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Old 08-09-2018, 10:30 PM   #1
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Question Running refrigerator on propane, when gone bicycling for the day

Is it unsafe, downright stupid .....or otherwise inappropriate to leave your trailer for the day, while the fridge is left running on propane?

Am planning on cycling on Idaho's Weiser River Trail, in a couple weeks. We're returning to the trailer at a NFS CG, each evening, and no doubt will be looking forward to some cold SOMEthing, when we get there. Though I have solar, I don't know how shaded the site will be....and don't even know yet the capacity of the solar to handle the job, anyway.

This is my first full season with my Escape, and this Escape my first RV experience..... So....very much appreciate taking advantage of others' knowledge and experience!
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Is it unsafe, downright stupid .....or otherwise inappropriate to leave your trailer for the day, while the fridge is left running on propane?
If it is, count me on the stupid side. We do it routinely.
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Don't think it's "unsafe", nor "stupid" to run the fridge on propane when away. We ran the fridge for three weeks on propane while traveling out west. This included while camping, and traveling. The fridge is made to run on propane, so have at it.
I don't know if you could run it off the battery all day while you are away? There are better voices on this forum than mine to handle that question.
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Maybe you should ask if it is safe to run the fridge on electricity all day while you are away.
If propane or electricity were unsafe, neither would be installed in multi thousands of trailers world wide.
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We leave home with it on, sometimes are gone for long periods of time and turn it off when we're back in the driveway. The only exception is for compulsory shut downs on ferries. I understand there's also some tunnels with mandatory shut-downs but I've never been through one.

And of course this will open up the "you have to shut it off when re-fueling debate" which I don't do.

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How reassuring!!!
Thanks so much!
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If it is, count me on the stupid side. We do it routinely.
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If it is, count me on the stupid side. We do it routinely.
I am with stupid.
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Is it unsafe, downright stupid .....or otherwise inappropriate to leave your trailer for the day, while the fridge is left running on propane?
I understand your concern, and you are not the first to voice it, but it certainly is fine to leave it on. If for some reason the flame should go out, the gas valve will shut down. Lots of safety features built into the fridge, and furnace too.

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We leave home with it on, sometimes are gone for long periods of time and turn it off when we're back in the driveway. The only exception is for compulsory shut downs on ferries. I understand there's also some tunnels with mandatory shut-downs but I've never been through one.

And of course this will open up the "you have to shut it off when re-fueling debate" which I don't do.

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Exactly what we do.

Left on the auto setting, if plugged in it automatically defaults to 120V, but you have to watch as if you are not connected to 120V and run out of propane(or it is not on like on a ferry), it switches to 12V.
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Stupid, here.
In fact I now set it for propane instead of auto and just leave it on propane even when we have hookups. Our fridge just runs better on propane - happy fridge happy life!
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