Dalriada
We're brand new at this!  Bought our Retro Memorial Day weekend and taking our first trip tomorrow to visit our son.  Went to turn on fridge and there doesn't seem to be anything happening. The light is on, but there is no noise whatsoever. Is that normal?? Do we need to do something else to get the fridge started?? I've bought and prepped food for four days...  Thx, Karen
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mkevenson
Dalriada, my fridge runs on propane and AC. Are you plugged in to shore power? Do you have a full propane tank turned on? Fridge does not make any noise. Takes up to 48hrs to get cold. Get a good fridge thermometer. I load my freezer with frozen ice cubes and put ice packs in the fridge to get the ball rolling. You should only put COLD drinks in the fridge. Until the therm reads AZ bout 40F
The controls on mine are on off and gas. I find when driving I use propane and when parked I use AC
When you switch from one power source to another best to turn the fridge off then on to get it going
Mine will know when I am hooked to shore power and not use the propane.

Hope this helps, let us know what happens.

Mark
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Dalriada
Mark,
Thank you so much for the advice!  We are plugged in to shore power and the full propane tank is turned on.  I've loaded it up with ice cubes and ice packs as recommended, and placed a thermometer in the fridge.  Fingers crossed!!
Best,
Karen
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Dalriada
Mark,
Update:  Nice and cold this morning and ready to load with food!
Many thanks,
Karen
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mkevenson
So happy for you. Now go enjoy your rig!
Mark
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Mustangjewelie
Quick comment on driving with propane on for the fridge. On my walk-through when picking up my trailer, the dealer advised against it because you're towing with an open flame behind you. Do they have to say that to avoid any legal issues? I know friends of mine drive with their propane fridge on and it doesn't concern them. I have a long trip coming up and I don't know how long the fridge will stay cold when turned off, so I would like to drive with it on propane but the comment from the dealer is stuck in my brain. Am I being a worry-wart?
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mkevenson
Mustang, IMHO, most travel with propane on for fridge cooling. It is the only way to actively cool your fridge unless you have the option of using 12V. I personally leave mine on with the understanding that I also was told at purchase not too. The fridge will stay cold for several hours with no power IF you do not open the door. There are several tunnels in the US where it is illegal and all gas stations recommend against it
I never turn mine off while traveling until I have shore power. You are not a worry wort, this is a common question. Do what YOU are comfortable with and ENJOY THE JOURNEY.
Mark
Please buy Made in USA
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Mustangjewelie
Thanks Mark. It is always helpful to hear what other, and more experienced, trailer owners have to say. Enjoy your weekend!
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KLandry
I too was advised against travelling with the propane & fridge on.  It may work just fine, do not know myself as we have only had short hauls.  I wonder how well it would work in hilly/mountain conditions?  I have been told the fridge will fault(shut off) if your pitch or roll angle exceeds 3 to 5 degrees. Just a thought.  Stay safe and healty.
Keith
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Russell J Russell
I always tow my Retro with gas on for hauls longer than an hour. Otherwise I find my milk goes bad and my beer gets warm. I hate when that happens. I hook up to shore power and “reboot” the fridge first thing,  after chocking the tires.  Never had a problem on steep grades, fridge-wise. Just make sure you’re fairly level whenever parked for long periods, and you should be fine. Oh, and try not to stuff your fridge/freezer too full. Hard for me too, believe me! But, air flow is key to keeping things cold in these camper fridge units. I usually turn on my fridge a few days in advance of a trip to give it time to cool down, but I do like the advice above about loading up with ice etc. I may try that and only turn on the fridge a day in advance. Save some electricity! 😎 Enjoy your Retro!
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cadal99
Longest trip I've ever done is about 3 hours towing, so not a great amount of long road trip experience.  But having done tent camping with only a cooler for years and never thinking about that, just having a little extra ice in both compartments, fridge is a pretty good "cooler" for quite a while.  Our ice in the freezer after 3 hours has always been solid without running on propane.  Not sure that the limit of time would be before started being an issue.  Frankly after reading some other recent threads from folks complaining about windy days blowing their fridge and/or hot water heater out, I'm surprised that towing with the thing running on propane actually works 🙂  I've also ready several people who actually turn their fridge off overnight if camping in not too hot areas just to save on propane and not having any issues.  So I guess depends on weather, length of time, how critical things need to stay frozen/really cold and your level of comfort 🙂
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Tiki2some
+1 on cooling the fridge by running propane while driving. We have a different routine, though. Don't want to drive with a full fridge, as we keep an eagle eye on hitch weight and our 195's fridge is toward the front. We pack our cold goods in a pair of small coolers that ride over the axle. Run fridge on propane until we get to the campsite, switch to shore power after we arrive, and pack fridge when temp drops. That is when we arrive on 3-4 hr. trip, a few hours after arriving from a shorter haul.
Bonus - we pack a baggie or two with ice in our Igloo, and have some cubes ready for either a Coke, or Rum & Coke, (or bourbon on the rocks) at the stroke of 5 after we arrive.
A tip — we've arrived at a campground after a 4 hr trip to find the fridge totally uncooled, which is not cool. Fix: before leaving home, turn on a stove burned to be sure the gas line is "primed" and air is cleared out. When we do that extra step, fridge/freezer is cool when we arrive.
~ Linda & Bill
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