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Old 08-28-2015, 10:56 PM   #11
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Makes me wonder what owners do that use propane to run their engines.
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Old 08-28-2015, 11:47 PM   #12
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Propane will only burn when mixed with air at a rate of 2.15% to 9.6% . Above or below that it will not ignite. Also in an accident and a ruptured line the safety in the tank will shut down the flow. Probably safer than your gas tank on your vehicle in my HO..
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Old 08-29-2015, 08:30 AM   #13
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Always run it on propane. That is what one reason it is designed for.

Many feel squeamish doing it and I say , if you are then don't run it or turn it off when you refuel.

I would definitely NOT run the genny just for the fridge.
Ditto, been traveling with the reefer operating on LP for 36 yrs. in pop-ups, fifth wheels and motorhome with no problems!
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I run on propane. My grandfather has run on propane in his motor homes for 30 years. I would rather do that then risk spoiling the food.

Last summer when driving back from Florida with our old pop up, I was one of the first people to stop at a wreck involving a truck and camper that had rolled over. After checking on the driver and passenger, I went back to the tongue of the trailer and checked the propane tanks. Even though the trailer was on it's side, I was impressed to find that the tanks were both still in the brackets. I turned both tanks off at the valves. I never did smell any propane to indicate there was a leak. Now I do not know if they had the fridge running on propane, but there was no fire or major leak. I am not saying that it is not possible, but in a similar situation I would be more worried about the gasoline in the truck, the loose 5 gallon propane tank in the back of the truck, the 1lb propane bottles loose in the storage compartment, and the jug of charcoal lighter also in the storage compartment.
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Old 08-29-2015, 10:13 AM   #15
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we always travel while on propane also. Food safety is a huge deal and can ruin your trip if you and the rest of the family are sick because your refrigerated items were not kept at the proper temperature.
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Old 08-29-2015, 10:13 AM   #16
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Both Dometic and Norcold reps state that over a 6 to 8 hour period (depending on climate), there should be less than a 4 degree loss of temperature in freezer or refrigerator. With my old 5'er, I had traveled from Carson City, Nevada to Tuscon, Arizona in temps ranging from 97 to 105, without my refer running and still had ice cubes in the trays when I got there. That was a 1988 5'er. The refers have gotten better since then.
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Old 08-29-2015, 10:42 AM   #17
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Makes me wonder what owners do that use propane to run their engines.
Or CNG (compressed naturual gas) there is numerous large refueling stations along I-65 in N Indiana just for trucks using CNG. You also see other fleets especially buses in metro areas that run on it.
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Engines which run propane or CNG are internal combustion engines. The fuel air mixture is introduced to the cylinder and the valves close the mixture is ignited pushing the piston down.... etc. and so on. Meanwhile a refrigerator and/or water heater on an RV has an open flame chamber with open air venting. Open your covers up and you can see the pilot light (or on new models the igniter) and when it is running there is an area where you can see the flame.

The chances of a fire or problem when driving and running a refrigerator are extremely slim. I have done it on my older rigs, my father has done it on his older rigs. However, there is still a "chance" however slim, that something can happen.
Still that chance is enough that in the industry manufacturers have issued warnings against it, lawyers for the corporations have issued warnings and statements against it. Some states have written laws against it. Now common sense tells me these steps happened BECAUSE, at some point, some where, sometime, something happened and that CHANCE became a sickening reality.
In the end, all we can do here is offer advice and feedback on our practices. It becomes a personal choice and a personal responsibility.
I don't do it. Honestly, about half the reason is the safety factor, and half is because time and experience has taught me; literally, there is no need. The added plus is that when I travel, it is one less thing I have to look up and be aware of; whether it is against the law in the state I am traveling.
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Old 08-29-2015, 03:20 PM   #19
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Well said NVGun40. I would add that in cold weather when you also use propane to heat, it disappears very quickly. Some CG's that we have stayed at do not have propane available or do not allow refilling at your site. If you have a TT or 5er that's no big deal as you an remove your tanks. With the Seneca and former class A that was not an option. Besides the reasons you stated, I want to conserve my propane and would like to have the capability to run fridge off the inverter.
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Does the frog pull too many amps to run off the inverter?
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