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Old 09-04-2013, 12:40 AM   #1
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Advice please!!

In our 07 Cedar Creek we have an option to allow the fridge to run on propane if were not plugged in...

We are moving from Grand Junction, CO to Minot, ND. We are becoming full time RVers up there and I want to bring as much food as I can from our fridge and freezer.

Im wondering, has anyone tried this before? And if so how did you do it and how much propane did you go through? Any advice is helpful!
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:49 AM   #2
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LP gas works better the AC IMO. I run the fridge on LP while running down the road no prob. But turn it off while fueling. Are you going to work in the "patch" in Minot?
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They use very little propane, but that also depends on outside temps and how frequently the door is opened. Years ago, prior to DSI, the refrigerator needed a pilot light that was on all the time it was in use. When I did a lot of dry camping, even with the pilot light, a single tank would last at least 2 weeks including normal cooking and very occasional furnace operation. My point is you shouldn't worry about propane consumption of the frig.
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Everyone does this, because every RV refr runs on LP when no 120V power is available.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:30 AM   #5
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Everyone does this, because every RV refr runs on LP when no 120V power is available.
Not entirely true. I don't know why, but many prefer to use their inverter when 120v isn't available. I guess they are afraid of gas.
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Not entirely true. I don't know why, but many prefer to use their inverter when 120v isn't available. I guess they are afraid of gas.
Let me rephrase: Everyone does this who doesn't have an inverter, which is the majority of RVs.
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Why do you need to turn off the propane to the fridge while fueling?
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Gas fumes and PROPANE cause explosions. deSanford
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:16 PM   #9
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Since I tend to be a snow bird, my propane tank (25gallon) lasts for months. When traveling, refer is always on propane, when parked it auto switches to AC. I tend to stay in RV parks as opposed to boondocking. Use the gas burners on the stove for cooking but never the gas oven as it drinks up propane. Then, I have an aftermarket electric water heating element in the tank so I only use gas for 5-10 minutes per day to get it really hot for dishes or showers...turn it off all the rest of the time.

If you're prudent about your gas usage, you can go for weeks on a tank. Refer is only a small part of the bigger picture.
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Why do you need to turn off the propane to the fridge while fueling?
You don't per se, you hit the BDS to turn off all 12v control systems, this way water heater and/or furnace cannot light and will go off if lit/running. The main thing is there are no flames when fueling propane. Physically turning off propane is a PITA an not necessary.
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Gas fumes and PROPANE cause explosions. deSanford
Not true the way this is stated. Gasoline fumes are heavier than air and tend to fall to the ground. What causes the ignition of the gasoline fumes is either the open flame in the frig burner or the spark ignition can set off the gasoline.

But the frig setting off a gasoline pump when fueling is pretty remote. You have ignition sources lower to the ground than the frig burner. The lowest point is usually the starter on the engine. Next higher item is typically the switch that turns on the interior lights when the door is open.

And shutting off the propane, you will still have the ignitor trying to fire unless you shut down the unit at the control panel.

I love all of THE SKY IS FALLING, THE SKY IS FALLING predictions.

But there is a remote change that the frig can set off a fire at a gasoline pump.

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You don't per se, you hit the BDS to turn off all 12v control systems, this way water heater and/or furnace cannot light and will go off if lit/running. The main thing is there are no flames when fueling propane. Physically turning off propane is a PITA an not necessary.
I hate to quote myself, but this is certainly true re-fueling propane and the re-fueler will almost certainly turn the propane valve off anyway, but not always. What I really meant was refueling with gasoline yourself, hitting the BDS takes care of flame issuses on the outside of the coach.

One time a guy next to me was re- fueling gas cans in the bed of his truck. I have no idea how he managed it, but he sprayed the side of my coach with gasoline right on the frdge vent. I'm glad I had the BDS off.
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Let me give everyone a little story that happen to me on July 20 of this year. Did not involve my 5er but did involve fire and gas. Humid day, working on one my many toys. Drained gas from gas lines and carb of two four wheelers. Only had about 1/4 of a 1 pound coffee can of gas. Threw gas on an unlit brush pile I had on my property. Waited about 20 minutes to lite because I had other things to do. Wrapped a rag around a stick and lit it. From 30 feet away I threw the stick into brush pile. After being air lifted to the hospital and a 21 day stay, I now have full respect for what has fumes can do
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What is a BDS?
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