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[*] posted on 4-25-2017 at 05:57 PM
Truck camper fridge questions


Ok so I got a truck camper what is the most efficient way to run the fridge gas or electric as in 12 volt battery ? for the longest time, use the battery and a solar maintainer ?? all opinions welcome

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[*] posted on 4-25-2017 at 06:43 PM


I have had different types of class "A" campers and now have a dual slide on a F350 dually and by far the electric plug in gets it colder faster, keeps it colder and is cheaper if at an RV park. ( or at a friends :))

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[*] posted on 4-25-2017 at 07:05 PM


Electric to get it cooled down and gas to maintain it is what I do..



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[*] posted on 4-25-2017 at 07:05 PM


No prob Howard anytime, Once I thought about it plugged in would be No prob,, I was lkn for battery 12 volt times frames with a 12 v maintainer solar charger vs propane



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[*] posted on 4-25-2017 at 07:32 PM


Quote: Originally posted by chuckie  
Electric to get it cooled down and gas to maintain it is what I do..


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[*] posted on 4-25-2017 at 08:53 PM


I have an ARB 12v fridge. And love it. It protects your battery from getting too discharged as it will shut down before. Also draws little so a solar backup is a great way to go.
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[*] posted on 4-25-2017 at 10:10 PM


Newer style 12v fridges are very efficient. ARB, Engel, Dometic, Edgestar...many others... They run about 60w or less. A 100-200w solar panel is sufficient to keeping the battery topped off during good weather. A 3 way style with propane/gas is always nice if planning on staying put for a very long time, but I think these days, the electric, low draw 12v Danfoss swing compressors are the best.



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[*] posted on 4-26-2017 at 06:31 AM


How about the SnoMaster brand?
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[*] posted on 4-26-2017 at 08:35 AM


Quote: Originally posted by blackwolfmt  
No prob Howard anytime, Once I thought about it plugged in would be No prob,, I was lkn for battery 12 volt times frames with a 12 v maintainer solar charger vs propane


You will need more than a battery maintainer to keep up with the heater in the frig on 12 volts. I believe it is to keep the frig cool while you are driving from one place to the next, then you change to gas, or 120ac.
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[*] posted on 4-26-2017 at 08:46 AM


Correct me if I am wrong but a propane fueled fridge does not use a compressor.


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[*] posted on 4-26-2017 at 10:07 AM


If you have a 3 way camper fridge you will most likely drain the battery pretty quick if using it exclusively while camping. Gas will last much longer. As someone mentioned above, the most efficient way is to plug it into your house the night before you leave, then in the morning move the setting to your battery while driving, then turn on the gas while camping.
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[*] posted on 4-26-2017 at 11:30 AM


My truck camper has the typical 3 way fridge. If you are cooling it down before a trip using the propane it takes a good overnight to get cold. I never thought about using electric to chill quicker. That being said....these refers are so efficient on propane it is crazy good. Just got back from 5 days remote camping and I never worried about running out of propane. You can go a really long time without refill as long as you have 20 or 30 lb propane tank.
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[*] posted on 4-26-2017 at 12:51 PM


Dealers always told us to stay away from using the 12v with the fridge.. use the gas and 110v when avail.
Do not remember what the explanation was unless it really wipes out your battery faster.... you can travel with the gas on....
This was from Lance camper dealers....
Always had really good luck with gas setting on ours....

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[*] posted on 4-26-2017 at 12:59 PM


I should have said, use the 110 to cool it down and then switch to propane..Propane lasts a long time...



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[*] posted on 4-26-2017 at 01:27 PM


mucho gracias for the great info fellow Nomads



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[*] posted on 10-15-2017 at 09:42 AM


I keep a big 5th wheel with a Dometic 3 way in Gonzaga. In the hotter months when it gets above 90f it begins to loose efficiency and when it humid. They sell these small solar powered fans that help lift the hot or warm air out the exhaust stack. My fridge runs 10 degrees cooler with it operating. I have no experience with the newer models but will look into them. I learned this trick; if you want to freeze all the stuff in a fridge just take the access door off of the freezer compartment. For long off grid trips we use a portable propane cooler and rotate food from the now freezer.
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[*] posted on 10-15-2017 at 11:58 AM


After using 3 way propane fridges in the past decades, and now have a Dometic 12v only, there is no comparison. No need to level the vehicle, no need for carrying propane tanks.

The efficiency of these modern electric 12v compressor driven fridges is the cleanest way to go. That I have a couple of agm batteries to run it and a pv panel on top, is a natural for unlimited refrigeration, or freezing, if that is desired.

With these current 12v compressor driven fridges and their efficiency, why would anyone cling to gas driven fridges ?, unless they don't have any 12v batteries to run these systems endlessly without burning fossil fuels.

!2v electric is the way to go. These fridges in a top loading design are all the better for not letting the cold air fall out every time you open them up.

The previous gas run fridge I had dumped out the cold air every time I opened it up . There is a better option and 12v top loading electric is it. Thanks to all here.
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[*] posted on 10-15-2017 at 01:46 PM


Well I camped out at 8500 ft in the San Juans for 130 dys, June and july were pretty much blue sky with full sun everyday so my Solar panel kept the battery 12.5 and I would use gas to really cool it down couple hrs a week 20lb tank would last around 5 wks. Then Aug and Sept cloudy rainy almost every day plus el sol was getting lower in the sky and was behind some trees most of the day couldn't keep the charge up on the batt so started using gas full time on the fridge gas would last around 15, 20 dys. Dometic fridge is very efficient would stay 40 on low setting,will always have gas around for cooking and taking a hot shower and when it started gettin down to 25 the heater really came in handy






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[*] posted on 10-15-2017 at 07:27 PM


I run a set of ARB 50Liter Refrigerators and a dual battery setup(soon to be three)

One fridge for frozen food <32F
One for cold food. >32F

2 batteries for Refrigerators and one for starting.
all three can be slaved together for starting or winching.

And a 200 AMP Mean Green Alternator.
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[*] posted on 10-16-2017 at 02:58 PM


I have a 86Qt Edgestar that I've been running for a few years, connected to the truck / trailer when travelling and 160W folding solar set up when stopped for anything longer than an overnight. Set up works great.
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