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Old 10-08-2014, 09:40 AM   #1
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would you run fridge on the road

Hello All,
I have a 69 Trade Wind with the original Fridge.It is a Dometic MB52C. The question I have is would you run this on propane while traveling? For vents it has the opening in the belly pan and the floor covered with chicken wire. If the flame blew out it should shut the gas off. As of yet I have not ran it on the road. Does anyone have experiance running these old units on the road. Thanks
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:11 AM   #2
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How else would I keep the beer cold?
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:17 AM   #3
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We do also. Never had any issues.
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:52 AM   #5
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Yup... 'cept while refueling.

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Old 10-08-2014, 10:56 AM   #6
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I am far more concerned about leaving on the hot water heater than the fridge.
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:36 AM   #7
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I do not ever travel with my tanks turned on. in my opinion much too risky.

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Old 10-08-2014, 11:45 AM   #8
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It's on LP while traveling, always.
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:48 AM   #9
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In previous SOBs i have always run the fridge while underway,however i prefer to have the gas shut off so run it on 120v from a small inverter.The TV alternator carries the load so no battery problems.
I will do the same with our Argosy when i get it road ready.
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:49 AM   #10
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We have always traveled with it on, it would very inconvenient not to have fresh/frozen food available on a cross-country trip, months on the road. Is it safe? I believe there is enough safety in the system be be comfortable with it.

If uncomfortable when fueling just shut it off and turn it on again when finished.
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Old 10-08-2014, 03:54 PM   #11
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We travel with it on. The refrigerators have a safety that shuts off the gas valve if the flame blows out. When traveling with the flame on, best practice is to shut the refrigerator off when you fuel up at a gas station. Newer tanks (with the POL connections) also have quick release sensors on the gas bottle valves. If a quick release is detected (such as a hose leak or tear, the valve on the tank closes.

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Hello All,
I have a 69 Trade Wind with the original Fridge.It is a Dometic MB52C. The question I have is would you run this on propane while traveling? For vents it has the opening in the belly pan and the floor covered with chicken wire. If the flame blew out it should shut the gas off. As of yet I have not ran it on the road. Does anyone have experiance running these old units on the road. Thanks
If worry about flame blowing out, make scoop such as on airplane engines to fit over hole, width of hole, flush at front taper to 1-1/2 inch or so at back, bend flange at sides and front then pop rivet on belly pan. This we did on my 66 & 67 AS, never blew out after that. Yes I leave fridge on propane for longer trips, but have on elect. at home nice and cold frozen ice cream etc. after short trips. Bill
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Is it legal to travel with your propane tanks open?
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