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Old 06-13-2015, 01:30 AM   #1
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Boondocking help needed

First time without full hookups and had a couple questions. Does the hot water heater need to stay on the entire time? Also does the water heater LP have to be on for the fridge to work . I set my refridgerator to gas and it isnt working . Is there a step I am missing or doing wrong. (Yes propane is turned on)
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Old 06-13-2015, 01:38 AM   #2
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No water heater does not need to be left on, and no it does not need to be on for Refrig to operate. Sometimes air in the line will cause the appliance to take forever to light. I would light your range then you know the air is out of the line. Then try to ignite the frig.


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Thanks for the advice. Not sure how to ignite the fridge other than just turn it to the gas side. Hope that is it thanks
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Thanks for the advice. Not sure how to ignite the fridge other than just turn it to the gas side. Hope that is it thanks
Turn your fridge back on electric for a minute or two and then back to gas. It should restart the propane.
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Your batteries need to be charged as your fridge needs 12 volt power to work the electronics.
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I couldn't figure out why my fridge wasn't lighting off. Did some reading, and all I had to do was to turn the switch to off, and then back on a few times. If it's quiet enough, you can hear it when the propane starts flowing and when it lights off. Probably just air in the lines.
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We boondock a lot. we are always really conservative on battery and water usage. We run the water heater in mid afternoon and evening, and again first thing in the morning. Otherwise we leave it off.
When you turn your gas on at the tanks make sure to do it slow. When we first set up we usually open one of the burners on the stove and continually try lighting it until it lights and burns strong, then turn on the others full for about 10 seconds. We don't always lite the pilot on the oven unless we know we are going to use it. Then we turn the refrigerator to Gas.
Myself, DW, our 19 year old son, 14 year old daughter and 12 year old son have been out on a boondocking trip for 6 days without a generator, and utilizing only the water in tanks and battery power. I say this only to illustrate that with conservative usage, a family can go quite a while.
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We boondock a lot. we are always really conservative on battery and water usage. We run the water heater in mid afternoon and evening, and again first thing in the morning. Otherwise we leave it off.
When you turn your gas on at the tanks make sure to do it slow. When we first set up we usually open one of the burners on the stove and continually try lighting it until it lights and burns strong, then turn on the others full for about 10 seconds. We don't always lite the pilot on the oven unless we know we are going to use it. Then we turn the refrigerator to Gas.
Myself, DW, our 19 year old son, 14 year old daughter and 12 year old son have been out on a boondocking trip for 6 days without a generator, and utilizing only the water in tanks and battery power. I say this only to illustrate that with conservative usage, a family can go quite a while.

Well color me jealous! 5 people 6 days. I thought when SWMBO and I did 4, we were doing great. I gots to know your secrets!
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Well color me jealous! 5 people 6 days. I thought when SWMBO and I did 4, we were doing great. I gots to know your secrets!
X2 DW and I were thinking 3 and hoping for 4.
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WOW! 5 with 6 OMG. Pretty tuff on the battery to go that low.
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