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Old 06-05-2013, 08:18 PM   #1
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Traveling with frig on LP???

So we're taking off tomorrow morning which means I thought of this too late...
does anyone run their frig on LP while in route to where ever you're going? My neighbor said he does that but I'm not sure it *should* be done.
I have a 2000 Jayco Eagle 14so and I don't know if the DC will work through the connection to the truck. The camper has the standard 6-wire connection and the cable is a 6-to-4 wire but the "charge" line isn't wired in that cable. Will the frig work on that cable? So that's the why I'm questioning the LP...

We've decided not to put anything in the frig that needs to stay cold and we'll run it on DC until we get to the first stop tomorrow night. If it's cold we'll know...

If you have time and know an answer please let me know. I'll be checking back in the morning. Thanks!
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:54 PM   #2
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I've heard a number of people on the forum do but we were told by the product expert when we bought the trailer not to. She said "an open propane line would just make a bad accident that much worse".

Not sure how much risk there really is so it's up to you. I haven't yet but I haven't done any long trips in hot weather yet either.
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Traveling with frig on LP???

I run mine on propane while in transit all the time. We cool it down about 36 hours before we leave and my wife stocks it full the night before and disconnect from shore power right before leaving and off we go. I always leave my switch in auto mode so i don't have to worry about switching to gas.
Hope this helps and have a safe trip.
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I run with mine on LP no issues. Here is a link to a thread where this was recently discussed at length. https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=12990
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I run my on propane while in transit in the auto mode also. I have not nor have I heard of anyone experiencing any issues.
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...14so and I don't know if the DC will work through the connection to the truck. The camper has the standard 6-wire connection and the cable is a 6-to-4 wire but the "charge" line isn't wired in that cable. Will the frig work on that cable? So that's the why I'm questioning the LP...

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If you have time and know an answer please let me know. I'll be checking back in the morning. Thanks!
Other members will likely have better input as to running the propane while underway.

From your trailer connection description it sounds like you are adapting to a 4 wire in-line connector. That would mean that while towing you don't have electric brake capability or "charge" as you mentioned.

I doubt that your trailer refrigerator has a standing pilot (although it could have a replacement unit of some sort) so even when you are cooling with propane you still need 12 VDC for the refrigeration controls. Without the "charge" from your vehicle you will be depending completely on your TT battery for 12 volt supply unless your are connected to 120 volt AC shore power or running a generator (I know, highly unlikely).

If your TT battery is good condition and fully charged it should power the refrigeration for a day of travel with no problem. If the battery is old and on its way out... who knows??

Sorry I can't offer more. vic
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I have asked the question many times. We have rented MH a few times over the years. Everyone of the rental places had in their rental policies not to run the frig on LP while in motion.

When we were looking for a new TT I asked the question to all the dealers. They all stated it was fine to run them on LP while in motion, a few added to check with local laws as they were not sure if it was legal in all states.

We have a lot of delivery trucks in this area that use LP as a fuel source. So what is the difference between a TT or a car or truck that uses LP as a fuel source? The TT is less likely to be in an accident than a delivery truck, that is on the road everyday.
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LP/fridge on while trailering....no issues. And how do you charge your trailer battery without a hook up to the Tow vehicle (and if going somewhere w/ no hookups)? That's the first thing I'd fix.
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Thanks everyone for the input. From what I'm seeing I'll most likely use the LP while traveling.

There were several questions/remarks about the battery so wanted to clear that up - I don't have a battery. I've got the lines for the battery to be installed but I don't have one in or on the camper. I'm going to put a battery on and I may put a solar charging system on as well - just depends on what we end up doing with the camper. Worst case I'll be just adding the battery...
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We have a lot of delivery trucks in this area that use LP as a fuel source. So what is the difference between a TT or a car or truck that uses LP as a fuel source? The TT is less likely to be in an accident than a delivery truck, that is on the road everyday.
That sounds like a reasonable comparison. Modern travel trailer propane line connections are also equipped with flow limiters so as long as the hose assembly remains intact it's not like it should blow all the propane at once.

That said, laws are laws so depending upon where you are driving it can matter.

I found this link has some good general information and some alternatives.

http://gypsyjournal.net/traveling_with_propane.htm

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