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Old 06-11-2019, 07:18 PM   #11
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It is ironic that some refuse to use propane while traveling but once stopped will switch over to propane? If safety is an issue, why use it while being inside the camper?
Likely because they are concerned about a fire or explosion hazard in case of a collision on the road, which doesn't apply at the campsite. I don't consider this an unreasonable risk, but opinions vary.
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Old 06-11-2019, 09:02 PM   #12
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We travel with the fridge on propane, as the fridge is only powered by either propane or 120 volt. I also consider this a reasonable risk. I also carry a portable generator fueled full gasoline and often carry a 5 litre jerry can with additional gasoline. In the event of an accident as Glenn mentioned this is probably as high on the risk matrix as propane. In the end always travel how you feel comfortable the added worry can otherwise marr an enjoyable experience.
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Old 06-11-2019, 09:42 PM   #13
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fwiw, I use the fridge in propane mode, too, and usually forget to shut it off before fueling.

I run with propane on. Found out with the last new TT that I'm supposed to turn it off before fueling. Yikes! Like you, I keep forgetting. Luckily, have not encountered any spills or fumes that waft 21 feet over to the TT and have not burned down any gas stations. Knock on wood...
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Old 06-11-2019, 09:50 PM   #14
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I run with propane on. Found out with the last new TT that I'm supposed to turn it off before fueling. Yikes! Like you, I keep forgetting. Luckily, have not encountered any spills or fumes that waft 21 feet over to the TT and have not burned down any gas stations. Knock on wood...

I just thought of something to add to the debate. My natural gas water heater in the last house was in the garage and up on a ~2 foot platform to keep the house from burning down from gasoline or other fumes that might be present. There was also a couple of floor level vents, I'm assuming to allow fumes to escape the garage. My fridge is much higher on the trailer (as an ignition source) and obviously no venting of gasoline fumes required outdoors at the gas station. Maybe this kept me from lighting up the various gas stations I've stopped at Seems reasonable...

I'll try to be more responsible next time.
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I know I'm probably a nervous nellie, but one of my friends was towing a trailer, and while under tow the thing caught on fire. She was transporting a bunch of dogs in the trailer and was badly burned trying to get them out. Even with her efforts, 4 dogs died. I have no idea what caused the fire, or if she even had her fridge on propane, but something about the idea of driving down the road with an open flame bothers me. Therefore, I've been towing with my fridge on DC. When I stop for more than a few minutes, I switch it to propane to avoid running down my truck battery and allow the solar panel to re-charge the trailer batteries. This system is working for me so far. Maybe there will come a time when I run on propane, but right now it's all about peace of mind. I have a 3-way fridge, so why not use the DC if you can manage it so you arrive in camp with charged batteries??
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My fridge is much higher on the trailer and obviously no venting required outdoors. Maybe this kept me from lighting up the various gas stations I've stopped at Seems reasonable...

I'll try to be more responsible next time.

It's not propane gas that's an issue at a gas station, it's the open flame of an operating fridge that could ignite gasoline fumes.
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:15 PM   #17
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I know I'm probably a nervous nellie, but one of my friends was towing a trailer, and while under tow the thing caught on fire. She was transporting a bunch of dogs in the trailer and was badly burned trying to get them out. Even with her efforts, 4 dogs died. I have no idea what caused the fire, or if she even had her fridge on propane, but something about the idea of driving down the road with an open flame bothers me. Therefore, I've been towing with my fridge on DC. When I stop for more than a few minutes, I switch it to propane to avoid running down my truck battery and allow the solar panel to re-charge the trailer batteries. This system is working for me so far. Maybe there will come a time when I run on propane, but right now it's all about peace of mind. I have a 3-way fridge, so why not use the DC if you can manage it so you arrive in camp with charged batteries??

My sister had her camp gear catch on fire in the bed of her truck going down the highway. Tarp, tent and sleeping bags ablaze. Not the same thing as you described but similar. Fortunately they got it out before everything caught on fire and she only has a couple of small burn scars from the event. I keep fire a extinguisher in the truck and two in the camper after hearing about it. I hope they never get used.



Glad your friend was OK and always sad to hear about animals getting caught up in things.
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It's not propane gas that's an issue at a gas station, it's the open flame of an operating fridge that could ignite gasoline fumes.

Yes, agreed. Seems like a spill would be a huge risk in igniting with the fridge sparking away trying to start a flame.
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The OPs question was "will the roof solar run the fridge?", not is driving on propane safe.
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The OPs question was "will the roof solar run the fridge?", not is driving on propane safe.


I think the maths plus real world experience have repeatedly shown that in general, the answer is no. Thus the alternative recommendation for propane, which has been overly demonstrated to be both safe and effective.
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