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Old 12-22-2011, 09:40 PM   #1
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Preheating trailer while driving

This may sound like a dumb question but we would like to do some cold weather traveling this week and would like to arrive at our destination with a warm trailer and a cold fridge. Can we run the furnace and the fridge while traveling? Is this safe to do? Thanks in advance
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:53 PM   #2
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We routinely run our fridge on propane while towing...we have not used the furnace while towing, but I know there are those who do in cold weather... I would have no qualms about doing that if I thought it was really that cold.
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:17 PM   #3
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We run our fridge on propane all the time while traveling.

I occasionally run the furnace if I drive during freezing weather. I do this only to keep the plumbing from freezing when not winterized, when traveling between camping spots. The furnace will use a lot of propane while driving because of the windchill, so I set the thermostat really low.

If you do travel with anything fired up, make sure you turn the propane off prior to pulling in to the gas station for fuel. Any fumes or spilled gasoline could get set on fire by the furnace or fridge if they come on at the wrong time.
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:14 AM   #4
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This may sound like a dumb question but we would like to do some cold weather traveling this week and would like to arrive at our destination with a warm trailer and a cold fridge. Can we run the furnace and the fridge while traveling? Is this safe to do? Thanks in advance
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Yes, you can run the furnace, while the trailer is in motion.

If it's freezing, set the thermostat to about 50 degrees.

That will keep anything in the trailer from freezing, except of course the freezer in the reefer.

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Old 12-23-2011, 12:32 AM   #5
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I always run with my refrigerator on propane, maybe 200,000 miles of towing over the years. I have also run the furnace while towing with no problems, but yes, they will use a lot of propane as there is a lot more heat loss with the 50-60 mph "wind" against the rig, plus the increased air leakage. But still nice to open up to a semi warm space.

I have had luck with the automatic ignition hot water heaters on when towing, but not the ones with a pilot light. It seems to depend very much on just where it is placed on the rig, some places seem to have air currents which put them out, some will stay lit ok.

On the AS motorhomes the second heater which operates from the engine heat is very nice too, keeps the whole rig toasty when used along with the front heater. Too bad there is no way to do that with a trailer without a real plumbing nightmare.
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Well this is kind of related to the topic:

I remember growing up around 9 years old (my parents had 6 Airstreams) we would leave on Friday evening as soon as my dad got home in So Cal. My mother would start cooking something (meatloaf maybe) in the oven when we left and we would eat when we got there about 2-3 hours later.

I don't remember much about how she secured it or the mess but I was only interested in eating the meal at that age.
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:12 AM   #7
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Well this is kind of related to the topic:

I remember growing up around 9 years old (my parents had 6 Airstreams) we would leave on Friday evening as soon as my dad got home in So Cal. My mother would start cooking something (meatloaf maybe) in the oven when we left and we would eat when we got there about 2-3 hours later.

I don't remember much about how she secured it or the mess but I was only interested in eating the meal at that age.
Was your mother Lucille Ball by any chance?
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:39 AM   #8
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If you're not traveling in freezing temperatures but only want the trailer warm at your destination, a compromise on propane usage would be to turn on the furnace 30 or so miles from your destination. That should knock off the chill even if the trailer isn't fully up to your desired temp.
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Was your mother Lucille Ball by any chance?
Not exactly. She never was in the trailer while moving...
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