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Posted: 07/05/12 09:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is anyone aware of any safety issues with regards to towing with the propane valve open? I'd like to keep my cold items in the fridge cold while towing. Bad mayo (and warm beer) isn't good for anyone. We're new to this and have only had our TT since around March and have been towing with the propane valve open and the fridge on gas mode. We asked the tech during our walkthrough when we picked it up and he said it was perfectly safe.

My father also has a TT and has told me on more than one occasion that he would never tow with the propane valves open. He puts all his fridge items in a cooler and transfers them to the fridge once it is cold after he is hooked up at the campground.

Does anyone have any input on this?

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Posted: 07/05/12 09:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You will get those that do and those that don't for variety of reasons.
Pages & pages of posts on this......

As long as I have owned/towed RV's with a fridge I have it on propane when traveling....isn't that one of the reason for fridge to operate on propane?

Only time I have shut off the propane:
Ferries
Tunnel restrictions
Refilling the tanks


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Posted: 07/05/12 10:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Never turn mine off! Your propane tanks will survive an accident much better than your vehicle fuel tank. It's all about what makes you comfortable.
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Posted: 07/05/12 10:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With your gas towrig I would turn off propane while refueling. All other times leave it on. Also try running a remote sensor in the fridge while traveling to monitor the fridge while driving down the road.

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Once again.. here we are.

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Run with it on. That is what they are designed to do. I never turn mine off even when refueling. People talk about "risks" and suggest that you should always be safe and not take the "risk." Well, I would like to know just how much of a risk it is. I mean, the odds of me getting into an accident on the way to the camp ground are much higher than my trailer catching fire at the pump. If this is true, then why do I even leave the house?

And, while I am on a roll, I am still waiting for someone, anyone to post something about a trailer catching fire while refueling because the fridge was running. I have seen many motor homes burnt to the ground because of a faulty carb that caught fire. Why don't all motor home drivers stay home? Well, it is because, while these accidents do happen, they are very rare indeed. Sort of like getting hit by lightning. So, let me know about the actual fires that have happened at gas stations. I might change my ways.


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Of course there are places that you must shut off the LP, but most probably leave it on.
Which is SAFER...tanks off, but you give up convenience for safety....which is why most folks will give up some safety for convenience

How quickly will the temperatures drop in the fridge when it's "off", but the doors are kept closed? You can test it in your driveway. You may find that the Mayo and the beer isn't getting all that warm, if you are only on the road for about 4-5 hours.....and if you wanted, you could run the fridge when you stop for lunch.

I leave mine ON, but then, I'm also in the vehicle....so for some reason, that gives me some justification

Do what makes YOU feel comfortable.


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Posted: 07/05/12 10:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I always towed my 5er with the fridge on lp but now that I am in a class A I am thinking it may have been a bad idea,I have had the ignitor lead and another wire burn due to the flame coming out of the burner tube while driving down the road and if you know what LP smells like when you have a yellow flame or poor burn, well now I smell that sometimes when driving down the road.


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Posted: 07/05/12 11:00pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for all the helpful responses. I guess my dad is just a bit overly paranoid. I figured as much.

2oldman wrote:

Once again.. here we are

Thanks. I understand how forums work. FYI, searching in the TT forums resulted in:

Your search for 'towing propane' found 0 matches.

Your search for 'towing lp' found 0 matches.

Your search for 'towing gas' found 1 matches.
"EcoBoost towing gas mileage?"

MitchF150 wrote:

Anyway, you have to do what YOU feel comfortable with... Is it safe to run with the fridge on? Yes. Is it safe to run with it off? Yes. Do you still have 2 large cylinders of LPG sitting between the back of your truck and the front of your trailer in either case? YES!

Well I've felt perfectly safe the last four times towing with the propane on. My thought was that if there was a crash those tanks could be punctured anyway. Whether I had them on or off wouldn't matter. He mentioned the propane thing again recently so I figured I would ask.

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