We just purchased our first TT. When we were doing our walk through, the dealer informed us that we should not have the refridgerator on while towing because this could result in the pilot blowing out. Has anyone had this problem?
We always turn off our refrigerator before we leave...for the few hours that it's off, it will not lose much in the way of temperature. Besides, it's not a good idea to be traveling with the propane on; you particularly don't want it on when you are refueling or going thru tunnels and could cause real problems if you're in an accident.
Not being an expert in this subjext, all I can say is I have towed travel trailers thousands of miles and never had a ref go out while on gas. I use electric current when I can. Yet, I pull my Holiday Rambler with the fridge running on gas. The one time I have had a problem keeping the unit lit was due to the flue needing cleaning. Once I cleaned the flue, the unit remained lit.
As to whether it has a pilot light or electronic ingition, I cannot say. I know I press a button to light the gas.
We have pulled a trailer or run a motorhome for 18 years now and always run with the refig on. We do always turn off the refig when we are at a gasoline island.
I'd worry more about that 20 to 55 gallons of gasoline is a sheetmetal tank hanging right below you rear end.
I have yet to see a verified story of an RV blowing up due to the propane being on.
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I can't speak to your exact unit, but, most RV appliances today have a thermocuple sensor that will shut off the gas valve if the flame goes out. As stated by others, most of todays refrigerators are electronic ignition and will just relight as they need too.
If it is a problem, a trick a RV appliance repairman once showed me is to get an appropriate size residential furnace filter and place it just inside the access door to the fridge, this will stop sever side winds from "blowing" out your fridge.
As to turning the unit off, I have heard of people doing this but as I tend to travel up to 8 hours in a day durring summer I just can't imagine that your ice-cream won't melt on you! The poor fridge had a hard time keeping up with the 100 degree temps in AZ this year set on the full setting!
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I got my first TT around 1980 and have always traveled with the refrigerator on, through 3 TT and 2 MH, and never had the pilot light go out. Two of those TT were the ones you had to go outside to light the pilot, the other one had a push button. Both MH had electronic ignition. I have read where some units have that problem and all people did was install some kind of shield to block the wind.
I did travel approximately 8 hours one day with the refrigerator off, old age and I forgot to turn in on, with current MH and, yes, the ice cream did melt and created quite a mess. I now check each time before sitting in the drivers seat. I do shut the it off each time I fill up with gas.
My suggestion; give it a try and see what happens before worrying about it.
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Is there no end to asking this question? Do a search and you'll find more then enough information on this subject. As far as I can see over the last year or so, there is no majority of RV'ers who can agree on leaving gas on or off and no proof that leaving it on is dangerous.
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As a lot of people have said before me - I never turn the refer off. It switches from propane to 120 volt when electric is available and back when I disconnect. I have never had the flame blow out, nor have I ever encountered a problem. Most of the time I even forget to turn it off when refueling, but I have been reminded by the strong odor of gasoline at some fuel islands. I've been motorhoming since 1985.
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