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Old 08-30-2006, 07:05 PM   #1
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Fridge safety

hey all,
I was wondering, can you trailer down the road with the fridge running on LP? I know that there is a thermo-sentry that will turn off the fuel if the flame goes out. But is the burner protected from the wind of the road?

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Old 08-30-2006, 07:39 PM   #2
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That's a giant can of worm that you have opened. The opinion is pretty well split between yes and no. We run our refer under way on LP.

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Old 08-30-2006, 07:45 PM   #3
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I thought I'd seen this can of worms somewhere else. Here it is:
I haven't tried it, but then I don't know if a 46 year old Dometic would stay lit while in motion to begin with! I have seen some postings somewhere about a baffle protecting the burner from wind, however.

Edit: Oh, moosetags, I just realized that was one of your threads.
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Old 08-30-2006, 08:11 PM   #4
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I think that I will error on the side of safety and just pack a cooler. I don't plan on any cross country trips anytime soon.
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Old 08-30-2006, 08:18 PM   #5
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Have't taken my new trailer on the road yet. I'm in the process of restore - nothing fancy - just functional. I will travel with the refer lit. I see no reason not to. I had a 25" 1971 model and traveled thousands of miles without a problem. I follow checklists similar to those when flying and this included checking the cold box for problems. None with the old unit and don't expect any with the new coach.

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Old 08-30-2006, 08:23 PM   #6
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Hi 76'Soverign--I always travel with my fridge propane on. It has to be checked from time to time as sometimes the flame blows out. If you don't want to travel with it on, keep it on until you start on the road. Then turn it off, and back on again for extended stops. It may not keep ice frozen, but it will stay cold enough for normal fridge use. Put a thermometer in it (normal fridge temp is 40 Fahrenheit) so you know what the temp is. You can also put ice in a container (milk jug) in your fridge (remember ice boxes of old). Have fun A/Sing.--Frank S
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Old 08-30-2006, 09:06 PM   #7
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Hi, 76'Sovereign,

I only have experience with the Dometic RM-100, but if your Sovereign has that fridge, it's very well baffled and will stay lit during travel. I didn't trust the RM-75 in my '75 enough to run it on propane while traveling, though.

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Fridge Safety

Speaking of Fridges, does anyone know where I can get a new flint for my striker rod (that lighting it from outside and hoping that the wind isn't blowing is a pain in the A_ _, well you know )?

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Old 08-31-2006, 04:36 PM   #9
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I use LP all the time, but I have a new trailer. One old geezer told me I might want to leave the back end of trailer away from gas pumps when I'm at gas station filling the truck.... but that's one of those err on the side of caution things... I've also parked pretty close, and I'm still here.
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I use an ice chest if need be. My fridge is on all the time, keeping extra beer cold. That way it is pre-cooled for any spur of the moment trips. Usually if drive time is less than 2 hours, its not a problem to leave it off. If we are going on a trip longer than that, we wait and buy perishables at destination.
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Old 08-31-2006, 07:56 PM   #11
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We travel with our fridge lit .No problem ,ever. Its a dometic rm660 .
this gas station thing is not gonna happen ,blown up trailer,because the vapors are outside in the air .they are not rushing in the trailer when you stop .if you had the trailer inside a gas vapor filled garage with the fridge on
then yes Kaboom ! The vapors have to accumulate inside the trailer enough
to cause an explosion .When your at the pump the breeze is blowing around
and all ,no way the vapors are going to go in the trailer and accumulate as
the vapors are blowing around also.Gas station tanks are vented yards
away from the pumps also and people.I don't think anyone should worry
about it .

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Old 09-01-2006, 09:10 AM   #12
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Yeah... I think the reasoning was that there is an open flame... right behind the little louvered doors on back of trailer.... and you see all those signs, DO NOT SMOKE... etc. But I don't think it's an issue either.
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You can buy the Ronson flints at almost all stores.

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I ran mine on LP on my trip from the east coast to the west. It went out once or twice due to cross winds. I had to check it and re-cycle it several times.
I had no problems. You should turn it off when you fill up the tow vehicle.

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