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Old 10-01-2019, 05:45 AM   #21
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The OP may have done us a good service. We are towing our TT home next weekend. Quick 3 hour trip. I think some ice in the freezer will keep the frig cool and we are turning that gas off!
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Old 10-01-2019, 06:18 AM   #22
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The OP may have done us a good service. We are towing our TT home next weekend. Quick 3 hour trip. I think some ice in the freezer will keep the frig cool and we are turning that gas off!
Where does the OP say anything about the gas refrigerator?
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Old 10-01-2019, 07:07 AM   #23
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My bad. I just read/registered #2 and missed #14

My unit seems to cool and keep stuff frozen while I drive and the gas isn't on.
While parked on an electrical site with the 12V bus turned to off and the power cord plugged in, I get cooling and the freezer works.
I'm not as experienced as most on here, so any advice and input is appreciated.
I know this is off topic but why do you turn off your 12v bus (your words) when parked at a site with electric?

Your battery acts as a power bank for the 12v side of your system. With it out of the equation by being disconnected, the converter has to work harder and also cannot charge your battery. Many converters measure the battery state of charge to determine output.
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DISINFORMATION ! All it took was one person to mention "Refrigerator" and now the thread turns into DON'T RUN YOUR FRIG ON GAS ON THE ROAD. There is NO answer into the cause of the fire and everything here is PURE SPECULATION.
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Old 10-01-2019, 08:04 AM   #25
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My friend says it appears to have been a problem with the rear brakes.
Wow! I've seen brakes lock to the point of glowing white hot but never catch anything on fire! Then again, not on an RV. I'm sure there are more combustible in close proximity as compared to a car or truck.
Sucks to lose the rig but thankfully they are ok.
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DISINFORMATION ! All it took was one person to mention "Refrigerator" and now the thread turns into DON'T RUN YOUR FRIG ON GAS ON THE ROAD. There is NO answer into the cause of the fire and everything here is PURE SPECULATION.
But you're not really surprised, are you?
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Old 10-01-2019, 08:15 AM   #27
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I know this is off topic but why do you turn off your 12v bus (your words) when parked at a site with electric?

Your battery acts as a power bank for the 12v side of your system. With it out of the equation by being disconnected, the converter has to work harder and also cannot charge your battery. Many converters measure the battery state of charge to determine output.
The fellow at the dealership told me to do it that way, but I'm open to correction.
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Where does the OP say anything about the gas refrigerator?
I TRIED to fix that in post #17 — but no! Next I expect to see “Thanks. I’m gonna stop buying gas at Flying J so my air conditioner doesn’t catch fire.”
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What kind of RV was it? A 5th wheel, a tagalong, a motorhome?
Gas motorhome.
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I am curious if they had the propane on for the frig? Not trying to cause an issue. We travel with the propane on and am starting to think maybe that isn't a good idea any more..
The propane didn't do it, it was off. The dragging brakes caused an overheating issue.
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The propane didn't do it, it was off. The dragging brakes caused an overheating issue.
Thank you for clarifying that.
Thank goodness I get to continue to travel with the propane on.
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Wow! I've seen brakes lock to the point of glowing white hot but never catch anything on fire! Then again, not on an RV. I'm sure there are more combustible in close proximity as compared to a car or truck.
Sucks to lose the rig but thankfully they are ok.
Brake fires happen all the time.

Brakes drag.
Hub gets hot and leaks melted grease.
When grease gets hot enough it can burst into flame.
Flames ignite tire.
And from there it's all downhill.
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Brakes overheating

This was a gas coach with “mechanical” disc or drum brakes. Just trying to learn here so, does this also occur on air brakes on a diesel coach ?
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I pulled over a tractor trailer once with a locked up rear wheel brake, was smoking like hell. By the time he pulled over, the wheel was in flames. I told him not to go back there. While I was busy trying to get a fire truck, he went back there of course. A short time later, I hear "boooom" as the tire blew up. He came walking back, his face all black like one of those old comedy sketches where the guy lights a cigar and it blows up in his face. Luckily he was ok. In hindsite, it was kind of funny seeing his face all sooty like that.
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This was a gas coach with “mechanical” disc or drum brakes. Just trying to learn here so, does this also occur on air brakes on a diesel coach ?
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It can happen on any braking system under the right conditions.
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Not sure how many incidents happen in the BIG MOUNTAINS, but here in the Appalachians of Western Maryland we have tractor trailer drivers who have no idea how to drive. They think just because we don't have peaks and passes in the Stratosphere, our descents off the top are easy. I live within a 1/2 mile of I-68 and can smell hot brakes almost daily and have experienced 1st hand the effects of an exploding t/t tire. Fortunately, I was only off of work for a couple of days. 4"-6" higher and it would have been a different story.
We take many things for granted in our lives..... I, for one, am very wary of any vehicle that has any smoke coming from it.
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Not sure how many incidents happen in the BIG MOUNTAINS, but here in the Appalachians of Western Maryland we have tractor trailer drivers who have no idea how to drive. They think just because we don't have peaks and passes in the Stratosphere, our descents off the top are easy. I live within a 1/2 mile of I-68 and can smell hot brakes almost daily and have experienced 1st hand the effects of an exploding t/t tire. Fortunately, I was only off of work for a couple of days. 4"-6" higher and it would have been a different story.
We take many things for granted in our lives..... I, for one, am very wary of any vehicle that has any smoke coming from it.
I hear you! You know we're not far from each other.

We've got LOTS of 11-14% grades here and if you don't know how to use your brakes, you're in trouble quickly.

There are trucks in the run away truck ramps all the time. We have an area church that has been knocked down three times because trucks have lost their brakes and couldn't navigate the corner it sits on. They've finally banned tractor trailers from using that road.

Some folks have no clue how hot brakes can get and how poorly they perform with a short amount of abusing them.
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Old 11-17-2019, 04:58 PM   #38
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It can happen on any braking system under the right conditions.
X2. In my lifetime I've seen a hell of lot more big truck brake fires (tire and all), than I have regular automobile brake fires.
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I hear you! You know we're not far from each other.

We've got LOTS of 11-14% grades here and if you don't know how to use your brakes, you're in trouble quickly.

There are trucks in the run away truck ramps all the time. We have an area church that has been knocked down three times because trucks have lost their brakes and couldn't navigate the corner it sits on. They've finally banned tractor trailers from using that road.

Some folks have no clue how hot brakes can get and how poorly they perform with a short amount of abusing them.
Yep, my heart goes out to that particular church family in Wellersburg.
And like you said, 5picker, while this isn't the Rockies, Sierras, Cascades, Big Horns and others, steep grades are all over. I can remember pulling a popup over the Big Horns and wondered if I would have brakes left at the bottom. I used the brake controller a good bit to slow the Blazer - right, wrong or indifferent, I had brakes at the bottom.
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This was a gas coach with “mechanical” disc or drum brakes. Just trying to learn here so, does this also occur on air brakes on a diesel coach ?
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Air Brake fires are quite common. in the trucking industry. it is usually caused by badly worn brakes shoes allowing it to Cam Over
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