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Old 10-21-2017, 01:03 PM   #1
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refrigerator when moving

Since it is illegal in many states to travel with the propane on we traveled and turned the fridge off and kept it closed. It was cooled to MX and read 32on the display! After 5 hours when we turned it back on the monitor read 46 TOO Warm!
So we got Ice packs and the moved a couple to the lower compartment and this has helped alot are their other solutions?
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Since it is illegal in many states to travel with the propane on we traveled and turned the fridge off and kept it closed. It was cooled to MX and read 32on the display! After 5 hours when we turned it back on the monitor read 46 TOO Warm!
So we got Ice packs and the moved a couple to the lower compartment and this has helped alot are their other solutions?
In which US states is it illegal to travel with the propane on?

I think you'll find that certain tunnels and ferries in the US require the propane to be off and other than that you're free to choose between running your refrigerator off propane while driving or treating it like an mediocre ice chest ('cause it ain't no Yeti.)

The thing that worries me is the length of time it takes to bring the temperature back down after it heats up... the ammonia absorption cycle is SLOW compared to a compressor-driven fridge. We run the fridge when towing unless it's prohibited to do so.
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Old 10-21-2017, 01:11 PM   #3
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Leave your propane on so your food will stay cold, and donít worry about it.

Never had a problem, never been stopped and asked if my propane was on.

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Old 10-21-2017, 01:16 PM   #4
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Ours stays on while traveling, never any problem since 1971, where is the law that says this is illegal?propane powered vehicles always run with the propane turned on..same as natural gas powered vehicles.....
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I'm not aware of any state where it's illegal to travel with your propane turned on. There are some tunnels and ferries where it's illegal to have the propane turned on, but not whole states.

If you know of states where it's illegal, please list them so that the information can be independently verified.

On edit— DKB_SATX beat me to it. Great minds, and all that.
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Old 10-21-2017, 01:29 PM   #6
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We travel with propane tanks on. Never a problem. We faithfully turn the fridge off before pulling into a gas station however.
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Since it is illegal in many states to travel with the propane on we traveled and turned the fridge off and kept it closed. It was cooled to MX and read 32on the display! After 5 hours when we turned it back on the monitor read 46 TOO Warm!
So we got Ice packs and the moved a couple to the lower compartment and this has helped alot are their other solutions?
Like 90% of rv travelers we run with the propane on to keep the fridge cool. This is a perennial topic here and on most other rv forums. I believe it is lawful and safe to run with the fridge on. RV trailer fires are nearly all electrical in origin with propane rarely being a primary or contributing cause. (For motorhomes, chassis problems are a major contributor to fires while under way, with propane still being a rare to nonexistent cause)

If you're going to run without propane, you can help matters somewhat by being sure the fridge is completely cool when you depart. You can add a couple of gallon jugs of water the night before to increase the thermal mass, or use ice. In general a full fridge stays cool longer. The fridge in my Cayo tends to blow out while under way so I am stuck having to use these techniques and I check it and re-light it if needed at every stop.
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Old 10-21-2017, 02:19 PM   #8
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refrigerator when moving

I always travel with propane on and fridge running. Never had an issue. Fridge and freezer contents stay cold / frozen.

I often keep hot water heater on as well.....
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Old 10-21-2017, 02:20 PM   #9
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As mentioned above, the rules on propane are a bit confusing. People see signs on the road that prohibit bulk propane trucks. The sign sails by fast and they make an assumption. They repeat this assumption to others. While you are at home and not trying to deal with traffic, dig into it a bit.

There are some tunnels that outright ban propane. Route around them. There are some places that require propane be shut off. Pull over and do so. By all means know and obey the law / follow the rules. As noted above tunnels, and ferries are things to wonder about.

Around here, Baltimore is a "no go" tunnel. PA Turnpike is ok. Chesapeake Bay Tunnel is ok with the LP tanks on a normal AS. So yes, it varies a bit even in a fairly small area.

Since rules do change from time to time, double check them. That's even more true of any rule you might have heard second hand from some guy named Bob

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Old 10-21-2017, 03:59 PM   #10
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I was going to be one of those super-safe people who ran with their propane off. Well, it lasted one day, especially since my first day was 100 degree day. It's a PITA to find a spot to turn it off before entering a gas station and somewhere else to turn it back on after leaving a gas station, but it's better than food poisoning.
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Old 10-21-2017, 04:49 PM   #11
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Indeed the safety question is a bit different than the legal side of things. There are many long threads here already debating just how safe you are in various situations with the fridge turned on and set to LP.

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Old 10-21-2017, 04:56 PM   #12
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I don't think it is illegal other than at certain tunnels where it is posted that you are to shut it off.

We have run wth propane on the fridge for about 40 years without an issue.


On the other hand we have some friends whose trailer (not an AS) burned to the ground on a trip - they "think" it must have been caused by the fridge.


So you are certainly safest to shut it off, but I think that the vast majority of RV'ers do not.

Up to you!


PS - we have never shut it off while fuelling either. We do use less volatile diesel fuel, but then I suppose other folk could be nearby filling their vehicles with gas near us!
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Old 10-22-2017, 10:03 AM   #13
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Hi

There are good reasons to shut off LP when the trailer is in storage. Pulling the batteries also can be a safety plus. Not leaving a trailer hooked to shore power when in storage ... same thing. Same sort of rules apply when leaving your house for a while.

There are a lot of people who violate some or all of those rules on a regular basis (I DO !!). The vast majority of them get away with it .... Every so often a trailer or house blows up or burns down.

It's also worth noting - if you ever have seen a house that has been without heat and AC for an entire year, that has a negative impact in most climates.....

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Old 10-23-2017, 06:34 AM   #14
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I travel with the propane off. A day or two before each trip, I plug in the Airstream and get the fridge cooled down. I pack it with the food the day before so that everything is acclimated. Then, the day of departure I put the frozen blue ice pack things in, shut the door and go. I have traveled for 6-7 hours in summer heat and the food is still cold when I arrive. I don't subscribe to traveling with the gas on for the fridge. Safety first.
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