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Our RV has been broken and the refrigerator has been running on gas. It's 5.5 hours away. The 20# tank was 1/2 full. The frig is mid size. How many days will it run on gas?
 

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Unfortunately there are too many variants to give you even a guess, but RV fridges are quite economical on propane. However, exterior temperature, is the RV shaded, if it is fairly full it will keep better, etc.

Ed
 

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Unfortunately there are too many variants to give you even a guess, but RV fridges are quite economical on propane. However, exterior temperature, is the RV shaded, if it is fairly full it will keep better, etc.

Ed
Its in the sun. Would it run for 12 days?
 

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Our RV has been broken and the refrigerator has been running on gas. It's 5.5 hours away. The 20# tank was 1/2 full. The frig is mid size. How many days will it run on gas?

Propane will make it but what about your batteries? The fridge needs 12 volts to run or it will shut down on low voltage.

Best to have someone check on it and maybe fire the generator or the chassis engine a bit to be sure the batteries will make it.

I assume you are in Michigan ? Not much hot weather there over the next 12 days. Propane should be fine.
 

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Propane will make it but what about your batteries? The fridge needs 12 volts to run or it will shut down on low voltage.

Best to have someone check on it and maybe fire the generator or the chassis engine a bit to be sure the batteries will make it.

I assume you are in Michigan ? Not much hot weather there over the next 12 days. Propane should be fine.We have lithium a battery

Propane will make it but what about your batteries? The fridge needs 12 volts to run or it will shut down on low voltage.

Best to have someone check on it and maybe fire the generator or the chassis engine a bit to be sure the batteries will make it.

I assume you are in Michigan ? Not much hot weather there over the next 12 days. Propane should be fine.
The RV is in Denver. We are in Moab. We have a lithium battery and solar power it will be fine.
 

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Its in the sun. Would it run for 12 days?
I really doubt it, probably closer to 8-10 days, though if it is cool at night it might make 12 days (a quick look at the weather forecast shows lows in the 30-40's in Denver for the next week). General worst case in the summer heat a full 20# propane tank will run an absorption refrigerator for about 2 weeks. Half a tank and 12 days even with the cooler weather is a real coin toss.
 

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I have left refrigerator running in airport parking for 7 days, however I had a bigger propane tank and it was full when I started. I learned that battery is likely to go dead before you run out of propane, so with solar, you should be fine, but you do need to get someone to check levels of both.
 

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I have left refrigerator running in airport parking for 7 days. I learned that battery is likely to go dead before you run out of propane, so with solar, you should be fine, but you do need to get someone to check levels of both.
We are going to call them and have them check the level.
 

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If the shop were to plug it in, you wouldn't need to worry about the batteries or the refrigerator. Those modest loads would be easily carried by a 15A plug.

Mark B.
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