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Old 03-13-2014, 12:27 PM   #1
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Traveling Basics - Fridge on while traveling?

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.......

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Old 03-13-2014, 12:30 PM   #2
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Will not run off electric from truck. It should automatically go to propane when you unhook from AC power.
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Old 03-13-2014, 01:22 PM   #3
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The fridge runs off of the propane while travelling, it also needs 12V from the battery to operate. Not familiar with your rig but with mine once you are on shore power you can use either 110VAC or propane or let it automatically select.
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:37 PM   #4
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To add one thing, your battery needs to be CHARGED, if you don't have enough charge, your fridge will not light. I know this some how.
If you are hooked up to your TV though, then you are fine.
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Old 03-31-2014, 11:31 AM   #5
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Not sure if anyone has answered your question.

Always check your RV manual. Most will tell you not to run down the road with the propane on. Your fridge is well insulated. It will hold the cold very well for several hours. What I do on my way out from home is I start up the fridge, put it on high, and let it run overnight. This way it is very cold and will keep for several hours - of course depending on outside temp.

If it is a long trip, you will probably stop for lunch, so fire it back up again then.

I have always been told not to run the propane while moving.
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We always have run with the refrigerator on while traveling since 1975. Never had a problem with fueling or anything as the frig is a long way from the pump while fueling and gas vapor stays along the ground as it is heavier than air.

If you're traveling in the northeast, some tunnels require the propane be shut off while you are in the tunnels.
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Is the fridge suppose to stay as cold on gas as it is on electric?
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We always have run with the refrigerator on while traveling since 1975. Never had a problem with fueling or anything as the frig is a long way from the pump while fueling and gas vapor stays along the ground as it is heavier than air.

If you're traveling in the northeast, some tunnels require the propane be shut off while you are in the tunnels.
X2 here as well. Back in the 60's and 70's all we had was 1 way fridges. Propane ran all the time.
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Is the fridge suppose to stay as cold on gas as it is on electric?
I have found that it stays colder on gas and adding 12 v computer fans in the back and inside the refrigerator work wonders on maintaining temps in the frig around 33°-34° and 0°-5° in the freezer.
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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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