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Old 06-04-2012, 05:33 PM   #15
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Run baby run... Got to keep the beer cold!

A much greater danger is a static spark when refilling plastic portable gas container when the operator doesn't place it on the ground... Filling those tanks inside your pickup bed or on the tailgate is a BIG no-no!!!!
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:58 PM   #16
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If I see a big lake of gas by a pump, I'll drive away and go somewhere else. Most spills are small and evaporate fast. If the fumes were so thick the fridge igniter or pilot light could light the gas, you probably couldn't stand being there. If you smell such intensity, roll on through. Also, the fridge on ours is on the opposite side from the filler on the truck.

There may be more danger from spoiled food if running without the fridge on, or stopping at the entrance to the station to turn it on or off (blocking access, making it difficult for others to see traffic).

If it is a diesel spill, I doubt it could be lit. No where near the volatility of gas.

There are other reasons to be worried about a gas fire—static electricity being the primary one. Maybe the heat of a catalytic converter could ignite fumes under just the wrong circumstances. Considering the volatility of gas and the gazillions of fillups, it is surprising there are so few fires no matter what the cause.

Wahoonc, as soon as I wrote that I hadn't heard of a fire, I knew someone would find one.

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I haven't found the article yet, I have it saved on one of my old hard drives. If I recall the scenario correctly the pickup was at one island and had already refueled, the owner had gone in side to pay, the stuck open hose was on the other side of the island from the pickup with camper.

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Old 06-05-2012, 10:00 AM   #17
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We cool it down with AC and as much lead time as possible and then run with the propane on ... until refueling anywhere - when we shut it off before entering the fuel zone ... then, move away from fueling area and turn the refrigerator back on for down the road. Repeat as necessary ...
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:07 AM   #18
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We cool it overnight before a trip. If the drive is only a couple of hours we leave it turned off and it will be very cold when we arrive. On longer trips we run it on propane on the road.
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:38 PM   #19
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:09 PM   #20
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If I pre-cool mine down and then unplug I can go about 5 hours before it starts getting to warm to keep the ice frozen. By then it is starting to get too warm in the frig area to keep foods at a safe temp. If I can ever get the gas part working I am sure that I will fire that up for travel. It is not good to keep cooling, warming and then cooling foods too many times, IMO.
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:43 PM   #21
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I will have to dig but there was at least one that I am aware of. It occurred in WV, IIRC they determined that the pilot light on a gas refrigerator in a pick up camper sparked the explosion. There were several mitigating circumstances, one of them being a fairly substantial fuel spill due to some one locking a nozzle open and walking away from it.

I always try to refuel without the trailer attached, or if necessary pull to one side and shut the fridge down prior to the refuel. FWIW I have a diesel tow vehicle, but quite often have to fill up near the gas pumps.

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Pickup camper would place it next to the filler cap on your truck. A trailer puts it to far away. WE run with our on. never a problem and well over 10,000 miles
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Old 06-06-2012, 03:51 PM   #22
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RV catches fire on I-29

Firefighters responded to an RV fire on I-29 Wednesday afternoon.
It happened just after 12:00, between the 12th Street and 26th Street exits.
One person was in the camper when the fire started, but they were able to get out safely.
No word yet on what caused the fire.





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I was all...run with it on...then the camper fire picture...square one...
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Old 06-06-2012, 04:34 PM   #24
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Firefighters responded to an RV fire on I-29 Wednesday afternoon.
It happened just after 12:00, between the 12th Street and 26th Street exits.
One person was in the camper when the fire started, but they were able to get out safely.
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:01 PM   #25
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Having been witness to a propane tank explosion on the back of a flatbed truck in a busy London street, I run with the propane, and therefore the fridge, off when travelling. I know that the risks are minimal in an Airstream but the sight of half a block without windows has had a lasting effect! A bag of ice in an already cold fridge and/or freezer has been perfectly satisfactory for us.
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:03 PM   #26
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Pickup camper would place it next to the filler cap on your truck. A trailer puts it to far away. WE run with our on. never a problem and well over 10,000 miles
The gas spill was on the other side of the pumps from the pickup camper. It wasn't the camper fill up that was the problem, it was the idiot on the other side. You may be able to control your actions but it is difficult to control the actions of others using the pumps in the same area.

I drive some 60,000 miles a year for work and I see all sorts of stupidity at gas stations on a regular basis...like the guy filling up 10 milk jugs in the trunk of his car while smoking a cigarette. Needless to say I went across the street to do my fill up.

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Old 06-06-2012, 08:31 PM   #27
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We generally keep ours off on the road, except during long trips on hot days when the fridge would get too warm otherwise. I think the odds of having a problem are extremely slim, but why add to the risks if you don't need to?
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I run with mine on, but I would be concerned if the unit is involved in a collision and the gas line is damaged then you would have a fire concern.
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