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Old 01-05-2011, 10:01 AM   #1
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Gas to fridge while moving?

When pulling a travel trailer, short of leaving the gas on to the fridge, how do you keep everything cold over longer trips. I tried, against my better judgement, to leave the gas on to the fridge with my last trailer, but it wouldn't stay on. I think of it as a safety thing. Can anyone give me some info on this subject?
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:16 AM   #2
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Most of us just leave the gas on to the fridge.
Just because your last trailer wouldn't stay lit doesn't mean
a thing about your current one.
Try it!
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:20 AM   #3
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Well, there are two issues here I think.

One is whether it is safe to travel with the fridge on propane and two, why the propane will not light when traveling.

While you will get arguments both ways, I am in the "run it on propane" camp as the risk is very low IMO. If you are concerned about fumes when refueling (a valid concern in the heat of summer if you have a gasoline TV) just turn the fridge off; gas up; turn it back on and press on.

As to the other issue, have you checked your fridge on the Dometic site for a safety recall? If your fridge model begins with RM it is definitely on the recall list (go to their web site and look for "recall"). The repair involves a metal shield around the burner and heat sensors. The shield will prevent the slipstream from leaning out the gas mixture and preventing ignition.
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:32 AM   #4
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this issue is asked and discussed constantly, on every RV forum there is.

the vast majority of RV owners choose to travel with the propane on to the fridge.
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Just traveled from PA to FL total driving about 19 hrs each way.
Left the fridge on the whole time.

Had a freezer full of venison & needed ice for beverages while driving.

However for those worry warts, once the fridge/freezer is up to temp if turned off it should hold its temp for about 24hrs (if not opened).
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That does NOT sound like fun to me.

Our planned trip to Key West has 7 stops and will take 12 days.

This is supposed to be FUN!
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That does NOT sound like fun to me.

Our planned trip to Key West has 7 stops and will take 12 days.

This is supposed to be FUN!

Do not want to hijack the thread but, the driving was not straight.
I did stop once each direction for 2-3 hrs shut eye.

For me the drive is the most relaxing part.
In a previous life I drove tractor-trailer so it helps remind me of a simpler time.
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However for those worry warts, once the fridge/freezer is up to temp if turned off it should hold its temp for about 24hrs (if not opened).

No way. Mine starts to get warm inside within a couple
hours. Now if it's winter and the temps are below freezing
anyway and the heat is off in the trailer.......
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Reminder: Turn it off prior to entering the fueling station and then you can turn it back on after you have left it. I always question how many TT's have it on when I'm pulling up for fuel...that would really ruin my day should something go sour.

For the record, I am also a part of the "run it on propane while traveling" group.

Another interesting lesson that I learned last year: We froze 3 - 5lb bags of New Mexico green chili in the freezer the night before making the 8 hour trip home. The frig was full of cold food and soda when we left and when we got home, everything was still cold and the chili was still frozen. However, neither one of us ever pressed the power back on to the frig after we disconnected from shore power. I was amazed that it stayed that cold and also glad that nothing had spoiled before we discovered it.

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We use our propane for our fridge when we travel. The only time that we did otherwise, was when we had the generator on when driving. Of course we turn it off before we refuel. I just didn't want to be the guy who accidentally blows up the gas station.
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