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Old 01-22-2016, 10:05 PM   #1
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Propane on/off when traveling?

During our PDI, our tech said we could leave the propane turned on so the fridge would run while we are traveling. We ALWAYS turned off and burned off the propane in our tent trailers. It doesn't sound safe to me. Thoughts?

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Old 01-23-2016, 12:25 AM   #2
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You should be fine, we run with our propane on and most our trips are long pulls.

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Old 01-23-2016, 07:12 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by navymommy View Post
During our PDI, our tech said we could leave the propane turned on so the fridge would run while we are traveling. We ALWAYS turned off and burned off the propane in our tent trailers. It doesn't sound safe to me. Thoughts?
Tons and tons posted on this topic last year, just do a forum search. The short answer there are those who do and those who don't. Main issue is refueling with a pilot lite and that is prohibited in many states. My personal experience is that it is perfectly ok to keep the fridge on gas while traveling. The only problem I've had is the fridge being off when we stop I guess due to air venting into the burner area. JUst relight and good to continue.
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I always traveled with propane on to keep fridge cold going down the road. If I pulled in for fuel, I would turn off the propane 1st, fuel up, turn propane back on before hitting the road again. I never had a problem.
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Old 01-23-2016, 07:48 AM   #6
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It is made to run. If it is illegal or you don't feel safe, then don't leave it on.
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Old 01-23-2016, 08:15 AM   #7
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I leave my refrigerator on but turn it off before I get fuel.
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For general information.

While traveling through most tunnels it is illegal to have the propane tank valve open, let alone have appliances operating. There are usually large warning signs posted.

Many people tow with propane appliances operating. If you choose to do so it really is a good idea to shut off the pilot or spark making devices while fueling. Gasoline vapors are worse than diesel for ignition dangers during fueling.

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Old 01-23-2016, 08:43 AM   #9
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It really comes down to personal preference; unless local laws dictate otherwise. Refer to your local area laws and keep in mind the laws of the places you intend to go to or pass through. It is against the law in some states to travel with a propane bottle valve in the open position.
Otherwise, do whatever you are comfortable with. I have run with it on in the past and never had an issue, however, in recent years I have changed my methods. Personally, I pre-chill my refrigerator for a day or two before I head out. I travel with everything off and the propane tanks closed. Your refrigerator should be good enough to keep eveything cold and/or frozen for 6-8 hours (depending on ambient outside temps in your location). With everything chilled inside, once you do turn it on, it takes no time at all to bring it back down to operating temperature.
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Although this has been heavily discussed in posts in this forum, I was unsure what I was going to do. Essentially, the decision to leave it on was made for me: Our older dog, Steve, has an eye condition (corneal ulcers) that requires 3 different medications 3 times a day. One of medications has to kept refrigerated for up to 2 weeks, BUT for it to be stored for greater than 2 weeks, it must be kept frozen. The refrigerator was always on.

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