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Old 01-21-2011, 07:18 AM   #21
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Havent got my trailer yet and know I will get a walk thru prior to delivery but is it hard to restart the flame once you turn the gas off for say like filling fuel at the gas station and shuting the bottles off - am thinking it is like the starter on a gas grill - push to ignite or is it something else -
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I havenít seen a fridge with a pizeo type lighter since we had our popup back in the early 90s. Canít say for sure if they are still installing that type in campers anymore.
Have had a TT, class A & now a 5er & they were all solid state controlled. You have two buttons.
One is the on/off button. Self-explanatory.
The other selects gas only or gas/electric. The fridge will determine whether elect is available & choose it. If no elect is available it will automatically start the flow of gas & light it.


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Once you spend a little time in your unit you will find out how much the dealer didnít tell you or actually got wrong during the walk through.
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:10 AM   #22
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I did not realize that it stayed on at first, and fueled up a few times with it on before someone told me about it. I agree with the rest of you, its better to be safe than the "nightly news".
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:19 AM   #23
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I haven’t seen a fridge with a pizeo type lighter since we had our popup back in the early 90s. Can’t say for sure if they are still installing that type in campers anymore.
My 2003 Trailmanor had a piezo lighter, and I think Trailmanor is still using that in their fold down campers, but not in the uprights. .
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Old 01-22-2011, 06:32 PM   #24
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I feel like this "turn off the fridge when fueling" idea borders on an old wives tale. Seriously, can anyone provide evidence of this ever really happening? I think the odds of a problem are just about zero. If this was a problem, there would be a lot more information out there about it.
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:14 PM   #25
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I don't have a membership to login to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and standards to see if they have something written about open flames being near gasoline fuel pumps. But I'm pretty sure that I've read the posting to distinguish all open flames prior to refueling at every gas station I've ever stopped at.

The question remains, do we really need evidence of a running RV refrigerator or hot water tank causing the ignition of fuel vapors at a fueling station to take the precaution seriously? For that matter, the same question could apply to static electricity, cell phones, lit cigarettes/cigars.

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Old 01-22-2011, 08:29 PM   #26
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i keep mine on too. u have more to worry abt from the hot catylitic converter under the viehicle.
the flipped cigeratte really concerns me.
i touch the nozzle to the viehicle before opening the tank when i refuel. if u really want to do that right, u put a jumber between the viehicle and pump before fueling. there is probably something built into the system that makes that not nescessary.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:36 PM   #27
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As a firefighter, I once responded to a fire in a propane powered B class RV while it was refueling. The cause was apparently the pilot light on the fridge.
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i'm trying to think back, i've never seen a fire in a gas station. (looks like there would be plenty sense self serve). i have seen people refueling while smoking, cell phone use. the smoking is the worse offense. i have seen two travel trailers on fire (several years apart) along the road. i suspected the frig because of the location but never found out for sure.
for those of u that watch those strange guys on myth busters, they tried to creat an explosion with a cell phone but couldn't. i guess it could but dropping ur keys on the ground could cause a spark...
a little prevention is always a good thing.
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i keep mine on too. u have more to worry abt from the hot catylitic converter under the viehicle.
Case in point with a local incident with the catalytic converter: Fire destroys county owned vehicle | Daily Progress
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Glad to read this thread as we are newbies and are traveling with fridge on and stocked. We're traveling north on I-95, just passed St Augustine and going around Jacksonville. Needless to say, BUMPY!!! So how will our sodas be when we stop??
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