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Old 10-16-2004, 06:13 PM   #29
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Driving with the Propan on

I know airstreamers who regularly travel with the propane on. It is not recommended. If you can run on 12 volts like my 68 and 83 then you can run the fridg while traveling. I once saw a trailer that had burned completely sitting at the edge of the road. That is not something that you want.

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Old 10-24-2004, 01:28 PM   #30
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re: Ice Cream

Many thanks to all the good postings. I must admit to keeping my frig running as I drive but after this trip I will only run it at stops. The trouble is I drive some 3/400 per day and don't stop except for night. I towed my trailer from Venice Beach to Denver, via Bryce, Escalante, Capitol Reef and over the Rockies via Vail, tough climb but my Land Rover did good. Then back via San Juan National forest and Monument Valley, what a trip, shot some 20 hours of footage (where is the camera off button?) and just love this country I am about to become a citizen of, pity about the politics though, how come 'we' are trying to export democracy when we can't practice it, either Party! 'nuff said.

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Old 10-24-2004, 02:23 PM   #31
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I don't quite understand how some folks seem to have refrigerators with several times the insulation that mine has. My thermometer tells me that the inside temperature after an hour or two in moderate hot weather with the refrigerator shut down is out of the safe range for keeping food. Especially with the sun on the refrigerator side of the trailer. Having had food poinoning once, I'll keep mine running while on the road, thanks.

The burned trailer by the roadside may have had nothing to do with the refrigerator. Some dilligent research from a forum member some time back found no police reports of fires from running with it on Personally, I feel safer towing a trailer with the refrigerator running on propane than sleeping in that same trailer with it running on propane (assuming due dillegence at fuel stops). Actually, I do both because the risk, in either case, is miniscule.

The advice to run the refrigerator at meal and other stops is pretty useless unless the stops are measured in hours. In a typical meal or tourist stop, the cooling process will never have time to get started, let alone cool the box appreciably. Feel the piping after a short time on the road, it will be at or close to ambient and we all know how long it takes to start up the refrigerators.
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Old 10-24-2004, 03:10 PM   #32
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All I can say is ditto. I run with mine on gas all the time, the wife has suffered from food poisoning, and that can ruin a trip for sure.
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Old 10-24-2004, 04:54 PM   #33
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Frig on AC power when towing?

Make sure you turn off the propane frig when you approach a fuel station. We always stop short of the pumps, turn it off, get fuel, and drive to another spot in the parking area before re-starting. Too many stories on gas fumes and ignition from propane devices.

Has anyone used an AC inverter (ProSine 400 or such) to use AC power while towing? Your trailer would be charging from the truck.

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Old 10-25-2004, 09:25 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by Pahaska
I don't quite understand how some folks seem to have refrigerators with several times the insulation that mine has. My thermometer tells me that the inside temperature after an hour or two in moderate hot weather
John I'm going to concur with you also. I've tried running without the gas on and in hot weather my fridge will not hold safe storage temperatures for much longer than 2-3 hours. Much too short of time when you are driving 6-8 hours. Maybe it is something to do with the older refrigerators and better insulation.

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Old 08-01-2013, 09:13 PM   #35
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We are having the same blow-out problem with the 2-way Dometic fridge in our '07 Safari - works great parked with either 120v or LP but won't hold temp while travelling. Two dealers and one mobile repair service (during latest trip) have checked its function and find nothing wrong. Local AS dealer had not heard of the problem but suggested blocking off the leading half of the louvered door to prevent gusts from passing trucks/high winds. The furnace filter approach mentioned herein is very similar and sounds even better. I plan to test both. Mobile repair tech also suggested stuffing fiberglass batt insulation around perimeter of fridge compartment to prevent pressure differential between inside and outside the coach during gusts (I.e. due to ineffective seal at cabinetry interface) and to better insulate the box from extreme ambient heat (117 deg in Vegas at the time).

I will let you know what works best.

Just another project......but worth the trouble.
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:32 PM   #36
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Member "Buttercup" had the same problem of blowing out on the highway, and he solved it fairly simply.

Read his long post starting at the link below, and go past it a ways to get clarification:

Post #205 is the one I am trying to point out.

Joshua, it helps if you would fill in the year and model of your trailer in the profile. Otherwise, other posters have to hunt around for that info, guess, or ask you.

If it's to be, it's up to me.
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