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Old 04-05-2015, 12:11 PM   #1
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Operating fridge while driving

I'm slightly confused on whether or not it is okay to run the fridge on propane while driving.
The owners manual says it depends on local laws in one chapter. In another it says not to and the fridge stays cold up to 8 hours.
Any advice on this subject would be greatfull.
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:29 PM   #2
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We always run our fridge when on the road. But a few things you must do. Shut off the fridge before entering the fuel pump area, and keep it off until you are clear of the pump area. Also, stay away from any lengthy tunnels when the fridge is on. Rule of thumb -- the propane flame of the fridge does not mix with explosive fumes, which you may or may not encounter in these situations.
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:33 PM   #3
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We have always had ours on as well, echo what David said about gas stations.
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I've run my fridge while driving in every one of the states you see marked in my signature, over a period of 20 years. There were a few long tunnels on the east coast that required I turn off all propane tanks and the fridge, but was able to easily reignite the fridge flame a few hours later at a rest stop.

David is correct about being aware of fumes in a fueling area. Sometimes you can fuel up without turning off the fridge. My Outback had the fridge on the right side of the rig and my gas cap is on the left (driver's) side. If I pulled in an end fuel pump, that put the flame on the other side and about 40' behind me - and nowhere near anyone else fueling. My new Jayco, though, has the fridge on the truck's fuel door side, so I will be turning the fridge off when I pull into a gas station, then turning it back on when I pull away.
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Please search this forum for there are multiple threads, with links to references, that you should review. For example:
  1. https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f7...ion-25483.html
  2. https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f7...ity-25133.html
  3. https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f7...ion-21944.html
  4. https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f5...pane-7800.html
  5. https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f5...ing-19361.html
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I tarvel with mine on all the time, I guess I have never turned it off while at a gas station filling either never thought about it. But I think from now on I will, all it takes is a spark to ignite a mess.
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I tarvel with mine on all the time, I guess I have never turned it off while at a gas station filling either never thought about it. But I think from now on I will, all it takes is a spark to ignite a mess.
Agreed! We shut our propane off while travelling in the interest of both people and vehicle safety, but you can't always trust the OTHER car or RV drivers to do the same. We've watched bikes and lawn chairs bouncing wildly, rigs going faster than their tires are rated, constant swerving in-and-out as opposed to staying in tow-lane, and just-plain road-rudeness like tailgating. All are invitations to disaster - and adding open propane tanks to the mix just isn't worth it.
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We never drive with the Fridge running on propane. For the past 2 years having SOLAR, we leave it on electric (inverter) whether we are traveling or at the CG. One of the side benefits of solar. When I get a chance I will try to see how much amperage the TV provides the TT while traveling. With a 280Amp alternator there should be plenty left for the TT, but that skimpy wire from the TT's fuse (30 amp) box will be the only restriction.

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I was wondering this as we were gearing up for our maiden voyage this weekend. After research I decided to leave it off. I went and turned it on the day before or trip and everything was ice cold the day we left. I loaded all the food in the fridge and turned it off. 4 hours later at our destination the ice in the freezer didn't show the slightest hit of melt and the fridge was still ice cold. So I plan to just do that. I don't see us driving longer than 8 hours so I prefer not to take the risk.
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Mine has been on propane for the last two days while traveling. First time I've ever done it. As far as laws, I'm not familiar with all 50 states by any means but the only restrictions I've ever seen in the east coast is tunnels. I know in Baltimore the tank itself is not allowed in the tunnels. You have to go across the Key bridge on 695. Only reason I ran mine this time was I have over a week worth of food in it and I couldn't find my ice blocks to place in it for a cooler cooler effect. No problems and used very little propane. So little the gauge hasn't moved. I didn't turn it off at fuel pumps but like the other poster its quite a ways from my tank. Not sure why anyway. Biggest issue would be static electricity on the nozzle itself and that's going to light gas fumes not the propane. As a firefighter I've put out several Rv fires. Takes quite a bit of heat and time for a tank to blow. Camper will be a metal frame and extinguished before the tank gets that hot. But the jet of fire coming out the hose is impressive. I would worry more about explosive decompression in a wreck or other such rapid event.
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