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I have an elecrolux RM4217 3 way Fridge, but I do not want to use it on gas and as I have young Grandchildren I don't want them to be able to play around with the Gas tap.

I have closed off the Gas connection to the fridge (basically replaced the T connector that split the gas between the stove and the fridge with an elbow so that only the stove is connected), is anyone aware of any issues with the doing this?
 

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it will be fine but will only work properly (efficiently) with a mains hook up as the 12v side of things on a 3way is not great,gas is the best method of cooling ,why blank the gas part out etc
if they did play with the gas tap no gas should come out as most have a thermocouple (yours does i checked) to turn of gas if no heat/flame is present in case the wind blew a flame out etc
 

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Thank you, Will re-consider connecting the gas. But still don't like the idea of Gas in a van overnight etc plus at it is an ancient van/fridge not sure if it will work anyway, but I will give it a try.
 

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OK, I have reconnected the Gas and it lights and appears to work, though it doesn't seem to make things very cold, after an hour it has got the temperature down to just above freezing in the ice box - should I expect more or is this about right?

Is there a trick here, do you get the fridge really cold using the 240V hook up before setting out?
Is it safe to use the gas to keep the fridge cold while you are motoring to your destination?

I still can't get the fridge to run off 12 Volt and have the lights in the back of the van working (the wiring was a mess and despite 2 days of testing I cant find a combination of connecting the wires that allows both fridge and lights to work off the auxiliary battery at the same time!!!

Any (sensible) advice will be much appreciated !
 

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If your fridge has got it that cool within just an hour on gas then it's doing pretty well - they take a while to get going (the coolant has to circulate).

The 12 volt system should be wired so that it will only work when the engine is running - therefore when the alternator is providing the power, not the battery which would be run flat within a few hours as fridges take quite a few amps.
 

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OK, I have reconnected the Gas and it lights and appears to work, though it doesn't seem to make things very cold, after an hour it has got the temperature down to just above freezing in the ice box - should I expect more or is this about right? Yes, sounds about right

Is there a trick here, do you get the fridge really cold using the 240V hook up before setting out? Yes
Is it safe to use the gas to keep the fridge cold while you are motoring to your destination? NO - it should be run on the 12v whilst the engine is running as it draws approx. 8 amps.

I still can't get the fridge to run off 12 Volt and have the lights in the back of the van working (the wiring was a mess and despite 2 days of testing I cant find a combination of connecting the wires that allows both fridge and lights to work off the auxiliary battery at the same time!!! The fridge should be connected via a relay so that it only works on the 12v whilst the engine is running

Any (sensible) advice will be much appreciated !
Hi TroutMayFly

I have put some responses to your questions above in red . As Karlos has already has been pointed out, the gas is safe if is blown out or turned off. If you are really worried about using the gas (the fridges are quite safe), get yourself a CO2 detector to give you peace of mind

Regards

Trevor
 
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