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Old 09-14-2017, 03:01 PM   #1
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Not sure where to post this (moderator-please move if appropriate). We are about to start taking longer and longer trips in our 2007 3400RL. So far the farthest we have traveled is about 200 miles.
1. We have always loaded the RV at home prior to a trip (I had a 50 amp plug installed in the front of my stick house just for this) with full electrical hookup. When we leave I turn on the propane tanks so that the fridge will continue to run. Is this habit unsafe?
2. How often do you check the lug nut torque on the RV wheels? Every day? After sitting for a certain number of days? I have been told by a trailer company that if a wheel is removed and properly torqued, then torqued again after about 50 miles, that it does not need to be torqued again unless you remove a wheel?
3. Another MOC'r has told me that he does not fasten down the dinette chairs in his unit nor the recliners when he travels. As I get older it is a pain to do that, but is it safe? Right now we always circle the dinette chairs around the table with the belts that came with the unit, and "belt down" the recliners.
4. I have carried a multi-tester in the past to check campground power before hooking up. I now have one of the good surge protectors that hooks in to the pedestal with my anaconda plugged in to it. Is the multi-tester now overkill?
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Old 09-14-2017, 03:23 PM   #2
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As long as you know your fridge is working on propane, there is no issue using it when driving. That one of the real advantages of an RV fridge.

New wheels should be torqued a couple of time when first put on, after that every 3-4000 miles is good.

As far as your chairs go it would be technically safe to drive with them not tied down but unless you know that it will be a very smooth trip I would tie them down to prevent possible damage.

As long as your surge protector is an EMS and not just a surge protector the multi-tester is probably not needed.
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Old 09-14-2017, 04:02 PM   #3
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As long as you know your fridge is working on propane, there is no issue using it when driving. That one of the real advantages of an RV fridge.

New wheels should be torqued a couple of time when first put on, after that every 3-4000 miles is good.

As far as your chairs go it would be technically safe to drive with them not tied down but unless you know that it will be a very smooth trip I would tie them down to prevent possible damage.

As long as your surge protector is an EMS and not just a surge protector the multi-tester is probably not needed.
We have been full timing for 7 years and I agree with all of the above replies. We never tie any of the chairs down and they stay in place.
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:12 PM   #4
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Since our fridge has always been in a slide we never travel with the frig on. On the older rigs the propane enters the slide in a rubber hose that is near the tires. When our Goodyear 614 blew it took out the kitchen loom holding the utilities and the propane hose. Not a problem since the propane was off. The new rig has that hose as far as possible from the tires, but since the frig stayed cold, while traveling, even in AZ summer temps we never had a temp issue so why risk it now.
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Old 09-14-2017, 07:33 PM   #5
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1 no, most people travel with the frige on.
2 never I don't check the lug nuts on my truck either.
3 I've never fastened any chair down and never had one move. I've unloaded the cabinets and had my head hit the top of my truck over a bump.
4 I have a multi tester. As someone said you do need one of the EMS.
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Old 09-16-2017, 12:17 PM   #6
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I travel with the propane on, Frig is then On using propane. 11 years of travel no problems.
Lug Nuts. If a tire has been removed, then I follow a 3 stop process, 10-20 miles for 1st stop to check torque, 30 miles or so for 2nd stop, then 50 to 60 miles for last stop. What have I experienced--at first stop you will get a little movement on a few lug nuts, 2nd stop--not much tightening on any lug nut, 3rd stop virtually no tightening--all are seated. Also I have never lost a wheel!
We don't tie down chairs.
I use a surge protector that checks the pedestal power. Works everytime.
Note, even with a tire monitor, I check the tire pressure about every 2 weeks and especially if we have been in one place for several weeks. I carry my own compressor and it is powered by AC from park.
Travel safely.
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Old 09-17-2017, 08:28 AM   #7
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All good suggestions from above. I would however invest in a great air compressor. I had a cheaper one but it was junk. Took to long and with truck tires at 80# the compressor wouldn't even get there. I have gone on 2 trips across the USA and towed 22,000 miles without any issues following suggestions from people here. Safe travels.
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