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Old 07-19-2017, 12:02 PM   #1
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Traveling while refrigerator is running on propane

Does anyone have any thoughts about keeping the refrigerator cold while traveling using propane.? We know that there are certain tunnels one cannot travel through carrying propane at all but putting that aside how many of you keep your refrigerator cold while in transit?
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Old 07-19-2017, 12:04 PM   #2
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Old 07-19-2017, 12:19 PM   #3
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I always do.

Ditto.

I always turn it off at fuel stop just to remove any possibility Sometimes it needs to be turned off at a tunnel and on many ferries.

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Old 07-19-2017, 12:29 PM   #4
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Ditto.

I always turn it off at fuel stop just to remove any possibility Sometimes it needs to be turned off at a tunnel and on many ferries.

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I run with it on and have the best intentions of turning it off at fuel stops, but seldom remember to do that.

I haven't yet hit a tunnel where they mention it, but I'm aware that some do. The only one I've been through is Mobile Bay.

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There's a warning sticker on the right front of mine, telling you to turn it off when refueling. I never have for the same reason as mentioned here; I forget. We always run the fridge on propane when on the road, cooling it down a day before we leave on a trip. Just make sure it's pulling propane before you pull out or it will stop trying after a while.

Others have reported in other threads that they don't and their fridge stays cold between campgrounds. I guess you could go either way.
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Old 07-19-2017, 01:08 PM   #6
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Fridge is on all the time.

When I remove AC power, it switches to gas. We travel down the road with it on.

When I connect up at the next park, it switches to electric.
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What choice do you have? Let your food spoil?

My last RV had a 3-way fridge and I would sometimes travel on 12V only because the pilot would blow out occasionally and it did not have electronic spark to automatically relight itself.
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Does anyone have any thoughts about keeping the refrigerator cold while traveling using propane.? We know that there are certain tunnels one cannot travel through carrying propane at all but putting that aside how many of you keep your refrigerator cold while in transit?
This is a very common question. Over 90% of Airstreamers (and Rv enthusiasts in general) run with the propane on when it makes sense. I am in that group.

There is a hypothetical risk of fire in a collision.

Most RV fires are of electrical origin and occur while parked. There is also a pattern of motorhome fires caused by chassis problems, such as engine fires or fuel leaks.
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I never do. I believe in safety first at all times. Before leaving on a trip, a day or two before, I plug in the Airstream and get the refrigerator cold. The night before or the morning of departure I put all the food in the refrigerator and freezer along with some blue ice packs and the small battery operated fan that moves the air around. I have traveled in high heat for 5-7 hours and the food is still cold when I arrive.
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