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Old 06-01-2015, 07:28 AM   #11
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More do run on propane while traveling then don't. We've been doing it since 1977.
Ditto since 1979. That's what propane reefer is made for.
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Ditto since 1979. That's what propane reefer is made for.
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Ditto since 1979. That's what propane reefer is made for.
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More do run on propane while traveling then don't. We've been doing it since 1977.
This is one of those topics where there are many differing opinions on refrigerator operation and traveling. Many opinions are based on what they have heard somewhere rather than based on facts and understanding.

Myself, I always travel with the refrigerator running on propane. Even while refueling there is not an issue. If you understand that gasoline fumes are heavier than air and settle toward the ground. Additionally, the flame in the refrigerator is 4 feet above the ground and 20 feet away.
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Old 06-01-2015, 09:07 AM   #15
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What about the need to keep the fridge level during operation?


All that sloshing from acceleration, braking and turns; up and down hills can't be good for distilling ammonia out of the water and having it condense and fall back down through the correct tubes...


Give me the science behind operating a gas fridge out of level and I just might start running it during transit.


I'm still not comfortable with leaving the propane tanks open while on the road, though.
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What about the need to keep the fridge level during operation?


All that sloshing from acceleration, braking and turns; up and down hills can't be good for distilling ammonia out of the water and having it condense and fall back down through the correct tubes...


Give me the science behind operating a gas fridge out of level and I just might start running it during transit.

That actually helps it operate. The need to have it level, when stationary, is so the ammonia/water mixture does not settle into a low spot in the tubes where it can not circulate back to the boiler.
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Neat!


I can't trust just one person's opinion (my problem, not yours) so I did some more digging in teh intarwebs and found this on another RV site: The RV Doctor: RV Absorption Refrigeration - Cooling Unit Facts, Faults and Fixes


"Let’s take a detailed look at the boiler section and what can happen if the refrigerator is run off-level while the coach is parked. Keep in mind, the problems associated with off-level operation pertain to either forms of heat applied to the boiler, burning propane or electricity; and only when the RV is not moving. Running the refrigerator while driving eliminates the leveling issue altogether; in most cases, there is enough rocking motion while traveling down the highway to keep the contents flowing through the system without the fear of overheating."


So, as people have mentioned, it is perfectly OK to operate a gas absorption fridge while underway.


So much for my preconceptions and prejudices!


Now to get over my fear of having the propane system on. Or just connect a 1500W inverter (my fridge is 2-way).
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I can't trust just one person's opinion (my problem, not yours) so I did some more digging
No problem with that. I am basically the same way with many things and that is how you learn.
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More likely the 16 xrb would just have the two way Fridge (110 and propane)
My 2015 is this way (propane and AC only). I like the fact that I can run the fridge on propane, as I do not have the luxury of plugging in the fridge into AC a few hours before the trip; I live in a community where the homeowners do not allow overnight parking of a camper or RV. Besides, my driveway is on a slant, so it would not be level enough to do that anyway.

I just have to remember the procedure to "bleed" the propane so that the refridge will start on propane! The first couple of times I would try to get the water heater to start when we arrived at the campsite, it took forever for me to get its pilot light to ignite. Then I read here that you need to turn the propane tanks valve open slowly, wait a few minutes, then ignite the inside stove burner to verify the propane is flowing, turn that off, and then you should be good to go in getting the regrigerators propane to work up at its panel, or the hot water heaters pilot light to ignite.

Paitience and procedure!
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