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Old 09-05-2010, 10:49 AM   #1
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traveling with lp gas on

Help, my brother-inlaw has a titanium 5r his manual say to not opt the ref on lp gas when he is traveling down the road.

does this sound correct and if so what the heck do ya do?


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Old 09-05-2010, 11:21 AM   #2
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It sounds to me like that is a CYA. Most people leave the LP on when traveling, as the refrigerator needs it to operate unless it is a model that will also run on 12V. If you stop & think about it, it would be very hard for a person to get anywhere if their vehicle used LP instead of gas (and some do) if they were to turn it off.

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Old 09-05-2010, 01:30 PM   #3
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We always run with ours on except when on Washington State ferries.
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Old 09-05-2010, 01:52 PM   #4
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We run with it on, in fact it's rarely turned off, except where required by law or common sense. If the fridge has Direct Spark Ignition (I assume most do) and if the flame goes out it will re lite itself. I also leave the hot water on while traveling
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Old 09-05-2010, 02:21 PM   #5
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:46 AM   #6
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Always off when traveling... our fridge is sealed well enough that we have very little loss of cold-ness on our daily treks.

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Old 09-06-2010, 06:13 AM   #7
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I turn ours on the day before we leave and off after we unload when we get back. The only other time I turn it off is when I take on fuel.
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:37 AM   #8
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:44 AM   #9
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Ours is always on except when not in use for extended periods. Nice to have the fridge on, water hot and the furnace ready when traveling in cold weather.
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We always ran with it on until DW attended a fire safety seminar and heard several horror stories about accidents involving people who had their LP on and had catastrophic fires. Now I turn it off for her peace of mind. If your seals are tight on your fridge and you put a battery operated fan to circulate the air, you can go quite a while with it off.
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Old 09-06-2010, 07:07 AM   #11
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LP on but turn off fridge while fueling.
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Old 09-06-2010, 11:10 AM   #12
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The day before my trip, I turn the frig temp way down and I pack ice in the freezer section.

Of course, the longest trip was 7 hrs but my frig, when I stopped, was 40 degrees. Well within the normal range.

The 6-gal water heater takes 15 - 20 min to be hot. I turn that on first and then do everthing else. So by the time I am set up, the water is pipping hot.

My trailer nearly flipped on my last trip (story for another time). What if my LP had been turned on and the water heater / frig lite?

Accidents can happen and I do not want to add to that by having my LP lines full and flame already available.............

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I run and always have with the propane on for the reefer. While propane can be dangerous, it for sure is no more so than 20 plus gallons of gasoline in most TV's of which one cup has the destructive power of 5 pounds of dynamite(National Ag Safety Database - Storing Gasoline and Other Flammables). Then of course there are those compressed NG and propane powered cars and trucks, that nice big propane delivery truck, or possibly that gasoline delivery truck that carries 8-9000 gallons just waiting to be run into, or possibly that tanker truck of nitric acid.

My worry with propane tanks - 1. condition and 2. will the valve be broken in the event of an accident

Yes, accidents can and will happen, but those cautions as stated above, they're CYA. And I too own a Titanium
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