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Old 06-02-2023, 06:38 PM   #1
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Residential fridge when traveling

My wife and I will be traveling come November and I have a question about the residential fridge in our Northpoint 381FLWS. When traveling between campgrounds, what do I need to do to allow my residential fridge to operate while traveling. I believe it runs off the inverter but do I need to turn it on? Any info would be greatly appreciated. We have been seasonal campers with this camper for the two Yeats we've owned it, so traveling is all new to us. Thank you
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What year? That will help you get a better response. When we had our 2015 the Inverter had to be turned on manually.
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Looks like he may have a 2019 NP. If you donít turn on the inverter it wonít operate when using batteries as the primary power source. It will come on automatically with shore power plugged in regardless of button position.
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TX, you are correct. 2019
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So the million dollar question is "where is it turned on"?
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So the million dollar question is "where is it turned on"?
Check the Command Center switch panel, per page 92 of the owner's manual.
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Old 06-03-2023, 06:41 AM   #7
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On my Eagle the inverter is on basement ceiling. NP may be similar. There is small power button on that facing the floor of the of the basement. Iíve also got a little display on the dresser in the bedroom where I can turn it on.
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In our 2023 Eagle, it is turned on and off by the BMPro panel under the power screen. If we are under shore power and the power is pulled, it will automatically come on, but I think you can change that in the settings screen. We also have solar so that may be why that was the default setting.
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Ours 2020 Pinnacle, we leave the main inverter on/off button in the off position and control the inverter from the mini control panel in the coach (separate from BMPro panel). We always leave it on unless in storage. We also just added another 190watt GoPower solar panel (dual panels now) because the alternator in the truck was not keeping up on the charge of our coach batteries (4 six-volt AGM batteries in series-parallel for a total of 450 amp hours at 100% charged when traveling thus reducing gen time for charging. Our residential fridge only pulls 126 watts which is about an amp per hour - almost next to nothing!
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Depending on how long you drive before plugging into shore power and how large a battery setup you've got, it's possible your batteries may not be up to the task. But, if you install a 40 amp DC to DC charger, your batteries should remain fully charged by time you get to your destination. For example, I run my Norcold propane-electric fridge on electric through an inverter while towing. That fridge pulls 42 amps off the batteries so the 40 amp DC to DC charger nearly covers the usage and the solar covers the difference. Of course your 7 way plug will supply maybe 7 amps but thats probably not enough.
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