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I have the 2015 Canyon with tow package. I have the SLT package and a Leer bed cap that is 4" higher than the cab. I now have a toy hauler now and I run the frig on propane as I drive. The frig is set in the camper sideways as opposed to where the flame is in the 2015 T@Bitha that I had. The flame blew out in the T@B. I *never* ran the T@B frig on 12V. I'd turn on 12V to cool it down overnight. I put things in it that were cold. Before towing, I'd turn off the frig. I also put a frozen jug of water inside it on hot days. Keep in mind that I rarely drove more than 3-5 hours away. My food never got warm. When at the campsite, I'd run it on propane even though I had electric. The ammonium heat exchange frigs work better and more efficient on propane. Many people have had good luck running the frig on propane when they drive. Other people have had horrid luck. I think it's a function of the tow vehicle and air flow. The Canyon got better gas mileage than my Rav4 when towing the T@B. Both were V6's, but you know the Canyon has a 7000# tow rating and is made to tow nicely. I didn't read the 2015's computer allowed the alternator to run at 14.5V when towing mode was on. I always run the lights and extra fog lights when towing too. Makes sense since I've checked alternator output and transmission temperature and they were both great. Hope this helps!! PS.. this is not a private message. LOL. Anyone can read it. Just FYI.

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  • MuttonChops
    Thanks for the clarification on your fridge operation.

    And yes, today I figured out I had not used a private message as intended.  Been looking in my 'inbox' for a reply.  Seems every darn forum / program these days is just slightly different while being the same . . . . time for a Jack Daniels.
    January 11
  • I have the 2015 Canyon with tow package. I have the SLT package and a Leer bed cap that is 4" higher than the cab.

    I now have a toy hauler now and I run the frig on propane as I drive. The frig is set in the camper sideways as opposed to where the flame is in the 2015 T@Bitha that I had. The flame blew out in the T@B. I *never* ran the T@B frig on 12V. I'd turn on 12V to cool it down overnight. I put things in it that were cold. Before towing, I'd turn off the frig. I also put a frozen jug of water inside it on hot days.

    Keep in mind that I rarely drove more than 3-5 hours away. My food never got warm. When at the campsite, I'd run it on propane even though I had electric. The ammonium heat exchange frigs work better and more efficient on propane.

    Many people have had good luck running the frig on propane when they drive. Other people have had horrid luck. I think it's a function of the tow vehicle and air flow. The Canyon got better gas mileage than my Rav4 when towing the T@B. Both were V6's, but you know the Canyon has a 7000# tow rating and is made to tow nicely. I didn't read the 2015's computer allowed the alternator to run at 14.5V when towing mode was on. I always run the lights and extra fog lights when towing too. Makes sense since I've checked alternator output and transmission temperature and they were both great.

    Hope this helps!!

    PS.. this is not a private message. LOL. Anyone can read it. Just FYI.
    January 6
  • MuttonChops
    Hello Ratkity,

    Have some questions regarding your GMC Canyon TV and the 3-way Fridge operation while on the road.  I may have missed the answer in the various fridge operation discussions.

    There seems to be a wide variation of TV results when attempting to operate the fridge on 12VDC while driving.  Your TV is basically the same as mine, so:

    When you had the T@B was the truck able to power the fridge on 12VDC and maintain the trailer house battery at full charge?

    You don't state what model-year the Canyon is; New Generation 2015+ ?

    Thanks,
      Muttonchops ( Craig )
      newbie . . . 320 S on order
      2017 Chevy Colorado

    Side note:
          On at least the 2016+ GM twin mid-size trucks engaging tow/haul mode (or turning on the headlights) does override the truck computer control of the alternator output so a full 14+VDC is provided even when the truck battery is fully charged.



    January 6