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Old 07-10-2011, 10:38 AM   #1
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Fridge question

I have a question about my fridge in my tt..Come from a pup i could run my fridge on 12v as we traveled now that we have the big tt my question is can you travel with it on gas, is it ok or a no no. We have done many local trips(no more than an hour away) an have just left it off but we are going to OBX in a week an leaving it off for the 13 hour drive wont work an i really dont want to shop for food when i can spend time on the beach..So who here travels with it on gas is it ok or not...Thanks for you your help..

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Old 07-10-2011, 10:50 AM   #2
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Yes you can. I do it all the time. Gotta make sure my beer is still cold when I get to the CG. lol

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Old 07-10-2011, 12:03 PM   #3
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Absolutely. The day before the trip, I go plug the RV into shore power at the RV storage to charge batteries and also cool down the fridge. The day of the trip, I switch the fridge over to gas and load it up. If I camp where there is electricity I switch it back over to electric, otherwise will leave the gas on till I get back home. Never have had a problem in 3 plus years I have owned my RV.
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:07 PM   #4
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You will get varied opinions on this - some do it, others dont like to. I personally leave mine on automatic when traveling and it goes to gas when I pull of shore power. I generally shut it down when fueling.
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:18 PM   #5
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When we had our pop up, it always went out. It would stay on forever when stationary though. Now that we have a larger camper, we leave it on auto.
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Old 07-10-2011, 03:53 PM   #6
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We leave ours on auto. That said , it's against the law in some states and in highway tunnels, but how are they to know. Larry
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:03 AM   #7
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I know in British Columbia where I am from it is against the law. If a long drive is planned what I do is start the fridge on propane when we stop for lunch or even a short break. It is possible to retain your fridge temperature while traveling the whole day by doing this and being aware that the fridge door needs to be closed as much as possible.
I'm not against traveling with the propane on but am more on the side of managing safety practices. If my trip is six or less hours I don't bother turning the propane on because the fridge can maintain things for that long without having to turn it on.
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:42 AM   #8
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I run mine on electric all the time, gas costs you money.
I shut it down, to pull it local then plug it back in.
We are going up to Minnestota 4-5 hours, may buy some groceries up there, doubt I switch to gas, my frige keeps its cool for quite a while if you DO NOT OPEN it.
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:51 AM   #9
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The biggest risk is in the event of an accident there could be a propane leak and subsequent fire. This could turn a minor accident into a far larger problem. On shorter trips I have the gas off, but on longer ones I am guilty of traveling with it on even though I shouldn't
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Old 07-11-2011, 06:34 PM   #10
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We have always traveled with the fridge on gas. Have never had any problems but I know it's probably illegal in many places and in many situations. Even while fueling I leave it on because it is so far away from the pump. Might consider turning it off prior to a long tunnel.

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