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Old 12-06-2020, 08:14 PM   #1
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Ok to run fridge while driving? What do you think?

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.

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Old 12-06-2020, 08:18 PM   #2
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Yes. Run it on propane. I always start my fridge a day before we leave so the wife can stock it. It does not get turned off till we get home.
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Old 12-06-2020, 08:22 PM   #3
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Been running the propane side of our fridges, while traveling, for 30 years and never had any issues.
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Old 12-06-2020, 08:24 PM   #4
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100% concur with 007matman, we do the same thing , start it up 1 day or 2 and goes off when we get back.
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Old 12-06-2020, 08:40 PM   #5
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We tend to turn it off when refueling. Of course, our rig is gas and yours is diesel, so an open flame is more of a concern for us.
Otherwise, we keep it on 'automatic' and it'll switch automatically depending on the fuel available. It's nice to have your food cold when you reach the campsite.
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Old 12-06-2020, 08:55 PM   #6
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The only time I turn mine off when towing is if I hit one of the few tunnels that prohibit its use. Turn things on night before we depart and put it on auto. Our storage spot doesn't have electricity, so it cools down on propane. Load food in the morning and hit the road.
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Old 12-06-2020, 09:30 PM   #7
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Same as above, plug it in on electric a day before we leave. Run it on propane on the road, uses less that way as it just needs to maintain the cold rather than cool down
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Old 12-06-2020, 09:50 PM   #8
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Ok to run fridge on towing

This question has been on my mind. I have been afraid to run my fridge on propane while towing because I am unsure of the tlr being perfectly level & "psyched" when I read about how easy it is to damage/ruin the fridge if it is not level (plumb) enough. Am I worrying too much?
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Old 12-06-2020, 09:56 PM   #9
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This question has been on my mind. I have been afraid to run my fridge on propane while towing because I am unsure of the tlr being perfectly level & "psyched" when I read about how easy it is to damage/ruin the fridge if it is not level (plumb) enough. Am I worrying too much?
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Old 12-06-2020, 09:56 PM   #10
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Agree with everyone else on running the fridge...it doesn't take all that much gas, and it is worth keeping things stocked and cold.


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been doing it for 16 years, no problems.
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Old 12-06-2020, 10:18 PM   #12
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R/V refrigerator manufacturers have said running the fridge while going down the road is no problem for as long as I can remember. (50+ years of camping)

Is it prudent you don't park on a steep incline for an hour while having lunch... sure... but why would you.

Other than tunnels where it is prohibited, no issues of concern.

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This question has been on my mind. I have been afraid to run my fridge on propane while towing because I am unsure of the tlr being perfectly level & "psyched" when I read about how easy it is to damage/ruin the fridge if it is not level (plumb) enough. Am I worrying too much?
For trailers built in recent years (maybe last 5?) the instructions say that when parked, the trailer should be level enough to be comfortable walking in it. So it doesn't have to be perfect. For that reason, they discontinued issuing bubble levels that showed how level you needed to be.

When moving, the continuous bouncing and shaking as you go down the road keeps any issues from occurring.

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I turn mine on in May, and off in Oct.
It's always been level enough without any special considerations.
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Old 12-07-2020, 08:54 AM   #15
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1. See the several notes regarding "level" when stationary. Not required on the move.

2. Gasoline vapors are heavier than air and my refrigerator is a good 20 feet away and on the opposite side from my fuel fill. Gas vapors would need to be 5 feet deep to get near the little flame in the refrig. There is a danger if you pump gasoline into the refrigerator grill...

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Old 12-07-2020, 02:14 PM   #16
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What are your thoughts on refueling vs, propane fridge?

"We tend to turn it off when refueling. Of course, our rig is gas and yours is diesel, so an open flame is more of a concern for us.
Otherwise, we keep it on 'automatic' and it'll switch automatically depending on the fuel available. It's nice to have your food cold when you reach the campsite".


I have wondered about this awhile; what do y'all think about this topic? As I pull forward to refuel, my trailer flame side usual lines up with the gas pump at the back. I am probably 10 feet between my gas pump and flame, however I worry about the guy spilling back there and across from me where my flame is under the fridge.
Anyone have thoughts, I am too concerned?

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Old 12-07-2020, 03:12 PM   #17
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I saw a video once of a TT consumed by flames sitting in a gas station. It seems prudent to me to turn the propane off before refueling with gasoline. My $0.02.
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Old 12-07-2020, 03:27 PM   #18
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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.
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Old 12-07-2020, 03:31 PM   #19
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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
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Old 12-07-2020, 03:34 PM   #20
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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
Most highways? Really? At the age of 73, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a sign.
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