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    Refrigerator power? 12V?

    I have a 2015 Momentum 350M with the Norcold dual door refrigerator/freezer. I know that it is cooled by 110 or propane, but how about 12v while travelling? I'm sure its in the book, but must have passed over it.

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    Commercial Member huntr70's Avatar
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    You need 12 volt to make the circuit board work whether on LP or 110V.

    The refer itself will not run strictly on 12 volt. You will need the LP on to keep it cold while travelling.
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    I believe it's propane while traveling
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    Is it safe to leave propane on while traveling?
    Seems like that could be a real problem if something bad happens on the road and you can't hear the gas alarm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John612 View Post
    Is it safe to leave propane on while traveling?
    Seems like that could be a real problem if something bad happens on the road and you can't hear the gas alarm.
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    John
    While this is true, people have been traveling this way for years, well decades even, without incident. Is it an ideal condition, probably not, but works fine nonetheless.

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    With the new safety valves on the tanks, it is highly unlikely.
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    RV fridge running on propane/12 volt does produce a flame. Years ago they would make you turn it off before loading on a ferry. NC outer banks and Chesapeake, not any more. I have kept mine on and running with no problems for many years. I do keep it mind when refueling.
    There is a double 12 volt safety solenoid built into almost all refrigerators and hot water heaters. In event of low battery voltage on positive or negative side at predetermined value it will shut off gas flow.
    A good reason to make sure you have good batteries and being charged by tow vehicle charging system. Nothing worse than 2 day pull just to find a defrosted freezer when you get there.
    We always turn ours on under 120 AC volt power about a day or 2 before leaving. It helps the system to get a jump on cooling. Also pre load supplies the more the better.
    Hope this helps
    Scott

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    I run mine on propane while heading down the road, and have for at least 20 years. Driving in 100+ degree temps in the southwest can cause your food to get to an unsafe temperature in just one good day's drive. My biggest concern is a blown tire coming apart and taking out the propane line to the kitchen slide out. If we have a blowout, the first thing the wife and I do is turn off the propane as quickly as we can get stopped. But the newer propane tanks are supposed to stop the gas flow if they detect a rapid release of gas.

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    I have traveled with propane on and refridgerator on since 1979. So far no problems
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    scott42blue
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    Quote Originally Posted by TucsonJim View Post
    I run mine on propane while heading down the road, and have for at least 20 years. Driving in 100+ degree temps in the southwest can cause your food to get to an unsafe temperature in just one good day's drive. My biggest concern is a blown tire coming apart and taking out the propane line to the kitchen slide out. If we have a blowout, the first thing the wife and I do is turn off the propane as quickly as we can get stopped. But the newer propane tanks are supposed to stop the gas flow if they detect a rapid release of gas.
    Jim
    I agree with you. First thing I do with any new RV is install the highest rated Michelin available. Also armor propane line with 3/4 or 1 inch flex PVC over propane lines exposed to tires, also replacement of support structure if needed.
    Not much protection but might buy me 15 or 20 seconds to get off the road or reduce speed.
    A tire can come apart and rip the side out or a RV very fast.

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