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Old 08-05-2016, 02:30 PM   #1
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refrigerator for long trip question

We will be taking our first long trip in September, and I'm wondering how to deal with refrigerated items. We don't want to drive with the refrigerator on the whole way. For normal trips, I cool the refrigerator and put in cold items, with bags of ice, and everything is good to re-start the refrigerator when we arrive. Will this be safe for 3 days of travel, though? We haven't made reservations for stops along the way, we'll be doing that soon, but some nights may not be at a campground, thus we may not have electrical hook-up each night.

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Old 08-05-2016, 02:35 PM   #2
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Is your frig a residential??

If not, it should fine on propane...

I turn mine on a couple days before our trips. During our trip we check on it to make sure its transitioning between 110 volts and propane if we have shore power. But other than that, it will run for a couple months while we are on the road.
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You didn't specify... do you have the option to run your refrigerator on propane?
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We can use propane, it's just the actual driving with it on that bothers me; off balance, etc. We can run it at night, but since it takes a while to cool off I have been concerned whether it would cool enough to last through the next day's drive with just ice. I don't want a lot of spoiled groceries when we arrive.
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Run it with propane. You will be fine. And there will be no spoiled groceries because of not enouge ice. If you get in a fender bender just walk back and turn off the tanks.
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Old 08-05-2016, 03:00 PM   #6
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Run it with propane. You will be fine. And there will be no spoiled groceries because of not enouge ice. If you get in a fender bender just walk back and turn off the tanks.
Let the fridge run on propane, it'll be fine.
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During driving, running the fridge on propane is not a problem with what you refer to as off balance. The constant movement of driving sloshes the liquid ammonia around enough that no damage will be done. It is when running the fridge with the unit stationary and not level when the problems occur.

If you have concerns about running it during refueling, simply stop somewhere before getting fuel and shut it off. After safely leaving the fueling area, relight and go on your way.
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Let the fridge run on propane, it'll be fine.
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Just did a 6000 mile trip and ran it the whole way. Not a problem with it. Several nights we didn't even unhook the truck. Was pretty close to level so we just ate and went to bed.
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