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Old 06-29-2015, 04:58 PM   #1
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Leave propane tank valves open while driving

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.
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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 leave my propane on and frig set to automatic while traveling (motorhome). When I hook to shore power it will switch automatically. Some don't and you will hear many opinions on the subject.
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When you plug in to shore power it should switch to 120v.

On the move your fridge needs both the propane and 12v to work.

I like to keep one tank closed so I can kind of track how much is used.
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I leave my propane on and frig set to automatic while traveling (motorhome). When I hook to shore power it will switch automatically. Some don't and you will hear many opinions on the subject.
I agree with Mike's every statement (except I have a 5th wheel). This ON/OFF debate runs to several pages about once per month!
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Well I am pretty sure my TT is set up to do the same thing. Do you leave your propane tank open all the time while you travel then? I think MHs have only one propane tank if I remember correctly.
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I kinda figured that this has been discussed many, many times. I always thought that you should keep one closed so when you run out your covered. I guess I will listen to others and come up with a plan
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Old 06-29-2015, 05:52 PM   #7
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Open and fridge running. We leave wed for an 8 hour drive, then several more days of 90F temps and 8 hour drives. I can't see not running the fridge!
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How you do it is up to you. Just keep your route in mind, many bridges & tunnels require that your propane be off. Many even require that you stop to be inspected to insure that it is off.........


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I leave one tank open and the other one shut off .it is easer to turn the other tank on when it goes empty than try to find a propane station in the middle of the night .
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off or not it doesn't change the flammability of it.
teh issue would be a leak...and at 60mph I doubt it's possible for the gas to collect and explode on a camper.
the fridge and water heater are mostly outside and vented well, furnace? Haven't had to work on that so I don't know, the stove of course is completely inside and I guess a camper COULD fill with gas and blow up.
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