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RE: Nor Cold 2 way??

Yes, but I was asking if it might resolve a temp issue for a 3 way fridge as well!:) Thanks again for the info that was provided! Life is good! Life is too short to waste fretting! I learn so much from the forum!!! Thanks again! If folks read the title it a 2 way frig , no 12v option .
riah 10/21/21 02:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Nor Cold 2 way??

Well I guess saying illegal was a bit exaggerated.. but it is prohibited when at gas stations, in tunnels, and such scenarios - plus, it’s just crazy for us to use it as we already paid for other options (dcdc charger and solar chargers) … hence now we only travel with it on propane as a last resort - and as little as possible… primarily because of the safety factor of driving around on the roadways with an open flame burning propane which will cost us twice to burn/waste additional money when we have to buy a new propane canister or have it refilled. So I apologize for mis-speaking as to it being illegal, but it’s definitely less safe to do in various scenarios. ;) We ended up swapping back and forth during the summer from 12v to propane to keep the food cold and as importantly, to save on the use of propane a bit. (Plus propane has increased substantially here in the northeast so definitely want to use the 12v from the dc dc charger and solar as much as we can! Also, we don’t like running on propane as it’s not safe, legal or recommended.:h For me personally, I'll 'precool' the fridge by having the camper plugged into shore power and using the AC option 1-2 days before leaving on a trip. Then I'll transfer precooled items from my house fridge/freezer to the campers fridge/freezer. I'll usually SHUT OFF the campers fridge/freezer before pulling out of my driveway. While I live in Oregon and travel mostly in Oregon/Washington and the temperatures generally don't get higher than the 90's, I've found that the campers fridge/freezer will keep my items just fine (no matter what time of the year it is) during the 1-4 hours it takes to reach where I'm going. When I reach my destination and start setting up, the campers fridge/freezer will get turned back on set to AC (if available) and propane if AC is not available. I see/find no need for the 'DC' mode/setting at all. Obviously YMMV, - Mark0. Why do you turn it off when traveling?
riah 10/21/21 12:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Nor Cold 2 way??

Thanks for you response! I guess we may need to buy/use an inverter as well by the sound of it iat least during the summertime weather! Ps-your trial setup sounds very interesting! As NRALIFR has said. The 12v in 3-ways was designed to be used only when driving, and to "maintain" temps. And, over the years, many were poorly installed, and killed many batteries.They should be hooked up so the element only works when the vehicle is running, and now, they use modules that shut it off if voltage gets too low, usually about 13 volts. I added 12v to mine, RM2501, because I like to experiment,and I used one of the relay modules that they use in the UK and Australia, set the voltage to turn off the element at 12v. It can keep the fridge at 35f, but I have only used it 2 times, I expect it will not when it is 90-100f out. I have a small inverter, in case I have to take a long driving trip,and will use it on 120, especially in hotter weather,while driving.
riah 10/20/21 10:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Nor Cold 2 way??

We ended up swapping back and forth during the summer from 12v to propane to keep the food cold and as importantly, to save on the use of propane a bit. (Plus propane has increased substantially here in the northeast so definitely want to use the 12v from the dc dc charger and solar as much as we can! Also, we don’t like running on propane as it’s not safe, legal or recommended. For me personally, I'll 'precool' the fridge by having the camper plugged into shore power and using the AC option 1-2 days before leaving on a trip. Then I'll transfer precooled items from my house fridge/freezer to the campers fridge/freezer. I'll usually SHUT OFF the campers fridge/freezer before pulling out of my driveway. While I live in Oregon and travel mostly in Oregon/Washington and the temperatures generally don't get higher than the 90's, I've found that the campers fridge/freezer will keep my items just fine (no matter what time of the year it is) during the 1-4 hours it takes to reach where I'm going. When I reach my destination and start setting up, the campers fridge/freezer will get turned back on set to AC (if available) and propane if AC is not available. I see/find no need for the 'DC' mode/setting at all. Obviously YMMV, - Mark0. Why do you turn it off when traveling?
riah 10/20/21 10:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Nor Cold 2 way??

Thank you! Good to know that we can most likely use a lower level and lower wattage inverter as well! If all the inverter is going to power is the fridge in AC mode, then yes, a 3000 watt pure sine inverter is overkill. You need to check your specific model fridge, but the AC heat element in mine is less than 350 watts. You don’t even need a pure sine inverter for it either. I ran mine for several years using a 500 watt modified sine inverter and it worked just fine. What I didn’t like about that inverter though was the cooling fan on it was a screamer. It didn’t matter that much though since it was only on when we weren’t in the camper to hear it. Once I had other uses for an inverter though, I bought a better, quieter, PSW model. :):)
riah 10/20/21 09:49pm Truck Campers
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Thanks for sharing the link! I found this: Richard C. Daniels, obituary
riah 10/20/21 09:34pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Nor Cold 2 way??

Thanks for your feedback! I will see how it goes in the different seasons… It was an issue when the temps were in the 90s and we haven’t been out much again since then this year so far - but we hope to be very soon! (Need to head south and scope out some options as e will have my elderly parents along with us and need to figure out where to hang out with them.) Ps - We always do the precool option too! So hopefully it will work off the 12v well enough… even if we can save some propane it will be helpful! And between the solar and the dcdc charger, was hoping to use the “free power” as much as we can! ;) For me personally, I'll 'precool' the fridge by having the camper plugged into shore power and using the AC option 1-2 days before leaving on a trip. Then I'll transfer precooled items from my house fridge/freezer to the campers fridge/freezer. I'll usually SHUT OFF the campers fridge/freezer before pulling out of my driveway. While I live in Oregon and travel mostly in Oregon/Washington and the temperatures generally don't get higher than the 90's, I've found that the campers fridge/freezer will keep my items just fine (no matter what time of the year it is) during the 1-4 hours it takes to reach where I'm going. When I reach my destination and start setting up, the campers fridge/freezer will get turned back on set to AC (if available) and propane if AC is not available. I see/find no need for the 'DC' mode/setting at all. Obviously YMMV, - Mark0.
riah 10/20/21 02:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Nor Cold 2 way??

Well, yes that was part of the reason we wanted to run the fridge/freezer from 12 volt rather than propane was while driving, since we invested in a DCDC charger as well as the solar (and use the generator as the last resort as well as to run the microwave and other AC items.) So apparently though the consensus is that 12 volt absorption fridges just aren't great for running long amounts of time and keeping up with the cooler temps. Apparently I guess it won't pay then to order this fan kit if and instead will have to continue switching back and forth to propane I guess when the temps start showing they are getting warmer again in the fridge. (At least until we invest in an inverter… so next question I guess would be, what size and type of inverter should we look into? Is A 3,000 pure sign wave inverter overkill for 12v setup?) Thanks for the feedback!
riah 10/20/21 10:45am Truck Campers
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

I really had hoped to have gotten to meet him in person one of these days. (I am cursing Covid for so many reasons…and this being one of them as we since we haven’t traveled out of state due to it. I had planned to stop by on my future travels to say hello and personally tell him how I found this thread so amazing and to be able to meet him in person as a wonderful gift, as he seemed like a vey kind soul! But alas, sadly it wasn’t to be for me I guess… It's hard to believe the first Old Fella Rally was 15 years ago. I remember hearing Richards favorite stories more than once while sitting around a campfire. Many good memories and good times from those days.
riah 10/20/21 07:00am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Oh my… this is very sad news! Sending sincere condolences to Richards family! I am so very sorry! RIP Richard; and may your spirit and kindness and the intent of this page continue on to memorialize your passion for kindness to animals and people alike! Richard passed away today
riah 10/20/21 06:54am RV Pet Stop
RE: Buying a New TC Hauler

Just an FYI… to update this thread (which I inadvertently hijacked along the way) We finally made a boot for the “escape hatch” :) And we (hopefully) will be testing it out next week! So, I will post a picture sometime soon too (if that option is working again still.) Ps - We have made the following additional upgrades now in addition to the escape hatch! We also have swapped 2 flooded lead acid 100 aH batteries out for 2 LiFePO4 (2x 260 aH batteries; from sunfunkits dot com) as well as added a 40 amp Renogy dc dc charger along to the 200 watts of solar charging which we installed last year when we upgraded all the lighting to LED. So we should be set for boon-docking and minimal need for using generator to charge up the batteries, since it’s equivalent to having 5 FLAs! Although we will need to use the generator for AC items like the microwave and electric coffee maker and other residential items we wish to run, because we do not yet have an inverter.
riah 10/19/21 05:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Nor Cold 2 way??

Ok, great thread… but …. sort of curious as to a slight twist on the OPs issue. What if the issue is with running the 3 way fridge on the 12 volt option? We have no apparent issues with fridge or freezer temps keeping up if on propane or shore power… only issue seems to be when it was running on 12 volts the fridge doesn’t keep up. {We were hoping to use 12 volt option as we are in a 2004 Arctic Fox 990 and upgraded to a Renogy 40 aH dc dc charger as well as flooded lead acid batteries (2 x 100 aH) … we just invested in 2 new 260 aH (actually 280 aH but tuned to 260 aH) for a total of 520 aH LiFePO4 batteries which arrived today and being installed (obtained from sunfunkits dot com if anyone is looking for an affordable option but not feeling like building one yourself) - but I digressed,sorry! } Do you also think that #4 fan kit would also resolve the issue we are experiencing with the warm temps in the fridge when it’s running on the 12volt setting?
riah 10/19/21 05:06pm Truck Campers
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Sending more prayers and positive energy to Richard and his family! I just heard from Sue. Richard had a stoke September 30th. He has been getting worse since then. He is now in Hospice care. He is not aware of anything at all. So sorry to hear this. I've been wondering what has been going on with Richard and had a bad feeling about it. Prayers are going his way.
riah 10/19/21 04:18pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

So sorry to hear about your Mom! Losing a loved one is never easy! Hugs and take care! Sending sincerest condolences to you and your family! Mom died this morning. She had been in rehab and doing well, but things started to go downhill last week. After choking she refused food. They thought she had a bleed somewhere and wanted to take her to the hospital for a transfusion. She refused saying she did not want to prolong the inevitable. I don't blame her but it's still a hard thing to lose your Mom. She lasted a bit less than a week, but still appeared to be staying the same. She was filling with fluid and was on hospice for comfort. Her passing was very comfortable. She just quit breathing. I will be here for a bit. I'm the executrix of the estate so have some things to get done before I leave. Can't wait to get back to Florida and "my new normal." Dale
riah 10/06/21 11:03am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Have you tried anti-anxiety meds for Monty? I recall way back when, while in college, when I worked for a vet, the vet prescribed similar meds for their dog for traveling, if I recollect correctly. Maybe that might help? Good Morning FOOFs! We are getting ready for our longest trip away from home in the motorhome. Since my wife and I both work full time, we can only venture so far away from the home or we would just be driving the whole trip. We are taking a week off and are heading to the Memphis area from Fl. We are going to leave around lunchtime on a Friday and stop in Macon Georgia for the night. Then Saturday morning, we are going to drive the rest of the way to Memphis. We are staying in West Memphis on a place right on the Mississippi River. We will be there until the following Thursday and then will head to Navarre Beach in the FL Panhandle for 2 days before we drive all day on a Sunday to get home. Trip is in two weeks and the wife and I are both excited about the trip. I just feel bad for my dog Monty. He dislikes riding in the car and he really hates riding in the motorhome. We have tried about everything to calm him down. He just pants and shakes the whole trip. It breaks my heart to see him so stressed during the trip. Once we get designated, he is happy and loves checking out new places and new smells. The only thing that kind of takes the edge off him is Benadryl. I think is makes him sleepy and he doesn't seem to pant as much. My other two dogs fall asleep as soon as the motorhome starts moving. Dale, I am sorry to hear about your mom's passing. Losing a parent is awful no matter their age. I lost my dad right after he turned 50 and my mom is getting up there in age now and starting to have some health problems. I hope everyone has a great day! Burch
riah 10/06/21 10:57am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Thanks for the notation regarding Richard! Please tell him we are all missing him here and keeping him in our thoughts and prayers! . … I talked to Richard a few days ago. He is doing OK. Still has problems with is eye site.
riah 09/21/21 10:07pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Vax Passports

An incredibly slippery slope for something of dubious value. If what we are being told about vaccinations is correct, the primary threat is to the unvaccinated. In the US, vaccines are widely available and cost free. The only people over the age of 12 who are unvaccinated are that way by choice. So they have put themselves in harms way. Furthermore, recent studies have tended to show that vaccinated people can carry and spread a viral load equal to the unvaccinated. That means that the threat a vaccinated person creates in spreading the virus is equal to that of the unvaccinated. Therefore, being vaccinated only benefits that individual, not others around them. The vaccinated are much less likely to catch covid. So if everyone is vaxxed those with compromised immune systems are much safer. Last update. You are still at risk to catch, and spread covid as if you were not vaccinated. Per the CDC. Which is why we should continue to mask up especially indoors in public spaces!
riah 09/09/21 08:56pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Low cost Battle Born alternative

Another option for LFP I’ve recently come across is Sun Fun kits dot com… also there’s apparently a private seller in Minnesota that offers what appears to be home made LFP batteries that seem reasonably priced as well (which notes it allows for replacement of cells if needed in the future) https://www.tesselectric.com/product/12v-100ah-battery/ *** I have not personally bought yet from either one, as we are not sure yet what amount of LFP we need to purchase. We need a traditional dimension battery as it’s going to be a drop in replacement in an AF990 TC; If we determine we need more than 200 amp hours for batteries we will probably go with the sun fun kit battery; otherwise we may purchase from the smaller private seller Tess electric - Just sharing as an FYI for others to do their own due diligence on researching if it’s worth the chance to go with new or private sellers ;) *PS-If anyone else has gotten batteries from these 2 companies, I’d love to get your feedback on them as well!
riah 09/09/21 02:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Help, 2003 Arctic Fox fridge isn’t staying cool when on DC

OK, thanks every one for your replies! But, honestly we didn’t experience any issues with the batteries keeping up, as we have a DCDC charger PLUS the 2oo watts of solar…. It was showing our batteries were at 100% with the fridge running on DC! That was my initial concern, that the batteries wouldn’t keep up. I guess we will just have to keep an eye on it. )It was 90 degrees F so maybe it’s just too much to expect for such warm temps! I guess we can swap it back and forth if we need to.) The reason I was trying to get away from running the fridge on propane is because we have the electric charging capability and the capacity apparently to run it off the 12v DC and it’s safer than propane; as well as already paid for and therefore free in comparison to the propane, since we planned it to use DC to run the fridge when we’re driving. But the consensus appears to be that it’s typical behavior apparently to have it warm up over time, which is sort of a bummer as we apparently have the ability to power it well enough as far as the batteries are concerned!
riah 08/21/21 09:15pm Truck Campers
Help, 2003 Arctic Fox fridge isn’t staying cool when on DC

Quick question - has anyone had this issue with their refrigerator and if so, how can I resolve it? We were hoping to run the RV fridge on DC electric while driving. We have 200 watts of solar panel and also had a dc/dc charger installed, with (2) 100 amp hr 12v LFA batteries in parallel (200 amp hrs 50% depth of discharge or 100 amp hrs without damaging the life span of the batteries) … Before we left Thursday afternoon, we had it plugged in on AC the day prior and it was up to temperature when we left. On propane and AC it stays cold (40 degrees F or better) and the items in the freezer remain frozen solid. But, while the freezer seems to be working fine on DC, the temperature of the fridge seems to be running warmer (mid to upper 40s or worse) - I even put one of the frozen solid water bottles in the fridge on the middle shelf, as the temp began rising (which also started to thaw, not surprisingly since it was less than 0 degrees.) But the temp still appeared cool in the fridge, and that frozen bottle didn’t thaw out significantly in the time frame it was on DC and in the fridge, but when we saw the temp on the indoor/outdoor thermometer start to rise towards 50 degrees, we turned it back to propane where it ran fine and we could even decrease the level of the refrigerator temperature (ie - from 9 down to 6.) It was 90 degrees F outside yesterday, but I wouldn’t think that would be the proverbial “straw to break the camels back” so to speak… ) Therefore, my question is: Is this typical - or should it be doable to run this 3 way rv fridge on DC and have it work appropriately? (Prior to having the dc/dc charger installed, we had always run the fridge on propane when driving, but we’ve been taking heed of the reasons why it’s not the best idea and hence why we installed the dc/dc charger in addition to the solar panels. And, just to clarify, we had no issue with keeping the batteries charged with the dc/dc charger and solar panels when we had the fridge running on DC power- we only switched it over to propane because the temp was implying that it was getting too warm in the fridge.) I’d love to hear others experiences regarding running their 2000 era AF fridge 3 way fridge off DC. TIA!
riah 08/21/21 01:47pm Truck Campers
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