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Old 03-18-2017, 06:07 PM   #1
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Driving with lp tanks open to run fridge, right or wrong?

Newbie here, bought our first TT, Flagstaff Mirco Mini 21DS. Fridge manufacturer recommends turning off all gas appliances before fueling. 21DS with slide in makes it difficult to reach fridge, would probably have to move slide in an out to access fridge. I'd hate to drive to our destination with fridge off an have contents spoil. Planning on driving 6-8 hours at the most in a day. What's the common practice?

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Old 03-18-2017, 06:17 PM   #2
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I leave mine on. I don't worry about it while fueling. Right? Wrong? I have a hard time seeing how a small flame that far away while I'm fueling is going to spark anything off. Obviously I wouldn't pull in on top of a big fuel spill or anything like that.
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Old 03-18-2017, 06:19 PM   #3
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Newbie here, bought our first TT, Flagstaff Mirco Mini 21DS. Fridge manufacturer recommends turning off all gas appliances before fueling. 21DS with slide in makes it difficult to reach fridge, would probably have to move slide in an out to access fridge. I'd hate to drive to our destination with fridge off an have contents spoil. Planning on driving 6-8 hours at the most in a day. What's the common practice?

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I leave my tanks open to keep fridge cold while driving. I think most people do.
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Old 03-18-2017, 06:19 PM   #4
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Lots of opinions, we run with ours on. Chances of a leak and contained gas with a spark are pretty slim in my eyes, I like cold food so will continue to do so until all the planets align and the dam camper explodes.
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Old 03-18-2017, 06:21 PM   #5
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On a related note, why did RV fridges switch from 3 way to 2 way? My 2000 Camplite popup had a DC option on the fridge that we could use on the road.
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Old 03-18-2017, 06:33 PM   #6
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Kept my fridge running on propane from Virginia to New Mexico a couple of weeks ago, no problems. When stopping over night at a koa, used shore power while at campsite. When leaving turned shore power off, system switches automatically to propane. It just a small pilot light propane usage not an issue.
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Old 03-18-2017, 06:49 PM   #7
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I leave mine on. I don't worry about it while fueling. Right? Wrong? I have a hard time seeing how a small flame that far away while I'm fueling is going to spark anything off. Obviously I wouldn't pull in on top of a big fuel spill or anything like that.
Have never thought about that but we leave ours on to keep our fridge cold also.
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Old 03-18-2017, 07:33 PM   #8
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I had my tank valves off when they both decided to jump off the trailer on I-40 in Albuquerque NM and then be dragged underneath the tongue for a few miles. I had no idea that they had fallen off the tongue. That noise I heard obviously was not one of those noises that the WDH makes. In my rear view mirrors all I could see was trailer and everything looked fine. But a passenger in my truck said that drivers kept pulling up to the TV, pointing and then speeding away. Now I know why.
I luckily found a extra long and wide spot to pull over. When I walked back to the TT I found both tanks and the cover attached to the regulator laying under the TT tongue. The tanks had considerable damage but were not compromised. I disconnected the tanks and placed them in the back of my TV pickup bed. The all thread bolt that secures the tanks was not screwed in tight at the base and the tanks were just sitting on the trailer tongue under the cover. The dealer gave us a complimentary LPG tank fill upon our new purchase. I was not the last one to handle the cover or tanks so I had no reason to believe they were loose. They were the last ones to check the tanks and their mounting. Short version is, I filed a claim with FR through my dealer. I was able to be reimbursed for the cost of new tanks, cover, repair of the tank mounting bracket and the propane. I now have a 4' long orange fiberglass rod (about 3/8 diameter) vertically sticking out of the tank cover. In clear view of my rear view mirrors. And it has reflective tape. I know if the cover is there, so are the tanks. Just my peace of mind. If you think it can't happen to you, think again.
When I purchased the new tanks at a Camping World near Flagstaff AZ, the service manager gave the tanks a look over and then carried one of them across the street to an open field and left it there. Hmmmm.
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Wheels Down - That would've scared the bagibbies out of me, glad to here tanks weren't compromised.....now that's scary.
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I had my tank valves off when they both decided to jump off the trailer on I-40 in Albuquerque NM and then be dragged underneath the tongue for a few miles. I had no idea that they had fallen off the tongue. That noise I heard obviously was not one of those noises that the WDH makes. In my rear view mirrors all I could see was trailer and everything looked fine. But a passenger in my truck said that drivers kept pulling up to the TV, pointing and then speeding away. Now I know why.
I luckily found a extra long and wide spot to pull over. When I walked back to the TT I found both tanks and the cover attached to the regulator laying under the TT tongue. The tanks had considerable damage but were not compromised. I disconnected the tanks and placed them in the back of my TV pickup bed. The all thread bolt that secures the tanks was not screwed in tight at the base and the tanks were just sitting on the trailer tongue under the cover. The dealer gave us a complimentary LPG tank fill upon our new purchase. I was not the last one to handle the cover or tanks so I had no reason to believe they were loose. They were the last ones to check the tanks and their mounting. Short version is, I filed a claim with FR through my dealer. I was able to be reimbursed for the cost of new tanks, cover, repair of the tank mounting bracket and the propane. I now have a 4' long orange fiberglass rod (about 3/8 diameter) vertically sticking out of the tank cover. In clear view of my rear view mirrors. And it has reflective tape. I know if the cover is there, so are the tanks. Just my peace of mind. If you think it can't happen to you, think again.
When I purchased the new tanks at a Camping World near Flagstaff AZ, the service manager gave the tanks a look over and then carried one of them across the street to an open field and left it there. Hmmmm.
Just missed disaster........Again.
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Side lesson might be that if you hear something odd, check it now, not later.
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