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Old 09-04-2008, 02:20 PM   #15
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... fridge on while driving...is this safe??.
hi jg...

the fridge in my unit is ON 24/7/365...

except when this question pops up...

'cuze some of the answers are highly flammable!...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f425...ing-35314.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f287...-on-31294.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f287...nks-24561.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f287...off-27769.html

and DO NOT read this last link, without the rubberduckysoaponaropefireaxe nearby...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...ory-39388.html

so how come noone ever asks..."is it OK to take a shower while the trailer is being tow'd"


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Old 09-04-2008, 02:28 PM   #16
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A 3-way would make me happier...

We always travel with ours on....but, I would sure feel safer with a 3-way refrigerator. Before leaving on a trip, we use electric to cool the fridge down, then switch to gas before leaving. I was surprised that Airstream didn't include a 3-way in the package
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Old 09-04-2008, 04:24 PM   #17
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I have traveled with my frige on propane for years. Not a problem. The cause for concerne is at fuel stops. I always put mine out before fueling. Then leave the station or move away from the pumps at the truckstops and relight.
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We use shore power to get things cold before the trip, then switch to gas before hitting the road. The fridge is turned off before pulling up to the gas pumps though. Better safe than sorry.
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Old 09-04-2008, 04:50 PM   #19
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three way..

I had a three way fridge in a coleman popup once, and while it did work the performance was notably less on just 12v. The gas always rendered the best performance, following by 120v.

I think my big dometic runs best on Gas also, I want to add some forced ventilation to improve cooling on hot summer days.
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We also travel with our refrigerator on. It seems clear that there is a hypothetical danger but it doesn't seem clear the risk level is very high.
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Old 09-04-2008, 08:48 PM   #21
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why turn the fridge off before fueling???? The flame is inside the fridge, inside the trailer.... How is that going to set some fumes on fire... If you watched the myth buster show on the cell phone. not even a spark in an enclose room would set of the gas fumes....

But if it makes you feel better do it.... Personal I don't worry about it.

I guess if a 1 in a trillion chance it blows then I guess it my time.....
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In California, we have vapor recovery systems, and you can't even smell the gas fumes anymore. However, I just returned from a trip out of state, and I can see why people might be worried. I usually try to fill the fuel tank without the trailer, where possible, anyway.....just to avoid mishaps. Has anyone even heard of an RV of any type doing a meltdown in a gas station? I have seen 3 burn along the side of the road (all MoHo's).
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i've seen some gas station videos of bad fires (after accidents). while fumes are hard to ignite, a burst hose shoots a lot of gas fast and far. been there, done that.
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all to often I see fuel spills at stations. Remember folks, The vapor ignites Not the liquid. Your flame has a flu and it will draw in the vapor in the event of a spill. This was even disscussed at a Ralley I was at. Cumbustion ar ignition happens when Fuel vapor saturates the air volume. This is simple chemistry.
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Hi, as stated before, I put, already cold, items in my refrigerator and run it on 120 volts until I start to move then it switches to propane until I get to my destination with hook ups and it goes back to 120 volt system.

The number one cause of gas station fires is women. This statement is also a repeat on a differrent thread.
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Robert,

Thanks, I will try that.

Another reason I don't like to run with the LP on is, on the way back from Yellowstone last year the 'original' line from one of the tanks broke in the middle of Wyoming. Who knows how long it was broke before I noticed it. If the LP was on that could have been bad.
Updated them since then, of course.
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The number one cause of gas station fires is women.
I would LOVE to see the scientific study that proves this!!!!
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All, I called Dometic and their tech support told me flat out, the units are designed to operate while in transit on LP or if you have it 12v.

In addition, with all the safety items now built into the fridges, the LPG tanks, etc, I'm so not concerned with running mine while in transit.

I mean in all seriousness, most cars/trucks have an electric fuel pump inside the gas tank and some gas caps don't provide an airtight seal as they should. Am I not going to drive? You stand a far better chance of getting into a car wreck than you do having an LP issue with your fridge or LP appliances in general in the manner as the concerns here are made.

Am I saying it's totally foolproof? Nope! But few things in life are, if any.
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