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nykolas

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Posted: 08/17/20 09:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

hi

mostly I use my 5th wheel for spending weekends away from the city and most times I am alone. And boondocking not connections just propane

I've mostly been using coolers but I was curious to know if it is an idea to start up and run my fridge for the weekend.

I'm not sure if it is worth starting up just for 2 days and shutting it down etc.

Also I was curious to have a basic idea of how much propane it would use for the weekend.

Thanks to all of you for your answers this is an awesome forum !

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* This post was edited 08/17/20 09:49am by nykolas *

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Posted: 08/17/20 09:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just go ahead & use the fridge.


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Posted: 08/17/20 09:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You might use a few ounces for a week to run your refrigerator. It's nothing like an oven or heater.

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Not sure what you have to do to start it up or shut down? Maybe yours is more complicated them ours.
I just plug in day before, at the house to get it cold and fill it. Run it on propane when camping. Empty when home and leave it off. Wipe it out the next day and prop the door open. Ready for the next outing.


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Posted: 08/17/20 09:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you able to keep rig plugged in? If so, leave the refer on. You do not need to worry about propane as it uses very little.
If not able to keep plugged in, you will need to keep an eye on your battery level, Majority of RV refers require 12 volts DC for control.
If you have a residential refer, you will need to keep rig plugged in to shore power or have a good battery bank.


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Posted: 08/17/20 09:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use mine on all trips. I cannot precool due to parking on a hill at my house, but I start the trip with a bag of ice in the freezer (along with all the cold food in the fridge) and the fridge is cool by the time I arrive at my destination. Propane use is quite small.

Coolers work fine, I'm sure we all used them for years before RVing. But fridges are better. Use it if you got it.


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Posted: 08/17/20 09:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My usual solution is to just use my small 3-way fridge like a cooler: put a lot of frozen bottles of water in it. It stays cold for several days, with the added plus of not having to totally level the truck at every campsite.


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As a very, very rough rule of thumb, an RV fridge (in propane mode) uses around a pound of propane a day, possibly a little less, depending on the exact fridge model and the conditions you're using it in. Starting it up for a weekend trip and turning it off afterwards is perfectly sensible, in my opinion. Leaving it on all the time to use it on the weekends is rather wasteful of energy; on electric power, they use a few kWh per day.

(As for leveling, if the RV is level enough for you to be comfortable walking around and cooking and so forth, it's plenty level for the fridge.)





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Running the refrigerator takes BOTH propane and 12 VDC.

And if you do turn it on, most take 24 hours to come to operating temperature.

No right or wrong answers, but you need to know that battery power is also needed.


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I would never not use my TT fridge.


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