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Traveling With the Propane On
an RVer asks...
(Questioning the Safety of Traveling with LP Appliances On)
Is it okay to travel with the propane furnace on, when traveling when outside temps are below freezing? Is it okay to travel with the refrigerator operating on LP?
Coleen, the RVing editor replies:
Bob knows a lot more about RV appliances, propane, and RV safety than I do, so I referred this pair of questions to him. His reply follows.
Traveling with the propane furnace on is NOT okay. A furnace has a full flame and the turbulence from the wind outside the rig can raise havoc with the air intake and exhaust of the unit. This could potentially cause propane to back up, exhaust to back up, burping, and maybe an explosion or fire.
Turn the furnace off and let it finish running through the cycle before you start down the road. After you stop, fire up the furnace and start warming up the RV.
As for the refrigerator, the official line is, no, it is not okay to travel with the refrigerator running on propane. Many people do. That doesn't make it right. The flame of the refrigerator is about the size of a pilot light for appliances without electronic spark ignition. Metal shielding usually surrounds this little flame. It may seem safe enough, but the wind can still cause problems. When you are stopped for fuel, the fumes from fueling can float up to the flame, and could cause an explosion.
I believe it is illegal to have the propane turned on while going through certain tunnels, over certain bridges, and through some industrial areas.
It's always best to err on the safe side. Like your mother probably said, just because someone else does it, doesn't make it right.
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