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Old 06-02-2015, 08:05 AM   #1
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Question about refrigerator

Do you turn on the before leaving or at the campsite? We have a 2015 Windjammer 2809 and we told not drive while it was on.


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Old 06-02-2015, 08:16 AM   #2
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Several opinions on traveling with the fridge running on propane while traveling. Safety says turn off all propane while towing. I think the biggest safety point is fueling at gas stations and the pilot lit. The fridge will keep all chilled items safe for 12-24hrs. Personally I as a full timer always have my fridge running and propane aligned. Never a problem. My type of fridge has a selector slide for auto operation, defaults to electric or shifts to propane when elect is no available. So when I turn off the power at the park pole it auto selects to propane. Hopes this helps.
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Old 06-02-2015, 08:44 AM   #3
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Who ever told you to drive with your fridge on has a valid reason. They have a fear which has some validity. Most disregard this and drive with their fridge on. I have driven with it on for 30 years and will continue.
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Old 06-02-2015, 08:53 AM   #4
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We turn our fridge on the day before we leave, pack it full, keep it closed, and shut it down. Stays cold (even the freezer) until we can plug back in to shore power.
I don't see the need to burn propane during travel. But we dont' travel in the South or South west during the hot summer either so it may not work all the time.
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Old 06-02-2015, 08:58 AM   #5
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Turn mine on day before leaving home and turn it off when we get back home
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Back in the day it was a real hazard, the flame would get blown out, the slower reacting thermocouples let gas flow, finally it would try to relight. A flash flame would potentially occur, igniting the surrounding materials, and away it goes fanned by 60mph winds.

Modern thermocouples have mostly eliminated this. I test mine yearly, I'll pull the shielding off, start the fridge, then will blow out the flame while listening to the solenoid. The click off should be near instant, it will wait several seconds for the area to clear, then the igniter will click then gas will flow. That's what my TT did at least, I haven't tried the 5er now that I think about it.

I tow with mine on, the improvements in safety have made it much safer to do so, but the risk is there. Keep the area cleaned out, cobwebs especially. Personally, I believe that's what starts most fires, debris such as cobwebs and wasp nests.
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Old 06-02-2015, 09:06 AM   #7
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We have a poll here Do you run with your LP on or off

Looks like 77% run with LP on.
We do. Also I must disagree somewhat on the post that said the fridge
will hold 12-24 hours. Ours would NEVER keep cold more than a couple hours.
Our last 3 units just cooled the fresh food to 40 deg F. That's marginal to begin with. Leaving it off more than a couple hours would put the fresh
food at danger levels.
We run with it in Auto mode. It takes care of itself.
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We have a poll here Do you run with your LP on or off

Looks like 77% run with LP on.
We do. Also I must disagree somewhat on the post that said the fridge
will hold 12-24 hours. Ours would NEVER keep cold more than a couple hours.
Our last 3 units just cooled the fresh food to 40 deg F. That's marginal to begin with. Leaving it off more than a couple hours would put the fresh
food at danger levels.
We run with it in Auto mode. It takes care of itself.
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Old 06-02-2015, 09:33 AM   #9
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I leave my fridge on auto so when I disconnect from shore power the gas will take over. Last winter I left my heat on while traveling thru snow country to keep my freezables from freezing. I don't have any pilot lights on my propane appliances to worry about. Everything was fine on my 5,000 mile trip.
I'm a retired fire fighter and learned that fires that are shown in the movies are over rated. It takes a lot more to create a damaging explosion than Hollywood makes it to be. With that being said, you still need to handle raw fuels with care.
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:59 PM   #10
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We start our ref. the day before we set out on a trip . Our ref. has a auto feature that switches to propane when we are on the road and have had no problems .
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