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Old 09-22-2017, 04:45 PM   #1
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Turn Off Propane While Traveling?

Just read an article suggesting that ó as a safety measure ó it's a good idea to shut off propane while traveling, that the refrigerator will remain cold for several hours. Curious what others think of this idea.

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Old 09-22-2017, 04:55 PM   #2
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Safer for sure however very few including me don't do it.


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The only time I turn the propane off is while fueling since the gas cap is right next to the refrigerator vent.
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Old 09-22-2017, 05:07 PM   #4
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I doubt my fridge would stay cool enough for eight hours.

Was this study done in the summertime when dragging the trailer around in 100 degree heat?

I do wish there was a quick off switch that I could flip when stopping to fill my truck with diesel, as the diesel pumps are frequently next to the gasahol pumps and some folks are pretty sloppy.

Maybe a electric shut off valve that drops out whenever the running lights are off, with an override so it could run if you are stopping to eat or whatever and the truck will be off but there is no fuel vapor concern.

I always run with my lights on so the rear view camera is on.

If the food were to get real warm and the get cool again going down the road you would risk food poisoning. There is a trick where you put a coin on top of frozen water. If you find the coin at the bottom of the ice you know the ice has melted and refrozen.
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I usually turn mine on at Easter and off again after Thanksgiving, just to exercise the valve. If I'm going onto a ferry, or filling it I turn it off the too. Fridge is on from 12-18 hours before we leave, and turned off for fuel fills and after we get home. They are made to run going down the road, but not while parked too far off level.
There have been loads of posts about this, so to each their own.
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I have a duel fill diesel and is at its closets 5 feet from my frig on that side so I don't even think about when at the pump. As to driving, I have to agree, most evaporative refrigerators are not going keep all your food safe to eat on a hot day.

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On the various RV's I've owned that used propane. The only time the propane was shut off, was when I was filling the propane tank, about once a year.
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I donít turn my propane off as well my fill is driver side rear my ref is passengers side mid couch just donít see the need
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My Propane has been on through all circumstances - Fueling - parking Ect the last 20 years in my Old Eagle!
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I don't turn off my propane but do either switch off the fridge or hit the battery disconnect.
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Propane system is designed, built, tested and certified to bo on while driving, so I did it for about 50 years. Present rig doesn't have any propane appliances though.
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Originally Posted by NHRA225 View Post
My Propane has been on through all circumstances - Fueling - parking Ect the last 20 years in my Old Eagle!
Same here,30 years.
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Originally Posted by Coarsegold View Post
Same here,30 years.
Sometimes I fuel up with the Genny running and Propane is off - with the A/C running and Fridge is on A/C- Just Saying !
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The only time mine is turned off is when getting the propane tank filled.

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