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Old 09-02-2016, 10:38 AM   #15
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I run my fridge on the road. I find it it works better when the propane is turned on.
I concur
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Old 09-02-2016, 10:52 AM   #16
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Pretty simple. Run with it on where allowed by law and shut it off when at the gas station.
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Old 09-02-2016, 11:17 AM   #17
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I can see both sides of the debate, although I am definitely interested in having the lines open for convenience of having a cold fridge at destination.

Understood that it was designed to run while the trailer is in motion. But what about, heaven forbid, if in an accident? It is entirely conceivable that the propane tanks can get separated from the trailer, rupturing the lines, and at that point, the tanks are open to the air. Of course, even with the tanks closed, in an accident the tanks could rupture, so having them off in an accident guarantees nothing.

I'm still on the fence. I am leaning toward the convenience vs. the chance of a severe accident causing a leak.
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Old 09-02-2016, 11:36 AM   #18
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Mine are on almost all the time. In reality I could turn the LP off for shorter trips.
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Old 09-02-2016, 11:44 AM   #19
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What's the general consensus regarding leaving the bottles open to run the fridge when the trailer is moving?D
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Starting in 1971 I ran with one bottle on and the frig on. It was street side and occasionally the flame would blow out with passing trucks. In really hot weather if I was at a forward pump and my frig was opposite a pump I'd turn the bottle off and then back on after I pulled away, and relit the frig. Most of the time I just left it on. My second trailer had the frig on the curb side and I just left everything on, although my AS owners manual had something in it about the frig sensing when the TV power was shut off, and it would turn off the frig and only turn the flame back on a short time after I started the TV again. Since the frig wasn't next to a pump I just didn't worry. Now I have a diesel and fuel up most of the time at the big boy pumps where the same issue doesn't really exist.

Going through SOME tunnels, they make a real issue of bottles being turned off, and I do what is required. I have aluminum 30# bottles so in a serious accident they could be ruptured anyway. But then a wheel could come off of the rear of my TV going through KY, but that is another story....
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Old 09-02-2016, 11:56 AM   #20
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Advice from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs:

"Driving [an RV] with propane on can add to the danger if you are involved in an accident or have a fire. Shut off the propane at the tank and turn off all propane-powered appliances while driving. Operate your refrigerator on 12v battery power or simply leave it turned off. Most refrigerators will keep food cold or frozen for several hours, even when turned off."

I suspect you will get the same advice from any group of fire safety people.

Please note that in most jurisdictions it isn't illegal to drive with the propane on and, as many experienced RVers will tell you, the additional risk isn't perceived to be great - "I've done it for years and nothing bad has happened to me"

Personally I'm happy to err on the side of caution and take the advice of the Fire Fighters.

As ever, folks, the choice is yours.
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Old 09-02-2016, 12:14 PM   #21
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I can see both sides of the debate, although I am definitely interested in having the lines open for convenience of having a cold fridge at destination.

Understood that it was designed to run while the trailer is in motion. But what about, heaven forbid, if in an accident? It is entirely conceivable that the propane tanks can get separated from the trailer, rupturing the lines, and at that point, the tanks are open to the air. Of course, even with the tanks closed, in an accident the tanks could rupture, so having them off in an accident guarantees nothing.

I'm still on the fence. I am leaning toward the convenience vs. the chance of a severe accident causing a leak.
If lines are ruptured or any sudden leak the new valves on tanks that are mandatory, flow ceases, [open one w/out hose connected there will be no flow of gas], only way would cause fire or explosion if valves get nocked off tank, as far as rupture would be very severe impact to rupture steel or aluminum tanks as they are designed and manuf. to withstand severe impact.
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Old 09-02-2016, 12:52 PM   #22
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If lines are ruptured or any sudden leak the new valves on tanks that are mandatory, flow ceases, [open one w/out hose connected there will be no flow of gas], only way would cause fire or explosion if valves get nocked off tank, as far as rupture would be very severe impact to rupture steel or aluminum tanks as they are designed and manuf. to withstand severe impact.
Exactly. I run with the fridge on and will comply with shut off at the appropriate areas.
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Old 09-02-2016, 01:06 PM   #23
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I leave gas on while underway. I would be curious to hear from anyone anywhere about any real problems with leaving it on. Are there any reports about people leaving the gas on while underway and some major catastrophe occurring?
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Old 09-02-2016, 01:17 PM   #24
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Old 09-02-2016, 01:31 PM   #25
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i leave mine on when traveling,it cools off fast when propane is shut off on a sometimes 5 to 6 hour ferry crossing...it will not stay on electric...i use a cooler to put certain things on ice...so,i just turn it off when i really have to by law!!!
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Old 09-02-2016, 01:59 PM   #26
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I have towed many hundreds, if not thousands, of days with the fridge running. I've done it every time I've towed, for more than 20 years.

I think there is less risk to me while towing with the gas on and fridge running than when I'm inside the trailer sleeping with the gas on and fridge running. Neither is 100% safe. Both have negligible risk. Both are done all of the time. Of course there are always exceptions, like fuel stations, filling a generator near the fridge, etc, that require extra care.

I've never seen any instruction from a refrigerator manufacturer that says not to use their product while the vehicle is moving. Has anyone?
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Old 09-02-2016, 03:19 PM   #27
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It's also safer not to drive your car with highly flammable gasoline flowing freely and under pressure from the gas tank located in the rear through fuel lines under the car to the engine located in the front
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Old 09-02-2016, 03:51 PM   #28
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I'm so paranoid that I remove the tanks and buy new ones when I get to the campsite. I also don't use the toilet because I don't want to get my hands dirty dumping it. We don't cook in the trailer because we don't want to get it smelly. Sorry!
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