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Old 02-16-2024, 10:00 PM   #1
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refridge on while traveling

Probably been discussed many times but.......

I usually travel during the day with the fridge off. Only go about 300 miles a day and then plug in again and turn it on.
Do most people run the fridge on propane while traveling ?
And will the inverter run the fridge ?
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Probably been discussed many times but.......

I usually travel during the day with the fridge off. Only go about 300 miles a day and then plug in again and turn it on.
Do most people run the fridge on propane while traveling ?
And will the inverter run the fridge ?
Yes, I run my fridge when travelling. It is a three-way, so it flips to propane automatically when we unhook to roll out. Never an issue running with it on in twenty plus years (on various models, all of the same type).
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My propane fridge flames out at higher elevations, such as monarch and red mountian passes.
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Probably been discussed many times but......
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Just one of such discussions..

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Yes, discussed ad nauseam...

Personally, I've always run with it on, and often run it on propane when at camp to save a couple amps when I'm trying to run many other high-draw AC items.

I've been seeing a lot more reference to 12V and 120V fridges lately. With an upgraded battery bank, and maybe even solar, those look to be really good options if you're uncomfortable running on gas.
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What Bob said. Try the search feature at the top of the page for the hundreds of comments on this topic.
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In many states it is illegal but this has to be one of the most unenforced laws I know of. It might be enforced in other states but itís not enforced in Texas that often. The obvious issue is if there is ever an accident. In my opinion it is not a good idea to roll down the highway with a flame lit and wind constantly trying to blow out the flame. Iíve never done it and never needed to and that includes traveling in 100 degree temps. A little planning is all that is needed to avoid it. Not to mention itís a not good practice to use your propane fridge with the camper out of level.

Before long you wonít be able to buy a new camper with a propane fridge. Might already be the case now.
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Since I don't know what size your fridge is, this may be moot.

I carry bottles of water. When parked with shore power, I put 5 or 6 in the freezer. I also set the fridge on the coldest setting. When traveling, I completely shut off the fridge and move the frozen water to the main compartment. These 5 or 6 will stay mostly frozen for most of the day and keep the compartment cold enough. It also makes having cold water for drinking available.

The size of your fridge will determine how many bottles to use.
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Not to mention itís a not good practice to use your propane fridge with the camper out of level.
People have been doing this for decades and I don't hear of a whole lot of issues from this practice. In fact, I don't know of any issues, personally.
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People have been doing this for decades and I don't hear of a whole lot of issues from this practice. In fact, I don't know of any issues, personally.
It depends on how far. If I remember the parameters are 5 degrees front to back and 3 degrees side to side. The fridge, not the camper.
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It depends on how far. If I remember the parameters are 5 degrees front to back and 3 degrees side to side. The fridge, not the camper.
I think we are talking while traveling, not? Nobody has a level camper at all times. Parked is a whole different animal, of course we all like to be as level as possible.
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I think we are talking while traveling, not? Nobody has a level camper at all times. Parked is a whole different animal, of course we all like to be as level as possible.
I misunderstood the context of the original comment.

It's never an issue while traveling since the motion keeps the ammonia/water mix moving.
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ive run with it on for the last 40 years
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People have been doing this for decades and I don't hear of a whole lot of issues from this practice. In fact, I don't know of any issues, personally.
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My propane fridge flames out at higher elevations, such as monarch and red mountain passes.
The propane regulator might need to be adjusted for higher altitudes because the fuel-air ratio is a little out of whack up there. But if it is ONLY happening while you are going over a high pass and then it recovers and works fine when you come done, the solution might be to just live with this short term disruption.
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We always run while traveling on propane. We’ve done that for over 50 years in our motorhomes, trailers, etc. . Can’t imagine letting my ice cream melt.
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Probably been discussed many times but.......

I usually travel during the day with the fridge off. Only go about 300 miles a day and then plug in again and turn it on.
Do most people run the fridge on propane while traveling ?
And will the inverter run the fridge ?
Inverter will not supply power to the fridge. We use propane while in travel.

Keeps the ice cream colde.
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Yes, discussed ad nauseam...

Personally, I've always run with it on, and often run it on propane when at camp to save a couple amps when I'm trying to run many other high-draw AC items.

I've been seeing a lot more reference to 12V and 120V fridges lately. With an upgraded battery bank, and maybe even solar, those look to be really good options if you're uncomfortable running on gas.
This is what we do. 12v fridge, 100ah battery, 200w of solar. Fridge on throughout our travels with no issues.
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I run my fridge on inverter while on the ferry in the San Juan Islands (propane must be off for the ferry). 2 hours on the ferry and a half hour drive to the RV park and my battery monitor says itís down to 70%. Wouldnít want to go much lower. I drive with the fridge on propane all other times.
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