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Old 07-02-2021, 10:17 AM   #1
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Travel with Refrig running?

I have been traveling with my RV refrigerator running. It is a standard RV refrig (gas and electric). I just read a article stating that I should not travel with the refrigerator running. Do you travel with the refrigerator running? What issues have you had? If not how do you keep your food cold?

What are your thoughts?
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Run with mine on all the time. The only time I ever turn it off is if I'm passing through a tunnel, bridge or other roadway that mandates propane tanks be off which happens very rarely.
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Old 07-02-2021, 10:38 AM   #3
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Ive never thought to NOT have it running while going down the road.
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Old 07-02-2021, 10:44 AM   #4
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Travel with mine running if it will be more than a few hours between hook ups.
From my interpretation of the users manual, Dometic thinks it is perfectly fine to run the frig while traveling.
Photo is from page 12 of my Dometic manual. Both highlighted parts strongly imply that it is fine to travel with the frig running. Why would they say leveling while traveling is not critical if it wasn't okay to travel with it running?
What article were you reading?
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Old 07-02-2021, 11:15 AM   #5
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my fridge stays cold like a cooler does while I travel for 6-8-10 hours... I make sure that extreme perishables are gone, but I get to my destination and plug back in and all is good.
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Run with mine on all the time. The only time I ever turn it off is if I'm passing through a tunnel, bridge or other roadway that mandates propane tanks be off which happens very rarely.

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Old 07-02-2021, 11:22 AM   #7
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Turn it on auto when ya buy the RV , turn it off when ya sell the RV .
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I have been traveling with my RV refrigerator running. It is a standard RV refrig (gas and electric). I just read a article stating that I should not travel with the refrigerator running. Do you travel with the refrigerator running? What issues have you had? If not how do you keep your food cold?



What are your thoughts?
Your question has been asked thousands of times, resulting in thousands of threads/posts here, about the subject.
2-way RV fridges have been the standard, for decades, with the vast majority of owners having no problems running the fridge on propane, while traveling.
A quick search on the subject, will get you weeks of reading.
There's also a lot of misinformation out there, like some states banning the practice. This is false information. There are certain East Coast tunnels that ban it and maybe some ferries but there is no state that bans it, other than these exceptions.
Personally, I'm a retired firefighter and have been running my fridges on propane while traveling, for over 25 years.
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Thanks,
That's good information
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Old 07-03-2021, 08:47 AM   #11
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Always run with refer running, only time I turn it off is for filling propane and when taking the ferry 2 and from Newfoundland.
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Turn it on auto when ya buy the RV , turn it off when ya sell the RV .
This has been our modus operendi for more than forty years.
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Old 07-03-2021, 10:54 AM   #13
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I have been traveling with my RV refrigerator running. It is a standard RV refrig (gas and electric). I just read a article stating that I should not travel with the refrigerator running. Do you travel with the refrigerator running? What issues have you had? If not how do you keep your food cold?

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We turn our refer off for 2-4 hours at a time when traveling to save on propane usage. We check the temperature it at the 2,3, and 4 hour time. When the refer temperature goes above 50 we turn it back on until it gets back down to 40.
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Your question has been asked thousands of times, resulting in thousands of threads/posts here, about the subject.
2-way RV fridges have been the standard, for decades, with the vast majority of owners having no problems running the fridge on propane, while traveling.
A quick search on the subject, will get you weeks of reading.
There's also a lot of misinformation out there, like some states banning the practice. This is false information. There are certain East Coast tunnels that ban it and maybe some ferries but there is no state that bans it, other than these exceptions.
Personally, I'm a retired firefighter and have been running my fridges on propane while traveling, for over 25 years.
I'm with you on this in more ways than one. Only time I would shut it off is when I'm not using it and when it was parked at my house or storage. Good news I don't need to worry much now with an all electric coach since the only propane I have is a 20lb tank for the grille which is always off when stored.
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We travel with it on all the time except while fueling the TV. The only trouble we have is the burner going out at elevations above 6000 feet elevation. There is a fan that can be used to keep air moving so the flame doesn't die but I haven't found one as yet.
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Run with mine on all the time. The only time I ever turn it off is if I'm passing through a tunnel, bridge or other roadway that mandates propane tanks be off which happens very rarely.
On propane all the time except gassing up.
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We turn our refer off for 2-4 hours at a time when traveling to save on propane usage. We check the temperature it at the 2,3, and 4 hour time. When the refer temperature goes above 50 we turn it back on until it gets back down to 40.
The 2-way RV fridge uses very little propane, unlike the furnace. IMHO, you'll see very little saving in propane, by doing what you're doing.
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Isn't it illegal to allow ice cream to melt?
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Old 07-03-2021, 01:27 PM   #19
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No...then it's just considered a Malt or Shake. Now letting an Adult beverage get above drinking temp ? That is considered alcohol abuse and is punishable.
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I told myself I would stop posting on threads that have already been asked and answered, but what is best way to shut off fridge when at gas pumps? Unless I'm going into trailer for a reason, it seems like just turning off propane tank would work. I'm guessing upon leaving simply turning tank back on will get fridge running again. Simply shutting off tank should not get air in the line.
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