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Old 05-31-2016, 12:42 PM   #11
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I always tow with the fridge running on propane. I also don't turn it off when I fuel up. I have a diesel engine. Diesel has much lower volatility than gasoline so there is almost no chance of the fridge burner causing an explosion. (I fuel at the big rig islands where there are no gas pumps.)
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:49 PM   #12
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We are lucky that we store ours at home and keep it plugged in. We turn on the frig and fill it with condiments and such in the spring and turn it off and clean when finished in late fall. We too tow with ours on propane.
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:51 PM   #13
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We store our RV in our yard so we can start the fridge 24 hours ahead of time on electric. We'll then start loading the fridge the night before departure. The longest we haul is a little over 4 hours and I do this with the fridge turned off - everything remains very cold in the fridge and no thawing of frozen items. We are in the Northeast so this may not work in the Southern states. One tip: we freeze all meats in FoodSaver bags. Amazing how much more food you can get in the freezer when there's no air in the bags.
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:55 PM   #14
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Cool your fridge down the day prior to leaving and tow with the fridge on propane (you'll get varying opinions on this practice).

I always tow with the fridge full of food/drink and running on propane. If I get into a big crash - the least of my worries will be the fridge running on propane.
X2 We towed both our TT & 5er with the propane on. Some will say we were lucky & maybe so but we were lucky for over 20 years of camping
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:57 PM   #15
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I only tow with propane running for all day drives. For less than 6 hours I 1) pre-cool the fridge for a day, 2) add frozen water bottles (tend to take water anyway) and this is a trick not mentioned yet. 3) Pre-freeze all the meat you will need starting day 2 and put it in the fridge for travel then move it to the freezer when you get hooked up. Then each day take some frozen food from the freezer and put it in the fridge to defrost. Works great and and helps the fridge stay colder.
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Old 05-31-2016, 01:03 PM   #16
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I pre-cool the fridge a day or two in advance and I tow with the propane on.

My fridge tries to light itself and if it cant light it throws the fault light on and stops the propane. I figure if the pilot/whatever/propane goes out and cant re-light when on the road it'll be fine because it'll stop the flow anyway. I may be wrong about this but I havent had a problem, I never smell propane and my senesor/alarm never goes off.
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Old 05-31-2016, 01:16 PM   #17
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Like most. Pre-cool 1-2 days before. (2 days if it's really hot out.) Put frozen water bottles in the fridge to help keep the fridge cold enough - even when we're camping. Just rotate them back up to the freezer as they thaw if I need more. 1/2 frozen are great to drink on a hot day, but the time I'm drinking the last of it, it's melted.

Also - have always driven with propane on.
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We are lucky that we store ours at home and keep it plugged in. We turn on the frig and fill it with condiments and such in the spring and turn it off and clean when finished in late fall. We too tow with ours on propane.
X 2. Load in the spring replenish after every trip and empty it in the fall. Over 30 years towing with the propane on and no problems. I agree in case of a major crash I doubt the fridge will be our biggest issue.
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Old 05-31-2016, 03:16 PM   #19
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We always pack a cooler with food for a couple days and all that need cold. I fill a few freezer bags with ice cubes from my ice maker. When we get to the cg we transfer food to fridge with a ice bag or two to help cool the fridge. The rest go into the freezer. That way we have ice cubes for a few days. Coming home we buy a bag of ice to do the same thing.
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Old 05-31-2016, 04:45 PM   #20
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Newspaper insulates

Agree with night before cool down and running fridge on road
Alternative: Wrapping frozen food in newspaper will insulate and keep food frozen longer if your concerned about thawing. Just a thought and 2 cents
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