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Old 08-21-2014, 06:48 AM   #11
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Always on. Go to Walmart and purchase an inexpensive wireless indoor/outdoor thermometer. Put the outdoor unit in the fridge, indoor unit in your TV so you can monitor the fridge temp while on the road.
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Old 08-21-2014, 08:44 AM   #12
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Always travel with ours running on propane and switch back to electricity as soon as we hook up to the power. Guess just make sure you don't run out of propane. If this is your first TT you should pick up the screens that go over the outside of your heater exhaust to keep the bugs and mud dobbers out it'll save you a headache later down the road.
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Old 08-21-2014, 08:53 AM   #13
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Always on. Go to Walmart and purchase an inexpensive wireless indoor/outdoor thermometer. Put the outdoor unit in the fridge, indoor unit in your TV so you can monitor the fridge temp while on the road.

That is a great idea.... thanks
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Old 08-22-2014, 01:03 AM   #14
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So if passing through Virginia I have to hide my radar detector and switch off my propane in tunnels .... hmmm ... bit of a hassle. Virginia must be worth it though ...
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Old 08-22-2014, 03:14 AM   #15
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So if passing through Virginia I have to hide my radar detector and switch off my propane in tunnels .... hmmm ... bit of a hassle. Virginia must be worth it though ...
Well that is the law here in this state, every state is different. The only tunnels are on the Eastern Shore, such as going to Newport News or Norfolk. You can get around the tunnels on a different route and use bridges except the Chesapeake bay. You have to go through that tunnel system if you where going into Maryland. They do have big pull offs before and after so you can turn your propane back on or off. Also look into an accustat, You can get one on ebay or at Amazon, you get a sensor for the freezer and 1 for the refer. you can keep it in your car and read the temps or I just place mine above the refer. Cost about 45.00 bucks I think. It has been awhile.
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:47 AM   #17
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So if passing through Virginia I have to hide my radar detector and switch off my propane in tunnels .... hmmm ... bit of a hassle. Virginia must be worth it though ...
It is worth it ! oh ya don't double tow here either

Ya we had a Motor home burn up in the state a few years back (don't remember the cause other than propane) Going through one of the tunnels on I77 going into West Virginia. Cost several hundred thousand to fix plus the interstate had closed lanes for a several months. I'm sure their insurance company loved that.
Good thing no one was hurt. I could not imagine trying to escape a long tube while a motorhome or trailer burnt knowing you have only one way out.

There is some risk with anything.

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Old 08-22-2014, 09:21 AM   #18
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Also look into an accustat, You can get one on ebay or at Amazon, you get a sensor for the freezer and 1 for the refer. you can keep it in your car and read the temps or I just place mine above the refer. Cost about 45.00 bucks I think. It has been awhile.
I have this system. I keep the monitor next to the fridge in the RV. No need to monitor it while driving. Now if I had a remote to turn off the fridge when driving through these tunnels ....
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When going though the Tidewater VA. tunnels, I 1st cut the fridge off, then turn the propane off. I figure I would get "check" light on the fridge from it trying to light up propane that is not there if just the propane was turned off a the tanks. It would also depressurize the lines, maybe causing difficulty in relighting the fridge.

Most of the time I will have my propane turned off before getting to the VDOT inspection area....usually at a rest stop. The fridge will go a couple of hours without any significant temperature rise. I turn the fridge back on at the next convenient rest stop or gas fill.
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:26 AM   #20
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There has been previous posts on this subject. I believe that the consensus was that gasoline vapors at gas stations can be ignited by the spark from the igniter. My fridge will stay cold for up to 6 hours if the door is kept closed and we add frozen bottles of water.


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