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Old 01-23-2016, 10:36 AM   #11
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I've been back and forth on this as well. I tried it last year for the first time on a 2 hour trip with no fuel stops. In the 2 hours it was on gas, the freezer was good and cold when I arrived.
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Old 01-23-2016, 12:52 PM   #12
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Old 01-23-2016, 03:39 PM   #13
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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.
Not that you asked...

I've heard more than one story about stopping on the road and finding the freezer/refrigerator not working. If medication temperature is your concern there are specific tools for that.

Insulpak Insulated Medication Travel Bag with Electronic Temp Display Cools up to 30 Hours (Amazon)
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The cost might be worth it for the peace of mind.

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Old 01-23-2016, 04:29 PM   #14
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Not that you asked...

I've heard more than one story about stopping on the road and finding the freezer/refrigerator not working. If medication temperature is your concern there are specific tools for that.

Insulpak Insulated Medication Travel Bag with Electronic Temp Display Cools up to 30 Hours (Amazon)
Robot Check

The cost might be worth it for the peace of mind.

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Thanks, Vic. A cool product.
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Old 01-23-2016, 05:06 PM   #15
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It does not come down to personal preference. It comes down to probabilities and risk management. Turn your propane off when you travel.

There are plenty of people who knowingly drive overloaded and will tell you they have never had a problem. Some don't have a clue about it.

There are plenty of people who don't use any pedestal power protection and will tell you they have never had a problem. Some don't have a clue about it.

I could go onward. None of these are personal preferences.

If you don't turn your propane off and you loose your rig, those telling you it doesn't matter will probably be silent and they certainly won't help you recover from it. They will feel no responsibility and won't be held accountable for their advice.

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We run with ours on. If something happens... It's on me. Know the risks and make your decision. We usually travel 6 or more hours away when camping and I'm keeping my fridge running and cold the whole way...

Shoot, I have been taking a risk by running the stock towmax tires for two years lol.....
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In other words, If it is not illegal do what you want. No one here or anywhere else can tell you other wise, in a free country.

If you know the risks, you be the judge.
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:26 PM   #18
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In other words, If it is not illegal do what you want. No one here or anywhere else can tell you other wise, in a free country.

If you know the risks, you be the judge.
This is exactly the same response to the often-debated "RV toilet paper vs. normal TP" discussion!
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Ditch the fridge and install a residential like we did. Never worry about it again. However, as long as we've had the other fridges, we ran them while in transit. 8 rigs, no issues.
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Not that you asked...

I've heard more than one story about stopping on the road and finding the freezer/refrigerator not working. If medication temperature is your concern there are specific tools for that.

Insulpak Insulated Medication Travel Bag with Electronic Temp Display Cools up to 30 Hours (Amazon)
Robot Check

The cost might be worth it for the peace of mind.

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BTDT. I unplugged from shore power, fridge set to "auto", didn't verify before we took off that the fridge was running on gas. Got to a rest/human fuel stop a little way down the road, and I didn't hear it running, DW said lights were blinking. We couldn't get it started right there, but we weren't in danger of losing food yet so we pressed on. I trouble-shot when we got to the CG and discovered that I hadn't bled the air out of the propane lines, so the fridge ignitor kept faulting out. Now I bleed the propane lines, and audibly verify the fridge is running before we leave and at each stop.

Luckily at this point in life, we don't have meds or anything critical that requires the fridge. But I'm not a big fan of food poisoning, so we run that puppy.
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