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Old 06-18-2015, 07:07 PM   #1
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How to keep refrigerator cold while driving many hours?

We are quite new to the RV/trailer world, having just picked up our fine little 15A trailer in March, and taken just 3 local 2-3 day trips around State of WA. All has worked well so far, and if we are only going an hour or two away from home, leaving refrigerator "OFF" still keeps things adequately cold until we get to campsite and turn it on with Elec. or propane (we do plug in a day ahead to get it cold/ready). However, we do anticipate taking longer 5-7 hour driving trips in future and wonder what folks do to keep the refrig. cold? Do folks keep in on "Auto" or what? We've heard that some folks turn on the propane and drive that way, but we've also heard that wind can blow out the pilot while driving and then the system will switch to battery power and run down even car batteries? Any thoughts on best-practices for safety and cooling while driving many hours/day?

In advance, thanks much, as usual, for helpful thoughts on this.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:26 PM   #2
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We are quite new to the RV/trailer world, having just picked up our fine little 15A trailer in March, and taken just 3 local 2-3 day trips around State of WA. All has worked well so far, and if we are only going an hour or two away from home, leaving refrigerator "OFF" still keeps things adequately cold until we get to campsite and turn it on with Elec. or propane (we do plug in a day ahead to get it cold/ready). However, we do anticipate taking longer 5-7 hour driving trips in future and wonder what folks do to keep the refrig. cold? Do folks keep in on "Auto" or what? We've heard that some folks turn on the propane and drive that way, but we've also heard that wind can blow out the pilot while driving and then the system will switch to battery power and run down even car batteries? Any thoughts on best-practices for safety and cooling while driving many hours/day?

In advance, thanks much, as usual, for helpful thoughts on this.
King and Kathy Cushman
You can just run the fridge on battery power while towing. It won't deplete your tow vehicle battery. We run ours on propane while towing and haven't had an issue with the pilot, but some have.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:30 PM   #3
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We've been on several long trips and have always towed with the refrigerator on propane. No problems with maintaining temperature and have not had the pilot blow out.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:33 PM   #4
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We always run on propane, no problems.
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Dometic fridge 12V power must be manually selected at the front panel. In auto mode it will select AC power first, if none available it will run on propane. Mine runs a bit colder on propane when traveling, no issues with flame blowing out.
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Mine lives on Auto.

Question: If the wind blows out the flame, the fridge will relight itself. Would the user know this was happening?
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There is a reason folks put wireless thermometers inside the frig and freezer with the display in the tug. So you know when the temperature starts to climb and perhaps the flame has gone out while towing on propane. A <$30 part that can save money vs. spoiled food.
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I keep mine on manual and propane while towing and manual and electric if at campsite.
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:43 PM   #9
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Many thanks for good advice..!

Hi again to this wonderful forum family,
Thanks for all your good thoughts and advice, as it gives me more confidence to allow running the trailer on propane OR on the batteries (we have dual 6V setup), and I have heard before that running on propane tends to keep things just a little bit cooler.

Once again, thanks to y'all, and a most happy summer and happy "Escaping" to you!
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I also run on propane while traveling but don't forget to turn off the fridge and/or propane before refueling.
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