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Cardinals

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So I did actually get a hold of the demo person and he said that with our unit to plug the power cord into the receptacle in the back compartment and then set the refrigerator to "automatic" and it will know to use the electric as power source and charge our battery at same time. The frig can run off of LP gas or electric. Previously we had a travel trailer and always waited until we got to the site before powering up the refrigerator.


Set fridge to "automatic", definitely a 2 way RV fridge.
When you plug your shore power cord into the receptacle in the compartment, that is actually the generator output. You probably have the Onan 4000 in your MH. To have the fridge run on 120v , you would need to have the generator running, no need for that unless you want to run more heavy use 120v items, like the roof air.

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So if I only want have the fridge running while in route to our destination I do not need to have the generator running?

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you have a simple frig ,find a friend to teach you how to use it.

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Well that is helpful!

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Cardinals wrote:

So I did actually get a hold of the demo person and he said that with our unit to plug the power cord into the receptacle in the back compartment and then set the refrigerator to "automatic" and it will know to use the electric as power source and charge our battery at same time. The frig can run off of LP gas or electric. Previously we had a travel trailer and always waited until we got to the site before powering up the refrigerator.


I have a 25’ FR as well. I have a Sunseeker without the optional transfer switch to switch power from that 30 amp receptacle to shore power. I have to physically plug in that 30 amp cord into that compartment outlet in order to use my generator. When i hookup to shore power, I unplug it and then connect it to shore power to acquire 120v.

It appears as you have an absorption rv fridge that runs off LP or 120v by an auto selector switch on the fridge. Most of us run it off LP while driving.
The fridge will use a very small amount of 12 v coach battery power while running off LP. That 12v power gets replenished by the truck alternator.

While parked level at home , i pre-cool my fridge off LP and don't bother hooking up to shore power . I pre-cool it for 12 hrs or so.
You can run that fridge off LP and your 12 v battery for many days without any 120v power.

Hope this info helps, enjoy and stay safe,
Bob

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Magic Chef/Norcold
Just identifying this thing is quite a chore here.

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Thank you Bob I so appreciate your assistance. Going to test it out this weekend and see how the frig cools down.....you are the reason I like this page.

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My rig is a 2018. I have a N611 fridge. Norcold automatic. Switches from gas to 120v. 120v is primary if running off the gen or shore power.

Model decal is inside the fridge. Model and serial #.

* This post was edited 03/31/21 05:21pm by bobndot *

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Cardinals wrote:

Thank you Bob I so appreciate your assistance. Going to test it out this weekend and see how the frig cools down.....you are the reason I like this page.


I did a study on this many years ago. The results were that the fridge ran flat out for 8 hours before the first cycle. A good rule of thumb is about 24 hours for the fridge to become fully cooled.

Enjoy your new RV!


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