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Old 04-22-2014, 10:02 AM   #71
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Go back and read the original post, then the next 3 posts. The topic should have ended there.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:12 AM   #72
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We run with the propane on behind our diesel....

From a practical matter, with the widespread use of vapor recovery systems here in California, the odds of sufficient gasoline vapor finding the propane pilot on the fridge while refueling is pretty tiny. Flammability limits for gasoline are such that we're just never going to see the concentration (minimum 1.7% by volume) of vapors sufficient for ignition.

Where folks get into trouble is filling gas cans in plastic lined pickup beds; the gas vapor from a portable container spills into the bed and is heavier than air; this gets set off from static electricity when moving the can.

If you could only maintain adequate airflow, an intake screen on the fridge vent of 20 or more openings per lineal inch would prevent ignition; that's what the Coast Guard specifies for gasoline vents on boats to prevent ignition sources on deck from setting off vapor in the fuel tanks.
This is similar to the safety lantern formerly used in mines.


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Old 04-22-2014, 10:20 AM   #73
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Go back and read the original post, then the next 3 posts. The topic should have ended there.
Parkinson's Law of Triviality applies.

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Old 04-22-2014, 12:03 PM   #74
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If I had two refrigerators, I'd run 'em both.

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Old 04-22-2014, 12:27 PM   #75
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There are so many risks in daily life that if you worried about all of them you would not go anywhere! Driving is risky, towing a trailer is riskier, worrying about all of this is even riskierer! Jim
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Old 04-22-2014, 12:51 PM   #76
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We do it occasionally, i.e., on hot days when we're going to be on the road a while. Most of the time, though, the fridge stays plenty cold during the day without running. We only do it on the really hot days.

A couple issues:
1. Some tunnels, ferries, etc., require the propane to be turned off, so you'll need to shut down the fridge for those.
2. There was a picture posted on this site a while back of a camper that had been in an accident that damaged the water heater, and for whatever reason the excess flow valve in the propane regulator had failed, so it was dumping propane all over until they got the tank turned off. No explosion or anything like that. The odds are very slim, but it's not impossible - it's the same reason we use chains in addition to coupler locks, right? Risk managers would say it's a very low probability, but potentially high impact risk. So, if we don't need to keep the fridge running, we don't, and we shut off the propane.
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Old 04-22-2014, 01:25 PM   #77
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What he said.
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Old 04-22-2014, 01:31 PM   #78
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We tow with our propane on -- all the time, even in winter to make sure our furnace stays on.
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Old 04-22-2014, 03:38 PM   #79
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ai'm not worried about running with the refrigerator on propane. But, what gets me every time the water heater turns on approximately 12 inches under my pillow. Oh well, God hates a coward. Sal
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:18 PM   #80
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Is it ok to run fridge on propane while towing ?

Yea if a person studies the issue enough, ,,,,, the fact that not a single poster on this site can point to a single fire caused by a refrigerator while traveling,, is totally meaningless.

Now I will take my turn at performing a psych evaluation.

People look at their new trailer, and they start thinking, even commonly, and they say to themselves "traveling with a fire under the fridge seems dangerous", and then they build their arguments for why it is a bad idea to run the fridge while moving, and the people who might disagree are nothing but ignorant hillbillies.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:20 PM   #81
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"Now I will take my turn at a psych evaluation.”

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I turn the water heater off at night.

I run with the refrigerator on. I usually shut it down for fueling. I drive a diesel. We had one water heater fire. It burned all the wiring and the potted circuit board and smoked up the trailer.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:50 PM   #83
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When they go they really go. The propane tanks made for some impressive displays when they went. The fire dept. came and put out the grass fire around the wreck. This was only a few minutes start to finish.
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Later it turned out that the guy was cooking meth in the trailer.

Or was it his 16-year-old was smoking?

C'mon Doug, that wasn't because he was driving with his refer going, was it?
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