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Bobafett 07-03-2019 09:46 AM

Running fridge while driving
 
Im new so go easy!

Taking my hummingbird 17MBS out tomorrow for the first time. If Im not mistaken, i can operate the fridge while driving? If so, do i just make sure its on electric or auto or gas??? Whats the process?

DocBrown 07-03-2019 10:04 AM

Gas. The electric is AC so you'll need a shore connection for that.

2nOZ 07-03-2019 10:10 AM

We have ours running on gas while towing. You can either select the gas mode or, if you are in the auto mode and connected to shore power, it should automatically switch to gas when you unplug from shore power.

Learner 07-03-2019 10:10 AM

Check your state regulations. Some don't allow it.....danger of propane fire in event of accident.

Bobafett 07-03-2019 10:12 AM

Got it and thank you everyone!

DocBrown 07-03-2019 10:19 AM

And if you go though tunnels you may be required to turn it off.

EvilDoer 07-03-2019 10:26 AM

You've reopened Pandora's box. This topic has come up more than once on this forum with passionate arguments on both sides.
I'm on the side of not using propane while in motion. It's illegal in tunnels and at gas stations and on some bridges. It's illegal because open flame is bad. People will tell you they've done it for years with no problem, or that propane, gas fumes, dust, and other combustibles only ignite at very specific concentrations. Unfortunately, the laws regarding open flames or running propane appliances while in motion were written for a reason. Despite safeguards at gas stations and elsewhere, accidents happen; you don't want to be the spark (or flame) that turns an accident into a tragidy.
From a strictly legal standpoint, are you really going to pull over before the gas station (tunnel, bridge, etc), shut off your fridge and propane, pull in and fuel your vehicle, then pull out, pull over, then turn on your propane and fridge and continue your journey?

If you're transporting perishable foods, get them cold before departure, monitor the temp en route, and learn how long foods can last above 42 degrees before needing to be tossed or reprocessed. If you just want a cold beer at your destination, buy a little cooler and some ice.

CampNow 07-03-2019 10:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Learner (Post 770101)
Check your state regulations. Some don't allow it.....danger of propane fire in event of accident.

Maybe while driving through tunnels and such, and while refueling, but I find it very hard to believe any state would outlaw all use of an RV fridge on their public highways. If so, they're going to lose a lot of commerce as folks rush to drive through their state so their food doesn't spoil--lol!

Learner 07-03-2019 11:22 AM

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Originally Posted by CampNow (Post 770114)
Maybe while driving through tunnels and such, and while refueling, but I find it very hard to believe any state would outlaw all use of an RV fridge on their public highways. If so, they're going to lose a lot of commerce as folks rush to drive through their state so their food doesn't spoil--lol!

I admit that I'm only repeating what I have heard! It's hard to find actual state regulations all compiled in one place regarding this issue. 😄

Sundancer330 07-03-2019 11:29 AM

We run propane every time out, don't go through any tunnels, never stop for gas due to a large fuel tank and if we did I would just have to turn it off until I move away from the pumps.


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