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We haven't shut the fridge off in 3 years.........


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fridge on with cooler for the important stuff (beer...)..

Looking to get one of those 12v coolers that can also use 120v. Spent well over $100 on ice last year.


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We travel with our fridge on 12VDC... Also carry the 5-day cooler in back of the truck. Works good for us in the OFF-ROAD POPUP. We usualy stop for groceries at a Walmart just before we get to the camp site. Then we end up going to the site camp store or local quick-stop once a day for ice and bottled water to drink. Most places we go to usually has firewood available on site..

Me gots to sit by the open firepit in my easy chair drinking my fresh made bean coffee... Thats what we go camping for...




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Our fridge is on when we travel. It's turned on the day before a trip and not shut off until we return from our trip and all food is removed. We carry an ice maker from Camping World with us rather than keep running for bags of ice.


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We travel with the fridge on. That's our preference. Fridge is stocked with everything that needs to stay cold except for beer and some of the kids drinks - those go into the ice chest. To help keep the ice chest cold I'll usually put 3 or 4 plastic jugs in there that have been filled with water and frozen. Along with a couple bags of ice it does the trick.


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lbrjet wrote:

NanciL wrote:

I never travel with the gas on regardless what other people say.
My manual advises against it, and if you do some research you will find more than one travel trailer or fifth wheeler has burned up by having a blow out or an accident burst a propane line.
Join the crowd and travel with it on.
I'll use my own judgement and travel with it off.
The evening before a trip my wife loads the refridge and turns it on.
When we are ready to travel it getd turned off, and believe me the refrigerator stays cold all day long with it off.

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Quick trip wrote:

You bought the TT to use it - that means all the goodies that are there for your use!
If you have to make a potty break out along side the highway, do you go behind a tree or do you use your bathroom in the TT?
We have been RVing since 1966 and had a camper, 2 different TT's and a fifth wheel trailer.
Have always used what was built in -- from 3 way to 2 way systems.
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Hi All.

X2.

We have been RV'er for a little over 45 years now. And we have always run our RV's Fridges while traveling. Doesn't take much to turn off when refueling and back on again.

If your travel with it off or use a Cooler, you could end up with food not cold enought. "Cold Food", just like "Hot Food", must be keep ay the correct Temps, period.

Have you ever had "Food Posining". Trust me, I have had it twice in my life time and even ended up once in the Hospital for a couple of days due to it. And it wasn't my fault, or my doings.

Our RV's Fridges stays on, from 3 days before we travel to the time we get home and remove the food, if we are not going to go out again real soon.

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patinlouisiana wrote:

I never gave it any thought?
When we get ready to go we turn it on to automatic, load it and forget it. We do carry a small ice chest in our TV with cold drinks and bottles of water.


Our TT also has a 110V refer in the outside kitchen.
We have not used it yet.


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korbe wrote:

lbrjet wrote:

NanciL wrote:

I never travel with the gas on regardless what other people say.
My manual advises against it, and if you do some research you will find more than one travel trailer or fifth wheeler has burned up by having a blow out or an accident burst a propane line.
Join the crowd and travel with it on.
I'll use my own judgement and travel with it off.
The evening before a trip my wife loads the refridge and turns it on.
When we are ready to travel it getd turned off, and believe me the refrigerator stays cold all day long with it off.

Jack L


You are not alone. We never travel with open propane tanks regardless of what everybody else does.

X6


I completely respect your decision to do as you feel is right for your situation. I just hope you realize that you still have exposed propane tanks between your trailer and vehicle, so unless you also leave your propane TANKS at home, you still have the same risk of a "propane" accident as I do with my fridge turned on traveling down the road...

Each to their own and travel as you see fit and are comfortable with.

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CakeHenn wrote:

atfulldraw wrote:

A yeti might save you money in the long run (if you plan on living a few hundred years...)


I'll will mine to my oldest male grandchild. My oldest daughter is 4 right now.

But seriously they are expensive but at the same time great coolers. I jus found out about a knock of to the Yeti called Brute Outdoors.


I actually prefer the Brute Outdoors coolers. I can get you a discount on one if you are interested. They will also ship them anywhere for $25.

And, they now come in tan to satisfy the Yeti crowd


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