This is the sort of question which can start a very long and heated discussion.
... but I agree that the summary of alternatives is good.
Originally Posted by gbaglo
Did you shut propane down and restart after fueling up the tow?
There's no need to shut off the propane supply, just to remove the source of ignition (which creates a danger due to gasoline fumes around a fuel pump). That means turning the refrigerator off, or perhaps to electrical power. Same for the furnace or water heater if they are left running (which is much less commonly done).
Originally Posted by jamie beers
-Seems like many/most people run propane while they drive. Sometimes the flame is blown out, but then relights itself and carries on its merry way?
Although some appliances with pilot lights
- typically water heaters - are available with re-lighters, it is not common and I have not heard of a refrigerator doing this. Refrigerators typically don't have pilot lights; they either go between low and high flame operation of one main burner, or just turn that one burner completely off and on (spark igniting it).
Appliances without pilot lights
which use direct spark ignition (DSI) should relight as required, and if the flame won't stay on after some time they should give up and indicate a fault condition; the fault can be reset when you stop and operation resumes. (This would include, for instance, the Dometic RM2454)
In our old non-Escape trailer, I prefer to use 12V power while driving (that's what it's for), but it is a pain to light that refrigerator so I have used the leave-it-on approach... fuel stops kill the benefit of this idea.
In our motorhome, the Dometic DM2852 refrigerator offers no 12V option so the choice is easy: I run it on propane and hit the off switch before fueling. No problems.
Current owners or buyers:
Which specific Dometic model is in the Escapes? The 19' (which I believe Jamie is buying) has (according to the Escape website) a "4.3 Cubic ft. 3-way Dometic Fridge", with a 6.7 cu ft model optional... are these the RM2x54 Americana series, the 8-series, or something else? I don't see anything else in the current DometicUSA catalog
that would exactly match the listed volumes.