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Old 09-22-2011, 02:47 PM   #1
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Hello all. I am curious to see what everyones opinion is is this subject.

Is it safe to run the fridge in the Cherokee camper off the propane when pulling it down the road?

Some have said that if a accident should occur a fire hazard could result.

If the fridge is good and cold before leaving the items inside should be ok up to 4-5 hours.

Will the fridge stay cold running off the umbilical connected to my vehicle? No propane needed then.

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Old 09-22-2011, 02:52 PM   #2
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a quick search here or any other RV forum will get you plenty of answers, much quicker than waiting for answers.

this is one of the most asked questions on RV forums.
the vast majority of RV owners have no problems traveling with the propane on.
most will turn it off for gas stations or tunnels.

personally, i only do it for longer trips. the fridge will stay plenty cool for a few hours, if my destination is not too far away, so i don't turn the propane on.

and unless you have a special fridge, no it won't run off the vehicle.
anymore, only popups have a 3-way fridge. nearly all other RVs have 110v/propane fridge/freezers.
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:32 PM   #3
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We're working on a FAQ for questions just like this but it's not quite online
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In the mean time read this thread--
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hello all. I am curious to see what everyones opinion is is this subject.

Is it safe to run the fridge in the cherokee camper off the propane when pulling it down the road?

Some have said that if a accident should occur a fire hazard could result.

If the fridge is good and cold before leaving the items inside should be ok up to 4-5 hours.

Will the fridge stay cold running off the umbilical connected to my vehicle? No propane needed then.

Have a great day




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Old 09-22-2011, 03:42 PM   #5
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"Will the fridge stay cold running off the umbilical connected to my vehicle?"
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Does your fridge run on 12 volts?
Mine doesn't.
I always run with mine on. In case of an accident, that is what the safety shutoff on the propane tanks are for.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:39 PM   #6
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Read your manual...it says you can drive with the propane on - and we do.

Is it a bigger fire hazard on than off? I suppose one could say so but if you have some accident where the tanks/lines are ripped off I think you'll have a fire issue no matter what.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:46 PM   #7
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I run mine "on" all the time even when getting gas - I usually pull to an outside pump and keep the trailer passenger side away from the pumps (meaning I pull to the first pump I come to)
Never had an issue yet.

Let me add this - I usually fill my truck up before going on a trip but if I had to fill up I never turn the propane off.
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We always travel with our propane tanks off. Do whatever you are comfortable with.
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I travel with only one of mine on. Like lbrjet said do what you are comfortable with.
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:01 AM   #10
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I leave the propane on and never experience a flame out on the fridg. If I have to gas up I stop before and turn the propane off while filling up an then reopen it.
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