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Old 05-20-2016, 05:33 AM   #71
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If one is in an accident severe enough to knock the hoses off the propane regulators my thought is the accident would be severe enough to knock the regulator off the tanks and thereby also opening up the tanks.

We've run open for as long as I can remember, 40+ years in all kinds of units and will continue to do so.


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Old 05-20-2016, 07:52 AM   #72
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I could find statistics only for the 5 yr. period 2003-2007 annual averages. In that period, passenger road vehicles accounted for 85% of all vehicle highway fires, 78% of all deaths.

Type ------- Fires ----------Deaths
Auto --------- 189,290(66%) -------- 283(59%)
MH/Camp --------- 2,920 (1%) ---------- 5 (1%)
Bus or trackless
trolley --------- 2,350 (1%) ---------- 7 (2%)
Travel trailer
designed to be
towed ---------- 1,330 (0%) --------- 2 (0%)

Copy and paste doesn't work well in the forum editor and copying from a PDF to anything else is not good anyway. There are other statistics but I'm too lazy to manually enter them.

In any event, there's a far greater risk of a car fire than a trailer fire. The annual average is only 2 deaths per year for all of the trailer fires on the highway for any reason.

These statistics don't include fires inside a structure. I assume a car fire at a gas pump would be a vehicle structure.

I'm attaching the full report. Now if only could find something like this for tires.
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Old 05-20-2016, 07:57 AM   #73
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If one is in an accident severe enough to knock the hoses off the propane regulators my thought is the accident would be severe enough to knock the regulator off the tanks and thereby also opening up the tanks. so.

And if that did happen the valves that we now have in tanks will snap shut due to the sudden high flow of gas. I've fought that battle with my BBQ tank. Turn the valve on too quick and the fast pressure release to charge the hose actives the safety and shuts the tank down.

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Old 05-21-2016, 07:19 PM   #74
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Thanks switz for the post, very impressive.

Your fridge upgrade, what is the advantage of the unit you selected, just better performance?
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Old 05-21-2016, 11:16 PM   #75
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Get away from the propane and open flame discussion as well as the known issues of the 100+,year ammonia based technology that has been known to cause fries when there is an issue.

The DP150ilL is just the size to fit into the 23D existing opening height wise and we had to make a couple of roughly 1.5" wide hickory boards to fill the gap on either side of the new fridge. Despite the narrower width, the new unit has more storage with a really usable freezer section, a light in the interior. and better insulation.

The DP2600 is shorter than the existing unit in the Classic, we will see how the other parameters work out in the fall.
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Old 05-23-2016, 10:41 AM   #76
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A question of balance...

It seems to come down to probability and appetite for risk: #1 ruined/poisonous food vs. #2 kaboom. Depending on length of trip, #1 probability could be high, but the consequence is moderate. #2 probability is low, but the consequence is high. I'm OK with the small risk of kaboom vs. large risk of spoiled food.
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Old 05-24-2016, 05:03 AM   #77
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My older Dometic frig in our AS had a shut off feature for gas stations. If it was running on propane and hooked up to power from the TV it would sense the engine being turned off, and it would shut the frig off. After the engine was restarted there was a delay on the frig restart.

I replaced that frig and need to reread my new Dometic's stats to see if that still hold true. I'm using diesel now and at least that's a little less volatile especially if I'm at the big truck fueling islands.


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