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Old 09-07-2015, 08:31 AM   #1
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Propane Use While Driving

Question: Is it safe to operate the refrigerator in a TT on propane while travelling? I have two concerns: 1. The risk of a gas leak inside the trailer. 2. In case of accident, the gas line could rupture. I have friends who do this, but it seems unsafe to me.

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Old 09-07-2015, 08:47 AM   #2
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Question: Is it safe to operate the refrigerator in a TT on propane while travelling? I have two concerns: 1. The risk of a gas leak inside the trailer. 2. In case of accident, the gas line could rupture. I have friends who do this, but it seems unsafe to me.
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Old 09-07-2015, 08:56 AM   #3
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Good question. I have seen this discussed (briefly) in other threads.

I have read that 'if' the fridge is down to it's operating temperatures is should be good for 2 hrs turned off, depending on outside temperatures of course .

However, I do believe there are laws in some states and provinces not allowing it.

Also, I have seen first hand more than 1 RV over to the side of the highway with firetrucks attending to a burned out wall section where the fridge is located.
I suspect that the extra draft from travel may make the flame burn radically and cause extra heat ....not sure.
Now having said that, I always make sure that the pilot flame is burning a nice 'blue' color and I "do" travel with the fridge on with propane...checking it whenever we stop/pullover. I know several other RV'ers that do the same.

I'm sure you will hear from other seasoned travellers on this topic.

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Old 09-07-2015, 09:15 AM   #4
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Last jaunt was 3 hours with propane turned off in +80 temp.. When we got home a gallon of icecream in the freezer was still solid as a rock.
I always travel w/ propane turned off. A reason not often mentioned is that RV fridges are meant to be used only when fairly level and significant damage can occur if slanted. Where I live its fairly level, but our destinations are most often mountainous.
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Old 09-07-2015, 09:36 AM   #5
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My fridge is on the curb side so when moving down the road it is fairly level from side to side.

On long trips the fridge is on gas and keeping cool as it is on short trips.
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Old 09-07-2015, 09:45 AM   #6
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I always run our fridge on propane. Just ran it on propane on a 7 1/2 hr. trip and fridge was 34 degrees when we got there.
I do know you should turn it off if going thru tunnels, State law.
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Heh, yep- highly contested topic. Each side has wild rhetoric as to why they're right and the other side is wrong. The threads usually end up running a couple of hundred posts long with no change in anyone's opinions. Good times.

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Agreed but you can always look in to what the manufacture says and they state that the fridge can run while driving.
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Old 09-07-2015, 11:39 AM   #9
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When we had a travel trailer and then 5th wheel. We always travelled with the propane on and the fridge running. Now that we have a Motorhome. We travel with the propane off but the generator running for the fridge, satellite tv, etc.

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Old 09-07-2015, 11:41 AM   #10
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I have in our previously-owned RVs (our Berkshire is our fourth motorhome) and would travel with the gas on if I could. The pilot refuses to stay lit when we're underway. I've tried different types of baffles w/o success. In future, I'm thinking of running an extension cord from the refrigerator compartment to the inverter.

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