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Good afternoon- I have had an annoyance with my Dometic DM2652rbx refrigerator. My fridge only cools while connected to shorepower or by propane. While travelling, my only source to cool the fridge is propane. Which on mountain roads or heavy wind, seems to every once in a while snuffs the flame and my family in the cabin smells propane. So if I turn the propane off at the cylinder, this smell in the cabin does not occur. However, my fridge does not cool.

Am I missing something as to why my fridge does not work on batteries or alternator while in travel!?

I have attempted to ask RV dealers, but their best answer is to run the generator while travelling, which left me dumb founded...

Is it possible to use batteries with this fridge while in travel? If so, how can I go about doing so?

Thanks for all direction I may receive. I just cant believe propane is my only option while in travel!

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If you have a 3 way fridge you could run on 12 volt while traveling and have the TV charging system supply enough power to the batteries to run the fridge. Never had my propane flame fail during travel. Extra wind deflectors around the flame?


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Posted: 06/24/20 06:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You'll need an inverter.

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Posted: 06/24/20 06:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

make a wind baffle to block the wind and protect the flame. I think there was a recall and a baffle was a part of the fix.


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The baffle works well. Since 2009 I've only had one "blow out".


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2oldman wrote:

You'll need an inverter.
Converts 12V DC to 120V AC and for every AC amp needed you'll need 11A DC. So 33A DC for a 3A AC load. Is your alternator up to the task?


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2oldman wrote:

You'll need an inverter.
Converts 12V DC to 120V AC and for every AC amp needed you'll need 11A DC. So 33A DC for a 3A AC load. Is your alternator up to the task?

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Smelling propane inside the motorhome while traveling down the road? I'd schedule service ASAP and discontinue use of the propane system.


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1. They are designed to run on LP while in transit
2. IF you have a blow out problem, there are kits and fixes for that problem
3. You should NEVER smell LP inside if the flame goes out. The LP is shut OFF after the flame blows out. BUT, If the flame blows out, the refer will AUTO relite.
4. If you smell LP you need a Manometer test to confirm there are NO LP leaks in the LP system
5. They do make 3 way RV refers. But, they are very rare. The 3rd way is a 12 volt Heating Element that runs when the engine is ON to supply enough 12 volt current to run the 12 volt element. This is a Maintainer that only keeps the refer at the cold you started out at. It is not designed to cool the refer down.
6. You can install a 1000 or larger Watt Inverter to run the refer on 120 while in transit. The 120 element pulls about 350 watts, but I believe if you go the Inverter route to go at least 1000 watts or higher.
7. You are talking to the wrong people at RV dealerships. If this is the best answers you have received, I would AVOID those dealers for my service work and advice. Doug

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Posted: 06/24/20 09:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have a generator why not run it while traveling. Many do to run the roof AC.


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