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Old 07-14-2019, 05:50 PM   #1
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Frig and freezer question

Iíve read posts on the importance of leveling fridge for proper operation. My question is we are wanting to haul frozen treats on a trip. Can I operator the freezer on propane while traveling? Or do I need to deep freeze them in hopes they wonít be liquid upon arrival?
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As long as you cool down first, running down the road keeps the mixture moving to keep cooling. Not level sitting is what causes the problem.
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Most people do operate the refrigerator on propane while driving. They are designed to work that way.


If you do, you should turn it off while fueling. I know that some people don't turn it off when fueling, and some people smoke while fueling. Neither practice is extremely likely to cause a serious explosion, if you like playing the odds.


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Old 07-14-2019, 06:07 PM   #4
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Yep you can run it on propane traveling, that's why you have an absorption fridge in the RV. However, another characteristic of absorption units is the freezer does not get cold enough to keep ice cream very hard. Popsicles and Kool Pops should be fine though.
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Old 07-14-2019, 06:17 PM   #5
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Set temp to MAX
Run it



Both Norcold and Dometic have statements about operating while in transit.
"When the vehicle is moving, the leveling is not critical,as the rolling and pitching movement of the vehicle will pass to either side of level...."


If stationary.....level it when ever operating fridge
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:25 PM   #6
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My husband seems to think this is an accident waiting to happen. Is there anything I can direct him to that would change his mind? ��
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My husband seems to think this is an accident waiting to happen. Is there anything I can direct him to that would change his mind? ��

Propane System Pressure is only 0.4 psi ---Motor Vehicle fuel systems can be 22K psi
Propane Systems have built in safety features....
^Excess Flow Devices that trip to limit any flow should a line break
^Flame Proving circuits that shut down all gas flow if flame fails
^Auto re-ignition systems to relight flame should it blow out---same circuit used to ignite flame when turned on by thermostat


And if the propane system wasn't safe to use while in transit I would NOT want to use it while stationary and asleep....just saying
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Will you stop for a good meal at a restaurant? Will it be level if you do?
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Well, so far I run fridge on propane while in transit. Makes a big difference once I get to final destination. I do shut down while gassing up, but when done turn back on.

On top of that, I all the food I packed on board is in a high efficiency chest cooler until I get to the campsite. I load the fridge, turn on a circulating fan and all is good with both freezer and fridge.
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I park in lots as level as I can get it. A degree or two won't hurt side to side. So far so good since 2012.
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It worked great! thanks for all the input
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It worked great! thanks for all the input

Thanks for posting back!


Travel on and keep it COLD
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If you have to park at an angle during a short stop for a meal, etc. just turn off the refrigerator, then turn it back on when you hit the road.
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