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Old 12-07-2020, 03:40 PM   #21
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Hello there.... John here from Olympia, Wa. We just bought a 2020 Sunseeker 2400W MBS and I have a question about running the refrigerator while driving. It appears our fridge will run on propane, or, off of the Onan 4K generator while driving.

I’d appreciate any and all thoughts about these options. Or, is it just best to not run the fridge at all while driving?

Thanks in advance for your comments.

Kind regards, John
Running the Onan seems OK but I don't like an open propane tank and certainly not having a fire going on the highway. A collision could result in a bad RV fire. I've seen it happen. Also I blew a rear tire once and flailing steal wires in the steal belted tire came close to cutting through my rubber gas lines coming from my propane tank. Since then I have kept the tank valve closed. I think some in some states it's a law. So if someone gets injured you open yourself up to a big legal action.
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Old 12-07-2020, 03:45 PM   #22
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66 and have not seen such a sign in US
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Old 12-07-2020, 04:05 PM   #23
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I do not run frig, while on the road with propane. My truck has dual alternators and they handle the demand for the residential refrig fine. I also have solar and it may help.
A residential fridge doesn't use propane. The OP's fridge does. So you can't run your residential fridge on propane, even if you wanted to. Residential fridges are 120v AC only.
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Old 12-07-2020, 04:06 PM   #24
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Just remember a couple of thoughts.

Most highways have big signs saying NO PROPANE, whether it be tunnels or something else. Usually they show a detour route around.
I'm 66 and never seen any such sign on a highway.
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Old 12-07-2020, 04:21 PM   #25
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We put it on auto the day before we leave and turn it off when we empty it after returning. Just spent 2 months out and never touched it. We only had to turn it off in one tunnel out east otherwise we never see propane warnings. Works great.
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Old 12-07-2020, 04:22 PM   #26
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If you run into the "No Propane Highway".

Just call the people that are there to help you transport your propane!

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Old 12-07-2020, 04:23 PM   #27
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Just remember a couple of thoughts.

Most highways have big signs saying NO PROPANE, whether it be tunnels or something else. Usually they show a detour route around.

Next, depending on how far you are traveling. If you run your frig the night before and have it stocked, you should be able to go some four hours without the frig operational.

This is just my input

I have never seen this sign either.
Where have you seen this sign?
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Old 12-07-2020, 04:29 PM   #28
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Running Fridge

Since the 1979's, I have always run the fridge while on the road. Some will say that it is dangerous if you are running it while refueling. I agree that could be a problem. However if you refuel in an open space with plenty of ventilation, I doubt it would cause a problem. You can always shut it off while refueling if you are concerned.
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Old 12-07-2020, 04:47 PM   #29
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No Propane for Coastal Tunnels

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I have never seen this sign either.
Where have you seen this sign?
Seems that most propane restrictions are for the underwater tunnels around coastal areas, where the tunnels have a low spot in which propane may accumulate. This link includes information:

https://rvblogger.com/blog/are-rvs-a...rough-tunnels/

You can see such signs at Google Images if you type
"'no propane' sign for tunnel" in the search box.
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Old 12-07-2020, 04:49 PM   #30
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Most highways? Really? At the age of 73, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a sign.
At age 75, I have driven in every state except Nebraska and have never seen one other than before a tunnel entrance.
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Old 12-07-2020, 04:50 PM   #31
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I have never seen this sign either.
Where have you seen this sign?
On most highways... or so we read.
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Old 12-07-2020, 04:52 PM   #32
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Seems that most propane restrictions are for the underwater tunnels around coastal areas, where the tunnels have a low spot in which propane may accumulate. This link includes information:

https://rvblogger.com/blog/are-rvs-a...rough-tunnels/

You can see such signs at Google Images if you type
"'no propane' sign for tunnel" in the search box.
Sure tunnels and I listed that in my post earlier but one poster said 'most highways'... I've never seen that posted anywhere other than a tunnel.
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Old 12-07-2020, 04:56 PM   #33
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On most highways... or so we read.
C'mon guys.

It's clear that KEN9XL was not asserting that "most highways" have propane restriction signs.

He clearly means that where there are such restrictions, there will be conspicuous signs on "most highways that have such restrictions."

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Old 12-07-2020, 05:27 PM   #34
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MD 895 Harbor Tunnel Restriction Sign

I tried to cut and Paste my Local Tunnel restriction from the link provided in a link found in a thread above
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Old 12-07-2020, 05:30 PM   #35
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I travel with propane on

I h ave owned 5 travel trailers over the year and have always travelled with the fridge on propane. I use house power to cool it before we unhook to leave. If you leave the switch on Auto, when you unplug it switches to propane. I listen to the fridge on the outside to make sure the burner lit and I do not have a fault on the fridge.

The fridge will relight if it goes out. The only time I would switch it off is if I am at a gas pump or on a ferry where they require all gas be turned off.
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Old 12-07-2020, 05:39 PM   #36
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I have never seen this sign either.
Where have you seen this sign?
My guess would be that those of us who have never seen such a sign don't get on the road much.

Or we have our eyes glued to the phone or tv while driving.
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Old 12-07-2020, 05:44 PM   #37
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My rig is plugged in always when in storage or camping (so I get 120V AC). But when traveling it of course switches over to propane. Hasn't been off for a second in over 6 years. Still freezes ice for my margaritas!
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Old 12-07-2020, 05:50 PM   #38
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We live and travel in mountain states.The propane will quit on occasion, we just check it as soon as we enter RV.It is annoying but the fridge stays cold.
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Old 12-07-2020, 06:18 PM   #40
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YES Gas on when Traveling

I have been camping with a Travel Trailer for just a year, 2020. Good bad or indifferent, as others mentioned above I use Propane to keep my Frig Cold while traveling. My trips at a minimum have been 4 hours and last trip coming home 12 hours. Thought about adding an 400 Watt Inverter but not sure if the TV 7-PIN Connecter could handle the current to run the Fridge off an Inverter
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