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Old 05-20-2008, 08:07 PM   #1
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Dumb Question - Refer on while towing?

We are still trying to figure out our trailer and I have a question. Do you keep your refrigerator running while driving down the road? I was just thinking, if we are spending a few days here, then a few days there, how do we keep our food cold? Does it run of electrical? We have a 1975 Tradewind. Any help is appreciated, thanks!
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:20 PM   #2
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You will find varying opinions on running the gas refrigerator while in motion. I personally run the gas refrigerator while moving and have yet to have a problem other than the flame blowing out, and that hasn't done that since I fabricated a wind shield for the burner out of aluminum coil stock.

We start the refrigerator on electric a day or two before we pull out, so it is nice and cold. We leave it set on auto, so as soon as we diconnect from the shore power it switches to gas and lights. I always poke my head in the access door to make sure I hear it burning, put the windshield in place, and head on down the road. When we reach our destination I remove the wind shield, plug into shore power and don't loose one degree in the refigerator.
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:25 PM   #3
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Here is a topic that has 2 answers. I would say that a majority of the people run their refrigerator on propane while on the road. By law you are required to turn it off when refueling or in some tunnels.

That being said, I am in the minority. We cool our refrigerator down before the trip and place a few frozen blue things inside when we travel. We camped for 17 years in a pop up with only an ice box and did not have a problem with that either.
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:26 PM   #4
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Smile Keep the refrigerator running.

You need a very long extention cord, to keep the refrigerator running.
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:29 PM   #5
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You need a very long extention cord, to keep the refrigerator running.
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Would that be one of the dumb answers?
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:49 PM   #6
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We start our refer on electric the day before we head out. I fill the ice cube trays with water, they take up about half of the small freezer, and will be frozen by the time we leave. Items we are taking that can be frozen, we freeze, then when we load the food, put those items in the bottom to help keep the unit cold. Items that we don't freeze, we get cold ahead of leaving.

We have found that we can drive all day, stopping and making lunch, and the ice cubes will still be ice cubes, the frozen things in the bottom will be thawed, and everything will still be cold.

After a day or two stop, we close the refer door and head out. It will still be cold when we reach our destination, then plug in or light up which ever happens to be the situation.

We sometimes head out with the propane burning, but it most always goes out right away. I have thought about making some sort of shield, but by doing what we do, we really don't need to deal with that.
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Like the others, we make sure the fridge is good and cold prior to leaving the house if we are taking a short trip. We carry a ice chest with us and put the things that need to stay cold in there during travel. I guess if you are traveling a great distance in between stops, that wouldnt work, but for short trips it works great!
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Circulating Fan

We also use a little circulating fan from Camping World and it seems to help cool the refer down quicker and eliminates warm and cold spots

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Just remember that when you go in to get fuel to shut off the fridge at the unit. A spark at the gas pump can ruin your day.
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We run with the refer on gas. We use all due cautions, and regularly inspect our LP lines. Our style of Airstream travel (long days on the road) would be difficult doing it the other way.
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Here is a topic that has 2 answers. I would say that a majority of the people run their refrigerator on propane while on the road. By law you are required to turn it off when refueling or in some tunnels.

That being said, I am in the minority. We cool our refrigerator down before the trip and place a few frozen blue things inside when we travel. We camped for 17 years in a pop up with only an ice box and did not have a problem with that either.
I'm with Richard on this one.
Maybe it's just my line of work that makes me cautious, I always turn my propane off at the tanks before travel.
I have never had spoiled food as a result. Even in the west/mid-west summers.

If a leak were to develop, it is most likely to do so when the trailer is moving, vibrating and nobody is in the trailer to detect (smell) the leak early.
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Wow, Thanks for all of your replies! I'm sure i'll have more dumb questions in the future, we're just getting started lol.
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I use the refreezable ice packs in the fridge when travelling. It helps in cooling the fridge down when you arrive and turn it on as well. The circulation air fan is a help inside the box too.
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We are in the school of "let the frig run on propane when we are traveling"...it's made to do that, and we've not had a problem. Of course, we also get it good and cold before we take off. In fact, because we get out about every other weekend if at all possible, we leave the frig on (on shore power) while at home...great for an extra frig, etc...
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