fridge on or off on gas while driving ?

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  1. ralphman

    ralphman Read Only Funster

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    were off to france on saturday for 10 days, my husband said dont bring too much fridge/freezer stuff as the fridge will be off while driving. we normally turn off the gas as i invisage us going up in a ball of flames should we have a crash ! my question is what do you all do while driving, do you have the fridge on using gas or just power it up while parked ?

    thanks sam :)
     
  2. Phill D

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    are you sure your fridge does not work on 12v while driving? it may be a manual switch over at the controls on the fridge.

    also

    certain gas regulators are designed so that gas can be used while driving and have an auto cut off in event of an incident. we have such a regulator and i quite often do not turn the gas off at the bottles.
     
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    Surely it's on 12v whilst driving?
     
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    Is it not a three way fridge
    Ie gas /12 volt /240 volt

    While traveling use 12 volt . gas off at bottle just in case .:Eeek:

    On site 240 volt electric hook up if available ! otherwise gas

    parking up in a hide away wildcamping gas

    Traveling with the gas on and alight in my view isn't a safe practice
    Obviously not everyone will agree


    :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    If your van does not have a 12 volt fridge you could put some frozen ice packs in the freezer part this would keep the temp down in the fridge:thumb:
     
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    yes it is a 3way fridge, i think my husband thought it wld drain the leisure battery as it does when on 12v paked up(we only made that mistake once of using it on 12v) ok so is it my understanding then that the 12v comes off the engine battery or the leisure battery comes runs from the engine battery ? so it will not drain all the time you are driving ?

    thanks for all the answers so far :)
     
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    While driving, on 12v, the fridge works off the engine battery. :thumb:

    With an engine battery which had seen better days, and a tired alternator, the red charging light has come on sometimes if driving with headlights,wipers & demister on, on ours (which is identical to the Hymer)...
     
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    arh thank you thats cleared that up nicely :BigGrin: i thought people couldnt have their fridges turned off for long drives

    thanks again :thumb:
     
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    My Hymer has a 3 way fridge, I leave both the 12v and Mains switch in the on position at all times. When driving it works of the 12v through the engine, and on hook up it works of the mains.
    It never works of 12v when not on hook up, it then has to be put on gas. It should never drain the leisure batteries, that's the way I understand it.
     
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    Many people including myself start their journey on gas as the 12 volts is only good for maintaining the temperature rather than reducing it. Once the fridge is cold I then operate as normal for the rest of my tour/holiday
     
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    No quite !

    You said the fridge drained the leisure battery once. I've never heard of one connected to the engine battery and the leisure battery.

    The "normal" way is for a 12V feed from the engine battery only when the engine is running.

    Also "normal" is for the engine to charge the leisure battery when running.

    But are you normal ?
     
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    my mistake, just wasnt sure how & where 12v ran off of i usually leave all the turning on of things to my husband. in our old van on our first ever trip we had the fridge on 12v and drained the leisure battery and what i was trying to say in a roundabout way was that the engine battery was connected to the leisure battery ie for charging but didnt say it obviously correctly
    i am 'normal' in that i didn't know something and asked others who may know the answer to something i found confusing,

    i shall go to bed now and pray that once i too become a fountain of motorhome knowledge i shall not make others feel stupid asking for help on a motorhome forum
     
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    no way the fridge shgould drain the leisure battery you shouldnt be able to run it on 12v with the engine off if your fridge has a light in this will run from the leisure battery but is so small it shouldnt have much impact also the gas igniter is run from leisure battery but once the fridge is lit on gas there is no further current drawn
     
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    Fridge checklist for going away....

    1) Run fridge on gas for a couple of hours before setting off
    2) Put stuff from the home freezer into fridge, as well as normal items
    3) Before setting off, switch gas off, and run fridge from 12v supply, which will only maintain level of cold but will not reduce it
    4) Arrive at destination. Run fridge on gas if no EHU available, and on electric 240v if EHU available
    5) Open alcoholic beverage of choice
    6) Chill..................................:Wink:
     
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    Pretty much the same here although as I bring the MH to the house the night before we go I tend to use the EHU and 230v to bring the fridge down to temp. I do find that 12v really struggles to even maintain any reasonable temp when it's hot outside and sometimes resort to gas for general running.
     
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    my fridge does not run on my leisure battery only the engine battery
    so its
    gas
    240v
    12v engine
    hope this helps
    as for waking up full of motorhome knowledge good luck you will have a long wait or sleep :Rofl1:
     
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    is this good for all motorhomes as they are all different they all have diff ways of working so is this really a good buy because if so i need 1 i reckon :Smile:
     
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    Thanks for asking the question Ralphman, I've found this thread interesting & useful, I've learnt something . :)
     
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    Sam, there is absolutely no such thing as a stupid question... only stupid replies.

    On a number of occasions it has been suggested that we have an FAQs section, but this was rejected as it would reduce the number of forum questions.. it's questions like yours that keep this forum alive..

    If we all knew everything there would be no need of a forum. So keep on asking.

    Confucius said. "Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance" ...
     
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