Fridge running on gas

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 21:28
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Want to do more free camping and I have a question for the forum members.
How much gas does your 3 way fridge consume?
I currently have a 9kg cylinder, running the fridge on gas 24 hours a day how long can I expect the gas to last, just need some idea, I may need to get a second cylinder.

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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 21:34

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 21:34
It's a long time since I have run a gas fridge so this could be a bit out.

We used a Chescold 3-way on our Cape York trip. It ran flat out overnight, everynight but not at all during the day while it was in the car.

In an 8 week trip I can only remember filling the 9kg cylinder once.

Sorry I can't be of more help. Hope that is of some use.

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Reply By: George_M - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 22:01

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 22:01
I haven't used a 3 way fridge for a long time either. I seem to remember that I'd get about eight days out of a 4.5kg cylinder, while the fridge was sitting under a gum tree and running all the time. This was during winter in the Gulf Country, and it was a Chescold "fridge", not a "fridge/freezer".

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Reply By: David H - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 23:10

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 23:10
G'day Fergy,
the Chescold f400 explorer 40lt and RC1180 50lt use approx 375g per 24hr's, the older Chescold f60 60lt uses 475 per 24hr's, the Dometic caravan upright 3 ways RM2350 90lt use 312g per 24hr's, the RM2453 120lt and RM2553 150lt use 432g per 24hr's, and the RM4601 184lt use 480g per 24hr's.
Cheers, Dave.
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Follow Up By: Out and About - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 00:00

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 00:00
Our 3 way fridge runs for about 18 or 19 days on a 9kg bottle
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Follow Up By: Hairs & Fysh (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 06:07

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 06:07
Thanks for those figures Dave,
We have an older 50lt Chescold 3 way(Grey model) and 376g per is about right for a 24 hour period. Still works like new.
We' just purchased an older Jayco swan with a RM360 two way in it. I ran it for about a fortnight and thought that it had used very little gas. It seems to be much more efficient that the Chescold.

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Reply By: touringoz - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 07:43

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 07:43
Thanks for your responses, all very helful have a better idea now, will probably purchase a 4.5kg backup.

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Reply By: Member - Matt & Caz H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:01

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:01
Hi Fergy

we live in our van and have now been on the road 8mths (woohoo!!!) we are a family of 4 (two kids who open the fridge lots!!!) we too free camp as its too expensive to stay in parks - we usually get approx 2 weeks out of a bottle this also including heating water for showers and washing up, also cooking.

We have 2 bottles as sometimes we are fairly remote and they charge a kings ransome to refill the bottles

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