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Old 09-25-2013, 06:40 AM   #1
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Towing with the fridge running on propane?

I have a Tracer 230FBS and wonder if you can run the fridge on propane while towing? How safe is it????
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:52 AM   #2
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I'm not familiar with your model, but I pull my Salem LE with the fridge on propane a lot and don't have any issues at all. In fact, I recommend it because you can keep food cold until you arrive at campground. Your fridge should have an auto button. When you plug into the campground power source, the gas will automatically switch over to DC power. Then when you unplug, it will switch back over to gas. Just make sure you have plenty of propane!
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:52 AM   #3
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Try searching the forum, this has been discussed many times.
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We had a poll about this some time back.
78% run with the LP on.
15% said no.
Others didn't care either way.

Here's a link to the poll and several discussions about it.

-->Do you run with your LP on or off

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Old 09-25-2013, 07:11 AM   #5
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I have a Tracer 230FBS and wonder if you can run the fridge on propane while towing? How safe is it????

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On a recent trip....Early Friday morning..Our street was in the process of being re-paved with ashphalt. The work crew shows up at 8 a.m..We had to pullout of our driveway at 8:30 a.m. and headed toward Lakeport State park for 3 nights of camping..The DW made a call to the campground ..They would not let us in until at least noon. So..We pulled into a Walmart parking lot in Fort Gratiot,Mi..Sat there for 3 hours and glad... we used the propane for the fridge.... it was a 85 degree day.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:17 AM   #7
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Was told by a fire fighter that if you are caught up here driving with propane on, $1,500 fine for the first bottle and $4,000 for the second.. Plus the cost of the bottles, as they will be seized (from what I've heard)...
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Was told by a fire fighter that if you are caught up here driving with propane on, $1,500 fine for the first bottle and $4,000 for the second.. Plus the cost of the bottles, as they will be seized (from what I've heard)...
"Up here" covers a lot of ground. Where are you talking about? Also, it is quite possible your fire fighter doesn't know the law as it is written. Just saying.
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I think if you do a search on the legality having a tank in the open position, you will find some restrictions, on some highways. Me personally, I don't do it. Today's fridges are built to stay cold while off for several hours, once they are cooled off properly. When traveling, I am only on the road for a few hours (3-5) a day as it is. That's one reason I don't do it. Also, with the propane on, that means an open flame. I know it's illegal to pull into any gas station with an open flame any where near the gas pump. That's my second reason. Now if you stop prior to a gas stop and turn the tank off, that takes care of that issue. My third reason is just a plain safety issue. What if an accident were to occur do to no fault of my own, or even my fault. An open gas tank, and pressurized lines is just one less thing to worry about. That's just the way I roll. I have no concerns on what other folks do. To each his own.........
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I think if you do a search on the legality having a tank in the open position, you will find some restrictions, on some highways. Me personally, I don't do it. Today's fridges are built to stay cold while off for several hours, once they are cooled off properly. When traveling, I am only on the road for a few hours (3-5) a day as it is. That's one reason I don't do it. Also, with the propane on, that means an open flame. I know it's illegal to pull into any gas station with an open flame any where near the gas pump. That's my second reason. Now if you stop prior to a gas stop and turn the tank off, that takes care of that issue. My third reason is just a plain safety issue. What if an accident were to occur do to no fault of my own, or even my fault. An open gas tank, and pressurized lines is just one less thing to worry about. That's just the way I roll. I have no concerns on what other folks do. To each his own.........
Keep in mind the flame is not on constantly, is far above any fumes and it is in a compartment.
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