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Old 04-05-2012, 10:02 PM   #1
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Towing with fridge running on propane

Hi all, I done a search on this but could not get an answer. Most concerns were around the fridge running on propane while at the gas pump. My concern is that the fridge should be kept level when running. So when you're towing going up and down hills and temporary stops on uneven grade (red lights, etc.) is it ok to have the fridge running on propane to keep things cool? Does anyone do this regularly with no problems? Can I hurt or damage anything? Maybe some brands or models work better then others, but I have a 17z with a Norcold and wondering how well it performs running on propane while the trailer is in motion. Thanks for any advice.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:07 PM   #2
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I've ran my RV refrigerators on auto for 11 years.

I've towed coast to coast, border to border and fueled many times without a problem or worry.
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:03 AM   #3
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I run mine on propane when we are traveling but don't tell anyone.
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:05 AM   #4
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We always us our refirgerator on propane while traveling. If we stop for lunch in a parking lot we turn it off if the trailer is not close to level. I would also turn it off at the tank if I were filling with gas. As it is we have a diesel so it is usually left on.
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I wouldn't worry about not being level while towing up and down hills. My '11 F-150 has an off-road screen on the drivers display that contains an inclinometer for front to back and side to side. Even on the steepest hills around here the front to back never goes past 2 or 3 degrees and the side to side never past 0.
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:53 AM   #6
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I asked our dealer and in our province there is a law against it butno one really cares. We have the same trailer and run propane.
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Mine stays on auto all the time as well. Not as concerned while fueling up if the diesel pumps are separate from the gas, but I will turn it off if I am near a gas nozzle. I've never heard of anything happening, but I don't want to be the first one either.
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The being level is only a worry when you are sitting still for long periods... that does not happen when you are driving... Some jurisdictions have laws against propane being on while driving... in an accident propane being on the possibility of a propane line being cut and then adding fuel to any possible fire .....
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I asked our dealer and in our province there is a law against it butno one really cares. We have the same trailer and run propane.
Thanks everyone for the replies. I'm also in Ontario, but if no one enforces this law and it won't damage anything, then this is what I will be doing! It's also against the law to use cell phones while driving and speeding, but we all do that too so why not add one more thing to the list, lol.

Out of curiosity though, and maybe only someone from Ontario can answer this, and that is when the OPP do their spot checks on long weekends and such and like to pull over vehicles towing trailers for safety checks, is this one of the things that they look at? Or are the just concerned about the TT being safely & correctly connected to the TV, tire condition, working lights, etc?
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:30 AM   #10
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We towed our fifth-wheel for 18 years with the frig on with propane. Went up and down some pretty steep hills and don't think we ever had a problem. No law around here about driving with the propane running. If there were an accident bad enough to break the propane lines, I would think it might rupture the tanks as well.
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