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Old 10-19-2012, 04:04 PM   #1
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Do you leave the fridge on while traveling?

This will give you something to think about!

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Old 10-19-2012, 04:32 PM   #2
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Hate to see this happen, very unfortunate.

Propane leaks do cause fires, whether you're traveling or not. Points out the danger if they're not detected or corrected.

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Old 10-19-2012, 04:37 PM   #3
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:35 PM   #4
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An attachment question, why?

The day before we travel I turn the fridge to the coldest setting. We travel no more than 8-10 hours and everything inside is fine when we arrive(if we don't open the door). I bleed the gas line off before traveling, so I lower the risk for disaster down the road.

Having something ice cold is just not worth the risk.
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That's just a case of life. Stuff happens. Always have mine on and always will, even when I fill up with fuel. The only time it goes off is when we fill propane because the tank is on the same side. My house could burn down tonight but I bet I still fall asleep just fine.
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:10 PM   #6
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An attachment question, why?..
if that "why?" was for me, uh, it's because that's the way I prefer it

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We’ve always traveled with the fridge on. Why would traveling with the fridge on be any more dangerous than having the fridge on when you’re camping?

Do you leave your fridge on when you go to bed at night? Do you leave the water heater on when you go to bed? Do you have your furnace on when you go to bed? If there’s going to be a fire I’d rather have it happen on the road rather than a campground. Things happen, that’s why I have insurance.
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Old 10-19-2012, 07:35 PM   #8
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:13 PM   #9
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I always travel with the fridge on. Always have and never really think about it. I never close the valves at the gas station either.
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I always travel with the fridge on. Always have and never really think about it. I never close the valves at the gas station either.
X2 and have been since 1974 even with an El Camino slide in popup. Don't even think about turning it off.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:37 PM   #11
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if that "why?" was for me, uh, it's because that's the way I prefer it

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No, that question wasn't necessarily for you. This subject has been around the block before. Sorry to cause a stir. I just don't leave it on mainly because I don't need it on and I guess past stories from long ago written on a cave wall, etc...

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Old 10-19-2012, 10:46 PM   #12
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I do not. I turn off and try not to open. Stuff will stay cold.

However, the dealer I bought my first RV from said, "if someone hits your propane tank, you are just as dead whether the propane is on or off......"

Now if you travel on a ferry (such as the many on Puget Sound in Washington State), you are REQUIRED to ensure your propane tank is OFF!
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:01 AM   #14
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There has to be more to the story. Modern propane tanks have valves that shut off when they detect high flow of gas. Two years ago we were in a crash with our TT. Trailer rolled over. Front end totally destroyed. Tanks (and refrig) were on. When they were found in the wreckage, the tanks had shut themselves off and still had propane in them even though they were completely disconnected and valves open.

I still travel with fridge on.
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"Officials believe the fire was caused by a leaky propane tank connected to the camper’s refrigerator." Last line of the story.
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We’ve always traveled with the fridge on. Why would traveling with the fridge on be any more dangerous than having the fridge on when you’re camping?

Do you leave your fridge on when you go to bed at night? Do you leave the water heater on when you go to bed? Do you have your furnace on when you go to bed? If there’s going to be a fire I’d rather have it happen on the road rather than a campground. Things happen, that’s why I have insurance.

Agree 100% and we always travel with the fridge on.
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:47 AM   #17
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The day before we travel I turn the fridge to the coldest setting. We travel no more than 8-10 hours and everything inside is fine when we arrive(if we don't open the door). I bleed the gas line off before traveling, so I lower the risk for disaster down the road.

Having something ice cold is just not worth the risk.
I agree. We seldom log more than 8 hours on the road, but even in the July heat, we found that the 8 cu/ft Dometic was still very cold and the frozen food was rock-hard at destination.
For years, in many jurisdictions (most of Canada and many States) it was illegal to travel with the propane vales open. It is still illegal to board many ferries with the tank valves open.
Fueling up with gasoline with a propane appliance in operation is dangerous and not recommended.
To each his own, I guess. Fortunately, we all have choices about how we choose to manage risk!
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:18 AM   #18
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No I don't, not worth the risk in my opinion. I use the 12V setting on 3 way fridge for travelling. Travel and road surface issues can cause issues of fractures to gas supply pipes and joints which could result in a gas leak.
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I have always kept it on the only time I ever give it any thought is when I pull up to a gas pump I make sure that part of the trailer is not near the other pumps. When I'm behind another trailer I am more concerned about the thing swaying than whether his fridge is on.
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:22 PM   #20
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