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Old 09-08-2007, 09:15 PM   #1
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I recently bought a 03 16ft scamp. I have the 4.6 cuft fridge in it(120v or gas). I was wondering if it can be run on gas while travelling? I did it all the time with my other trailer but could not find anything in the scamp or dometic manuals if it was ok. By the way, this is a great website!
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Old 09-08-2007, 09:21 PM   #2
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Hi Claude! One of the great parts of this forum is the powerful search engine (upper right part of the window). I put in +propane +travel and came up with this topic:
propane fridges, should I drive with the fridge operating on propane ?. Hopefully you'll find it of use.
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Old 09-08-2007, 09:38 PM   #3
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Thank you Donna D.
I'm a newbie and never noticed the search engine. It did encourage me to travel with gas frige on. I hope I don't blow up!
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Also, check out my current poll. The GAS option is not popular, but is feasible IF you mitigate the risk by shutting it down BEFORE you enter a gasoline station. Then, you must exit the station BEFORE you relight.

My past practice was to pre-chill the fridge before departure, and have "blue-ice" packs frozen ahead. We weren't as successful at always loading it with equally cold contents, however. In addition, my nearly 30 year old fridge cannot maintain 40* when it's over 100* outside without considerable help... especially when it's turned off.

I will probably resume driving with the fridge turned off, except when the ambient tempurature outside is over 100*. Then I will drive with the fridge turned on in GAS mode, but be aware of the risk I am taking.
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Old 09-12-2007, 07:54 AM   #5
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We keep water frozen in soda bottles in the house freezer. Before we leave we put two of them in the fridge to keep it cool. When we get to a campsite and "hook-up" we refreeze the water overnight and use it as a cooling help during the day of traveling to the next hook-up. I guess it's the same as using blue ice. I've used gas once while traveling and was worried all the time while going down the road...too much stress for these old bones (and heart).

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Old 09-20-2007, 05:23 PM   #6
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Thanks for your replies. We just back from our first outing with the scamp. We didn't leave fridge on while driving. I think it's probably good practise. We loved our new trailer, everything work and went well! Great website and thanks again. Claude
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:22 PM   #7
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I recently bought a 03 16ft scamp. I have the 4.6 cuft fridge in it(120v or gas). I was wondering if it can be run on gas while travelling? I did it all the time with my other trailer but could not find anything in the scamp or dometic manuals if it was ok. By the way, this is a great website!

I have the same '03 scamp 16 with same fridg. This is what I do: 1) Pre cool with electricity a day in advance. 2) Fuel vehicle prior to departure (sans Scamp). 3) Next AM, hook-up & leave. By the time for a fuel stop, we're ready for sandwice/coke, etc., or just plain stretch legs. Pull into gas station, scoot around to scamp door, reach in & turn off fridg. Fuel up. Pull away from pump out of everybodys way. Re-light fridge. And I drive with fridg. running on gas,,,,, but not at vehicle fill-up time. It's just too easy for me. I hit enough problems that I can't avoid. Just my version. Jeff
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...Pull into gas station, scoot around to scamp door, reach in & turn off fridg. Fuel up. Pull away from pump out of everybodys way. Re-light fridge...
Doesn't this mean driving up to the pumps with the propane flame still burning? Even though you have not started pumping gas, the fumes from everybody else are there, creating the hazard which we are trying to avoid.

I think you need to stop before entering the pump area, "scoot around to scamp door, reach in & turn off fridge", then get back in the tug and drive up to the pumps to fuel up... if you are concerned about the ignition hazard presented by the refrigerator operation on propane.
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I Pull into gas station, scoot around to scamp door, reach in & turn off fridg. Fuel up. Pull away from pump out of everybodys way. Re-light fridge. . Jeff

I knew what you meant Jeff.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:35 PM   #10
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Old 09-22-2007, 12:41 PM   #11
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Jeff, it's great that you were already doing the right thing, but in other discussions it has been apparent that others think the hazard is only in fueling their own vehicle. Sorry if my post appeared to be critical... I was just trying to be clear.
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