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Old 04-10-2017, 09:45 AM   #1
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Safety of Propane on while traveling?

Is it safe to have the propane running the fridge while traveling? What if the flame goes out?
What if you're in an accident?
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Old 04-10-2017, 09:58 AM   #2
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Is it safe to have the propane running the fridge while traveling? What if the flame goes out?
What if you're in an accident?
If you look back here and on FGRV you will find this has been discussed ad naseum. The final verdict is that there are a bunch of points of view, and nobody is changing the mind of those who have made theirs up (mine included ).

I usually have mine on all the time, other than places like tunnels and ferries that require it shut off.

If a flame goes out, the gas valve to the appliance shuts off. It is pretty much only fridges that folks operate on the go, and the odd time the the furnace.

I checked with the Federal and all Provincial Departments of Transport, and it is fully legal in all jurisdictions to have it on while in motion.

If you are in an accident, I think you would have bigger things to worry about. Fast discharge from a propane tank will cause the valve to close. Fuel leaks on your tow vehicle would be more of a worry.

Anyway, be prepared for lots of controversy which usually is part of this topic of discussion.
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Hi Jim/
Good summary of past forum activity. I too tow with the propane refrigerator on. Once in a great while my fridge will blow out and when I stop I hear it clicking and it restarts. I have a remote sensor with a readout in the tow vehicle so I know if I'm starting to warm up. Time to stop anyway.
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My mother, who wasn't much of a drinker used to observe that alcohol must
Indeed be something magical as it was consumed to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. I've been a lifetime testing that theory. But not while driving (anymore). Propane to keep things cold or heat things up. Can't be the only thing on Earth that works that way can it?
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My mother, who wasn't much of a drinker used to observe that alcohol must
Indeed be something magical as it was consumed to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. I've been a lifetime testing that theory. But not while driving (anymore). Propane to keep things cold or heat things up. Can't be the only thing on Earth that works that way can it?
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Yes, but how does alcohol or propane know the difference?
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... Fuel leaks on your tow vehicle would be more of a worry.

Anyway, be prepared for lots of controversy which usually is part of this topic of discussion.
I remember decades ago when hydrogen powered cars were being tested and Mercedes has some hydrogen powered buses they were testing. Very promising in that the only thing that would be emitted in any quantity was water. Some people were very concerned about the hydrogen being "explosive" Somewhere I read a comparison of how much more dangerous gasoline fumes were than hydrogen gas, and the same applies to LP. Mythbusters did some fun episodes determining what it actually to make an LP explosion.
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Hi Jim/
Good summary of past forum activity. I too tow with the propane refrigerator on. Once in a great while my fridge will blow out and when I stop I hear it clicking and it restarts. I have a remote sensor with a readout in the tow vehicle so I know if I'm starting to warm up. Time to stop anyway.
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Hi: Iowa Dave... I'm still amazed that something that heats up by propane can cool something down!!! The piece of hammock style furnace filter twist tied to the lower fridge vent keeps ours alight.
As for battery charging that's a whole nother matter. If I can feel my pacemaker battery clicking I'm outa luck!!! When asked by my Urologist how they charge it I told him "Its up to my wife to charge it"!!! Alf
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If you get into an accident, and the propane tanks fly forwards severing the high pressure lines, and something else is on fire from the accident, would you want to have this going on inside your vehicle:



Sure, the probabilities are low, as they are with driving in general. Gasoline fires aren't pretty either, but society has collectively decided that the benefits of driving outweigh the risks. You'll have to make a similar choice regarding propane use and the fridge. I'll go with 12 volt whenever possible myself, and consider propane in limited cases.
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If you get into an accident, and the propane tanks fly forwards severing the high pressure lines, and something else is on fire from the accident, would you want to have this going on inside your vehicle:



Sure, the probabilities are low, as they are with driving in general. Gasoline fires aren't pretty either, but society has collectively decided that the benefits of driving outweigh the risks. You'll have to make a similar choice regarding propane use and the fridge. I'll go with 12 volt whenever possible myself, and consider propane in limited cases.
Since the propane tank(s) are bolted done, and in many cases in an enclosed carrier (5.0/5.0TA a compartment; bumper pulls in the optional front storage box), it will take one heck of an accident to have the tanks displaced to a point that the high pressure lines are severed. If an accident is that catastrophic, you may be lucky to survive. And given the fact that the 12 volt demand of a Dometic refrigerator will quickly drain a battery/batteries that are not being concurrently recharged, I, like Jim, will continue to run on propane when traveling. Obviously, the decision is a personal one, but a 12 v short can also start a fire. I personally consider the risk of using propane on the go just slightly greater than running into a rhinoceros on any highway in North America. And I have seen batteries discharged to the point that recovery is impossible. I think that is a far greater likelihood than a propane fueled fire.
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