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Old 07-14-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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First trip...

We are finally going to get to use our Jayco 1006 pop-up for the first time. I thought I saw the info I'm looking for on here somewhere, but I can't find it. So if I may ask a question or two. First, I can run my fridge on the battery when I'm underway. correct? And as long as I'm driving the battery will charge? The place we're going to has no hookups so when I get there I'll run it off propane. I was not able to get it started earlier but I'll get back to it in a bit. How long will the 5 gallons of propane last just running the fridge? We'll be there 3 days. Should I bring a second tank? I may come up with more questions later too if I may. Thanks....Bill
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Absolutely you can run off of battery when traveling. According to Jayco, the fridge uses 640-1200 BTU's / hour (lets use 1200 in the calculation). Each gallon of propane produces 91,500 BTU.

91,500/1200 = 76 1/4 hours for each gallon of propane.
Each standard propane tank is 4.77 gallons. If you are just running the fridge, you should be able to run it off of one full tank of propane for approx. 363 hours.
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Well I've decided to just go ahead and take 2 tanks and cook with it too. Thanks. Now I've found in my research that I can indeed use the auxiliary battery to power the fridge when I'm underway but it will drain the main battery as well as the auxiliary battery unless I hook up some kind of isolation switch. An isolator/combiner it's called. Anybody have one of these. If this is the case can I use propane when underway?
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As long as you are running your engine, your alternator should charge both your car and the trailer battery. I am unsure of the isolation switch for charging.

I have run for 5 hours using the car battery. No issues in draining... And no need for propane on during travelling (I prefer not to have my propane on when driving)
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Well I've decided to just go ahead and take 2 tanks and cook with it too. Thanks. Now I've found in my research that I can indeed use the auxiliary battery to power the fridge when I'm underway but it will drain the main battery as well as the auxiliary battery unless I hook up some kind of isolation switch. An isolator/combiner it's called. Anybody have one of these. If this is the case can I use propane when underway?
Yes you can run on propane when underway.I have to do it that way as I do not have a 12V supply from my vehicle to the pop up.I have never yet had the flame go out.Something worth checking also,my Ford Escape came with a 4 pin connecter I have used an adapter to change it to a 7 pin(to fit the pop up) so although it has the 7 pin there is no 12V feed.If you have the 12V feed then the battery will not drain so no isolator is necessary but you will have to unplug when the engine is not running.
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Well now I think there may be a problem. I ran the fridge off of the house all day and it seemed to work fine. I put 4 gals of fuel in the tank and fired up the fridge on gas about 6:30pm. I couldn't see a flame but the box was still hot at 9:00pm so I guess it was working. Checked the fridge at 7:00am and it ain't cold, and the tank is empty.
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Wow.... Possible leak somewhere in the line? It shouldn't empty so quick
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Gotta be a leak, fridge should run a week or more on propane.
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Well I was mistaken. There is propane in the tank. I just shook it in the bracket and it felt empty. The flame must have blown out. We leave tomorrow, I'll keep ya posted how it works....Bill
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I purchased a propane gauge and placed it on my tank to avoid that. $9.99 Click image for larger version

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