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Old 05-05-2016, 01:02 AM   #11
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We full-time in our 17' Casita...soon to be reborn as a 21' Escape...and, we always travel with the fridge on propane. Going on 15 months now. Have not had any issues to this point.
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Old 05-05-2016, 08:05 AM   #12
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Have towed on propane for 10 years now, never an issue. I try to use the closest pump and leave the trailer out and away from the pump when possible.
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Old 05-05-2016, 11:35 AM   #13
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Have towed on propane for 10 years now, never an issue. I try to use the closest pump and leave the trailer out and away from the pump when possible.
I too always travel with the frig on propane, never been a problem...
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:06 PM   #14
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Well..... just to add my 2c

"never been a problem" doesn't mean that towing with the propane open and flowing isn't less safe than not.... it just means that you in your experiences ... you have never had a problem.



I'll let this RV fire safety expert guy say his 2c.

(yes - a bit of what he says applies to bigger RVs, in terms of generator.... but regardless there is some applicable info here)



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Old 05-05-2016, 01:01 PM   #15
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This topic has been discussed over and over again with "experts" on both sides stating their opinion. If you really want to be safe I suggest you turn off the fuel supply to your tow vehicle because it is a well know fact that gasoline is far more explosive than propane.

As highway truck driver for over 35 years I have never seen an RV catch on fire due to propane, but have seen a number of cars and trucks catch on fire due to gasoline.

Just my 2 cents
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Old 05-05-2016, 01:10 PM   #16
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It all usually culminates in a collision being the element that has some risk. The systems themselves are designed to be operated while driving. Same argument/risk they explain for propane operated vehicles, which we have quite a number of now in AZ. Probably same addl risk they associate with carrying 25 gal of gas in the rear of your car which hasn't worked out well, especially for Ford, in some collisions over the years.
Each person just needs to evaluate the information and do what you're comfortable with.
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Old 05-05-2016, 01:25 PM   #17
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Another good article here:

Propane 101-The basics

It's not so much about running the refrigerator on propane while driving, but leaving the appliances on while refueling at a gas station.
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Old 05-05-2016, 04:15 PM   #18
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Refridge on the road

I used to use propane while traveling but the new two door 6.7 is good enough, at 60 to 80f I can use 12V for hours and keep -xx freezer and 30 to 38 fridge at 3 to 4 bars.
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Old 05-05-2016, 04:25 PM   #19
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Somewhere I saw a suggestion to put fridge on battery when towing to keep it cold, but how much risk it there of it draining my car battery?
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I tow with Lexus RX400 hybrid SUV.
If you do tow with the refrigerator on battery and accidentally end up at an unserviced campsite with too little charge in the trailer's battery, keep in mind that all tow vehicles are substantial electrical power sources, and your hybrid tow vehicle can be a remarkably capable power source.
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I used to use propane while traveling but the new two door 6.7 is good enough, at 60 to 80f I can use 12V for hours and keep -xx freezer and 30 to 38 fridge at 3 to 4 bars.
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thanks for the good data...

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