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I'm pretty new...we got a TT a little over a month ago and have made two trips so far. Both times I've just packed two coolers...one with stuff we ended up putting in the fridge and the other with beer and other drinks...and filled with ice. Do other people just go with coolers or do they travel with a fridge on?

I have an ice maker at home and kind of harvest the ice from time to time bagging it and putting it in our big freezer so when I go on trips I always have plenty of ice. I hardly ever buy ice.

Anyway I'm used to going on trips and taking a cooler all the time and never having a fridge so it's hard to break that habit. I've been lucky and have won a Yeti cooler at a Ducks Unlimited event and bought another one. I know a lot of hunters and fishermen that swear by those Yeti's and after using one for a year I can say they are build like tanks and really do hold ice better...the cons are they are heavy and expensive and you don't want anyone to walk off with it.

On the plus side even though Yeti's are expensive vs an Igloo or Coleman they might save you money in the long run because you won't have to keep replacing them and also you'll buy less ice. There are some other brands out there that are like Yeti..tough and really hold ice well...but I'm a bit partial to Yeti because they are a Texas company, Ducks Unlimited supporters, and I have a couple, lol!


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We travel with the frige on propane all the time. Ours in the TT and our now MH had auto switch over to propane/electric. Some will say not to, but as long as you turn the propane off at a gas station you will be OK. I like my beer cold when I arrive at the campground and then put some in an ice chest so I don't have to go inside to get one.

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We usually have a couple of ice coolers (the Coleman Xtreme "6 days at 90 degrees" is not just a brag!) for beverage ice and also to cool down stuff before putting it into the RV fridge.

Yes, It's OK to travel with the refrigerator on, it's designed for it. The only warning is to shut off all propane appliances when refueling the truck.


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We NEVER turn ours off. JMO


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We travel with a large white boat style cooler that is jammed with ice and drinks. Makes it easy to grab something when we stop. And we can have lots of variety and quantity of drinks available.

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We travel with the fridge running with every day stuff like milk, eggs, condiments and all the other kinds of food we have in there. We run the fridge on 12 volt when traveling. Truck keeps the house batteries charged.

This is with our 5th wheel. Did the same with our truck camper too.





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I have traveled with my fridge on gas in several different RV's since 1976. No problems yet.


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dalmationlovers wrote:

..... Some will say not to,



Others say not to, but, the manufacturers of the frig don't say not to!!!!


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I travel with the fridge on, thats what it's for.


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We travel with our fridge on 12v, and when we get to the CG switch over to propane or 120v if we have electric hookups. While traveling, I might switch from 12v to propane if we're going to be parked for a long time (several hours) in the hot sun so as not to run the battery down while parked. Driving with it on 12v, I don't have to worry when I fuel up at gas stations.

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Depends, most times I fill up the fridge and travel with it off, it keeps most things cold enough for a 2-3 hours. However if its a long drive will travel with it on propane. I do shut if off at the gas station.


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