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Will these refrigerators not work off of 12V battery while traveling?


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Chad/Jen wrote:

I always thought that you weren't supposed to travel with propane flowing through the pipes (i.e. shut off at the tanks). ??? Am I incorrect?


You do not have to shut off the propane tanks while running down the road most of the time. There are some longer tunnels and ferry systems that make you shut off the tanks. Other than that you can leave the propane on and run the fridge off propane while driving. As stated if the fridge is close to the fuel tank fill point it is a good idea to turn off the fridge (but not the tank) while pumping gas. I do this every time since mine are close to each other. Just walk to the fridge hit the off button, pump gas, walk back to the fridge hit the on button, grab a drink and snack for the next leg of the trip and drive off. Obviously the drink and snack is optional.

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trickyvic3 wrote:

Sometimes if the wind from traveling is just right, it can blow out the pilot. .
If they even have a pilot.

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Pack only the food you need for traveling, plan on buying the rest when you get to your final destination.

To keep the fridge cold, pack a couple ice filled milk cartons.

Turn on the fridge to the coldest setting when you stop for the night.





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I've left mine run for days on propane. No issues. Since it is a TT, gas fill and pilot aren't close, but I do pay attention to proximity of pilot to pumps further down the line and shut off refr if necessary. No point looking for trouble


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Chad/Jen wrote:

I always thought that you weren't supposed to travel with propane flowing through the pipes (i.e. shut off at the tanks). ??? Am I incorrect?


Slightly incorrect There is no "rule") but a lot smarter. Fire fighters always like to see propane tanks turned off whenever they have to attend any RV accident/fire!
Safety and common sense says turn it off before you travel. As long as our 'fridge is cold when we start it has always stayed cold - up to 8 hours of hot weather travel. We have never (21years of traveling) lost even an ice cube!!

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I used to always seek out a Wally World or Cracker Barrel while on my way, but last trip down I stopped at little parks along the way. I must say, I quite enjoyed that and I think that will be my plan from now on. I would think, your first time driving long hours, you might want to look into this too and plan out the stops along your route.


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dlos wrote:

Will these refrigerators not work off of 12V battery while traveling?


On my popup, the 12 volt would supposedly 'maintain' a temperature but not actually cool. I never had luck with the 12volt. My new unit is gas or eletric(no 12 volt).


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On AC power even modest size RV fridges draw perhaps 135 to 150 watts. On 12 V dc that's about 12 amps. Some models draw less but quite few draw well up into the 200 to 300 watt range. So a bigger fridge might need over 20 amps. With ac power and propane so common that's probably why you don't see too many dc powered fridges.


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Connie,

I agree with the post that says, campgrounds are better and more enjoyable, that said last fall in ten weeks on the road we used Walmarts about three times. In two places it was the only space available after Sept 15, but I wouldn't do it regularly.

As far as the propane is concened, RV specific fridges are ment and designed to be used while traveling. Our rig has a 1989 model Dometic and there is no pilot light, the burner is on all the time, the flame varies but if I see the green light on or hear the igniter sparking I assume I'm either out of propane or there is a problem. Check your owners manual, if you don't have one, go on line and google the model number and download the manual. Not a big deal and nice to have. Have a good time on your trip.


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