Can I Keep My RV's Refrigerator On While Going Down The Road?
Running RV Fridge Going Down The Road
ANSWER: Hi Virginia as long as your trailer's refrigerator has been properly maintained, you can safely keep it going while traveling down the road. In all likelihood the refrigerator in your RV is a two way fridge which means when you are plugged into electricity it will run on electric. When you are not plugged into electric the fridge will run on propane.
If your refrigerator happens to be a 3 way fridge; you will have the choice of either using propane or using the house batteries to power the fridge while going down the road.
A couple of things you need to remember when running your fridge on propane while going down the road. If you are planning to fuel up your tow vehicle at a gas station, you will need to stop somewhere before getting to the gas station to turn off the fridge to prevent the chance of the flame from the fridge igniting fuel vapors at the station. After you leave the gas station you will have to pull over again to restart the refrigerator.
There are also a few tunnels in the US that do not allow you to use propane while traveling through them. Normally these tunnels are well marked and have a place for you to pull into to shut off the propane.
Other than that you should rest assured that a lot of RVers keep their fridges on all of the time while going down the road. Some RVers even run their water heaters and furnaces on propane going down the road. These appliances are designed to be mobile. The key to them operating safely is proper maintenance.
If after all of this you are still not comfortable running your fridge going down the road, you can probably get away with turning it off and as long as you don't open the fridge your food items should stay cold for about 5 hours.
I hope that this information has been helpful.
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