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Old 11-06-2018, 07:05 PM   #1
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Refrigerator Question

We are getting ready to head south for the winter in our new 2018 Montana 330 and I am curious about the refrigerator, is there any problem keeping it on while traveling? Thanks in advance for any comments.
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:50 PM   #2
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If it’s a propane model no there is no problem keeping it on while traveling almost everyone keeps it on.
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:52 PM   #3
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We have always kept it on.
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:52 PM   #4
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We never keep ours on and even in 105 degree days in Arizonia have no problem with it getting too warm.
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:37 PM   #5
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We travel with it on all the time keeps the ice cream hard and beer colder!
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Old 11-07-2018, 07:36 AM   #6
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But if we stop for any length of time we turn it off, we do not operate ours off-level.
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Old 11-07-2018, 08:42 AM   #7
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If it runs on propane, you can leave it on. The experts say it is not a good idea traveling with propane on, because if the fridge sparks to ignite, and you are at a gas station, there could be a problem. Having said that, we always travel with ours on, and a poll I saw online once showed at two thirds of people do.


If it is a residential fridge, I cannot offer any advice.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:59 PM   #8
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If it's a residential reefer you might want to make sure your batteries are in good shape. I've tested ours in the driveway in 60 degree ambient temps with no 120vac hooked to 5r and the inverter ran it ~36 hours b4 dropping the battery vdc down to the cut out (10.5). That's really hard on a pair of 12 volt marine deep cycle brand X batteries.
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:45 PM   #9
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Thanks to everyone for the helpful advice! Truly appreciate it! ����
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:48 PM   #10
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I was in the RV service business for 6 years and 2 or 3 times a year guys travelling with propane fridge brought in trailers with fire damage and twice we recovered trailer frames off the highway after burnt will never travel with propane on.
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Old 11-14-2018, 09:04 PM   #11
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Wow! Scary stuff Rob. Thanks for the info. Appreciate it.
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Old 11-15-2018, 08:54 AM   #12
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3 way rv fridges set in the auto mode should be running off electric when hooked up to the truck and the truck is running.
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Old 11-15-2018, 09:44 AM   #13
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Sometimes I travel with the fridge on propane mainly because I forgot to turn it off. If it is a sunny day I do run the fridge on electric and my solar keeps the batteries at full charge.
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Old 11-16-2018, 10:37 AM   #14
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I have a residential and while traveling the TV keeps the inverter running OK. If I stop my single battery is good for about 8 hours if I'm not running anything else but the lights. Enough for an overnight at Wally's or a truck stop.
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Old 11-16-2018, 04:09 PM   #15
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I have always traveled with my gas fridge running. Never experienced any problems. I was a fire investigator for about 30 years and can not recall a single fire in the fridge from doing this. I have investigated many RV fires in the area of the fridge and most were a result of a failed cooling system allowing the flammable gas to escape into the compartment with an open flame burning this is common with this type of fridge. The Dometic and Norcold recalls are a result of this occurring.Others were a result of electrical failures in the wiring running through the fridge compartment. By the way the recall repair does not stop the cooling system from failing, it just makes it a little harder for the gas to ignite if or when it does fail.
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Old 11-18-2018, 09:39 AM   #16
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Halon extinguisher

In my last coach I installed one of these: https://rvcoolingunit.com/SS-30-Halo...-P1872453.aspx This coach had a dometic fridge which was up in years and I felt it was a prudent and safe move to make...I placed this in the outside vent area. In addition when we would pull into station for fuel I always shut off the fridge.
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Old 11-18-2018, 04:40 PM   #17
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This looks like a good option for the propane fueled fridge!! If I had not changed to a residential I would certainly consider this or other like it!!
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