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Grit dog

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StirCrazy wrote:

BurbMan wrote:

The question is too general, really...in a Class A MH or Class B van where you have diesel-powered hydronic floor heating using a 12v compressor fridge allows you to skip onboard propane altogether, eliminating a whole mechanical system. On a trailer, you need propane for heat, so going to a 12v compressor fridge doesn't allow you avoid carrying propane.

As someone said, cloudy days don't last, so if you're parked somewhere and have 6 batteries to hold you over, then solar is a good option. If you camp for a weekend when it's overcast for 3 days, you'll for sure need that genset to power a 12v compressor fridge.


hpw are you cooking in that class A or B? still need propane for that unless you have gone to some different style of stove that takes a more expensive fuel.


I'm still trying to figure out how this propane thing is such an expense or hassle or inconvenience that some will go to great lengths to not use it....
Sure, there are different scenarios and setups and different folks camp in different conditions, but speaking for the VAST MAJORITY of RVs and RVers that you see going down the road or in a campground, boondocking or RV park, the simple, easy, effective, economical solution to several "conveniences of home" in a RV is LP powered appliances and items.
I understand and respect those that invest (some decent money and time) in making their systems into something they "want" or will benefit them. Speaking of large battery arrays, inverters, solar, electric appliances, and the things that go along with them.
But I'll never understand folks who are passionate about their opinion, yet not willing to recognize or accept others that they don't personally agree with.

And how easy is it? Unless used for heating, the average LP capacity of, again, the VAST MAJORITY of RVs is enough to run everything you want or need to off of LP, for MONTHS before a refill.
To the point, that in our TC, unless it was cold weather and an extended trip at the same time, I removed one of the 2 LP bottles. Just not needed.

In our current camper, 1 30lber will also run the stove, hot water, fridge for just as long. And I now use the second bottle for a big cooking griddle. Not even sure if I'll refill them for this year, probably enough left to make it 2 years, without touching a thing.


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Posted: 02/18/22 06:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Grit dog wrote:

StirCrazy wrote:

BurbMan wrote:

The question is too general, really...in a Class A MH or Class B van where you have diesel-powered hydronic floor heating using a 12v compressor fridge allows you to skip onboard propane altogether, eliminating a whole mechanical system. On a trailer, you need propane for heat, so going to a 12v compressor fridge doesn't allow you avoid carrying propane.

As someone said, cloudy days don't last, so if you're parked somewhere and have 6 batteries to hold you over, then solar is a good option. If you camp for a weekend when it's overcast for 3 days, you'll for sure need that genset to power a 12v compressor fridge.


hpw are you cooking in that class A or B? still need propane for that unless you have gone to some different style of stove that takes a more expensive fuel.


I'm still trying to figure out how this propane thing is such an expense or hassle or inconvenience that some will go to great lengths to not use it....
Sure, there are different scenarios and setups and different folks camp in different conditions, but speaking for the VAST MAJORITY of RVs and RVers that you see going down the road or in a campground, boondocking or RV park, the simple, easy, effective, economical solution to several "conveniences of home" in a RV is LP powered appliances and items.
I understand and respect those that invest (some decent money and time) in making their systems into something they "want" or will benefit them. Speaking of large battery arrays, inverters, solar, electric appliances, and the things that go along with them.
But I'll never understand folks who are passionate about their opinion, yet not willing to recognize or accept others that they don't personally agree with.

And how easy is it? Unless used for heating, the average LP capacity of, again, the VAST MAJORITY of RVs is enough to run everything you want or need to off of LP, for MONTHS before a refill.
To the point, that in our TC, unless it was cold weather and an extended trip at the same time, I removed one of the 2 LP bottles. Just not needed.

In our current camper, 1 30lber will also run the stove, hot water, fridge for just as long. And I now use the second bottle for a big cooking griddle. Not even sure if I'll refill them for this year, probably enough left to make it 2 years, without touching a thing.


yup I totaly agree, in the 5th two 30lbs bottles last me all summer. the camper I fill the two 20lbs once a year. well I did burn through one bottl last fall but the furnace was running 24/7 for 5 days with temps in the 20's at night. but it kept me warm and thats what it was there for. still 14.99 cdn for 5 days, it cost me 3 bucks a day to heat, have hot water, cook and keep my fridge going..

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Just purchased a Grand Design TT with a DC fridge. The fridge is 8 cubic feet and It cools down very fast compared to an absorption fridge and you can run it while on the road. The antenna booster draws 1amp while on, the fridge 3. The trailer does come with a 165 watt solar panel. I like the fridge capacity size increase. Thinking of adding another panel and upgrading battery to lithium to run an inverter for AC when required while off grid. I think both have advantages. I started with a pop up, then went with a 28’ fifth wheel, then a 40’ Red Wood, drop down to a hybrid and now have the 200 mk trandscend. Lol heading to Yukon this August and will know much more after that trip. Lol enjoy what you have! And don’t stand with the door open. Play safe.


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