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Old 08-15-2005, 08:45 AM   #1
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Seems like a simple question with an obvious answer because of the safety issue, but I get the impression that some people are using propane while underway to keep their refrigerators functioning, and I wonder if that is true? Would appear the only other way to keep things cool would be to run the genset, which is sort of overkill, but is probably (?) safer if an accident occurs. Would appreciate some insight on this issue and, as always, appreciate your sharing your experience.
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Old 08-15-2005, 08:45 AM   #2
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Seems like a simple question with an obvious answer because of the safety issue, but I get the impression that some people are using propane while underway to keep their refrigerators functioning, and I wonder if that is true? Would appear the only other way to keep things cool would be to run the genset, which is sort of overkill, but is probably (?) safer if an accident occurs. Would appreciate some insight on this issue and, as always, appreciate your sharing your experience.
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Old 08-15-2005, 09:28 AM   #3
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My propane is on all the time unless the coach is being stored. There may be some small statistical increase in risk that a propane leak can occur because the fridge/stove/furnace lines are all 'live' but doing this in a modern RV with a propane detector is safer than natural gas at home. These detectors are VERY sensitive. Keep the detector in good condition and you should be safe.

For our peace of mind we have an assortment of fire extinguishers (CO2, Halotron and aqueous foam) at our disposal for any number of potential fire sources, not just propane.
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Old 08-15-2005, 09:44 AM   #4
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Jan: I agree with VICSRYD. I leave my proprane on for the refrig while traveling. Propane is more efficient and cheaper than running the generator at about 1/2 gallon of diesel an hour. Take care.
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Old 08-15-2005, 10:25 AM   #5
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Run with mine on all the time, just turn off at the tank when in storage, and I always turn off the refrig when filling with gas, wife truns refrig off before I enter a station, and truns back on after I leave.

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Old 08-15-2005, 11:55 AM   #6
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I have no problems with running the propane while underway. Also I have used the inverter to run the refrigerator on AC during short trips. I wonder how long the batteries would last using the inverter to power the refrigerator. Do you have any idea?
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Old 08-15-2005, 12:55 PM   #7
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The batteries would last indefinetly as long as your underway. The generator is charging them. Good Miles
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Old 08-15-2005, 01:15 PM   #8
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ichn2go:
The batteries would last indefinetly as long as your underway. The generator is charging them. Good Miles </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Jim - are you saying that the engine alternator is charging the house batteries?

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Old 08-15-2005, 01:57 PM   #9
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I also leave the propane on for the season. The only time it gets turned off is when we are getting the propane tank filled.

On my HR Endeavor(gas), the documentation said the alternator would charge the house batteries when the engine battery was fully charged. I have no idea if it really did or if it is supposed to on our MADP.

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Old 08-15-2005, 02:23 PM   #10
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John,

Forgive me for answering for Jim, but yes, the engine alternator is the only thing that charges both banks. With the engine running and gennie off, display chassis and house voltages. You should see the charging voltage on both.
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Old 08-15-2005, 02:31 PM   #11
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I guess I'm the odd duck of the bunch that prefers to have the LP off while on the road. I'm slightly concerned that an accident or even road debris could cut an LP line. I know that a large volume leak is supposed to be detected and the LP automatically shut off, but all you have to do is read this forum to find many examples of things that don't always work as designed. I'm not a fanatic about it, I just prefer to have the LP turned off at the tank when traveling.
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we always ran our fridge on electric while underway and the battery was caonstantly recharged by the tow unit this can be done very simply with the addition of another of another wire although you may have to change conecters if you are using a flat four plug
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Old 08-15-2005, 02:57 PM   #13
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NO you aren't. My DW refuses to let me drive with propane on. In the fall of 2003 I sent a note to Dometic asking about the fridge and using propane when driving (had a Dometic in our gasser then) and got this reply:

"The refrigerator is okay to operate on LP while driving as the the refrigerator has plenty of fail safety devices so travel is not a problem.
Please be sure to read the owner's manual regarding LP operation. Running on LP while fueling the motorhome is not recommended.

Each person is responsible for the state laws that you are traveling in regarding the propane usage while in transit.

Customer Support Center"

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by tomsm:
I guess I'm the odd duck of the bunch that prefers to have the LP off while on the road. I'm slightly concerned that an accident or even road debris could cut an LP line. I know that a large volume leak is supposed to be detected and the LP automatically shut off, but all you have to do is read this forum to find many examples of things that don't always work as designed. I'm not a fanatic about it, I just prefer to have the LP turned off at the tank when traveling. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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Old 08-15-2005, 09:27 PM   #14
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....why take a chance on screwing up your camping trip?....use the generator or invertor while underway.....geofkaye
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