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Old 05-17-2010, 11:46 PM   #41
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Not to add to fuel to the fire (no pun intended), I was reviewing the Escape Owners Manual this evening and on page12 in bold print was this warning "CAUTION Never tow you (sic) RV while appliances such as your furnace or refrigerator are operating in the gas mode."

Since my 19' Escape has the two-way refrigerator (gas or 110), I will use gas to keep things cold. My old Casita had the 3-way frig and work well on 12 volts and 10 gauge wire.
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:04 AM   #42
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Just for the paranoia of it . . . I wouldn't post here or anywhere on the net that I run with my propane turned on ( since I don't ). And, because when lawyers, insurance companies or journalists get involved, the first thing they do is search the net for information on those involved for the lawsuit.

Besides, the fridge stays cold.

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Old 05-18-2010, 07:52 AM   #43
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Re: refrigerator

This thread that is almost exactly like several I read when I was involved at the Scamp Yahoo group. I bet it goes on everywhere RV's are discussed. And it never gets fully resolved! As one person said, he would bet that just about every single large whale size RV you see on the road has their refrig running on LP while moving, since few of the large refrig's run on 12v. On the flip side, new refrig's will keep things cold for a very long time. We travel with "blue ice" always in the freezer (when it is not full). I keep a thermometer inside, and the refrig stays cold for many hours if I do not open it often.

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Hi: EricT et al...Our first trip of the season and we still don't run the fridge while on the road. We did try an o'er night in a parking lot, with permission of course, and ran the fridge/ furnace on propane. We were very comfy and all was well till sometime in the night a 40 ft'er MoHo showed up next door with his gen. running!!! : If we were doing any "Mall walking" we just turned the fridge over to propane and shut it off b/4 leaving again. Works for us!!! Alf
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Other then on ferries and in the odd tunnel, I have never seen or heard of any official rule/regulation that the propane must be off.

If I have been plugged in to 110V, and am only traveling a few hours, I just leave it off. If I am traveling half a day or more and the weather is hot, I usually leave the propane on to the fridge. Like the rest of you likely have, I have heard all the arguments both ways and am of the mind that it is no more dangerous, and even less than, the fuel in our tow vehicle tanks.
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Other then on ferries and in the odd tunnel, I have never seen or heard of any official rule/regulation that the propane must be off.

If I have been plugged in to 110V, and am only traveling a few hours, I just leave it off. If I am traveling half a day or more and the weather is hot, I usually leave the propane on to the fridge. Like the rest of you likely have, I have heard all the arguments both ways and am of the mind that it is no more dangerous, and even less than, the fuel in our tow vehicle tanks.
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Go here:

http://www.travel-british-columbia.c...ving_tips.aspx

Propane

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations require that the propane appliance tank valves be closed when your RV is moving. RVs on any BC Ferry must have the propane shut off at the cylinder.

As of June 24th, 2008, the BC Safety Authority has issued the following notice about propane safety: Propane Notice

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Glenn, what is an appliance tank, is it one of those small bottles? Because that article on RV Hints makes reference to them separate from the cylinders. Very curious, it is.

I asked at Woody's RV, a huge RV dealer here in Calgary, a couple years back about leaving the propane to the fridge on, and they said there is no law requiring propane on an RV to be shut off unless specifically requested. Has something changed, or were they giving out false information? I would venture to guess that the vast majority leave it on. Besides, has anyone every heard of someone getting charged for it? I have been through vehicle check stops and border crossings and it was never questioned.

I am not saying it wouldn't be better to turn it off, of course it would, but we would all be safer if we never got behind the wheel of the vehicle in the first place.

I would really love to hear from someone in the Department of Transportation to actually spell out what the law in Canada (or the US) is.
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Beats me. I can't open the PDF.

Anyway, I just sent an email to Transport Canada asking them to point me toward regulation that I could understand or to send me the Propane for Dummies edition. We will see if I get an answer.

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Good stuff Glenn, I am eager to see what they have to say.
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