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Old 07-13-2011, 12:08 PM   #15
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Based on the past threads and polls here and on other rv-related forums, and from what I see while traveling, around 90% of experienced RVers travel with the gas on if they need to do so to run the fridge.

Most RV fires are electrical in origin and have nothing to do with the propane system.

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Old 07-13-2011, 12:10 PM   #16
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It is unusual for a travel trailer to have a 3 way fridge as the 12 volt load, even for maintenance is higher than the charge you can get from the tow vehicle thus risking a dead trailer battery before you even arrive at your destination. When boondocking this is not good. The 3 ways are found mostly in MH that have more charging capability on the road.

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Old 07-13-2011, 12:23 PM   #17
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It is rare to see larger 3 way fridges. The largest one Dometic lists in their catalog is the DM 2663, which is 6 cubic feet. Even the smaller ones are starting to be replaced by Danfoss fridges in the situations where there is a 12v supply readily available, as they are much more efficient.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:34 PM   #18
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Gas and frig on while traveling is our standard procedure. Stove/oven & water heater off since they are not needed while traveling. We leave the gas on all the time while in camp. (Sometimes, if we are gone for a long time, we turn the water off at the source if we have water hookups, and turn the pump off if we don't.)

We only turn off the frig while fueling if there happens to be a pump in close proximity to the frig compartment, and since ours is on the curb side, this is almost never.
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:26 PM   #19
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Just my worth:

Propane and compressed natural gas are accepted motor fuels. Propane used as a motor fuel is transported in tanks under or in the bed of pickup trucks. Valve on, of course. The tanks on our trailers are approved by the DOT for transportation on motor vehicles. I understand some folks feel better by not having the bottles on while traveling. But also believe that any risk associated with doing so is well within any statistical limit.
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:36 PM   #20
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I agree Jeff.
What about that large tank of gasoline?
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:13 PM   #21
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I travel gas on and have stopped at the Chesapeake Bay bridge tunnel to turn them off and have them checked by the bridge patrol......Only to see lots of large motorhomes blow by without stopping as the road signs dictate....When asked about this, the bridge patrol personnel shrugged their shoulders, "We are supposed to stop every RV to verify the gas is turned off, but if they don't stop, we have no enforcement powers...
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:55 PM   #22
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:57 PM   #23
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Gas on ,for all of my trailers for some 27 years. Off in storage.
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:28 PM   #24
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I agree Jeff.
What about that large tank of gasoline?
That's right BigAl and it's right underneath most of us as we travel. Since 1976 I've towed with the gas on.
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Old 07-14-2011, 12:57 AM   #25
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We travel with gas on. However, when refueling, we turn our marine battery isolator switch to OFF, which removes all 12v power to the trailer. Since all gas appliances are ignited by 12v, that effectively turns OFF everything that uses gas, too. The fuel filler cap on our pickup is on the opposite side from the refrigerator in our Airstream and about 15 feet away, but I think this is a little safer; and I don't want to be the exciting video clip on the 10:00 PM news.
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:43 AM   #26

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1988 to present....fridge on gas all the time when using the AS. >Towing included<

Except here at home we have never been "plugged in" to allow 120v fridge usage.

Plus DW is a real expert at packing the dang thing, never hear the end of it if the Yo-plat spoiled.


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Old 07-15-2011, 05:27 AM   #27
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Thanks to all who have replied. We have been traveling with gas on also but was wondering what most others were doing. Thanks so much, Heavyjumbo.
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:55 PM   #28
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Gas on , when on the road . At first I was worried , the but we all must die somehow . it might as well be at a Shell station with my beloved Bambi in tow.

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