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Old 11-11-2006, 01:25 PM   #1
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Tow with LP gas On or Off?

So what's the concensus on LP gas safety? Done it both ways but most advice I've heard is to turn it off when driving. If that's the case, then your refer doesn't work unless you have a 3-way and if you stop for awhile, you may drain your battery if you stop for too long. What to do?
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Old 11-11-2006, 01:31 PM   #2
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Off!! Coleman Extreme ice chests will keep food and drink cold for 3-4 days. Other brands like Igloo have good products too.
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As you might guess, the lines of thought on this are divergent. There are several threads that thoughly cover the topic. As for myself, I tow with the propane on for the refer, always remembering to turn off the pliot before entering gas stations.
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I tow with the propane on for the refer, always remembering to turn off the pilot before entering gas stations.
Ditto -- gas is on quite often. Due to low flash point it is not necessary to turn the pilot off at a diesel island. Good idea though? Probably.
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I have found that if I have the refer cold prior to my trip and don't open the door, things stay cold during the trip, especially if the fridge is full of food. If it's only partially full and you're concerned about keeping something cold, I keep a 1 gallon plastic milk container frozen at home that I put in the A/S fridge to help out.
I'm not personally comfortable leaving the gas on. If you are going to have a leak, most likely it will develop under vibration conditions - while travelling. During that period of time there is no one to smell the gas or hear the detector - BOOM.
What are the chances? Probably very low, but so is the head-on collision and we wear seatbelts. It's cheap insurance and I feel that there are practical alternatives to leaving the gas on.
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I have found that if I have the refer cold prior to my trip and don't open the door, things stay cold during the trip, especially if the fridge is full of food. If it's only partially full and you're concerned about keeping something cold, I keep a 1 gallon plastic milk container frozen at home that I put in the A/S fridge to help out.
I'm not personally comfortable leaving the gas on. If you are going to have a leak, most likely it will develop under vibration conditions - while travelling. During that period of time there is no one to smell the gas or hear the detector - BOOM.
What are the chances? Probably very low, but so is the head-on collision and we wear seatbelts. It's cheap insurance and I feel that there are practical alternatives to leaving the gas on.
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Good answer! The highlighted area above has been John 'Pahaska' Irwin's operating policy in Texas. I should probably change...
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Always on for the refrigerator / freezer but then again, I stop at the diesel islands. If the diesel is combo with gas, it's best to turn it off short of the fueling station.
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Always on for the refrigerator / freezer but then again, I stop at the diesel islands. If the diesel is combo with gas, it's best to turn it off short of the fueling station.
Whether you stop at gas or diesel islands, the fact remains that you are more likely to get a leak in the trailer where the fumes can build up while travelling. If you have any gas appliences running in the trailer, there is an ignition source. Don't focus too much on the fuel stop, although that is certainly another source of flammable vapors.
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Waht about traveling in cold weather without the furnace on and freezing pipes etc??
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Travel in freezing weather with the furnace on to prevent plumbing failures. Set the temp low to save on propane.
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After due consideration and review of all appropriate threads, we travel with it on to run the refer.
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For me it's always off when travelling. What if I have an accident along the way? I've added way too much potential risk to the whole situation, not just me and my family, but anyone else who is unfortunately involved and whether it's my fault or not. IMHO the potential for a bad situation to become a horrendous situation far outweighs my own desire for a cold fridge when I get to where I'm going. Anything that needs to be kept that cold I buy when I get there or I do without it.
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OFF OFF I DO NOT LIKE LOUD NOISES. A $1.00 bag of ice in the bottom of the fridge lasts 3 days, if the fridge is cold already. No need to take a large personal and money risk for $1.00 expense.
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