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Old 04-06-2015, 05:48 AM   #11
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I never run refrigerator on the road. I place pre-frozen items in freezer prior to departure and run for two days on coldest temperature. Night before all road departures I put on coldest temperature setting as well. Even in summer months this has worked flawlessly.
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Old 04-06-2015, 06:52 AM   #12
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Certainly the choice is yours to run it or not. The DOT regulations allow it, except in the situations described above. RV propane systems are built to comply with these regulations in the event of a crash, and are certified to be in compliance.
This brings another point to mind. Have your RV propane system leak tested every couple years. Even parked on a campsite, a leak is something you don't want. Although a leak is not common at all, it pays to check from time to time,
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:28 AM   #13
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RV fire ... a blown tire started it, notice the concern about the propane tanks towards the end of the video. As my earlier post noted ... anything can set-off the chain-of-events, even a tire issue (going faster than it is rated).
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:35 AM   #14
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Yes, it is certainly your choice as to whether you run your fridge on propane while driving. If you feel better about that and have no issues, go ahead. But I just find it easy to put the fridge on "Auto" so when I plug into shore power, it automatically switches over to electric. When I unplug, it switches back to propane. Been doing it this way for at least 10 years with a TT. My dealer tech pointed out this feature during the PDI, just a few weeks ago. So they acknowledge it's OK to drive with the fridge running on propane. (Jayco puts in the disclaimer as a CYA statement - probably from their legal department.) And ask yourself - why else would the manufacturer include this feature?

With the fridge on Auto, it's one more thing I don't have to worry about when I get to a campsite. (It seems I frequently forget to start the HW heater - but remember when it's time to do dishes the first time. LOL!)
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:01 AM   #15
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Safety Sam says never run with the propane on... there are many reasons for this.. an accident on the highway could rupture the propane lines feeding more fuel to the fire.. ALSO when you are refueling at the gas station all those gas fumes and the pilot light comes on for the fridge.. possible KA BOOM..
yes the fridge does keep things cold for about 6 hours if you don't open the door..
That said most RVers do drive with the propane on .. blissful ignorance..
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:32 AM   #16
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Bad idea to run on propane while traveling, not even close to be recommended by Jayco (read the manual). Our frig contents stay nice and cold over a day's travel w/o any addition risk if in an accident by having the propane tanks turned on..

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Old 04-06-2015, 10:11 AM   #17
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That said most RVers do drive with the propane on .. blissful ignorance..
I have already suggested it is in safety's interest to shut off the fridge when refueling - and I do so on my new trailer. But I am not ignorant, sir. I have asked the question, and been told by two dealerships (Keystone and Jayco) that driving with the fridge running is an acceptable practice - and they made me aware of the dangers when refueling. This is simply a choice. I choose to do so. If you choose not to, so be it - it can't hurt.

That said, I used to not drive with it on, either, until about 10 years ago when I arrived at the campground in some very hot weather and found the fridge temp to be at 56 degrees. Didn't know how long the food sat at that temp, so we threw away all the meats and other spoilable foods and spent about $50 restocking the fridge the next day. Since then, I keep the fridge on.

As far as Safety Sam and manufacturers are concerned, they will ALWAYS err on the side of safety when giving advice, because of liabilities and our extremely litigious society these days.

Again, this is just my opinion, and I'm not recommending anyone follow my lead. The question was asked and I answered.
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Scoutr2, I'm with you.
My my my, another hot button topic.
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I like to run the refer while smoking a cigar while sharpening my knife on a rotary grinder at the pumps while filling my car with highly explosive jet fuel..... as of yet, no problems!



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I like to run the refer while smoking a cigar while sharpening my knife on a rotary grinder at the pumps while filling my car with highly explosive jet fuel..... as of yet, no problems!



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Now, that there is funny! Unfortunately, there are folks walking around out there who would actually DO this kind of stuff. And we've all seen them!
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