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Old 02-27-2015, 07:00 AM   #1
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Cooling fridge on propane at storage facility

First timer here on this very nice forum. We have a feather ultralite X23B. Is it a common practice to start the fridge cooling down on the propane at the storage facility before you go pick the trailer up?

We cannot leave it in front of our house. The facility does not have specific prohibitions against the practice.

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Old 02-27-2015, 07:27 AM   #2
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As long as the battery has a good charge you shouldn't have a problem. The fridge still needs 12 volt to operate on propane.

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Old 02-27-2015, 07:50 AM   #3
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Thank you for that reply.

So as far as it being "safe" to do, it should be fine as well? Is there an automatic gas shut off if the pilot goes out or something?

I'm just concerned about running the propane for the fridge while it's sitting there waiting for me.

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Old 02-27-2015, 08:07 AM   #4
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Yes if the pilot light goes out the propane flow will shut off.. in fact you probably don't have a pilot light you have an electronic ignition operated off your 12VDC system
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:15 AM   #5
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Ok thank you very much.

Of course I had to watch one too many unfortunate YouTube videos of RV propane problems. So I was a bit concerned.
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:48 AM   #6
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Fridge hints:
  1. As a safety issue, you probably don't want to tow with propane on, and in some locations, you aren't allowed to (e.g., tunnels) ... SO
  2. Ahead of time, freeze what you can (soups, meats, etc.) and make sure everything is already cold before putting it into the fridge - this makes it act like an ice-box and most everything (except ice cream) will do just fine
  3. The more cold stuff you put in - the less warm space or air you are trying to cool, making it quicker to attain proper temp once the propane is on
  4. If your site has electricity, use that as it is their dime and not yours with the propane
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:00 AM   #7
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I hope it goes without saying that if your storage facility is "enclosed", you don't want to be burning propane. The carbon monoxide detector will go off and drain your battery even faster. Other than that, just make sure your trailer is relatively level.
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If you want to leave it for a week between trips you may want to upgrade to two batteries. another trick to keep it cool and cool down quicker is freeze water in half gallon milk jugs one in the fridge when in the freezer and when you're camping you can use it for your cooler.
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I do it all the time. As previously suggested, I add a frozen jug to both the freezer and the fridge during the summer to give it a kick start.
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Old 02-28-2015, 01:24 AM   #10
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I bring my TT out of storage a day before departure and cool the fridge using shore power. I have always turned the propane ON before leaving, making sure the pilot ignites, and I leave the propane on while traveling. Is this wrong? I've done it for 30 years without any issues.

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