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Do any of you that have a gas/ 120v fridge travel with your gas on to keep your stuff cool on a long trip? I know the gas is suppose to be off when traveling, but I hear a lot of people doing this around here. I usually put my stuff in the freezer when traveling so it stays cool longer. Thanks.
 

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I was wondering the same thing. It takes forever for it to cool down when we get to the campground. It would be so much easier to let it run on gas, so that way it would already be cool when we get there.
 

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I do it all the time in my motorhome. No problems yet travelling with the gas turned on. It works best to pre-cool the fridge by plugging it in for a day or so before you leave. Also pre-cool the drinks and food in your house fridge.
 

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I do too...I plug the trailer in at the house and it cools up. Then unplug and the gas comes on while traveling. If I need to put gas in the truck, my wife will go in and turn it off before I pull up to the pump. Then after filling up I pull up out of the gas station and turn it back on. Never had any problems. Now finding a gas station which has easy access in and out is another story! :huh:
 

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I run with my gas on all the time and don't give it a second thought. I turn on the fridge about 24-36 hours before I'm going to leave (electric) then flip to gas once I start rolling. I always try to put cold food in it so as to keep it from working hard. Also, be really carful about running the fridge for more than a few minutes if you're not level.

Honestly, I try to fuel up with the TT attached as little as possible. Not because of the fridge but more just because it's a hassle to drag through the station. If I'm out for a few days and run into town I always top off the gas.

This topic has been beat to death on RV.NET and the nay sayers always want some proof that you're not supposed to run with the gas on. I've never seen anyone produce an documentation.
 

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Cool to know. I'll try it the end of the month.
 

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Turn the gas on man!!! Thats what its for! Those warnings are just for stupid people kind of like "do not put paper clips in electric sockets!" As said above use the electric first to get it cool then run on the gas. Most of the time I have my 7000 watt gen on a platform in the back of the trailer running everything as if hooked up.
 

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Yeah I just did the same, mine has an auto set and I leave it on that when traveling!
 

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On gas when traveling...
NOTE: Beer must be at optimal temperature upon reaching campground :lol:
 

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Turn it on a day before on gas. Make sure your battery(s) have a full charge however. The fridge will shut off if it doesn't have enough juice. In case you are not sure of anything regarding your RV'ing needs. RV.net is a fountain of knowledge. There are platny of opinions there also, take it with a grain of salt.

Your fridge doesn't circulate cold air, it is a gas-absorbtion system. it SLOWLY sucks the heat out of the products inside it. This is why you need to put cold item in for best results. I use the tub for the beer when it is me and the guys. We put in all the beer we can fit, and Ice it down. Ofcourse I have a motorhome, and we have access the whole time. LOL
 

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Bhudda454 said:
Turn it on a day before on gas. Make sure your battery(s) have a full charge however. The fridge will shut off if it doesn't have enough juice. In case you are not sure of anything regarding your RV'ing needs. RV.net is a fountain of knowledge. There are platny of opinions there also, take it with a grain of salt.

Your fridge doesn't circulate cold air, it is a gas-absorbtion system. it SLOWLY sucks the heat out of the products inside it. This is why you need to put cold item in for best results. I use the tub for the beer when it is me and the guys. We put in all the beer we can fit, and Ice it down. Ofcourse I have a motorhome, and we have access the whole time. LOL
Yup. What he said. Another vote here for just turning it on a day before. I was going to let this one go by, but then there was this temptation...

OMYGOSH... Is THIS what post-whoring feels like....??
 

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You will be fine leaving the gas on while fueling, just dont pull the camper under the awning. That is the only issue I have heard about was the awning holding the gasoline fumes and the ingnition from the fridge setting it off.
 

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You will be fine leaving the gas on while fueling, just dont pull the camper under the awning. That is the only issue I have heard about was the awning holding the gasoline fumes and the ingnition from the fridge setting it off.

meh... take the three seconds to climb in and turn it off. Then the three seconds to reverse the process when you are ready to pull out of station. It will not loose any cooling during the 20 minutes you are refueling, and you won't have that cloud of doubt over your head. Nothing says ruined vacation quite like a body covered in 3rd degree burns and the financial liabilities of destroying a gas station and wounding countless others. Not to mention when the EPA gets ahold of you.
 

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thanks for the replys guys. We always cool it off 2 days indavance, but it was nice to have the gas on for the 3 hour trip to Shawano, WI.
 

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Another note:
They make a little battery operated fan the goes inside the fridge, it circulates the air inside and makes a big difference in cool down time, and keeps all areas within the fridge the same temp...Camping World has several.
 

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I haved a 27.5 fifth wheel trailer, I plug my frig in the night before I leave on a trip and when I take off the next morning switch it over to gas, we dry camp all the time so I just leave it on gas for the entire stay, I have never had any troubles traveling with my gas frig on, for what its worth!:rockon
 

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Speaking of gas fridge troubles... I did have a problem with mine going out while driving. Then is started going out while just sitting still. The guy I bought the trailer from told me it happended to him a couple times. So, I popped the cover and there was a mountain of ash on the little burner. It was one of those awsome 'fix-it' sucess stories. I can't believe any gas was making it out of the burner. Since then it's worked perfectly.

Point of this is.... crack the burner cover on your fridge every once in awhile to be sure the burner has a chance to work. It was just a couple screws and about 5 minutes.... and the beer stays nice and cool now the entire way to the campground :cheers:
 
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