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Old 05-17-2010, 01:13 PM   #1
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Travel with refrigerator with propane off?

For years, with travel trailers, fifth wheel and now our Damon Astoria 3786 I have traveled with the refrigerator turned to gas.

I read in the FMCA Mag (May 2010 Pg 36-27) that we are not to drive with the refrigerator running on propane.

How do you travel? With your refrig on propane or your generator running?
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:26 PM   #2
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We sometimes travel w/refrigerator and even LP furnace runnning on LP. Other times we might run the refrigerator on a/c power from the inverter or the generator. I've driven many LP powered vehicles, and am no more afraid of LP than I am of gasoline.
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FMCA lets too many outside entities contribute articles with alterior motives.

Running your fridge on propane while traveling is no more dangerous than the gasoline fuel for the main engine or the generator. It is properly designed to do exactly what you have been doing.
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Old 05-17-2010, 03:28 PM   #4
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As I thought. Thanks.

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Old 05-17-2010, 03:53 PM   #5
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Mine is always on while traveling,,, That's what they were made to do!

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Gas Referigerator Operation

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For years, with travel trailers, fifth wheel and now our Damon Astoria 3786 I have traveled with the refrigerator turned to gas.

I read in the FMCA Mag (May 2010 Pg 36-27) that we are not to drive with the refrigerator running on propane.

How do you travel? With your refrig on propane or your generator running?
Our Tuscany, and previously a 5'er, and slide-in operated on propane all the time when on the road. I had someone tell me the same scare story several years ago, but common sense says (in case of the 5'er and slide-in which did not have a genny) that the design was to operate when traveling. I did have some problems in the wind this trip but overall it is working like it should, and I should add very safely.
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Run it on propane! There have been a few fires caused by a propane fridge but many can be attributed to a faulty fridge that is currently under recall. The propane is not the problem but rather a faulty design by the manufacturer.
Our current coach is all electric but our last coach was propane and we always had it on propane for it's 36,000 mile life with us. You DO want to service the burner and I did this about twice per year, but otherwise there is simply nothing to be done. Some will say you should turn it off as keep the door closed but a propane fridge takes a long time to cool down and once you have it cool you really don't want to do anything to interrupt that or you will be waiting for the cool to come back for quite some time.
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I always ran ours on propane while traveling until this year. I had a 2000 watt inverter installed in January and now the fridge runs on A/C while driving.
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FMCA lets too many outside entities contribute articles with alterior motives.

Running your fridge on propane while traveling is no more dangerous than the gasoline fuel for the main engine or the generator. It is properly designed to do exactly what you have been doing.
egggszactly

we run the fridge on propane whilst driving.

dare i say even while ...............................


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This is one of the worlds greatest debates on RVing...right up there with what can I tow. I am a firm believer in beer cold and ice cream frozen when I arrive at the end of the day.

The "never travel with it on" crowd says you will BLOW UP half the country doing this, but they can never cite a case where the propane tank blew up . The frig on a few has burned, but it was a known recall problem,

The tanks are either UL approved or ASME stamped, have excess-flow valves in case of a line rupture and are far safer than the typical sheet metal or plastic tank full of gasoline.

The frigs are designed for mobile operation.

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For years, with travel trailers, fifth wheel and now our Damon Astoria 3786 I have traveled with the refrigerator turned to gas.

I read in the FMCA Mag (May 2010 Pg 36-27) that we are not to drive with the refrigerator running on propane.

How do you travel? With your refrig on propane or your generator running?

We travel with the refrigerator set to Auto and leave the propane on. When driving we generally run the inverter and that keeps the refrigerator cold. And we run the generator when it gets hot. But we still leave the propane on to kick in when we don't run anything for electric.
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I have RVed since 1972 and fulltimed over ten years. The fridge has always operated on LP when traveling.
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Always with the propane on, seems to me that is why they made one to run on propane and not just AC. John H...
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