2 Way Fridge

Submitted: Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 10:30
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Hi Guys,
I have just purchased a older Vicouint pop top to do some travelling with the wife and kids. Our first trip is to Cairns from Newcastle in another 10 weeks. Our van has a 240/Gas 2 way fridge and I was just wondering how to keep cold while we travel. Did they used to run these fridges on gas while travelling, can this be done? Can we run the fridge on an invertor? The fridge is in good nic and works fine. Thanks heaps in Advance.
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Reply By: Member - kevin Y (SA) - Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 11:27

Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 11:27
To keep it cold run on gas operation use 240 volt at c/ps.

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Follow Up By: Member - kevin Y (SA) - Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 11:30

Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 11:30
inverter no------
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 15:02

Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 15:02
Go to a caravan repairer service centre and purchase a shepards hook type 12v element then wire it in so that it draws current from the vehicle alternator/battery via a relay that is ignition operated only when the ign is on then you will have a cold fridg when travelling. I had an old Viscount poptop that was 2 way only and this is what I did and it worked 100%. As the 12v element is not that powerfull and the van is on the move it really only holds the temp when travelling so the fridge must be cold before you start. The 12v element fits in next to the 240v element and can be easily installed by a handyman. Just make sure it is fused correctly.
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Reply By: The Geriatric Gypsies - Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 18:10

Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 18:10
you like big bang and fire just leave the gas on while travelling that is probably the biggest nono of caravanning

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Reply By: Member - Roger B (VIC) - Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 21:37

Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 21:37
Matt.We have an old (1978) Jayco Dove camper with the 2 way fridge, and seriously thought about the 12V addition, but after a 6 month trip around the West coast, Kimberley, then down the centre, found we didn't need it. Everything stayed really cold, including ice cubes while we travelled. Stopped by 4 each arvo and turned it on. Turned it off about 8 or 9 each morning when we left. Done many trips since with no problems. Once the fridge is cold, and locked uo it stays cold.We're calling through Newcastle to hook up with relos'in a few weeks too, on our way North for another Winter getaway, of about 3 months.Travel Safe,

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Reply By: oldtrack123 - Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 22:56

Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 22:56
Load is resistive only, No reason why you can not use an inverter.
Would need to be 300watt, modified sine wave ok ,ALDI have an el cheapo do not know how good they are!
No need to go to pure sine wave IF that is all you use it for.
YOU WOULD NEED TO BE CAREFULL NOT TO FLATTEN BATTERY,inverter only to run when engine is running
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Reply By: mejosa - Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 07:59

Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 07:59
Thanks for all your help guys, I now have a few options and realise thatr you cant travell with the fridge running on gas. Might try the invertor and see how that goes.
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