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Old 06-23-2016, 09:14 AM   #1
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Running Refrigerator Overnight on LP and 12v

Long story short, heading out next weekend but want to let our refrigerator run overnight to cool off. I may not be able to get it home to plug in the 110 shore power due to city street parking. Was thinking about letting the frig run on LP overnight before I pick it up. I have read several threads about 2-way and 3-way frigs. I believe ours is 2-way, 110 and LP, but when on LP it still needs power which comes from the 12v battery. Should I have any concerns with running the frig on LP with a full 30# tank and fully charged battery for about 15+hours?
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Old 06-23-2016, 09:39 AM   #2
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You'll need to make sure your battery is in good shape and you're not running much of anything else or you may find a dead battery when you come back. What type of battery and how many batteries do you have?
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You will have no problem running the refrigerator overnight. The power it uses is nothing and it hardly uses any propane because the door is always closed. Have a good trip.
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You will have no problem running the refrigerator overnight. The power it uses is nothing and it hardly uses any propane because the door is always closed. Have a good trip.
X2, I use to do this all the time, I boondock for 3-4 days on a single battery with no issues, so overnight with a strong battery will not be an issue.

Might want to check with your storage lot's rules/regulation.

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The battery is needed to run the fridge's electronics and the igniter, and neither of these use a lot of power. The fridge will go through 30 pounds of propane in about a month. So if your battery is fully charged, it will handle overnight like it's nothing.
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In May this year this was reported on POPUPPORTAL about running their trailer on PROPANE overnight..

Guess there is always something that happens...

Camper explosion

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I run mine when we boondock (which is 90% of our camping) for days on LP and have never had any issues with it draining my batteries. We run the fridge, lights, awning LED's and have gone 3-4 days no problem. We didn't even go through an entire 30lb LP tank all season last year.

Do not travel with the fridge turned on. Get it cold before your trip, load it with cold food, and turn it off while you travel. It will keep things cool for a day of travel no problem.
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In May this year this was reported on POPUPPORTAL about running their trailer on PROPANE overnight..

Guess there is always something that happens...

Camper explosion

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Wow, not sure what to say.
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Regarding that PUP explosion, something else had to be going on there. The propane side of the fridge vent to the outside, is thermocouple protected to shut off the gas. From reading it sounds as though the owner lit the fridge with the PUP in the stored position, but not sure. My money is on a stove burner that was not turned off filling the PUP with propane, rather than the fridge being the culprit.


Propane fridges have been used for decades and you rarely hear of an incident. I use mine on propane for months at a time and it's never been an issue with my batteries. You should be able to run it for weeks without a significant drain on the battery.
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