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Old 06-25-2011, 06:47 PM   #11
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I run with mine on, and don't worry about it while refueling. Almost always, the trailer is outside the classified area (API 500).

Mine is diesel too. However, diesel does NOT equal 'safe'. Many people think it is okay to run a diesel since it doesn't have spark plugs. But if there is ever a gasoline spill nearby, and your engine is running, it can pick up the gasoline fumes and overspeed. You can not turn off the engine in this case.

The engine can race uncontrollably until it - literally - throws engine parts. This has been the cause of several gasoline loading rack fires. A truck overfills, spilling gasoline and the truck waiting to pull in is too close and overspeeds.

Long story short - diesel does not equal safe
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:31 PM   #12
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We run with the fridge on.
However thinking about fridges liking to operate while level makes me ask the fridge gurus of the group - what about when you are in quite mountainous areas - always up or down, never seeming to be level? what problems could you foresee?
If we had problems in the mountains we've not noticed.
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We ALWAYS run with the fridge on.
Keith, you might want to check that out about gas fumes causing a diesel to race, sounds like an urban legend to me! (It's just fumes, not raw gas!)
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we are on the road now and the fridge is and will stay running till we return home in July.
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:59 PM   #15
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We ALWAYS run with the fridge on.
Keith, you might want to check that out about gas fumes causing a diesel to race, sounds like an urban legend to me! (It's just fumes, not raw gas!)
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Thanks Jack. You beat me to it. I was going to ask for a source.
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Remember, any appliance that produces a flame should/must be turned off when filling your on-board propane tank.
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Thanks Jack. You beat me to it. I was going to ask for a source.
Washed out a aircleaner for tractor with gas once didn't cause deisel to run out of control but did cause it to backfire and blow lid of air cleaner to go flying across shop. also had to wait for fumes to dissapate before it would crank as gas fumes would fire before top dead center and cause it to stop like hitting a brick wall.
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We run with the fridge on.
However thinking about fridges liking to operate while level makes me ask the fridge gurus of the group - what about when you are in quite mountainous areas - always up or down, never seeming to be level? what problems could you foresee?
The reason that an RV fridge has to be level to operate is to ensure that the refrigerant flows properly through the small tubes in the cooling system. If the fridge is kept unlevel for too long, the refrigerant settles in one "corner" of the system, and the fridge stops working properly. The ups and downs, bumps, slight sways, etc. of road travel keep the refrigerant well stirred-up, and settling isn't a problem. If anything, the fridge works MORE efficiently when traveling, then when sitting still.
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Diesel Engine Risks While Operating in Hazardous Environments | Well Servicing Magazine

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The reason that an RV fridge has to be level to operate is to ensure that the refrigerant flows properly through the small tubes in the cooling system. If the fridge is kept unlevel for too long, the refrigerant settles in one "corner" of the system, and the fridge stops working properly. The ups and downs, bumps, slight sways, etc. of road travel keep the refrigerant well stirred-up, and settling isn't a problem. If anything, the fridge works MORE efficiently when traveling, then when sitting still.
Here is an article on how the system works.
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