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Old 03-12-2014, 10:40 PM   #15
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We plug our fridge in with an extension cord the day before we leave for a camping trip. My favourite trick is to put frozen soups and stews in the fridge to help it stay cool while we drive. Usually pack in some frozen juices too. Often things remain frozen for a week or so if they are on the bottom. Sure is nice to have a meal or two that just need heating.
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Old 03-13-2014, 01:56 AM   #16
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I agree with pre cooling the refer on AC but I have always run it on gas while on the road. Never had a problem in 30 years in any of rigs I've had. So my question for you that don't is why not. I know some folks that run with the water heater on also, but also know of a few that burned their RV's up because of that. Seems the side wind while driving pulled the flame to the outside when it kicked on. Personally I only turn the water heater on 10 minutes or so before someone wants a shower being it only takes that to have enough hot water, plus it saves the LP. Ever look at the flame when the water heater fires up....dang it's big. I can see if it was sucked to the outside....BBQ time.
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:32 AM   #17
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How do you secure the stuff in the fridge while moving?
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:05 AM   #18
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I agree with pre cooling the refer on AC but I have always run it on gas while on the road. Never had a problem in 30 years in any of rigs I've had. So my question for you that don't is why not. .
!) I have had the flame blow out while traveling
2) Getting old - mush brain - will forget to stop and turn it off before pulling into gas station.
3) If someone was to crash into the side of my trailer I would prefer it not turn into a fire ball due to having an open propane line.
4) Should I do something stupid such as have an accident and the trailer goes over would prefer not to have an open running propane tank burst into flames should it have a heavy impact with the ground or the tug.
5) The fridge with just a little foresight prep stays cool enough and food safe to travel without it on for many hours even in very warm weather.
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Old 03-13-2014, 01:00 PM   #19
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Carol, the points you list are valid reasons for your concerns. With the millions of miles driven by all RV's every year I would expect that may happen once in a while although I've never heard of one. Of all the pictures I've seen of a trailer after an accident, never once a fire but it could happen. The only RV's I've seen burn were motor homes with the location split half and half between being on the road or in camp. At our camp two years ago one of our buddies had his Bounder catch on fire. It was seen within 10 seconds and was put out and no injuries. Cause; wiring short behind the refer (nothing to do with the refer) that had been repaired by a large RV shop just two weeks earlier. They did do a beautiful repair though.

John, I pack it up full and or use those adjustable tension rods to keep things from moving around....to much.
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Dave, one of the advantages of being older with a mushy brain (had a 5 year old ski racer tell me last week that I was forgiven for not remembering his name from six months prior due to my being old and having a mushy brain) is that I have seen a fire fueled at a crash site due to propane tank on a trailer being left on. Not to mention wire shorts in trailers can happen at anytime - parked or driving and I would rather not look back and see I am pulling a ball of fire. Besides even if it is a slight chance of an accident it still doesnt fix my old mushy brain and help me to remember to turn the tank off when I pull into a gas station.

Its just my personal comfort choose and you did ask why some of us don't tow with the propane on. Not everyone will agree with my choose or reason for it.

Edit to add: Although the odds may be low as to an event actually happening - it can happen. Having had an event take place which took a family members life with odds of it happening of 11 million to 1, so I am probable more cautionary than some when it comes to playing odds. ;-)
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Thanks for the answer Carol. I did ask because everyone I know runs with the LP on. Just wanted to the reasons some don't.
My mind gets mushy too
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LOL yup it can create problems!
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I am probable more cautionary than some when it comes to playing odds
O Lawd, Carol! Let's not start the scary propane issue again!!!
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O Lawd, Carol! Let's not start the scary propane issue again!!!
well as you know on the other thread regarding Scary propane, I love propane appliances and wouldn't own a trailer without them.... but I was asked to explain my reasons for not driving with the tanks on.... as I said Not everyone needs to or has to agree
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:58 PM   #25
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Hi Mrprez - when I have everything in the fridge there usually isn't much spare room for things to jiggle around. Any spots I'm not confident about I stuff with the clean teatowels and washcloths. I believe in Keep It Simple!

We don't drive with the propane on. Personal choice I guess.
If we have to pay for an electric site we use their power, otherwise we use propane and battery.
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Why not drive with propane on? I don't use a phone, or smoke a cigarette at a gas pump (when I used to smoke) for the same reason.......... just in case. Why take unnecessary chances?
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Thanks for the answer Carol. I did ask because everyone I know runs with the LP on. Just wanted to the reasons some don't.
My mind gets mushy too

Dave,
I don't run on propane for two major reasons, only one of which is a "safety" concern, but not for fear of towing a "fireball." 1st, when I pull into a gas station to fuel the tow vehicle, I do not want to have a flame anywhere in proximity to gasoline fumes. Just my personal preference. 2nd, I have run on propane and had it blow out. This is not a safety concern because the thermocouple stops the flow of propane rather quickly, but it does nothing to keep the contents of the refrigerator cold. On the other hand, the Arizona tea jug I referred to in a previous post has never "blown out," has never concerned me when pumping gasoline, and has always kept my food as cold as would a cooler no matter how long I tow on a given day.
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Due to how long it takes most of our fridges to cool right down - turning it on at least 12 hours prior is always a good idea. Adding only cold foods to it also helps. I keep a couple of small freezer packs in the freezer compartment and use those beside the dairy products and meats while running down the road. Keep the fridge closed and it will stay cool for the day without running it on DC.
This is exactly what we do, too. We keep perishables in plastic bins in the fridge and nestle the freezer packs in for the ride. We also keep a remote thermometer in the fridge to keep an eye on the temp. Freezer packs go back in the freezer for the next day if we're on the road. We also pre-cool the fridge prior to heading out.

We also find our refrigerator stays cooler on propane, although we mostly camp without electric so that makes that choice much easier.
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