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Old 08-28-2015, 06:30 PM   #1
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running the refrigerator while traveling

On our Seneca the refrig can run on AC power (gen or line) or propane. What do you do while traveling if you are not running the gen? Is there any risk to using the propane to power the refrig while driving?

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Old 08-28-2015, 06:36 PM   #2
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Ran the fridge on propane while on the road for 38 years, TT's, FW 's and MH's
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Old 08-28-2015, 06:41 PM   #3
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I hate agreeing with anyone who is Grumpy, but this time I will!

That reminds me of the time I got into an accident with my company delivery van many years ago. The driver of the other vehicle got out and I will admit, I was surprised that he was a midget!

He looked up at me and said, "young man, I'm not happy!"

I looked down to him and replied, "oh? Which one are you?"

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that reminds me of the time i got into an accident with my company delivery van many years ago. The driver of the other vehicle got out and i will admit, i was surprised that he was a midget!

He looked up at me and said, "young man, i'm not happy!"

i looked down to him and replied, "oh? Which one are you?"

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Thanks Grumpy!

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We run it on propane too. Furthest trip was MD to FL this past January and there were no issues. We run to PA and southern VA as well and it has been fine...
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Old 08-28-2015, 08:31 PM   #8
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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.
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There are a few posts regarding safe practices with this being a hugely debated topic.

Your choice. Your risk.

Check the laws of the states you are traveling in or through. Some states have laws like propane bottles must be closed while traveling in tunnels. A couple states say propane bottles must be in the closed position.

Some people can pull up evidence of RV fires caused or exacerbated by running a propane appliance while traveling.

Personally I do not run the propane while driving. Also, check on your rigs refer unit. Many of them produced today run in three modes. 120AC (shore power/genny), propane, and 12VDC. Be aware, while RV refers always have a 12VDC draw to sense and ignite the propane when it is on, the specific models which actually run on 12VDC are set up to run only when the TV or main engine is running and will continue to run on 12VDC only for 20 to 30 minutes and then shut off to save on batteries. This allows for time to get things set up and changed over to propane or AC.

I have traveled up to 10 hours without my refrigerator turned on and when I stopped and turned on the propane or plugged into electric power, the frozen things were still frozen and the main compartment was still well sufficiently cool to maintain the freshness of food.

Apologies in advance for being a bit snarky, but, for those who have traveled with propane on and running a refer while traveling for years and never had a problem. I used to also, but I figure my family is not worth unnecessary risks.
Just because someone has always done something a certain way doesn't mean its always a good and safe way to do things.

Mom, always threw a chicken on the counter to thaw in the open air all day. Never had a problem for 30 years. Till that one time when the family got food poisoning from the chicken....
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Some people can pull up evidence of RV fires caused or exacerbated by running a propane appliance while traveling.
No way.

Other than the obvious turning it off while re-fueling, you are way less likely to have a problem running the propane while moving than you are by using it when stationary.

Propane is heavier than air so it "pools" if you have a leak. Sitting in a campground with no breeze to push away the propane vapour pooling from a leak would be infinitely worse than driving down the road with the same leak (ie. with the wind dissipating any leaking vapours).

Now from a "being in an accident perspective" I'd certainly rather have the propane shut off.
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