View Poll Results: Do you let the refrigerator burning LPG when driving ?
YES, no problem at all for the fire security and safety 64 66.67%
SOMETIMES but I'm always afraid of fire ! 5 5.21%
NO, there is too much risks of fire ! 21 21.88%
WHAT ? I did'nt know i can drive with the refrigerator on LPG 6 6.25%
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Old 06-17-2003, 11:03 AM   #1
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Poll; Do you use the refrigerator on LPG when you're on the road ?

Hi there,

Just to know if most of A/S or MH, let the refrigerator burning LPG when you're on the road ?
Is there a danger to do that , or not ?
How do you keep food in good condition, until you arrive to your destination ?

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Old 06-17-2003, 03:07 PM   #2
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My unit only runs on 120 VAC. I have driven 8 hours with ice in it and it has kept the food cold and safe. We went 5 hours last weekend with no ice and everything was fine on arrival.
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Old 06-17-2003, 03:09 PM   #3
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Absolutely yes

In the great state of Texas with summer temperatures over 100 degrees F, there is no other option. With a smaller refrigerator, there is no way to refreeze enough ice to carry it over a day of travel (I have tried).

In cooler weather, I will turn the box off under some conditions such as the last 2 hours of the day's travel.

I see less danger travelling with it on propane than I do in sleeping overnight with it on propane when dry camping. In the extremely rare event of a fire caused by a sudden amonia leak, I would far rather be awake and in the tow vehicle than asleep in the trailer.

Prudence reigns when refueling.
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Yes....except we turn it off prior to entering a gas station for refueling, then restart it away from the gas station. It actually stays lit better (& colder!) on the road...all the air circulation helps keep everything working effeciently, we have to adjust it once we are parked for the night.

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Old 06-17-2003, 06:49 PM   #5
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I also do the same as you Shari. Off before we move to the pumps and on after we leave them. My only other consideration is that I will not refuel at pumps when another RV is present. I don't trust that they are as safety minded as I am.

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Old 06-17-2003, 09:01 PM   #6
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We run our fridge all the time when on the road except when gassing up. Summers in Montana really do get hot when on the road despite what you might have heard.
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Poll; Do you use the refrigerator on LPG when you're on the road ?

The Dometic 3-way RV refrigerator in my '64 Overlander has only been run a total of 3 hours on LP in the two years since it was installed. It is always operated either on 12-volt DC or 120-volt AC. This is a replacement refrigerator that I special ordered as a safety consideration. After having hoses rupture while refilling my fuel tank multiple times in the past decade (one spilled more than 50 gallons of fuel because the station did not have a kill switch mounted at the pumps and an attendant couldn't be found immediately inside the station), I didn't want to take any chances of neglecting to turn off the refrigerator - - so I always turn off both gas valves before departing each day.

Even with my '78 Minuet the gas is always turned off prior to departure even though it has only a 2-way RV refrigerator (its original Dometic). I run the refrigerator very near its coldest setting while camped, and it keeps the food safely cool for at least 8-hours of travel in the off position so long as the door isn't opened more than once or twice (this is in hot and humid Southern Illinois - - summer temperatures 90+ with 90+% humidity).

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OK you've reassured me

OK, you've reassured me about this refrigerator;
That right that is very usefull to do that and very pleasant when you stop to drink something fresh.

Thank you

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When we had a tech show us how to operate stuff before our first outing at the Midwest Rally, he said you could cut the lines right then and the safety "something or other" (he knows what it is - I don't) would stop the lp flow instantly. My concern was an auto accident but I never thought about gas station safety. Glad I read this thread.

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When we had a tech show us how to operate stuff before our first outing at the Midwest Rally. He said we could cut the lines right then and the safety "something or other" (he knows what it is - I don't) would stop the lp flow instantly. My concern was an auto accident but I never thought about gas station safety. Glad I read this thread.

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Sue,
The new valves now required on your tanks have a safety feature that can shut off the gas supply if a large discharge occurs. This is what the tech was telling you about.

I've heard, although this was indirect, that sometimes that safety can engage when you turn on your gas tank when the gas line is relatively unpressurized. Supposedly the advice was to turn the gas valve on slowly when you first pressurize the system.

Personally I haven't had that happen to me and have not followed that advice.

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Faith in equipment

So far we have put frozen cold packs in the refrigerator while underway, and they have kept things cold for about 4 hrs of travel. Even after 6 hrs of travel the interior was still cool (but not cold), and this was through Nevada in temperatures of 98+.

Our fridge is original and so is 37 yrs old, and even though there are several fail safe devices in line I don't trust equipment, new or old, that much. The other posts that write about turning off the pilot before entering the gas station to refuel give me pause. You all say you'll remember, but you only need to forget once. A lot of people go a long time doing risky things without getting burned, but that only breeds false-confidence, in my opinion. Every year there are multiple reports of RVs catching fire while going down the road - how does that happen?

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Cool, but not cold doesn't hack it

As one who very nearly died from food poisoning, I will accept the negligable risks of running the refrigerator during travel in favor of keeping the refrigerator in the safe zone on the best thermometer I have been able to locate.

An hour of Texas summer travel will move the needle from the point of nearly freezing food to out of the safe zone.

Part of the stuff that was lost during the recent forum crash was an article by a person who polled state patrol and inurance companies looking for refrigerator fire incidents. He found none. Apparently, all those fabled refrigerator fires are not much more than urban legends.
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Re: Faith in equipment

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The other posts that write about turning off the pilot before entering the gas station to refuel give me pause. You all say you'll remember, but you only need to forget once. Forrest
Forrest I can tell you that I don't forget. Its in the same class as making sure my safety chains and breakaway cable are connected. I could turn the question to you and state what if you are camping on LP and you forget to turn off the fridge prior to you leaving. What happens if you then go to refuel?

Also note that I'm not a trustworthy of others and if you noticed my other posts about this topic, I don't fuel if I see other RV's at the pumps. I trust no one but myself on this matter.

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