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Old 06-30-2015, 02:13 PM   #11
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I leave both tanks open, I have a gauge that I can attach to the tank to see how much propane is left. That way you know when you are getting close to taking the tank to get refilled. I have never ran out using this method. You can pick up a gauge at any camper store.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:18 PM   #12
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As a fairly new camper with all the stuff run with electricity or propane I was wondering. While I am driving down the road my fridge is running on propane to stay cool. When I plug into shore power it automatically switches to electricity. Am I correct in this? Or does the 12 volt system provide electricity while driving for the fridge? And I was told that I should leave both propane tanks open while travelling. I am curious to what others do and why. Planning on a long trip this fall and hope I have this all figured out by then.
I'm certain there have been 20 threads on this subject since you joined last year.

I turn my propane on in the spring when I get it ready for camping and I turn it off when I put it away in the fall.

I should also add that I leave one tank off and manually switch over when one is empty. That way I know when a tank is completely empty and it's time to fill it.
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:09 PM   #13
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And another note: the refrigerator always needs 12v to operate even when plugged into 120v shore power. The 12v operates the controls to manage the temperature. The 120v provides a source of energy for heat. When operating on propane, the propane provides the source of energy for heat.

The only exception to this that I know of is the few Class A motorhomes that are "all electric" and have residential refrigerators, large battery banks and inverters, and a generator that will automatically start when low batteries are detected.
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:57 PM   #14
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I run my fridge on electric while traveling. I installed an inverter and it works great.
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:10 PM   #15
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Travel without the tanks open. What happens in an accident with open tanks? Bye bye trailer and people. Its banned in most places in Canada and definitely at tunnels in the US for the above reasons. Because of the danger of an open ignition source there are reported cases of the electrical ignition starting major conflagrations at gas stations hence the warning signs about this that are generally ignored. Safety people say no. A well cooled fridge/freezer that is reasonably full easily holds the the temperature within limits on a long days drive,
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:15 PM   #16
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Thanks everyone for the input to my question. I am listening.
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:47 PM   #17
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I travel with both tanks shut and use propane with only 1 tank open. My trips never exceed 4 hours and everything stays cold/frozen in fridge. If I increase duration of travel I will reassess.
My fridge and stove are on a slide and while it would be very rare for something bad to happen w/ a gas line, I am reminded of the threads on this forum where something simple like the stereo wires are incorrectly assembled.
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:47 PM   #18
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Travel without the tanks open. What happens in an accident with open tanks? Bye bye trailer and people. Its banned in most places in Canada and definitely at tunnels in the US for the above reasons. Because of the danger of an open ignition source there are reported cases of the electrical ignition starting major conflagrations at gas stations hence the warning signs about this that are generally ignored. Safety people say no. A well cooled fridge/freezer that is reasonably full easily holds the the temperature within limits on a long days drive,
Wow. Pull that "fact" out of a hat? That is clearly false.
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:54 PM   #19
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I leave both tank valves open, and let the automatic switch-over valve do it's thing. If I think a tank is getting low, then I weigh that puppy before I leave for a trip, and check the switch-over valve when I get back home to see if the tank went empty while away. If you are not using the furnace, it takes forever to empty a tank of propane.

What happens if you run out of propane by just leaving 1 valve open going down the road ?? Your fridge stops working, and you end up with warm food. I want to make sure my beer is cold when I set up camp.
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I travel with just one tank opened for frig. It's marked and says in use so I don't mistakenly open the other. When it runs out mark as EMTY, When I return home it's turn off till next trip. BTW the attached gauges are not that accurate. Sun and heat effects them a lot.

I set the frig to auto so when I arrive at the CG it switches over. Later RJD
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