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Old 10-31-2014, 04:27 PM   #1
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Refrigerator 12v

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We have a Kodiak 2015 241rbsl, does the refrigerator run on 12v while traveling down the road (if I keep it on the Auto setting) or do I have to have no refrigerator or run it on gas (yes, i know it's hot debated topic).

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Old 10-31-2014, 04:37 PM   #2
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No it doesn't run on 12V in auto mode. In auto mode it runs on 110 or propane depending upon which is available. If both are it will default to 110 first over propane.
Had RVs for over 25 years & never had any problem of running it on propane going down the road. Living in the desert I would never be able to get out of here with food in the frig & freezer if I didn't run it on propane.
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Okay, thanks
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deppeler, it is actually running 12V and propane at the same time in auto mode when unplugged from shore power. 12V just supplies the needed power for the gas control valve, the spark ignitor and thermo switches as well as the fan if equiped.
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thanks donzinger for the explanation
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After writing and rereading, I probably could have worded it differently. While on propane, you do need 12V power as well. Believe it or not, I know someone that disconnected their battery while traveling their first trip supposedly so that they would keep the battery fully charged and thinking their fridge would run on propane - bottom line, they ended with a full battery when they arrived, but they also to clean out their refridgerator and needed to go find a grocery store
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deppeler, it is actually running 12V and propane at the same time in auto mode when unplugged from shore power. 12V just supplies the needed power for the gas control valve, the spark ignitor and thermo switches as well as the fan if equiped.
Well yes, I figured he was asking if it operated like the old 3-way frig unit. I did have one of those in my first tent trailer. When on 12v it cooled but ran the battery down real fast.
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Maybe they decided that even though the TV would (might) charge the battery as you drive it would use too much battery power...
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Gotcha, DesertRat - I'm afraid those were in operation long before my camping days, my friend!
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Gotcha, DesertRat - I'm afraid those were in operation long before my camping days, my friend!
Guess that means I must be one of those senior citizens which I am
Fact is my folks bought there first RV back in 61. It was a travel trailer but looked like a 5th wheel with the overhead bunk area. Me being the oldest kid got to sleep up there.
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I started my generator in my 2015 Voltage 3895 toy hauler to let it run as instructed in the manual. I decided to check the refrigerator to see if it would run. I set it to auto and it went to LP. Question will the generator run the refrigerator? What appliances can run on the generator?
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If the refrigerator defaulted to LP then it wasn't getting AC from the generator which will operate the unit. Your air conditioner will run off the generator plus the microwave and TVs. Vacuum cleaner if you have one also.


You might want to check if the circuit breakers at the generator are flipped to the ON position.
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Along similar lines, I'm curious on what kind of temperature people are getting in their refrigerators. I have a Norcold 4 door (two freezer doors and two fridge doors) on my 2015 Voltage 3990. It has been in the low 80's outside with occasional normal door openings for two people and the best temperatures I seem to get is 42 in the fridge and 8 in the freezer. This seems low. Thoughts please. Thanks
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Not much to worry about. I have the same refrigerator, set on #7 with outside temps in the high 90s and the lower unit stays around 43 degrees with normal opening.


These things just aren't that efficient when the temps get above 80, this is my experience after living with gas refrigerators for 20 years with indoor temps above 80.
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Check your GFCI in the trailer.
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Along similar lines, I'm curious on what kind of temperature people are getting in their refrigerators. I have a Norcold 4 door (two freezer doors and two fridge doors) on my 2015 Voltage 3990. It has been in the low 80's outside with occasional normal door openings for two people and the best temperatures I seem to get is 42 in the fridge and 8 in the freezer. This seems low. Thoughts please. Thanks
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Because of the problem I recently experienced I have been monitoring temps every day, every time you open it, the Fins in the back will drop 4 Deg. Just looking in the fridge. If you leave it open more then a few seconds it will drop even more. best to monitor what it is doing through the Diagnostic mode. This will allow you to see what the output is without opening it. There is also an issue with getting the cold air throughout the fridge from the upper fins. No fan to really push it and if you have it loaded it will take longer to get everything down to temp without opening it. Fin temp on 7 should be below 37, i have seen it as low as 35 but the lower part of the fridge still reads low 40's with an infrared temp gauge.
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The mountains on my Coors light are dark blue so my fridge must be workin' OK...

I'm still waiting for the mountain climbers to pass me one out so I don't have to get up!!!
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Has your fridge ever worked on anything other than LP? During our PDI, we could not get the fridge out of LP...come to find out, there was no fuse installed in the black box on the back of the fridge....their fix...take the fuse from another trailer...SMH.

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