We leave our 5er on site and the frig is always on, on the auto selector. That way when the power goes off it kicks back on on gas and returns to electric when that's restored. Make sure your frig runs on gas before doing this. At the begining of the season mine didn'and I had to blow the burner out until it lit.
We've been on a seasonal site for 5 years. Our fridge gets turned on April 15th and turned off October 15th. Never had a problem with it. It's nice to keep stuff like ketchup, mustard, butter, salad dressing, etc. cold so you don't have to transport it back and forth every weekend. And you will have ice too.
My concern was burning out the power inverter unnecessarily since the trailer is not conditioned when we are not there even though the inverter has a cooling fan.Thanks for all the replies
The refrigerator does use 12 volts for the control board, but it is a very small amount. So there is very little load on the inverter. The bulk of the energy (which is used for the actual cooling) is supplied by the 110V or propane.
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