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Old 05-23-2016, 11:39 AM   #1
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Driving with fridge on

Hi guys,

Relatively new to trailer camping so please excuse my ignorance!

Is it OK/Safe to drive with the fridge on in the propane mode? Everywhere I read it is supposed to be off while driving, not sure though.

Any thoughts would be appreciated

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Old 05-23-2016, 11:50 AM   #2
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There's those that do, without a problem, and those that won't. Certain places you don't want it on, like the gas station. We deep freeze food before a trip, and plug the TT in the night before we leave, and leave the fridge off while travelling. We're not in the hot parts of the country, but never had a problem from one CG to the next. Others will give their versions, I'm sure. Wish I was more help with a definite answer.
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:04 PM   #3
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This seems to be a very controversial topic. I tow with our propane / fridge on every trip. I do however pull over before fueling and turn off the fridge and propane but, once fueled up I always turn it all back on. It was indeed designed to operate while in tow after all.

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Old 05-23-2016, 12:07 PM   #4
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We don't
Have three frozen soda bottles in there now
We freeze them in camp, turn off the propane on the road and essentially the frozen contents of the bottles make the fridge a big cooler
It's worked so far even in daytime heat here in Arizona
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:34 PM   #5
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I have never used the propane for my frig. A few days before a trip I plug the camper into house power to cool down the frig, then switch over to 12v for the road trip, works great for us.
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:52 PM   #6
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We almost always tow with the fridge on. We keep it on in gas stations too. Our fridge is about 30 feet behind our fuel tank...
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Old 05-23-2016, 01:21 PM   #7
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We always travel and fuel with the propane on and fridge operational unless I see a sign posted saying otherwise.

It's been debated to death here and on every rv forum so just do what you can deal with.

My buddy just bought a small mh and is scared to death of LP gas, so he does not even fill the propane tank. Ask me if I care!
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For us it's cause we are cheap. So far we have used 1.5 20 lb tanks in 33 days
Mostly in the desert.
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Old 05-23-2016, 02:01 PM   #9
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That is one thing I miss about my old 1977 Layton...well before the fridge broke. It had a 3-way fridge so I could run it on 12V while going down the road. I still don't understand why they aren't more common in the modern larger TTs and 5th wheels, seems like only the smaller trailers such as pop-ups still come with 3-way fridges. Since it can be quite warm here I drive with mine on gas.


I know my parents and aunt & uncle use a 12V cooler instead on their travels with their slide-in campers as they sometimes use ferries and there are some areas with tunnels when they are traveling in the northwest between Alaska and Washington.
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Being traveling with it on since 1977, TT's, FW's and MH's. As norty said except when in a tunnel, on a ferry or other specific must be off areas.
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