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Old 04-25-2014, 02:33 PM   #21
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Always on. Only turn it off for the occasional defrost of the freezer and cleaning. Other than that, they stay on from the day we purchase to the day we sell.
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Old 04-25-2014, 02:45 PM   #22
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Personally I just run with my propane on, but since this topic comes up time and time again I'm surprised nobodies wired up an inverter run the fridge on AC when in transit. I know it'll probably kill your batteries and tax the hell out of your TV by the time you're at the campground, but it might be an option for those people who don't like running with propane.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:31 PM   #23
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Has anyone had firsthand experience with a fridge causing a gas station fire? Or even anecdotal/third person experience? I've known a handful of news articles where RV fridges have gone up in flames- but that was unrelated to being at a fueling station.
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:24 PM   #24
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Our fridge is always on when we travel. We will do 3 weeks and 4000 miles in June. Not likely will will turn the fridge off once we pull out of the driveway. I have done this with 5 or 6 different trailers. Only had one old one years ago that kept blowing the flame out.
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:32 PM   #25
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We bought our trailer in January. I turned the fridge on 3 weeks ago before our first cmaping trip, and don't expect to turn it off until the season is done. Cold beer = happy camper
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:13 PM   #26
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Has anyone had firsthand experience with a fridge causing a gas station fire? Or even anecdotal/third person experience? I've known a handful of news articles where RV fridges have gone up in flames- but that was unrelated to being at a fueling station.

Sort of, but not really. My sister in law's parents experienced a fire in their class c while fueling and her dad had to drive a burning motorhome away from the pumps before bailing out and watching it burn.

But that turned out to be an electrical fire below the fridge. It had nothing to do with the fridge or the fact they were fueling. It was just a weird coincidence of timing.
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:18 PM   #27
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Has anyone had firsthand experience with a fridge causing a gas station fire? Or even anecdotal/third person experience? I've known a handful of news articles where RV fridges have gone up in flames- but that was unrelated to being at a fueling station.
I seem to remember a story a while back which was about a motor home burning I think. Frig was on driver side near fuel filler and perhaps a splatter of fuel ignited. No sure but will try to find it. With TT and covers, frig should be a safer distance from TV fuel filler door.

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Old 04-26-2014, 06:48 AM   #28
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Motor home might have to take a little care while filling. Most of us trailer owners the refrigerator is almost thirty feet get from the refueling point on the truck

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Old 04-26-2014, 07:41 AM   #29
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How much danger when re-fueling with diesel ?
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How much danger when re-fueling with diesel ?
Extremely low unless you happen to be holding a lit kerosene torch. Just one more reason to buy a diesel truck instead of gas.
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:55 AM   #31
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My first thought on this thread wasn't running down the road or refueling, but having an accident. Any thoughts on that?
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My first thought on this thread wasn't running down the road or refueling, but having an accident. Any thoughts on that?
The frig being on wouldn't have much to do if you're involved in an accident, the propane lines are still there and the chances of the frig burner being on at the time and a flame present would be very remote. The stove and furnace are there also, but no flame present. Just because the frig is on propane doesn't mean there is a constant flame, quite the contrary. It might come on maybe one time an hour if that and then for only a few minutes.
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I'm wasn't thinking of the fridge, per se. I'm thinking the flimsy copper gas line tears off, gas spews out, a spark occurs when something metal scrapes on the asphalt, the gas bottle valve is open and voila', gas fed fire.
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I'm wasn't thinking of the fridge, per se. I'm thinking the flimsy copper gas line tears off, gas spews out, a spark occurs when something metal scrapes on the asphalt, the gas bottle valve is open and voila', gas fed fire.
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I'm wasn't thinking of the fridge, per se. I'm thinking the flimsy copper gas line tears off, gas spews out, a spark occurs when something metal scrapes on the asphalt, the gas bottle valve is open and voila', gas fed fire.

There is supposed to be an safety check valve on modern RV propane systems to prevent that type of problem. The safety check valve should operate if there is no back pressure on the system.......that is if everything is working properly.
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We just saw a FedEx truck hit a bus and everything went up in flames. Not Hollywood.
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I'm wasn't thinking of the fridge, per se. I'm thinking the flimsy copper gas line tears off, gas spews out, a spark occurs when something metal scrapes on the asphalt, the gas bottle valve is open and voila', gas fed fire.
Hmmm...a friend of mine forgot to secure his propane tanks in Florida...while 20 miles from home (in Michigan) on I-94 ..a car pulled along side and the people were screaming & pointing at his tanks dragging by the hoses ..." SCRAPING THE ASPHALT !! SPARKS FLYING'!!....OMG !!!..no explosion that day...WHEW !!...
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I'm wasn't thinking of the fridge, per se. I'm thinking the flimsy copper gas line tears off, gas spews out, a spark occurs when something metal scrapes on the asphalt, the gas bottle valve is open and voila', gas fed fire.
Wouldn't make any difference whether the frig was on or off. If something happens and a rock knocks the shutoff valve off the tank you have a bigger problem. I think you are being a little paranoid.
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Wouldn't make any difference whether the frig was on or off. If something happens and a rock knocks the shutoff valve off the tank you have a bigger problem.
Check your tank. There's a guard around the valve, and most people have covers on top of that.

I'm not paranoid; I never even said I wouldn't/couldn't run with the fridge on. I simply asked for comments. Sounds like most people don't have a problem with doing this.
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We just saw a FedEx truck hit a bus and everything went up in flames. Not Hollywood.
I saw that too, sad story but I would think both vehicles probably ran on diesel? No fridge?
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