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Old 03-31-2014, 12:29 PM   #11
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Is the fridge suppose to stay as cold on gas as it is on electric?
My fridge actually stays colder on propane as well.

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Old 03-31-2014, 12:42 PM   #12
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I let mine run on propane while traveling. I was told by the dealership that it was illegal to do this in Washington State. I guess I am just an old scofflaw.

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Old 03-31-2014, 12:49 PM   #13
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I always have my fridge online when on the road. Maybe just me but seems it's not as cold when getting setup at next destination. Flame is on.
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:55 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Avan View Post
Hello all

I have a question about traveling and the refrigerator.........

I need to keep it running on my Surveyor 226 TT

So dos the propane need to on when I going from point A to point B for the refrigerator to function or will it run off the electrical from my truck ?

Basic ? I guess, however this is my maiden voyage.......


I'm guessing that your fridge is a two way (propane/AC) and not three way (propane/AC/12V).....meaning it can't run on 12V.

I leave my fridge to "auto" which means it defaults to 120V, but, when the plug is pulled for travel, the propane kicks on. As others have indicated, propane setting seems to be colder.
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:24 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by cronek28 View Post
I was interested in how you guys would chime in on running propane while traveling.

I haven't, but thought about it on long trips especially our trip to Yellowstone with a 2 and 3 year old (lots of milk) when traveling 10 plus hours some days. We packed a cooler with ice to be safe but the frig always stayed pretty cool. On the flip side I've never heard of anyone having one blow up from a gas problem, but that would really put a damper on the trip
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Let me know how that trip goes. So far I've only done under 4 hour trips with the 3 and 4 year olds. I'd like to do some farther trips but the DW doesn't think the kids are up to it.

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To the OP, we run on propane all the time to keep the fridge cold and have never had an issue. Mind you, around here I can avoid any tunnels (there's only one) so I don't have that worry.

The way I look at it, I can either run the fridge on propane, or I need to make room in the beer cooler for everything that normally goes in the fridge. And making room in the beer cooler is just not acceptable.
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Old 04-01-2014, 09:21 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Dave Lyon View Post
I'm guessing that your fridge is a two way (propane/AC) and not three way (propane/AC/12V).....meaning it can't run on 12V.

I leave my fridge to "auto" which means it defaults to 120V, but, when the plug is pulled for travel, the propane kicks on. As others have indicated, propane setting seems to be colder.
Be careful leaving it on auto. What can happen because your tow vehicle charges the battery on the trailer. I have found some people running on auto, forgetting to turn on gas, and running the battery on trailer and tow vehicle to empty if they park for a few hours etc....
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:57 AM   #17
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Like others, I run mine on Auto and let it switch to propane when going down the road. Even when we had the 3 way in the popup I would keep it on propane, as propane works much better on these gas absorption refrigerators.

As far as the battery running flat, that only really is a concern on the 3 way fridge. The 12 volt required to keep a 2 way running on gas is fairly low. I can run my fridge for a full week in storage without running the group 24 (small battery) flat. It is run down pretty low, but not dead. I can't imagine sitting for a few hours, or even a day being a real issue unless you have very unhealthy batteries on the trailer and the Tow rig.
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:54 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by masarost View Post

Always check your RV manual. Most will tell you not to run down the road with the propane on.

I've had two travel trailers and now a motorhome. Both Norcold and Dometic refrigerators. I have read every word of the manuals and never seen this. The whole idea of the design of these refrigerators is that they can be used while traveling. I've even been in a crash that rolled our trailer over, ripped the propane tanks off the front (they were open and refrigerator was on) and no fire or explosion. The safety valves on the tanks shut them off. Only a puncture to the tank would be a problem--and that would be a problem whether tanks were on or off.

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Old 04-05-2014, 07:03 AM   #19
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Yup, mine stays on while going down the road. No problems at all.

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Old 04-05-2014, 07:20 AM   #20
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Found in our FAQ area cuz this is certainly a Frequently Asked Question!

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