, clear the lines and turn on the fridge and make sure the light goes green.
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It might be a 12V only fridge, in that case it’ll run off your battery till it’s drained unless your TV will charge the batt while you’re hitched.
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We have a residential fridge and 4 batteries and one solar panel. Never have a problem even on long travel days, and even overnight without hookups.
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Most RV refrigerator's will run on either propane, 12V, or 120V AC.. Models with residential refrigerators run only on 120V only. You need to check your manual to determine which option you have.. But to help answer your question, if your frige can run on 12V that wold be the most preferred method as you travel.. The refrigerator will run off the coach battery and will get a trickle charge as you travel. Mine is a 3 way which can run on one of the three mentioned. I have solar and an onboard inverter. Although i can run on 12V when traveling i choose to use the AC option off my inverter because cooling is more efficient on AC. You can run on gas while traveling but that should be the last option because wind tends to blow out the pilot and you may not be cooling when you think you are.. Running on 12 volts will keep things well chilled and stuff somewhat frozen in the freezer. As you get settled in and parked running on gas or AC will bring temps up to the highest potential and should keep ice cream rock solid in the freezer.
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Run it while traveling (no matter the type- from a 2-way RV fridge, 12v-only fridge, to a residential fridge).
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Sorry if this is a dumb question… but we’re newbies at this. How do you keep your fridge/freezer running or at least cold while travelling from one destination to another? Thanks

My Norcold 2118 running on LP will not keep cooling on long drive days. This is the only RV I have owned that will not. Other RV's had the occasional flame out, but this norcold still has flame but will not keep cooling. I suspect it's too much air movement when traveling is not allowing the flame to heat it properly.

I try to get the refer as cold as I can before a long distance driving day. Freeze a few 1/2 gallon milk jugs with water, put them in fridge and off we go.
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Sorry if this is a dumb question… but we’re newbies at this. How do you keep your fridge/freezer running or at least cold while travelling from one destination to another? Thanks

Certainly not a dumb question but one that has been covered often. The search feature might help as there was just a pretty long discussion on this not too long ago.



Frozen water bottles help greatly.
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My Norcold 2118 running on LP will not keep cooling on long drive days. This is the only RV I have owned that will not. Other RV's had the occasional flame out, but this norcold still has flame but will not keep cooling. I suspect it's too much air movement when traveling is not allowing the flame to heat it properly.

I try to get the refer as cold as I can before a long distance driving day. Freeze a few 1/2 gallon milk jugs with water, put them in fridge and off we go.
had the same problem on my old trailer with a Dometic frig.
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