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Old 05-08-2013, 10:46 AM   #1
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Using frig when traveling?

I am new at RV camping so I need some help. I just bought a 1500TS, last week. I am reading manuals and posts here to help answer questions. As best I can tell my refrigerator runs on 110 AC and LP gas. The RV manual says to turn off LP gas when traveling. So how does the frig stay cold when traveling?
If frig also ran on DC 12 volts, no problem when traveling, do I ignore manual and leave LP on?
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:55 AM   #2
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We've been RVing for 12 years now, and we have ALWAYS left propane turned on so the refrigerator cools. It's never been a problem. Perhaps on short trips turning the propane off would be OK, but when we head out and drive for 8 or 10 hours, I'm not sure food would stay safely cold without the refrigerator working.
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Your gonna more than likley get different takes on this but the only thing that works on 12volts is the heater strip for the moisture control if your unit has that option (good to know because it is a potential power drain). I personally travel with the fridge running on LP but most of my trips are an hour at most.
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:57 AM   #4
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If you look around this forum you will find several discussions on this subject. The general consensus is that most folks simply leave the gas and refrigerator on unless refueling. When I refuel, I turn off the fridge.

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Old 05-08-2013, 11:06 AM   #5
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I don't travel with mine on, for me I don't see a reason. If you have frozen foods in the freezer it will keep your fridge cold a very, very long time. We use any frozen food on that trip, so if it defrosts a little on the trip it's no problem.
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:11 AM   #6
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According to a poll shown here--
Do you run with your LP on or off

80% of the poll responders travel with the fridge ON LP mode.

Keep in mind many tunnels and some bridges require you to shut it off.
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13 years and two trailers, no problem yet running with the lp on.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:01 PM   #8
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Thanks to all who responded… This is a good group, I did not expect answers this quick. Also it did not occur to me this would be common question asked before. Next time I will do better at searching first.
Thanks again and good traveling to all…..
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:11 PM   #9
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Thanks to all who responded… This is a good group, I did not expect answers this quick. Also it did not occur to me this would be common question asked before. Next time I will do better at searching first.
Thanks again and good traveling to all…..
Here is a very pertinent recent discussion: A stupid question on fridge
especially given that you live in Maryland.
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