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PartyOf Five

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Posted: 07/30/20 08:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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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...


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We have ours plugged in right now in our barn to a regular wall outlet using an adapter. It's just to keep the ceiling fan running and the ability to have lights and occasional water pump use (when we're too lazy to go inside the house to use the toilet). We've ran the fridge before this way as well to get ready for a trip, but as we have a month before our next one, it's currently off. No way would we try to use ACs or anything else.

We have a 50AMP outlet but it's on the "wrong" side of the barn and requires a long extension cord. So this is easier.


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OP, it would behoove you to learn a bit about your RV systems rather than just plug n play in ignorant bliss.
You haven’t answered the fridge question yet, even.


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I have mine plugged into 20amp all the time, never use air when stored. Keeps the batteries charged.year around- 50amp trailer

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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...


This works, until the house battery goes dead. Then it doesn't.


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Use the 50 to 30amp adapter and 30 to heavy duty extension cord and hopefully the plug is connected to a 20 amp breaker.

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Aaaand OP hasn’t been back.....

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pianotuna wrote:

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...


This works, until the house battery goes dead. Then it doesn't.


How much 12 V power does the fridge use?/How long house battery last? And if this was a issue could hook a small power supply to that circuit.

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How much 12 V power does the fridge use?/How long house battery last? And if this was a issue could hook a small power supply to that circuit.


My RV parasitic loads amount to 35 amp-hours per day. Of that, my "guesstimate" is, given the 2:3 duty cycle of an absorption fridge (measured), about 20 amp-hours to run the fridge.

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JRscooby wrote:

How much 12 V power does the fridge use?/How long house battery last? And if this was a issue could hook a small power supply to that circuit.
Converter and fridge combined uses maybe 4 amps on that cord and 15 amp supply.
May as well plug in the main cord. Even the lights will not be a issue to get set in for the evening.


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