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Old 05-08-2013, 02:05 PM   #11
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:29 PM   #12
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Our fridge is on whenever we are using the trailer. No problems at all with the unit set on auto - 120V when plugged in and propane when not. In last year almost 5 months and 8000 miles.

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Old 05-09-2013, 12:19 AM   #13
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Always run with the fridge on , then it is ready when we arrive at our destination......happy camping !!!
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:29 AM   #14
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Indeed... Always run with the fridge on. It can take 24 hours sometimes to cool down. Should you find out that you do have a DC option on your fridge, and you use it when towing, make sure that during meal stops and longer stops that you turn your fridge off. Your fridge will drain both your campers battery and your tow vehicle battery in no time at all.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:53 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by wkc22fb View Post
---with my burner blowing out while in tow, am I overlooking something or is this normal????
I agree with the others that there is nothing wrong with running the fridge while towing. If it is going out while going down the highway, then you have a problem somewhere.

My question is "has the fridge going out always been a problem when going down the road"? Or is this something that started happening later on after it was new?

This is what comes to my mind as what to look at.
1st, make sure the little pivoting cover that you open to view the burner flame is closed.
2nd, if it is, then I'd check the ignitor/flame sensor. The igniter also acts as a flame sensor. It sends a signal to the control box that you have a good flame. If the control box does not receive that signal, it shuts the gas off.
There are two things to look at on the flame sensor. First make sure the ignitor's electrode is clean. If it is dirty or has carbon/soot on it, that can impede it's ability to detect a flame. It may work OK in a calm conditions, but when going down the highway and the burner can area has more airflow, the flame sensor may be having problems sensing the flame. You can clean it with some very fine grit emory cloth or sandpaper.
Next make sure the mounting area where the electrode is attached is clean. This is the electrode's ground. If the place where the electrode is mounted, is rusty or dirty that can also affect the flame senor's ability to function.

If all that checks out and/or the fridge has always gone out while towing, then I would suspect an issue with the installation. The burner is getting blown out by excessive airflow. Look at the burner can area. It should basically form a shroud or "chimney" around the flame. It should protect the flame while allowing adequate airflow at the bottom and top.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:58 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by xkuzme1 View Post
Indeed... Always run with the fridge on. It can take 24 hours sometimes to cool down.
I'd run my fridge too if took 24 hours!!!!....my 3 way Norcold takes 4hrs to cool - 8hrs to freeze on electric!!!!!
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:45 PM   #17
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Tail_gunner, thanks for all the diagnostics. Our TT is less than a year old. I've only towed with fridge running on propane once and this is when I had issue. Heck, it may be fine. This is why i asked all you knowledgeable JOF members. I'm about to find out next week on our journey to S. Missouri. I do know gas operation is normal while set up at camp. It's gonna be a fun trip and I'm looking forward to check this fridge ON while towing.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:51 PM   #18
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Traveling with fridge running....

I have a question for those of you who travel with your propane on. When it comes time to fill up your tow vehicle with fuel do you pull over to the side to turn off your fridge prior to pulling up to the pump? Than pull over to the side again after filling up to restart your fridge? In all the years RVing, I have never seen anybody do this. In Canada it's against the law to have an open flame near the pumps. I suspect it's the same in the States. I guess some fill up prior to hooking up their rigs but you would have to fill up again at some point in time. What are your thoughts on this. Here it's not against the law to travel with your propane on except on a ferry.
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Old 05-10-2013, 03:43 AM   #19
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I have never shut mine off. First, fuel vapors are heavier than air. They will sink to the ground. Second, the flame in the refrigerator is 4 feet above the ground and 30 feet away. I feel more at risk it getting hit by someone when I am leaving the station than this refrigerator issue presents.
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Old 05-10-2013, 04:01 AM   #20
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Level according to my owners manual means within 5 degrees of plumb. I did the trig with my 23B and 5 degrees would mean around 14" of blocking under the tongue jack while sittiing on a level surface. There is no way you will ever camp or go down the road at that angle. Getting back to the OP's question...yes I run the fridge on gas while traveling. Although you can smell gasoline fumes occasionally while at the gas station, they are not concentrated enough to support combustion unless your ignition source is pretty close to the filler opening where the vapors escape. Also they tend to concentrate very close to ground level and in my TT the fridge burner is over 4 feet off the ground. I don't lose much sleep over the refueling situation.

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