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Old 09-14-2017, 05:24 AM   #1
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Frig on propane on road

We typically do not run frig. While traveling. Holds for about 6 hrs. Considering running it on propane while on road. Concerned with danger either in accident or connect coming loose during travel from vibration. Comments
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This is a much debated topic. I personally always travel with the propane on. BUT there are places on the east coast (tunnels) where you can't.
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:43 AM   #3
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I always travel with my fridge on. I like my beer cold and don't want to take the chance that some of the frozen food could start to defrost.

I only shut it off if I need to stop for fuel. I think there would have to be a lot of fumes before anything would ignite at a gas station but shut off the fridge just in case.

The odds of getting into an accident are pretty low if you drive smart. The odds of something happening in an accident because the propane is on are even lower.
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Here's a very recent discussion on the subject.

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...on-131394.html
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If something comes loose I would rather have it blow up behind me rather than when I am inside the trailer.

I run with it on, been doing so since 1982 with my 4 RVs and prior to that family camping since 1966 in 3 trailers.
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:18 AM   #6
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My fridge goes on 24 hours before leaving on a trip and is not shut off until after I'm home. Longest single trip so far is 2 1/2 weeks. It's never given me a problem
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:29 AM   #7
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I like my frozen foods frozen.

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Old 09-14-2017, 12:06 PM   #8
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Been traveling with TT since the mid 1970's with the refriq ON..no problems..
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:18 PM   #9
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I always leave refrigerator running on propane during travel.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:43 PM   #10
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I leave my fridge on while traveling. Food inside never spoils and fridge is ready to go once parked to accept new supplies
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:00 PM   #11
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I always travel with propane on. Fridge and HW are both DSI so no pilot. The fridge is 3 way... LP, DC, AC and set to automatic. When hooked up to the car electric system it will work on DC. When parked it will go AC if shore power connected, if not then LP if gas is turned on. Convenient to have LP kick in when stopped for fuel or lunch. We don't run HW on the road just to save LP and it heats water up fast when you are setting up.
I forgot some fridge setups or only 2 way instead of 3 way.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:01 PM   #12
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Have had campers for 30 years. The only time I ever close a propane valve is when I take a bottle out to get it refilled.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:15 PM   #13
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I've been the road for a week and frig is on 24/7. On my way to Balloon Fiesta and 15,000 mile run thru 17 states. Frig will never be turned off even to gas.
Its a new motorhome and if it was an older one, i'd be taking more risk. New is always the latest and greatest. Turn on the frig , stop worrying and enjoy your RV! Life's too short!
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I always travel with my fridge on. I like my beer cold and don't want to take the chance that some of the frozen food could start to defrost.

I only shut it off if I need to stop for fuel. I think there would have to be a lot of fumes before anything would ignite at a gas station but shut off the fridge just in case.

The odds of getting into an accident are pretty low if you drive smart. The odds of something happening in an accident because the propane is on are even lower.
X2. just never thought of it until we read about a trailer go BOOM here last year at a gas station on a very hot and non windy day.
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Or purchase an inverter to power fridge from battery as you travel.
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X2. just never thought of it until we read about a trailer go BOOM here last year at a gas station on a very hot and non windy day.
Unlike my DW's view, once does not constitute a trend!
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Old 09-14-2017, 04:56 PM   #17
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We leave fridge on Auto from springtime when we get the motorhome ready to roll until fall when we put it to bed. If we're plugged in it's on electric and if not it's on propane. Been doing the same for years with no issues and will continue.
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Pre-cool the fridge on AC for 24 hours before filling it then put the fridge on propane when I leave the house and leave it that way the entire trip. Never had a problem.
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:26 PM   #19
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In our TT (sold it last week after 19 yrs) we always had the propane on when traveling.

In the new Coachmen Prism, I set it to DC so it runs on the batteries, which are being recharged going down the road - kind of like "free" power
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:28 PM   #20
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Your fridge has a DC setting in your motorhome? My trailer had one but my motorhome doesn't..
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