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Old 07-08-2013, 10:18 AM   #31
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From what I have read, the fridge requires 12v to operate the electronics, not the cooling process itself, on my Norcold. Our fridge is always on except when in long term storage. Any fridge or freezer works harder to stay cool if empty or lightly loaded. I've put jugs of water in home and trailer appliances for that reason.
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:45 AM   #32
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I went outside and tested it again only to find it would switch from 120V to Propane even when 12V was plugged in. Upon further inspection and a browse through my owners manual, I have a 2 way fridge LOL. It's no big deal to me... The fridge uses so little LP that it's not really an issue, and I can hear the flame burning from outside the trailer so I know it's working when I walk around it. I also could foresee myself forgetting to disconnect the 7-pin during rest stops/overnight while hooked up and killing my truck battery!
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:37 PM   #33
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We ran ours on our trip from Pittsburgh to Maine and did not have a problem with the pilot blowing out and we had some windy conditions that we traveled in. I thought about turning it off when fueling and read other post about it and I did not turn it off, it is on the other side of the trailer from where I was fueling and about 30 feet away. I read this in another post about being level and I did find the information in the Norcold manual and I may get these backwards, it is made to operate within 3 degrees of level from side to side and 6 degrees front to back or vice versa. Hope this helps.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:18 AM   #34
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I keep a couple of 1/2 gallon jugs of water frozen in the freezer and leave one in the freezer and put the other down in the fridge on days that we travel and turn the fridge off. We can travel all day with the unit off and keep the freezer and fridge cold and not have to worry about an open propane bottle.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:04 AM   #35
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I have had many rigs in the past 30 some years and have run with the fridge on. No problems so far.
Ditto for many pop-ups, 3 fivers and a class C motorhome.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:07 AM   #36
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Confused?? When did Jayco offer a 3-way fridge in their TT's? I did some research and 3-ways do exist, but have never seen one as a standard or option in a Jayco. Are most of these posters just confused about the way an RV fridge works?

On auto they switch between elec [110 AC] and gas [requires 12V to power the brain]. No 12V no cooling unless plugged to shore power. No shore power, no cooling unless gas is open and 12V connected.

I always run with the fridge on [auto]. I turn on the fridge 24 hours before hitting the road and load it up with pre cooled and frozen stuff. Even prefreeze the ice trays in our deep freeze in the house. Don't over fill but the fridge will struggle if you load a bunch of warm cokes in the fridge and non frozen meat in the freezer. Any Norcold fridge installed in the last decade or more has an electronic igniter. If it blows out it will relight automaticly.

The law about open flames at filling stations is pretty routinely ignored [not saying its right] and since most stations are self serve, you're on your own. As to this practice being unsafe, I have never heard of an incident where an RV fridge ignited a gas station fire. Once when filling the propane on a motorhome while traveling in Alaska, the station attendant ask me to turn off the fridge. Propane routinely vents during the refill process and when the pressurized connection is removed. Do as you will, but I see no reason not to travel with the fridge running on gas. If concerned you can step inside and turn it off at the station before filling but you better set a reminder to turn it back on when your leave.

Now back to the 3-way confusion.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:26 AM   #37
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Confused?? When did Jayco offer a 3-way fridge in their TT's? I did some research and 3-ways do exist, but have never seen one as a standard or option in a Jayco. Are most of these posters just confused about the way an RV fridge works?

On auto they switch between elec [110 AC] and gas [requires 12V to power the brain]. No 12V no cooling unless plugged to shore power. No shore power, no cooling unless gas is open and 12V connected.

I always run with the fridge on [auto]. I turn on the fridge 24 hours before hitting the road and load it up with pre cooled and frozen stuff. Even prefreeze the ice trays in our deep freeze in the house. Don't over fill but the fridge will struggle if you load a bunch of warm cokes in the fridge and non frozen meat in the freezer. Any Norcold fridge installed in the last decade or more has an electronic igniter. If it blows out it will relight automaticly.

The law about open flames at filling stations is pretty routinely ignored [not saying its right] and since most stations are self serve, you're on your own. As to this practice being unsafe, I have never heard of an incident where an RV fridge ignited a gas station fire. Once when filling the propane on a motorhome while traveling in Alaska, the station attendant ask me to turn off the fridge. Propane routinely vents during the refill process and when the pressurized connection is removed. Do as you will, but I see no reason not to travel with the fridge running on gas. If concerned you can step inside and turn it off at the station before filling but you better set a reminder to turn it back on when your leave.

Now back to the 3-way confusion.
My 184bh fridge has a 4 way switch.
- LP
- Battery
- Plug (shore power)
- Off

I've only ever used the fridge on shore power, but during my dealer walkaround, he showed me how to light the LP, as well as switch it to Battery (12v?) while towing to keep the fridge going during travel.
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We travel with the refrigerator operating more often than not; never had a problem with the burner going out9Or any other issue) with either the fridge in our fifth wheel (Dometic RM2652) or our WhiteHawk (Norcold N611). I did observe Jayco recommends against this practice in the WhiteHawk owners' manual, but so far so good.
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I did observe JAYCO'S LAWYERS recommend against this practice in the WhiteHawk owners' manual, but so far so good.
Forgive the clarification. Am I alone in finding that operating instructions for everything are so loaded with Warnings of Imminent Death and lawyer/insurance company influence as to be misleading, inaccurate, incomplete and often useless?
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You're not alone. In fact it is so overwhelming that most people don't ever read that part. Look at the beginning of just about any owners manual and there are multi pages of Warnings. They do it for liability reasons, so they can say we warned them. Just not practical to follow all of them. Make your own judgement on the fridge while running item, but they could save a lot of trees if they would just stick to the real dangerous stuff. For instance, don't pull the trailer with the slide out or the steps down. Things like that are pretty much unnecessary and those who would not do it only because they read it in the manual ought to be banned from RVs.
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