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Operating Fridge on Propane

Unread postby rgosselincga on Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:29 am

We are changing our trailer storage to a site that does not provide an AC hookup. We are weekend warriors but the trailer sits iddle all week. I would like to find a way to keep the fridge running from weekend to weekend. I know it can run on gas but I don't know how long a 20lb tank will last. Another option is solar.

Any concern on how long the battery will support the fride operating on gas?

Anyone have any thoughts on this?
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Re: Operating Fridge on Propane

Unread postby pwall on Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:37 am

I would think that a 20-pound tank would run the fridge all week without any problem at all, at least for propane.
Make sure your battery is fully charged so that the fridge will have enough power for the week. You may want to consider a small solar panel (not the ones that sit on your dash-board....I think they're useless) to aid in keeping the battery going.
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Re: Operating Fridge on Propane

Unread postby frank on Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:52 am

All I can say is I have to 20 pound tanks and they last quite some time I don't know if that is of any help to you but I hope it is :lol:
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Re: Operating Fridge on Propane

Unread postby Zinger on Tue Nov 09, 2010 7:51 pm

I would guess a 20 pounder would last the better part of a month.
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Re: Operating Fridge on Propane

Unread postby bobnliz on Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:10 pm

Guess it would depend on the size of the fridge, but ours needs such a tiny flame to keep it cold. I think that tank might last a lot longer than a month. Lizzy
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Re: Operating Fridge on Propane

Unread postby 86bigred on Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:53 pm

we do this at work.turn the fridge on propane and leave it on battery for a week at a time.my suggestion is to put a second battery in and /or a solar panel /charge controller in,
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Re: Operating Fridge on Propane

Unread postby Zinger on Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:17 pm

6-12 gallons per month propane weighs around 4.2 # per gallon a 20 # cyl is about 4 1/2 gallons or so this all depends on fridge size and outdoor temp.
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Re: Operating Fridge on Propane

Unread postby rgosselincga on Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:52 pm

Thanks everyone.

I think I'll be fine on propane and I will look into a small solar panel.

Cheers

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Re: Operating Fridge on Propane

Unread postby Terry on Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:56 pm

Try Northern Tool. they have the battery charger solar pannels. Got one hooked to my TT battery now.
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Re: Operating Fridge on Propane

Unread postby mopar1973 on Sat May 28, 2011 9:26 pm

Todays propane refridgators don't keep a flame constantly as far as I know but cycle the flame off and on as needed compared to the old school systems that had hi/lo flame that hi was cooling mode and lo was a pilot to hold the burner going.
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Re: Operating Fridge on Propane

Unread postby Mopar1973Man on Sat Jun 04, 2011 9:59 am

Adding to this thread...

I've got a friend that desided to send me 4 dozen doughnut in the mail (2nd Day Air). Since the house fridge is stuffed from just doing shopping I got my RV fridge fired up and using it to store the doughnut. The TT has been unplugged for 7 days but the batteries are up to snuff (full on the control panel). Propane is full so lets see what happens. ;)
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Re: Operating Fridge on Propane

Unread postby Mopar1973Man on Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:07 pm

Reporting in again...

Fridge is still running since I started I'm only down to 12.6 Volts on the batteries and I'm sure that little flame didn't eat up a bottle of propane but the stand in fridge is working just fine and batteries are holding up fine too.
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Re: Operating Fridge on Propane

Unread postby Limey on Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:00 pm

Have to treat those doughnuts well! :mrgreen:
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Re: Operating Fridge on Propane

Unread postby Mopar1973Man on Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:47 pm

Still doing good... ;)

Battery still holding... Propane do good... ;)
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