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Old 05-09-2016, 03:25 PM   #29
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Do people actually pull over to the side of a fast moving highway, get out and turn off their gas bottles prior to entering a tunnel? Sounds like a way to cause a massive wreck. Other drivers are already driving stupid enough with a tunnel coming up without giving them a target blocking the side of the road. I have never seen anyone outside a tunnel turning on or off the gas. Nor have I ever seen anyone turning their propane on or off at a gas station.
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Old 05-09-2016, 03:31 PM   #30
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Been RVing for 45 years and full-timing for the past 10 years. We prefer shutting the propane down while in the road and so far have had no problems. At the end of the day the refer is still in the 30F's. We tend to be conservative in all things RV. No 70 MPH travel, routine hitch and tire checks, quality tires, empty black and wash water tanks and water in the fresh water tank.

About daring as we get is flushing toilet paper and lubricating the awning parts. Been lucky so far.
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Old 05-09-2016, 03:41 PM   #31
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Do people actually pull over to the side of a fast moving highway, get out and turn off their gas bottles prior to entering a tunnel? Sounds like a way to cause a massive wreck. Other drivers are already driving stupid enough with a tunnel coming up without giving them a target blocking the side of the road. I have never seen anyone outside a tunnel turning on or off the gas. Nor have I ever seen anyone turning their propane on or off at a gas station.
I didn't do it on the highway though. There were enough warning signs prior informing of the tunnel and gas shut off requirement that I could safely do this without creating a traffic hazard for others or myself.

As far as the gas station, I go inside the trailer and flip the fridge switch to the off position. Shutting it off from the outside tank would not immediately shut down flame, and in many cases once the flame extinguishes the auto ignition would continue to spark every few cycles to attempt to relight, thus creating its own hazard.

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Old 05-09-2016, 03:50 PM   #32
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Do people actually pull over to the side of a fast moving highway, get out and turn off their gas bottles prior to entering a tunnel? Sounds like a way to cause a massive wreck. Other drivers are already driving stupid enough with a tunnel coming up without giving them a target blocking the side of the road. I have never seen anyone outside a tunnel turning on or off the gas. Nor have I ever seen anyone turning their propane on or off at a gas station.
The only place I've encountered a tunnel where you have to turn off the propane tank is the Cumberland Gap tunnel on US 25E in south central Kentucky at the Tennessee border. There is a place to pull off, turn off the tank, then get back on, kind of like a rest area. I believe you have to find your own stopping point on the other side to turn them back on but it's not an Interstate so stoplights, stores, berms, etc., lots of places to pull over.
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Old 05-09-2016, 05:00 PM   #33
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Re running on 12 V
Most TV s won't deliver enough volts to run the fridge
You will likely get a"check" light
We have always run on propane on the road
Biggest risk is if there is a spill when refuelling
Might want to close the propane tank valve while refuelling if you are not planning to go into the trailer during refuel stop
You would then need to reset the fridge if it shuts down on fuel starvation
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Old 05-09-2016, 05:21 PM   #34
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I always run my gas refrigerator while driving (77 Argosy 28 MH) and while sitting in sideyard. Only shut off gas for refill or as required in tunnels.
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Old 05-09-2016, 06:06 PM   #35
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Yes to LP for almost 45 years. Never a problem.
Actually cools better moving and on gas.
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Old 05-09-2016, 06:45 PM   #36
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Running fridge in transit

I run power from tv battery thru 10 gage wires through a separate plug to a 300 watt invertor that is connected to the 120vac refrigerator circuit.
We can have ice cream cones during travel breaks and cold beer when we get to distentination.
Our 2002 22' international's Dometic refrigerator uses 175 watts, so the 300 watt unit gives us plenty of capacity.
It's been working for 5+ years.
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Old 05-10-2016, 05:53 AM   #37
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I NEVER turn my fridge off. I keep it running at ALL time. Stored or on the road, it's always on. When I'm in transit I use my propane and leave my settings on auto.
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:42 AM   #38
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It's called planning ahead. If our route includes tunnels, we make sure the propane's off.
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:49 AM   #39
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We run the fridge on propane while traveling. We also run the furnace when it's cold out. Don't see an issue. Just installed a self actuating fire extinguisher in the outside area of the refridge. Not for while we are traveling, but when stopped and on propane and dogs are alone in the trailer.
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:55 PM   #40
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The newly installed in the 23D as of today Vitrifrigo DP-150il refrigerator only uses 12Vdc power for the Danfoss freon compressor. Thus there will be no open flames anymore in the refrigerator space.
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Old 05-16-2016, 07:53 PM   #41
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I have a 2016 Sport....The refrig automatically switches from electric, gas and 12 volt. It picks the most efficient option that is able to be used. Everyone knows you shouldn't travel while on propane.
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Old 05-16-2016, 08:00 PM   #42
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I run mine on gas when on the road. Works fine for me. Others will express differing opinions I am sure.
Did this with my older A-Frame too. Never had an issue and kept the food cold. However, that particular fridge could also run on 12v, but it wasn't very efficient when it did.
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