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Old 09-30-2006, 08:54 PM   #1
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2-way Refrigerator Newbie

I just sold my Casita that had a 3-way refrigerator and was used to driving with it running off the trailer battery (being charged by the TV). My new TT is (actually will be) an SV 230 with a 2-way frig. Do people actually roll with this running on gas or do you just load it with ice and hope for the best after 8-10 hours of driving? Any advice?

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Old 09-30-2006, 10:12 PM   #2
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poodlepeople,

Interesting and much debated subject. You will get different reasons why you should or should not have your RV fridge operating on propane while driving. Some reasons are for safety, which I can understand.

Personally, when I prepare for a trip, I plug the TT into shore power the day before, with the fridge running on electricity to cool it down. Of course this is if it has not already been plugged in as it usually is.

At least an hour before I hit the road, I switch the fridge to propane and make sure it is working properly. If I need to stop for fuel in the coarse of the trip, I find a safe place to pull over prior to pulling into a fuel stop. I then turn the fridge off, which shuts off the flow of propane and will allow me to enter the fuel station without the possibility of causing a potential catastrophe(i.e. igniting gasoline fumes). After I leave the station, I pull over and switch the fridge to propane. This is also done when approaching a tunnel.

Note: On older fridge units using a pilot light, the propane valve at the tank has to be shut off.

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Old 09-30-2006, 11:27 PM   #3
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Same as Milzat. Shore power then travel on propane. Shut down propane when coming in to refuel the TV.


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Old 10-01-2006, 05:05 PM   #4
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I hadn't thought of that!

I guess I hadn't thought through just what the problems would be with having the frig on gas while driving. Thanks for pointing out the pilot light issue and the point about tunnels that forbid LP gas. I always wondered just what that meant since all kinds of RVs go through them - I suppose it means don't travel while drawing gas from the tanks. Thanks.
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:12 PM   #5
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Thanks for pointing out the pilot light issue and the point about tunnels that forbid LP gas. I always wondered just what that meant since all kinds of RVs go through them - I suppose it means don't travel while drawing gas from the tanks. Thanks.
Most states, if not all, have no restrictions on RV's entering tunnels because of the small amount of propane carried on them. The warning signs you see before entering a tunnel pertain to Hazardous Material Carriers, such as large trucks carrying combustible products.

I voluntarily shut off the flow of propane to the fridge for the same reasons as when entering a gas station.
If an automobile accident were to happen inside a tunnel, there is a possibility of a gasoline spill. If so, the burner on the gas side of the fridge could ignite the gas fumes.

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Old 10-03-2006, 04:14 PM   #6
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I leave my fridge running on gas all the time while not plugged in. But then, I've only made one camping trip requiring a fuel stop en route. And that's only because of a blowout of a Carlisle tire, and I kept the engine running (to keep my wife cool) while repairing it. Didn't have to stop on the trip home.
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Old 10-03-2006, 10:44 PM   #7
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milzat - I echo poodlepeople. Thanks for pointing out the potential dangers of pulling into a filling station with the potential to ignite! I will be certain not to do that again!
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I wired in a 400 watt inverter to run my fridge while traveling, no problems at all with a 3500 mile trip to Glacier NP!
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Inverter solution

I had wondered about that and if it would work! Glad to hear it does. I assume you were only using a single battery in this and that your TV was able to keep the TT battery adequately charged. Was there any particular problem with the wiring? Did you hook the inverter into the whole AC system or just into the frig. wiring (with a switch)?
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Assume nothing and do your homework when it comes to propane and tunnels! I got caught by this one some years back while heading North to Maine. It was back in the days before computers and instant information. It is no fun towing a 26 foot trailer through a city!

http://www.mdta.state.md.us/mdta/ser...es/propane.jsp
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