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Tanks ON or OFF 2 66.67%
Refrigerator ON or OFF? (obviously your tanks are on if you travel with the fridge ON)! 3 100.00%
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Old 10-29-2018, 04:13 PM   #1
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Propane Tank Shut off or on?

Trying to see if I can get a poll started and how this works.

Do you travel with your propane tanks on or off, refrigerator on or off? let's see how this works. Well , that was stupid... I should now try to edit the poll if I can! Well, I can't seem to edit it.
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:12 PM   #2
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Well, if it is a sunny day, I run the fridge on AC using the inverter and let the solar keep the batteries charged. If it is dark or cloudy, I run the fridge on propane.
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:46 AM   #3
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In the summer I travel with the fridge on propane. Just need to make sure you turn the fridge off while fueling. Fridge takes to long to get cold to do it any better way
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The poll questions make no sense. I use the system as designed. I leave the fridge running on auto, which means it switches to propane as soon as I un-hook from electrical. I run the fridge the whole trip. I only turn the fridge off when refueling IF I'm forced into a situation where the fridge is close to the gas pumps. Normally, I try to take a "first' pump, at the end "aisle" where the back of the truck, and thus the camper, are WAY behind, and outside of the pump area. Given the dual-regulators and flow cutoffs, I don't worry too much about propane. You have a higher risk of ruining your RV with cheap tires, speeds over 65 mph, other drivers, and road hazards. But to each his own. If you want to play with dry ice, enjoy warm drinks, and spoiled milk and meat, go ahead!
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Old 11-09-2018, 05:11 AM   #5
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Fridge has to stay cold so the gas stays on. Trailer never goes to gas stations.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:11 AM   #6
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Fridge has to stay cold so the gas stays on. Trailer never goes to gas stations.
So you're saying you never travel more than the range of one tank of gasoline? Surely you don't unhitch, get your gasoline, then re-hitch to continue your journey?
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:02 AM   #7
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So you're saying you never travel more than the range of one tank of gasoline? Surely you don't unhitch, get your gasoline, then re-hitch to continue your journey?
Maybe he has the same rule I do... 6 hours/300 miles a day, whichever comes first!

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The poll questions make no sense. I use the system as designed. I leave the fridge running on auto, which means it switches to propane as soon as I un-hook from electrical. I run the fridge the whole trip. I only turn the fridge off when refueling IF I'm forced into a situation where the fridge is close to the gas pumps. Normally, I try to take a "first' pump, at the end "aisle" where the back of the truck, and thus the camper, are WAY behind, and outside of the pump area. Given the dual-regulators and flow cutoffs, I don't worry too much about propane. You have a higher risk of ruining your RV with cheap tires, speeds over 65 mph, other drivers, and road hazards. But to each his own. If you want to play with dry ice, enjoy warm drinks, and spoiled milk and meat, go ahead!



I tried to change the poll questions to where they were clearer in the query but I couldn't figure it out, so I started a new thread.


Correction! Propane tanks ON or OFF


I tried dry ice one time, didn't work too well by the way (at least in my case).
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So you're saying you never travel more than the range of one tank of gasoline? Surely you don't unhitch, get your gasoline, then re-hitch to continue your journey?
I have a 91 gallon diesel tank in the truck bed in addition to the stock 36 gallon diesel tank. I can tow over 900 miles before needing to hit a gas station. When that time comes I leave the trailer at camp and then go find the cheapest diesel in the area.
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So you're saying you never travel more than the range of one tank of gasoline? Surely you don't unhitch, get your gasoline, then re-hitch to continue your journey?
I can do one better, my camper has never been over 75 miles from my house. We camp 6-8 times a year and we've had our camper 4 years.
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I can do one better, my camper has never been over 75 miles from my house. We camp 6-8 times a year and we've had our camper 4 years.



You have so many great places to camp and fish up in TN and surrounding areas.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:23 PM   #12
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Propane on and frig on,, fill up with gas and leave it on,, frig is on opposite side of fill for tv,, plus it probably very seldom kicks on as it stays closed while traveling of course
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Just got to thinking, if I am filling up with diesel what does it matter if the fridge pilot is in or off? Diesel doesn't ignite the way gas does.
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Just got to thinking, if I am filling up with diesel what does it matter if the fridge pilot is in or off? Diesel doesn't ignite the way gas does.
Diesel would extinguish the fridge pilot and your food would spoil
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Just got to thinking, if I am filling up with diesel what does it matter if the fridge pilot is in or off? Diesel doesn't ignite the way gas does.
The vehicle on the other side of the pump may be filling up with gasoline. Not to mention it is unlawful to be at any fuel dispensing pumps with your fridge pilot on.
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The vehicle on the other side of the pump may be filling up with gasoline. Not to mention it is unlawful to be at any fuel dispensing pumps with your fridge pilot on.
Precisely why I never take my trailer to the pumps unless I'm filling the gas tanks of the trailer.
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