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Old 01-02-2014, 09:06 PM   #1
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Refrigerator Question ??

Going on a month long trip in June. Question is....What do you do with the refrigerator to keep things cool and frozen will traveling from one point to another. We have only used our Motorhome for local camping so this has not been an issue. Any tips and information will be appreciated.

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Old 01-02-2014, 09:23 PM   #2
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Run it on propane.
If you have a residential unit, run it on the inverter.

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Old 01-02-2014, 10:47 PM   #3
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wrvond is correct. It is common to run the fridge while traveling. Others that don't feel comfortable doing so will use an ice chest.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:49 AM   #4
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We use the ice chest because we are not confortable with our propane on while we go down the road.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:01 AM   #5
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Usually freeze milk jugs with water if we aren't going far and put them in fridge and freezer. Going long distance we go shopping after getting set up and only carry minimal amount of food. Don't like the propane on while driving and some places its not allowed. Saw a trailer once that caught fire towing with fridge on propane, wind blew flame from burner into some pine needles that owner failed to keep cleaned out. Didn't take much to start the fire but wind made it progress fast
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Have fun on your trip and relax. Use your fridge, set it to auto and let it do its thing.
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If you still can’t sleep at night, swap out your fridge for a three way(AC/DC/propane)
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:56 PM   #7
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the vast majority of RV'ers travel with the propane on and have no issues.

if your travel time between places, is going to be less than 5 hours, your fridge/freezer should stay cool long enough to not need to run it on propane.
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We do tow with our propane on and fridge on, but not the water heater. Only takes minutes to get hot water once we set up.

However, just to be extra safe, we turn off the fridge before we pull up to a gas station. Just in the highly unlikely case of enough gas fumes to pose a hazard.
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The combination of factors that would have to happen for the open propane tank to be a problem while traveling are pretty remote, but not impossible. It would take a catastrophe to do that and the camper would be totalled even before any tank leak. The chances of something happening with the open flame at a gas station is a bigger risk.
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Several years ago we had a bad accident with a TT. Rolled it over and totally destroyed it. The propane tanks had been on and the fridge was running on propane. It took awhile to find the propane tanks in the wreckage. When found, they were still intact and the safety valves had done their job and turned off the flow. Still had propane in them. The only way they would have caused a problem (fire) would have been if they had been penetrated. Then it would not have mattered whether they were on or off.

Today, we don't pull a trailer anymore--we have a MH. Still travel with propane on and refrigerator on. As for gas stations, gas vapors are heavier than air and my refrigerator is about three feet off the ground. Really no way it could cause a problem. The guy next door who is lighting a cigarette on this way out of the store is of much more concern to me. Static electricity from people who get back in their vehicle while fueling, then get out and reach for the pump is much more dangerous. (Note the warning signs on every pump).

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