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    Traveling with refrigeration

    I have a general question concerning using the refrigerator when traveling.
    Is it ok to run the refrigerator on propane to keep it cool while in transit?
    Just wondering what the correct way to keep things cold while traveling as far as safety

    Thanks for any input


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    Quote Originally Posted by anderstd3 View Post
    I have a general question concerning using the refrigerator when traveling.
    Is it ok to run the refrigerator on propane to keep it cool while in transit?
    Just wondering what the correct way to keep things cold while traveling as far as safety

    Thanks for any input


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    As far as "safety", that, I think, depends mostly on your comfort level. I've towed camper trailers for over 30 years, the ones with propane fueled refers I have always run on propane while moving.

    Some will advise against it, others will say it's no problem. The biggest "issue" that I know of is if you get into an accident, the propane is on and running, which, if the line is severed or punctured, might be a source of fire.

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    If you use the search function, there are many threads on this topic. The "official" answer is that propane should be off while traveling. In practicality, most of us leave the propane on and the fridge running while underway. If you have a gasoline powered tow vehicle (as opposed to diesel), make sure you turn off the fridge and any other flames (water heater) before refueling.

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    This is a very good question/concern. One as Rob mentioned has been discussed many times. Officially, you're not supposed to, unofficially most, not all, of us do. If you do, there's a risk of having an open flame at the gas station while fueling (so turn it off while you do) and then there would be flowing lp if ever the line is clipped like in an accident for instance. You'd need to turn it off quickly if you can. On the other hand, if you don't, you risk of spoiling your food and risk food poisoning. Some that don't run with the refer on will put frozen water bottles in the refer while traveling to keep the temp (or try) within safe zones. The problem with rv refer is they take a long time to cool down. Last year, one of our members ran test with temp probes and documented the time it takes to cool down and warm up. It was shocking. It confirmed my choice of traveling with it on. His documentation is on this forum and you should be able to find it using the search button.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ynot4me2 View Post
    This is a very good question/concern. One as Rob mentioned has been discussed many times. Officially, you're not supposed to, unofficially most, not all, of us do. If you do, there's a risk of having an open flame at the gas station while fueling (so turn it off while you do) and then there would be flowing lp if ever the line is clipped like in an accident for instance. You'd need to turn it off quickly if you can. On the other hand, if you don't, you risk of spoiling your food and risk food poisoning. Some that don't run with the refer on will put frozen water bottles in the refer while traveling to keep the temp (or try) within safe zones. The problem with rv refer is they take a long time to cool down. Last year, one of our members ran test with temp probes and documented the time it takes to cool down and warm up. It was shocking. It confirmed my choice of traveling with it on. His documentation is on this forum and you should be able to find it using the search button.
    How about adding a Gas Stop automatic shut off? It will stop the propane flow in the event of a leak. Granted, doesn’t do anything when refueling or traveling thru tunnels, but for us it provided a little extra peace of mind when we traveled with propane on to run the fridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fsalmy View Post
    How about adding a Gas Stop automatic shut off? It will stop the propane flow in the event of a leak. Granted, doesn’t do anything when refueling or traveling thru tunnels, but for us it provided a little extra peace of mind when we traveled with propane on to run the fridge.
    Wouldn't it be great if they had this built in the regulator or right after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anderstd3 View Post
    I have a general question concerning using the refrigerator when traveling.
    Is it ok to run the refrigerator on propane to keep it cool while in transit?
    Just wondering what the correct way to keep things cold while traveling as far as safety

    Thanks for any input


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    Like others here, we used to travel with the propane running while traveling. One thing we never thought about was turning it off during refueling. So I guess we got lucky there, having no issues.

    Now, I say "used to" because my husband installed an inverter to run the fridge while traveling. I love it. The fridge cools much faster (and that's important on that first day out) using the inverter and not propane.

    It's really up to your comfort level whether you do it or not. Here's a link to the refrigerator study done regarding how quickly the temperatures drop in a fridge turned off while traveling: https://www.mygrandrv.com/forum/show...ment-(Norcold)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fsalmy View Post
    How about adding a Gas Stop automatic shut off? It will stop the propane flow in the event of a leak. Granted, doesn’t do anything when refueling or traveling thru tunnels, but for us it provided a little extra peace of mind when we traveled with propane on to run the fridge.
    It sounds like you have one. Do you have any details? I've never heard of this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anderstd3 View Post
    I have a general question concerning using the refrigerator when traveling.
    Is it ok to run the refrigerator on propane to keep it cool while in transit?
    Just wondering what the correct way to keep things cold while traveling as far as safety

    Thanks for any input


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    Done it for many years without issue. Only time I have had to turn it off is for a ferry trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fsalmy View Post
    How about adding a Gas Stop automatic shut off? It will stop the propane flow in the event of a leak. Granted, doesn’t do anything when refueling or traveling thru tunnels, but for us it provided a little extra peace of mind when we traveled with propane on to run the fridge.
    All(?) modern trailer do have this. If the plastic nut that connects the LP line to the tank is green in color, it has a "high flow shut off". This is a safety feature that it intended to shut off the flow of propane in the case of a sudden increase in flow (like a broken line). The down side is the safe shut off can be unintentionally tripped (shut off) if there is no pressure in the line and you open the valve to fast. To reset, turn off the tank valve. Wait a minute and SLOWLY turn the tank valve on. As soon as you here gas flow, stop opening the valve until the gas flow stops, then open the valve all the way (and back off 1/4~1/2 turn from full open).

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