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Old 04-06-2015, 06:37 PM   #21
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I run with mine on since I don't wanna risk food spoil,i also run a 5" straight exhaust with a muffler no cat on it.(exhaust refrence from others complaining about going thru campground with exhaust on trucks) Either way people are gonna tell you your wrong or right.I doubt in a accident that the propane could fuel a fire due to excess flow check valves that are mandated now on all propane cylinders,yes in some odd condition happened you could fuel a small flame.How many grill fires happen a year and the tanks don't explode.I agree you should shut it off at a fuel stop,but at the same time conditions would have to be perfect for something to happen like that.I agree 100% on being safe on the roadways,especially with putting others at risk,but im sure this practice has been going on for years and will probably keep going on.
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Old 04-06-2015, 06:56 PM   #22
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With the way automobiles are getting smarter, I bet that in the NEAR future RV's will get smarter. I can see the day when you plug your RV's cable into the back of your TV a computer will turn off your propane tanks, put down your antenna, pull in your awning, the slide outs will retract automatically, your stairs will fold back into the RV automatically, the 30 second alarm will start sounding that the stabilizers will begin retracting in 1 minute, if the tongue jack is down or the shore power is still plugged in the TT will tell the TV not to allow the trans to be put in a gear and finally the fridge will lock keeping the driver out of the nice cold beer.

Ahhh, with GPS it may automatically turn off your propane when you enter a tunnel or a gas station..

Brace yourselves the future is closer than you think

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I too ran my 3 way fridge on propane while traveling to keep things cooled off, honestly never gave it to much thought, being the amount of gas ran was so small, it is hard enough to get the pilot lit with a open flame right on top most days, just my experience. But, not to say there is not a chance of a disaster. Does anyone know if the Pinnacle residential fridge will run on the 12 volt system with the 1000W inverter while driving, I know the fridge is not ran on propane. This is something I'm not clear about and cannot find in the manual anywhere.
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Some trailers have the three way fridge where you can run it off battery power, others only have electrical or gas. Mine is one of them, you have the auto or gas selctor, auto automatically switches it to gas when you unplug it from electricity.
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Slabat, the fridge in our unit does not run on gas at all. So not sure if the inverter will run it while travelling or it always needs to be hooked to shore power. I will start a thread, the others that own the same unit, could help me out, thanks.
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Hattie posted some links to other threads on this topic. Look up the laws regarding your state and the states you will travel in. Some states actually do have laws regarding propane tanks. With that said, I err on the side of safety. I chill my fridge the day prior to loading it. The food will stay cool and not spoil for 6 to 8 hours. However, read up on your refer unit and your trailer power unit. Some Dometic refers actually will operate on the 12V system at a very low level while the TV is hooked up and the engine is running. After the engine shuts off the refer will run an additional 30 minutes before shutting down or if you turn the propane on it will automatically switch over. I had a Komfort 5er that had one of these refer units. Unfortunately, when I washed cobwebs out of the outside back access with the unit plugged in, it shorted out the circuit board. Just replacing the board was almost $1k.
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I also travel with propane on. I have switched it to 12v a couple times, but have forgotten to switch it back on arrival at campsite. Tiz very annoying when the furnace will not run at night due to the fridge sucking the batteries dry. I now force it to propane only when travellng. (this is in our Northern Lite camper).I also need the propane on as we travel with the camper in winter and need to keep the furnace running to keep the water system defrosted. When travelling 60+mph when it is -35f, things need to be kept warm.
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I suppose if you want to be totally safe one should stay in there house and never go out, but that could have it's own dangers. Don't drive an RV, a bicycle, or a car, or even be a pedestrian.
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With the way automobiles are getting smarter, I bet that in the NEAR future RV's will get smarter. I can see the day when you plug your RV's cable into the back of your TV a computer will turn off your propane tanks, put down your antenna, pull in your awning, the slide outs will retract automatically, your stairs will fold back into the RV automatically, the 30 second alarm will start sounding that the stabilizers will begin retracting in 1 minute, if the tongue jack is down or the shore power is still plugged in the TT will tell the TV not to allow the trans to be put in a gear and finally the fridge will lock keeping the driver out of the nice cold beer.

Ahhh, with GPS it may automatically turn off your propane when you enter a tunnel or a gas station..

Brace yourselves the future is closer than you think

Just my future thoughts,

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I'm certain there will be a way to disable that lock.....
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I suppose if you want to be totally safe one should stay in there house and never go out, but that could have it's own dangers. Don't drive an RV, a bicycle, or a car, or even be a pedestrian.
BINGO!

Winning the lottery has better odds than being hurt by towing an RV with the refrigerator running on propane. Even while refueling.

Gas vapors are heavier than are and will settle to the ground. In most cases this open flame is too high above the ground and too far away (20 feet or more) to present any danger.

The danger from some other idiot at the gas station would be of more concern.

This is another one of those things where people rely on what someone else has told them rather than based on facts and understanding. To each his own. Do what you feel is safest.
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