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Old 02-11-2015, 12:34 AM   #1
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Couple questions regarding refrigerator

My family and I will embark on our first camping trip in our 2012 Georgetown 351DS this weekend. I understand this is probably a silly question, but what is the best way to start up your refrigerator before you leave so it will be cold before you leave on your trip and secondly, is it ok to travel with it on while driving?
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Old 02-11-2015, 12:37 AM   #2
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Plug your rig into shore power the day before to cool your fridge, then switch to propane once you are underway.

Yes. It is perfectly fine to keep it running while driving.
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Old 02-11-2015, 12:39 AM   #3
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Thanks, Yarome!
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Old 02-11-2015, 12:45 AM   #4
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Thanks, Yarome!
Not a problem. Never hesitate to ask questions. Have a great time this weekend!!

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Old 02-11-2015, 07:29 AM   #5
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Btw you'll hear both sides to "traveling with fridge on" traveled with fridge on for over 10 years!
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Old 02-11-2015, 07:59 AM   #6
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Plug your rig into shore power the day before to cool your fridge, then switch to propane once you are underway.

Yes. It is perfectly fine to keep it running while driving.
You probably have the 4 door fridge with ice maker. Set the control to "auto" and switching between AC and propane will occur automatically (battery disconnect cannot be in disconnected position for propane control). There is an automatic 15 or so minute (could be longer) spark cutout for the propane side from the ignition switch for when stopping for fuel etc.. Driving with fridge on propane is not an issue to me but there are numerous detractors to this practice. Of course if you don't have the 4 door fridge then this input is a moot point.
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Old 02-11-2015, 09:14 AM   #7
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I get the thought in safety but I am still baffled by those who will run with the propane off thinking that keeping the frig closed will keep things cold until they arrive. Any trip more than a few hours which is a short trip to say the least, is going to take a toll on your snacks.

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If you can plug it in, on level ground, will be the quickest. It not, I just turn on the coach battery and turn the propane gas on and in the morning it will be nice and cold. Still has to be pretty level. Check the error light after a few minutes to make sure all is OK.
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I've found it helps to start a burner on the stove (which is right next to the fridge in our setup) to ensure that the air has been bled from the lines as much as possible. We've never had an issue with traveling with the fridge on AUTO, so it uses propane as we travel.
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I've found it helps to start a burner on the stove (which is right next to the fridge in our setup) to ensure that the air has been bled from the lines as much as possible. We've never had an issue with traveling with the fridge on AUTO, so it uses propane as we travel.
Hey I do that same thing...it also tells me that, yep, the propane is on and has gas!

We've always left the propane on while driving for the fridge but I have those tanks in mind if, God forbid, we're ever in a bad accident. (To run back there and shut them off.)

Also, don't forget to shut off the propane tanks when refueling at gas stations...and turn them back on right after you pull out.
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