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Old 01-25-2013, 11:01 PM   #1
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Suburban Stove Safety

Our Wildwood TT has the kitchen / stove in the slide out. When the slide is in, the area to walk past the stove is extremely small. This past week when we went on a short trip, the wife heard a noise in the trailer when we stopped for lunch so I investigated.. Upon opening the trailer door, the smell of propane was evident and the propane detector alarm was going off.. the CULPRIT was one of the valves on the stove had been pushed in and turned by accident when someone brushed by it when loading the trailer. My first response was that the gas should be off at the bottle but it wasn't so the refrigerator would keep things cold using the gas function while in transit. Two questions.. (1) do you operate you refrigerator on gas when in transit and (2) have you seen any after market safety device that could be placed between the stove and back side of valve handles to prevent them being pushed in and turned by accident prior to use? If not, I will have to devise something to prevent this in the future...
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:04 PM   #2
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Yes we Travel with fridge on whilst traveling.

Add checking the stove knobs to you pre-trip inspection.

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Old 01-25-2013, 11:09 PM   #3
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Yes we Travel with fridge on whilst traveling.

Add checking the stove knobs to you pre-trip inspection.

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Old 01-25-2013, 11:11 PM   #4
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I don't think a checklist item will help with an inadvertent activation in his case.
A tight squeeze past the range is the issue. Maybe a short piece of plastic rain gutter trimmed to cover the knobs and a bungee cord on each side to hold it in place.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:11 AM   #5
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We travel with the fridge OFF all the time. Traveled 8-10 hrs with the fridge off and the ice cream was still hard when we got to our stop. Traveled 1 time with fridge on and realized I'd fueled up 3 time (gas) with the fridge burner on in 90 degree temps. Since then NEVER again!
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:12 PM   #6
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Recently, I also found a stove burner turned partially on while prepping my new 21FBRS for a trip -- luckily before turning on the propane at the tank. Checking this is now on my list, too.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:16 PM   #7
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I don't know of any ready made products, but I'd try to wrap something simple behind the knob- maybe a piece of bungee or something. Just to make it harder to push in. Then it's just a matter of unlooping it and throwing it in a drawer.
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I don't know of any ready made products, but I'd try to wrap something simple behind the knob- maybe a piece of bungee or something. Just to make it harder to push in. Then it's just a matter of unlooping it and throwing it in a drawer.
Let us know how that works out. I would love to use something like that at home. Bella wants to be the official food taster for the family and has turned on a burner or two in her time. The burners are electric so there is no space behind them, but I like the idea for the camper.
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What about a board the proper thickness to slide behind the knobs with 4 grooves in it? That would keep the knobs from pushing in and be easy to stow.
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Been there done that. Now we ask each other and check the knobs several times before traveling.
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