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Old 08-23-2016, 09:48 AM   #85
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Notice the in my post Mr. Lynn. That indicates a little bit of humor for those that were not able to recognize it.
I saw that, but wondered if some might still take your post seriously. I tend to be a bit of a worrywart, which is why I also think turning off the propane while on the road is a good idea. There are enough hazards on the highway without adding to them unnecessarily. And that's a rational assessment.

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Old 08-23-2016, 10:11 AM   #86
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I saw that, but wondered if some might still take your post seriously.
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I'm one who missed the humor

I thought there's a really serious paranoid person

I run the refrigerator on propane 99% of the time because it works better
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Old 08-25-2016, 05:46 PM   #87
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I lean to the fence side that says it's OK to run the propane fridge while traveling. Two weekends ago we were headed up Snoqualmie Pass with Bigfoot in tow and the fridge running on propane. The driver's side trailer tire blew out at 65 and after a WILD ride across 2 lanes to the right shoulder and heart rate stabilization we got out to see what happened. Immediately SWMBO heard the distinct sound of hissing propane. One of the pigtails failed and was leaking where the hose exits the acme nut, effectively bypassing the safeguard that closes the line when the flow gets too high. I turned it off, no damage as a result of the propane leak.

I still believe it's OK to travel with fridge running. I no longer believe it's OK to shop price alone when purchasing things like the pigtails I replaced 2 months ago.

For those with inquiring minds the tire was a 4 year old Marathon correctly inflated. AAA responded and we were back on the road with the spare mounted within 2 hours. The only damages were tire and rim and a broken diverter valve from shifting things in the plumbing hatch. Stopped on the way home to get new tires and rims.
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Old 08-25-2016, 06:02 PM   #88
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I feel lucky I don't have to make a decision to make travel with fridge on propane on or off :-) Anyway RM2193 pilot light in my Scamp always shuts down when travelling above 30-40 mph. But 12V option works fine to me and battery is charging fine at the same time
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Old 08-26-2016, 08:51 PM   #89
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Hey!! Yet ANOTHER happy 12 voter!! We may have to start our own club. Amazing how we're one hated group on this forum because we're doing the "impossible". And may I slyly add.... SAFELY!

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I feel lucky I don't have to make a decision to make travel with fridge on propane on or off :-) Anyway RM2193 pilot light in my Scamp always shuts down when travelling above 30-40 mph. But 12V option works fine to me and battery is charging fine at the same time
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Old 08-27-2016, 03:32 AM   #90
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Hey!! Yet ANOTHER happy 12 voter!! We may have to start our own club. Amazing how we're one hated group on this forum because we're doing the "impossible". And may I slyly add.... SAFELY!
Darral, your not hated at all and I'm glad you're able to travel using only 12 volts for your refer....but I wouldn't say it's any safer. The vast majority of fires in RVs come from a wiring fault....just sayin'. As long as you're more comfortable with 12V and can go that route, so be it .
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Old 08-27-2016, 07:34 AM   #91
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BD you make my point exactly! "Wouldnt say it's any safer..."?????? Can you give me ANY statistics? How many arguments do you hear: Is it safer to run 12v or just pre-cool your fridge...??? How many states do you have to look up the laws on having to turn off your 12v fridge before entering tunnels????

What an argument. Thank you for my laugh of the week!

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Darral, your not hated at all and I'm glad you're able to travel using only 12 volts for your refer....but I wouldn't say it's any safer. The vast majority of fires in RVs come from a wiring fault....just sayin'. As long as you're more comfortable with 12V and can go that route, so be it .
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Old 08-27-2016, 08:46 AM   #92
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MODERATOR!!!

CAN you lock this senseless thread.

We will all continue to do what suites us anyhow.

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Old 08-27-2016, 09:25 AM   #93
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We can lock the thread. However, there is no requirement to read, much less post in a senseless thread; and I don't really see any Community Rules violation(s). In fact, this thread is a pretty good example of folks disagreeing agreeably. I'm thinking there may indeed be new members/readers who appreciate the different sides to this issue... And, yes, I know it's been discussed many times through the years since this website began. (We are approaching our 14th anniversary, by the way!)
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Old 08-27-2016, 11:19 AM   #94
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BD you make my point exactly! "Wouldnt say it's any safer..."?????? Can you give me ANY statistics? How many arguments do you hear: Is it safer to run 12v or just pre-cool your fridge...??? How many states do you have to look up the laws on having to turn off your 12v fridge before entering tunnels????

What an argument. Thank you for my laugh of the week!
As was said no one here hates those who have a fridge that is actually able to run on 12V (many new ones do not) and are able to maintain its temperature and not drain the battery while towing.

Do a google on RV fires and you will find plenty of info in regards to refrigerator fires being the most common in RV's and the cause being more often than not an electrical issue. So while you may feel your 100% safe running your fridge on 12V your not really!

Darrel it would be helpful if you where to post a list & actual regualations of all the states you believe that RV's need to turn their propane tanks off when traveling a tunnel.

Every time this topic comes up folks have only been able to name a handful of tunnels in ALL of North America where RV's need to turn off their propane tanks. Yes there are laws in many states & provinces regarding propane tanks in tunnels but again as has been discussed many times the restrictions more often than not apply to much larger propane tanks than what the average RV is carrying.
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Old 08-27-2016, 11:29 AM   #95
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Thumbs up

I DID research on states and spoke about it on previous posts. But not one time did I find it illegal to run 12v in a tunnel...regardless if it's only a "handful" on propane. Anyone can Google if it affects them. It's there.

It just got to me when someone posted : "Dont know why anyone would fool with 12v....." Then I would have to counter that with: dont know why anyone WOULDNT "fool" with 12v if it works for them. That is all. So, for anyone wanting me to shut up about 12v is "senseless".

So, this is my last post on this topic since it will continue to go in "senseless" circles of for/against 12v/propane. In the meantime, I will continue my travels using my 12v with NO additional costs imposed by propane usage when I dont need it. Happy camping Carol.

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As was said no one here hates those who have a fridge that is actually able to run on 12V (many new ones do not) and are able to maintain its temperature and not drain the battery while towing.

Do a google on RV fires and you will find plenty of info in regards to refrigerator fires being the most common in RV's and the cause being more often than not an electrical issue. So while you may feel your 100% safe running your fridge on 12V your not really!

Darrel it would be helpful if you where to post a list & actual regualations of all the states you believe that RV's need to turn their propane tanks off when traveling a tunnel.

Every time this topic comes up folks have only been able to name a handful of tunnels in ALL of North America where RV's need to turn off their propane tanks. Yes there are laws in many states & provinces regarding propane tanks in tunnels but again as has been discussed many times the restrictions more often than not apply to much larger propane tanks than what the average RV is carrying.
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Old 08-27-2016, 11:53 AM   #96
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So, this is my last post on this topic since it will continue to go in "senseless" circles
Sounds like an excellent compromise.
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the pot is about to boil over...

better give it a stir.....

Me, I agree with everybody.....while my fridge is running on propane the control system is 12 volt....it has to have 12volt to run the thing.....

so there.....I'm propane AND 12volt......call me a politician
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I have found that on this and other forums that interest me, the "usual suspects" who comprise, say, 70% of the posters get a little burned out as familiar subjects come up time and again. But, many of us are new to the subjects being discussed. This is my first camper fridge, it happens to be a 3-way, and I am trying to gain as much useful information as I can about the proper operation. I appreciate these diverse opinions, even though I am still left scratching my head a bit.

I agree with Mary F. wholeheartedly...there is no obligation to read or post on a thread where you feel the subject has already been discussed thoroughly somewhere else. Just pass it by, and read or contribute to those threads that don't chap your hide.
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