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Old 03-13-2015, 06:10 PM   #1
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Question New owner-Refrigerator question

We are about to set off for a week's stay in the North Georgia mountains and we are taking a load of food with us. Am I correct in thinking that it's okay to have the refrigerator running on propane while the trailer is being towed?.
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Old 03-13-2015, 06:42 PM   #2
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That's correct. We plug ours in and stock it the night before. then we use propane when we travel. Check out River Vista in Clayton. I forgot this we also leave ours on auto when we are in a park and plugged in.
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Old 03-13-2015, 06:59 PM   #3
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We do the same. I tow TT to the house the day before we leave. I plug into the house and go to work. The wife stocks everything up, including the refrigerator. I unplug the morning we leave and utilize the refrigerator/freezer as a cooler during our travels. All works out great! No need to use propane during the drive and if it's a multiple days drive, we get to the halfway point and plug into shore powers.

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Old 03-13-2015, 07:00 PM   #4
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Here is something from the Jayco Feather Manual:

JAYCO TOWABLE SECTION 4 - TOWING & SET-UP
 
Driving safety and protection against injury cannot be fully ensured. However, we recommend you pay special attention to the following:
Keep the tires inflated to the specified levels. Replace the tires before they are excessively worn.
The propane cylinder(s) should be turned off when traveling. Most refrigerators will keep food cold or frozen for eight hours without running while you travel.
Adverse weather conditions and extremes in terrain may affect the performance and handling of your tow vehicle. Do not operate the tow vehicle cruise control on icy or extremely wet roads, winding roads, in heavy traffic or in any other traffic situation where a constant speed cannot be maintained.
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Here is something from the Jayco Feather Manual:

The propane cylinder(s) should be turned off when traveling. Most refrigerators will keep food cold or frozen for eight hours without running while you travel.
Written by a very good attorney at JAYCO to limit their liability. In 37 years of having a unit with a LP/110 fridge I have always traveled with it on propane.
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:47 PM   #6
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There's debate on this board on the safety of this practice. You can see the discussions here: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f7...ion-21944.html

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f5...pane-7800.html

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f5...ing-19361.html

There may be others but these threads will give you an idea of how people feel.
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And yet another very recent thread aligned to this topic: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f7...ity-25133.html; here you will find some state restrictions.
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IF your fridge is cooled ahead of driving AND if you have virtually no unused space (meaning, pack it full), then your refrigerator becomes like a cooler; even the propane companies note your food will be just fine during transit. Please do refer to the above links as this is a topic with TONS of great info already gathered and shared.
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Written by a very good attorney at JAYCO to limit their liability. In 37 years of having a unit with a LP/110 fridge I have always traveled with it on propane.
X2. Instructions on everything from boiling water to flying a plane come first from the companies' lawyers and insurance companies' lawyers, not those who know what the H they are talking about. Disgusting. Think I'll start a thread on stupid warnings.
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I have another refrigerator question for you all that keep it on while driving. I still feel like a newbie even though we have had a Jayco TT for 2 years. The one we have now is our second one and was bought in February. We were told from the person who did our walk thru don't ever use the propane while driving because it's against the law here in Washington. The salesman said sure go ahead I do it all the time. But what about keeping it level? I was also told if refrigerator is not level we would have problems with it and driving up and down mountains is certainly not level.


We just had an issue with the refrigerator. The green light was blinking. Dealer said it probably wasn't level and they reset it. That didn't fix it so they had to replace thermostat. Seems to work now.


So what's the scoop on a level refrigerator?
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