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Old 03-24-2014, 07:30 PM   #1
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Propane/Frig. While Towing

Just got into a debate as where it's ok to run your frig. on propane while towing, i said we do, he says no no. I'm a doing wrong ?????
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When we owned a TT & 5-r, we didn't have the fridge on while towing. We pre-cooled it prior to trips & were sure to put in only pre-cooled food. For the short times we had the propane off, the fridge stayed plenty cold enough.

The reason we did this, was I was uncomfortable having propane on in a RV that was being towed behind us & not able to easily see or hear what was going on w/it. For me, it was a safety issue. Right or wrong, I can't say.

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I have logged 30K+ miles with our TT and have always run the reefer while moving. The only exception is when we refuel as the open flame will cause a hazard. I've read the owner's manual and there is nothing mentioned about not running it while moving.
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Nice, one of the more controversial topics discussed on these forums -- should be interesting.

I run with fridge on. If I have to get fuel in route, and remember, I'll turn it off for that few minutes but other than that it's burning gas.
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Nice, one of the more controversial topics discussed on these forums -- should be interesting.

I run with fridge on. If I have to get fuel in route, and remember, I'll turn it off for that few minutes but other than that it's burning gas.
Ditto on that, for the last 30 years here.
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In the 30 years of RVing, we run the frig on propane and have yet to blow up anything. When I arrive, I want my ice cream frozen, beer and steaks cold and no chance of food poisoning.

In the northern areas, you can get by with leaving the cooled frig off for a few hours. In the south, that will not work so well.

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There is an "auto" button. Use it. The only time ever to turn off the fridge. Fueling and propane refill.
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The manufacturers state it is designed to run on LP going down the road. The majority leave it on auto and run it on LP as designed.
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I leave it on while on the road. The only time I would turn it off is if going through a tunnel where the propane must be turned off at the tank.
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There is an "auto" button. Use it. The only time ever to turn off the fridge. Fueling and propane refill.
Same here for last 22 years.
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Just bought my first TT, during the walk through the dealership said that they do not recommend running fridge while towing due to the open flame. I mentioned this to my neighbor who has had 5rs for years, he laughed and said I'd be crazy not to. After reading this I'm pretty sure mostly everyone does. Planning a 12 hour tow to the outer banks in June, don't think I will run it for this trip due to a few tunnels along the way and refueling but shorter trips seems like a no brainer.
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@RyRo70 -- 12hr trips is exactly when you run it.
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Just don't plan on taking any food with us, will load up when we get there so I figured I would have enough time for it to get cold once I set up.
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I figured I would have enough time for it to get cold once I set up.
It can take hours for the refrigerator and freezer to get down to the temps you need. I noticed in the summer that when the side of my trailer with the refrigerator is facing south, it seems to take forever for it to get cold, but when that side is in the shade, it doesn't even take an hour.

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