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Old 07-22-2014, 09:22 PM   #1
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How to travel safely?

I've noticed posts discussing stopping to fuel up and having the propane turned off, etc. what's the correct way to do this? I've got a 3 way propane refrigerator so I'm wondering what should I be doing when I fuel up. The refrigerator would be set to run on the battery while towing. Is this safe?

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Old 07-22-2014, 11:05 PM   #2
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Safety has many sides. As far as fueling, the basic rule and law there is to be NO open flame near the fuel pumps. What that means as far as our trailers are concerned the propane needs to be turned off when fueling.

Now as for running fridge on battery while traveling. I've done it a few times but never trusted the tow to keep the house battery charge at the same time. I even have 150 amp alternator in my Dodge Dakota with full tow package. From experience the stuff in the fridge doesn't get warm with the fridge not running for a couple days in 90+ high temps. If you're worried about it a couple of frozen water bottles put in the fridge before you leave home will do the trick and you'll have battery for lights and furnace when you get to your camp destination.

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Old 07-24-2014, 03:39 AM   #3
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I leave my fridge running on propane almost all the time. It takes to long to install my ladder to go inside, to **** it off and turn it on again and it is unnecessary. I do need a better way to get inside while traveling.

I fill up with diesel which is not explosive and usually located away from gasoline pumps.

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Old 07-24-2014, 05:16 AM   #4
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The rule is no open flame when pumping gas.

Our approach is to shut off the propane at the tank before we leave in the morning. With the door closed the fridge is fine for many hours.

Propane off is also required on ferry rides and some bridges and tunnels.
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:34 AM   #5
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I always gas up at the first, most outside pump and don't worry about the propane since the trailer is not close to any of the pumps.

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