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Old 04-22-2019, 02:27 PM   #1
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Does anyone travel with their Propane On?

It has occurred to me that if I ran with the propane on, I could use my refrigerator to keep food cold while in transit.

Up to now, I have always packed frozen and cold items into an Ice Chest and filled it with ice for the 2 day run from Virginia to Florida. It's not a problem with the ice chest solution. Am I looking at a safety hazard or a high propane use issue?

Downsides please. All opinions welcome.

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Old 04-22-2019, 02:29 PM   #2
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All the time except through under water tunnels. They frown on that.
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Old 04-22-2019, 02:33 PM   #3
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We have always traveled with propane on but never through any under water tunnels.
We once had to leave a former motorhome at a service center for a week while on a trip for some repairs to be made and left the propane on with refrigerator on the whole time with no problems.
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Old 04-22-2019, 02:38 PM   #4
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Hotly debated topic that has been discussed MANY times.

Some do, some don't and those on both sides are adamant why they do what they do.

We do, always. No downsides for us. Refrigerators use little propane.

Here's one such search of... Travel with propane on...
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This topic has been discussed ad nauseam here on the forums, please search. Lots of threads/posts to read.
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I also run with my propane on to keep the fridge cold.

Turn it off at gas stations while fueling up.
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Old 04-22-2019, 03:21 PM   #7
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Our fridge is always running on propane when we're rolling.
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This topic has been discussed ad nauseam here on the forums, please search. Lots of threads/posts to read.
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Bottom line is that the vast majority of RVers travel with propane ON.
This is the case on the 7 different RV forums that I belong to.
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Old 04-22-2019, 03:39 PM   #9
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Always on to run the Refer. I turn it off when pulling in to fuel up the truck.
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Old 04-23-2019, 12:35 AM   #10
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Always on to run the Refer. I turn it off when pulling in to fuel up the truck.
Good point. No more Ice chest for me.

Thanks to all who answered.

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It takes a day for the fridge to get cold. I start it up one or two days before leaving on a trip.
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? Really? That's how they're designed/intended to operate. Set to Auto and it will switch to 115vAC when plugged in. In really hot weather leave on LP for maximum cold.

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Always on lp while traveling. Set to auto and it'll switch to electric when you piug in.
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Old 04-23-2019, 12:56 PM   #14
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Propane travel

I donít travel with propane on. A friend of mine always does however. I plug the trailer in the morning before I plan to leave then pack cold and frozen items with a couple of ice blocks. In one trip I drove for 13 hours before turning the fridge on, in the middle of the summer thru Nevada and Utah, with no problems. The fridge works great as an ice chest if you get it cold first.
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We always run with propane on and refer and hot water heater on. We turn off for refilling propane or on the ferry to Newfoundland
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We always run with propane on and refer and hot water heater on.
I wouldn't bother running the water heater while rolling.

Only takes 5-minutes to heat it up once you arrive.

And if it is hot when you leave, it will hold the heat for most of the day.

Especially in the summer.
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Old 04-23-2019, 01:44 PM   #17
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Disregard those negative comments about doing searchs. The answer is yes, I leave my propane on all the time. Good advice about tunnels and when filling propane tanks
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Disregard those negative comments about doing searchs. The answer is yes, I leave my propane on all the time. Good advice about tunnels and when filling propane tanks
It's not filling propane tanks...

LP needs to be turned off when refueling the tow vehicle...diesel or gasoline.
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Old 04-23-2019, 01:51 PM   #19
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I think the question should be: "Does anyone NOT travel with their propane fridge on?"
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Old 04-23-2019, 02:09 PM   #20
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Any time using the TT, propane is ON and fridge in AUTO. Fridge does not use much LP. I do plug it in for a day or so prior to leaving and pack it after cool. Not sure if the TV provides some charge for fridge when plugged in and rolling or not but wouldnt think twice about it.
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