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Posted: 07/29/20 08:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OP will need a good source of 12 volts DC for the refer control. He could drain his battery(ies) enough to shut down the rig.

OP: we need to know what kind of 50 amp connection you have to your rig.


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ajriding wrote:

Or, pull the cover off the fridge outside door, unplug the fridge from the wall outlet and plug in your fridge to the extension cord. You will only have power to the fridge, but that is all you are wanting while you stay inside a house...

Simplest answer with no chance of damage to other electronics.

(I do have all that adapters 50-15 and did run just the fridge full time until I did the 30amp to the carport)


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Maybe another plan. Is the fridge hardwired, or does it plug into a outlet in the camper?
Use a heavy cord, work it in thru any opening, edge of slide out, window or door. Plug fridge into the cord, and no other load will be on the cord...

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Have done it. Run fridge on propane to lessen load on cord
I used a 100' 12 Ga Extension cord from Sears/K-Mart but alas those are hard to find. (The cord has a push button on the outlet so it "Grips" what's plugged into it. You can get 12ga extension cords at Lowe's Mennards and Home Depot however I do suggest 12 ga.

In my case I have a plug in converter so ONLY the converter was connected. the other stuff that uses 120 volt ate off the inverter (Televisions, Computers, related electronics some fans and the kitchen stuff but it ate generator power)


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Like said above, turn off breakers for the A/Cs, water heater and microwave. The BIG problem is that it often WON'T trip a breaker. What usually fails first is one end or the other of the extension cord,. The extra draw can easily turn a wall outlet in the house to toast before a breaker trips.

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Couple points I should have mentioned in the very beginning..Blame it on inexperience I guess!
1) coach is ALL ELECTRIC.
2)50AMP service


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Posted: 07/30/20 07:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does it have detachable shore power cord?

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not sure if you have a residential or rv frig. Regardless, should work OK. One thing to consider is if you have an EMS, you should change the input setting to 15 amps otherwise with the 50 to 15 adapter, it with think it's on 30 amp service and will try to power things ( i.e. battery charger) up to the 30 amp limit and will trip the 15 amp breaker in the house.


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All electric will be fine. Monitor voltage. If there is a hybrid inverter/charger that would be great.

Dial the input amperage down. I prefer 12 amps on a 15 amp service.


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Posted: 07/30/20 02:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just a little hint - if your extension cord has to cross a sidewalk, tape it with hi-vis duck tape so nobody trips on it. We used to camp at my Bro-in-laws, parked in the street a la "Cousin Eddie". Fortunately, it was a cul-de-sac; and he had very nice neighbors :-) (no - we did NOT dump the tanks down the storm sewer....LOL!)

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