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    Refrigerator

    our refrigerator does nor run on the 12 volt system between campgrounds.
    What do I need to do to make this happen?

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    Is your fridge a 2 way fridge?

    Only way to run it off of 12 volt is to spend money on an inverter system
    Most just use propane


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    As @NB Canada said, we would need more information to answer your question. What year/model is your RV and which make and model is your refrigerator? There are three types of refrigerators (and multiple models) being installed in Grand Design RVs and they all operate differently and have different power requirements.

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    None do unless you have a 3 way fridge. GD uses 2 way fridges. Propane or 120V.

    You would have to install an inverter to get it to run off the batteries. Which means you'd need a transfer switch so you can switch back to 120V when on shore power.

    Why not just use the propane like everyone else does?

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    Just for clarification, the propane mode for fridges also uses 12v for the control board while using propane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goducks14 View Post
    None do unless you have a 3 way fridge. GD uses 2 way fridges. Propane or 120V.

    You would have to install an inverter to get it to run off the batteries. Which means you'd need a transfer switch so you can switch back to 120V when on shore power.

    Why not just use the propane like everyone else does?
    Actually, they're putting 12-volt compressor fridges in the Imagine travel trailers now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Chance View Post
    Actually, they're putting 12-volt compressor fridges in the Imagine travel trailers now...

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    I assumed the OP had a 2 way reefer since they said it wouldn't run on 12V on the way to the CG. That meant that they had other power sources in the meantime.

    I see other brands are offering 12V as well. Wonder if it has to do with lack of parts for Norcold or Dometic 2 ways?

    The nice thing about 12V compressor fridges is you get 2 more cu.ft since they fit in the same size opening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goducks14 View Post
    I see other brands are offering 12V as well. Wonder if it has to do with lack of parts for Norcold or Dometic 2 ways?
    Probably it is cheaper, being much simpler. Has a bunch of upsides (more interior space, theoretically more reliable, safer, less finicky about being level) along with the downside that it'll drain a standard Interstate 12V deep cycle battery in under a day (and it's a little noisier than a propane fridge). So they have to pair it with the solar panel, which they can then point to as a premium feature. All the while the capital costs probably didn't go up much at all, but the consumer is willing to pay a little extra.
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